U.S. News and World Report ranks SU 58th academically among national colleges

Syracuse University returns from a dip to 62nd last year.

Syracuse University ranks 58 in the country for academics, according to a U.S. News and World Report listing released Monday evening. This marks a return to SU's 2013 ranking after the university dipped to 62nd last year. 

SU additionally ranked 7th on U.S. News and World Report’s national list of the best colleges for veterans.

The “Best Colleges” list includes data from nearly 1,800 schools across the U.S., according U.S. News and World Report's website. The schools receive rankings based on 16 metrics judging academic excellence; of these metrics, outcome-related measures such as graduation and retention rates are weighted most heavily.

SU is listed with a 49.5 percent average freshmen acceptance rate and a 92 percent retention rate, according to the report. These are comparable to the other three schools SU ties with in this year’s ranking: Fordham University in New York, N.Y.; Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex.; and University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ranks 76th, which is a 10-spot jump since last year's ranking. SUNY-ESF shares the 76th ranking with eight other universities.

The top spots on the U.S. News and World Reports' lists moved little this year. Princeton University retained its top title as the best national university. Williams College kept its 12-year position as top liberal arts college nationally, and Berkeley continues as the top public school among national universities.

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