Fairfield Named #1 Best Regional University

Fairfield is the #1 master’s degree granting university in the Northern Region in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2019 ranking, up from number three last year, signifying its continued upward trajectory. Fairfield also placed in the top five in the “Most Innovative Schools” subcategory for Regional Universities in the North.

Colleges and universities included in the Regional Colleges ranking offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs, and are divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest, and West.

According to U.S. News & World Report, “The rankings formula uses exclusively statistical quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality,” and evaluates colleges and universities on 16 measures of excellence. U.S. News followed the accepted standard in U.S. higher education, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s Basic Classification system to determine each schools’ placement into the 2019 edition ranking categories. New methodology used for this year’s ranking considered Pell Grant graduation rates and did not consider an institution’s acceptance rates.

For the 2019 edition, Fairfield rose in the following areas: Peer Assessment score; SAT scores, which jumped from 1110-1270 to 1180-1320; the number of first-year students in the top 25% of their high school classes, which increased significantly from 67% to 79%; and the two-year average of Alumni Giving, which also increased measurably.