SSU named on list of “Smartest Colleges”

By Ryan Ottney

September 20, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

Shawnee State University was named on a list of U.S. News and World Report’s 501 “Smartest Colleges in America.”

At No. 460 on the list, Shawnee State University reported an average SAT score of 950. Some of all of the students are not required to supply scores, according to U.S News and World Report.

Regionally, Shawnee scored higher than West Virginia State University and Kentucky State University.

“There has been a greater reliance on data in higher education over the years – at the university, state, and federal levels as we look at ways in which we can better serve our students and communities,” SSU President Dr. Rita Rice Morris said. “The variety of national lists that are published each year pull the data that universities submit to government agencies and analyze it in different ways, depending on the purpose of their reports. It appears that this particular report pulled data on students who submitted SAT scores. Our students who submitted SAT scores did very well. As an open access institution, we are committed to helping students at all levels of preparedness and we are happy to see those who performed at the high levels be recognized.”

At the top of the list published by U.S. News and World Report, was California Institute of Technology at No. 1 with an average SAT score of 1535, followed by Princeton University (1500), Harvard University (1500), Yale University (1500), University of Chicago (1495), Harvey Mudd College (1495), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1490), Washington University in St. Louis (1490), Columbia University (1480) and Stanford University (1475).

Rounding out the list at No. 501 was Rust College with an average score of 735.

The complete list is available online at colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

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