Jefferson Jumps Over 20 Spots in Just-Released U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

Jefferson soared in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges list released Sept. 12. The University ranked No. 127 among National Universities, up from No. 148 last year and No. 176 two years ago.

Jefferson’s jump in the rankings is the largest among private institutions and the fourth highest overall among National Universities.

Also among the results from U.S. News & World Report, Jefferson ranked No. 61 for Best Value colleges and continues to be a top performer on Social Mobility, rising to No. 132 from No. 153 last year.

In addition, the University’s Peer Assessment Score (a measure of growing reputation among peer institutions) improved to 2.6—up from 2.4 in 2021 and 2.5 in the 2022 ranking.

“Increases of that magnitude are both significant and rare,” says  University President Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski of the Peer Assessment Score. “They reflect the significance of our strategic plan goals, the pioneering quality of Jefferson’s academic and research programs, and our ongoing efforts to build the University’s nationwide visibility.”

While rankings only go so far and are but one limited measure of institutional quality and achievement, the pattern of increase over the past three years confirms Jefferson continues to rise in the estimation of students, faculty and academic leaders across the nation, says Dr. Tykocinski, who thanked the entire Jefferson community for their efforts.

“Our continuing upward movement is the result of myriad factors, most of which are rooted in the knowledge, skills, energy and commitment you bring to your work and studies,” he says. “Our emergence as the model for high-quality professions-focused education—and our growing capacity to pursue research and scholarship with national and global impact—reflects your passion and drive.”