Where Do Pittsburgh-Area Colleges Rank Among the Best?

A national magazine is out with its annual best college rankings, and western Pennsylvania is well-represented.

photo by dave dicello


U.S. News and World report's annual ranking of Best Colleges is out, and a number of Pittsburgh-area schools are on the list. The magazine bases its rankings of more than 1,300 schools on many factors, with first-year retention and graduation rates carrying the most weight. Here is how local colleges and universities fared:

Best National Universities
23. Carnegie Mellon University
47. Penn State University
66. University of Pittsburgh
115. Duquesne University

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
72. Allegheny College
100. Washington & Jefferson College
125. Westminster College
154. Saint Vincent College

Best Regional Universities
53. Chatham University
66. Robert Morris University
112. Point Park University

Best Regional Colleges
10. Seton Hill University
16. Geneva College
34. La Roche College

––Richard Cook


#Changin': Original BRGR to move up and out 

Five years ago, as the burger-bar trend swept across the city, BRGR was front and center. The kid sister (and next-door neighbor) of fine-dining spot Spoon established itself as the place to grab "button-buster" burgers and hand-spun shakes. Fast-forward to the present, and you'll find a few more BRGRs — and evidence that the flagship location has outgrown its digs.

One of the first businesses in what originally was called East Side, BRGR East Liberty is relocating in early 2016 to the other side of the neighborhood, where business developments are under way: Inside the Penn Highland Building, it'll be close to the forthcoming  Ace Hotel and Hotel Indigo and The Penn, Walnut Capital's mixed-use retail and apartment space. BRGR East Liberty's new homebase will be much larger; fittingly, the kitchen crew is expanding the menu.

—Kristina Martin 


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