For the thirteenth year in a row, Vaughn College has been ranked among the top colleges. The U.S. News & World Report survey results released on September 12 recognized Vaughn in its 2023 survey of the best colleges in the regional North. 

“Our vision: ‘To change the world, one student at a time, with a transformational education that provides a lifetime of learning,’ is our constant guide to providing students with a quality education that prepares them for a professional life of success,” said Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo. “The top ranking in this category for multiple years is evidence of our continued success.” 

Vaughn continues to be ranked in the top 20 institutions for social mobility in the regional North category. This ranking reinforces the findings of a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project, reported in The New York Times, recognizing Vaughn as the number one institution in the country in economic mobility—the best at moving students from the bottom in income levels to the top. 

For the first time in the college’s history, Vaughn’s engineering program was recognized in the top engineering category nationwide at 151.  

“It is incredibly gratifying for us to make the top engineering college list. Our faculty work extremely hard to build on our successful engineering and technology foundation which includes a mechatronic engineering degree, one of only four ABET-accredited mechatronic programs in the country, and we recently added a new degree in computer engineering. With four engineering degrees as well as many programs focused on career pathways, we are keenly focused on graduates’ success,” said DeVivo. 

In addition, Vaughn ranked number one for the highest ethnic diversity in the region, as well as one of the top for economic diversity in students. 

U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of American colleges and universities in 1983. To calculate the rankings, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures– including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 40% to each school’s overall score. See the entire U.S. News & World Report ranking online here.