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Bay Path ranks as one of 'Best Colleges' in report

By G. Michael Dobbs

Managing Editor

LONGMEADOW For the second year in a row, Bay Path College has been ranked in the top tier in the North among Comprehensive Colleges, according to the 2006 U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges"-its annual survey of American colleges and universities. The rankings are available by visiting

The Comprehensive College category includes 324 undergraduate colleges ranked in three tiers and among four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Bay Path College ranked 26 in the top tier of the North. A Comprehensive College is defined as an institution offering a range of degree programs that include the liberal arts, as well as professional fields such as business and education.

U.S.News and World Report arrives at its ranking based on several key elements of the educational experience: peer assessment, graduation and retention rate, class size, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

Bay Path College achieved significant scores emphasizing the superior academic environment that has been the hallmark of a Bay Path education: 65% of the classes have 20 or less students, the graduation rate is 72% (one of the highest in the survey), and the faculty to student ratio is 14 to 1.

Bay Path is a comprehensive, four-year private college with an enrollment of over 1400 students at its Longmeadow campus and Central Mass Center location near Worcester, MA. The College offers undergraduate degrees for women, and graduate degrees for men and women. Through its focus on leadership, communication, and technology, the College educates students to become confident and resourceful contributors to our increasingly interdependent world.