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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Pillar College Among Best Colleges

NEWARK, NJ – Jan. 5, 2023 – Pillar College is pleased to announce our inclusion as a 2022-2023 Top Performer on Social Mobility in National Liberal Arts Colleges, by U.S. News & World Report. Now in its 38th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. Pillar College ranked No. 70 on this prestigious list.

The Top Performers on Social Mobility ranking recognizes colleges with a high success rate of enrolling and graduating extensive proportions of under-resourced students with Pell Grants. This is a testament to the dedication Pillar College has to providing Christ-centered higher education for all who are called to scholarship, service and leadership.

“As the only Christ-centered, Bible-based College in the State of New Jersey, we are committed to providing a practical education, in a personalized environment, to equip our students for the real world,” says Rupert A. Hayles, Jr., PhD, President of Pillar College.

In addition, Pillar College was the highest ranked college in New Jersey in Economic Diversity in the Liberal Arts category, and one of the top 10 in the nation. Offering flexible schedules across multiple locations in New Jersey and online is one way Pillar College’s programming serves such a diverse student population, many of whom work while attending college.

Pillar College is known for its innovative college retention programs, including:

  • Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree (LEAD) Program
  • Dual Enrollment Education Degree (DEED)
  • Programa BLEND (Bi-Lingual Entry Degree)
  • B.E.S.T. (Black Elementary School Teachers) for Men Program

U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information on factors such as graduation rates, social mobility, and graduate indebtedness.

“For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students,” says Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “Guiding that evolution is U.S. News’ mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions.”

Prospective students can see how Pillar College compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on USNews.com.

​​About Pillar College

Pillar College is a comprehensive institution of higher learning, providing a Christ-centered education. Pillar College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, and is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Pillar College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degree programs. Pillar College educates, inspires and equips students for excellent scholarship, service and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love, Pillar College fosters intellectual, spiritual and social development among its diverse student population. Pillar College has locations in Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, Jersey City and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Founded in 1908.  For more information about Pillar College, visit https://pillar.edu

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and their communities. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, Real Estate, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.