There's reason to celebrate at one Central New York institute of higher learning. Syracuse University is moving up the charts among U.S. colleges, according to the latest results from U.S. News & World Report's latest report on national universities.

SU jumped eight spots from last year and is now tied at #53 on the list with Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Florida's University of Miami. Pretty impressive finish, considering 312 colleges and universities were measured. A few small changes in the measurement and methodology may have assisted SU in its year-to-year improvement.

Acceptance rates were removed from the rankings methodology and there was a reduction in the opinions of experts and the importance of SAT/ACT scores. Also, the enrollment and graduation rates of students from low-income families were given greater significance. Here are the details of the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report.

Princeton University once again finished first in the rankings.

Do you think the hard work of the new administration spearheaded by Chancellor Kent Syverud and his staff have paid off? Or, do you believe the new methodology is the main reason Syracuse improved?

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