Saint Mary’s College is once again named to the top 100 in US News rankings

September 10, 2018 (Notre Dame, Ind.) — Saint Mary’s College has been named among the top 100 institutions on the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list, which was released today. The College comes in at 95 out of more than 200 national liberal arts colleges. Saint Mary’s has been nationally ranked for more than a decade.

“We’re proud to be a top 100 national liberal arts college. Positive rankings like the one by U.S.News reflect the dedication and expertise of our faculty, the ability of our student body, and our collective efforts to excel as an elite liberal arts and research institution,” said President Jan Cervelli. “It’s gratifying to receive the acknowledgement of experts and peers for the work that we do, yet what’s most distinctive about the Saint Mary’s experience — our spiritual commitment to educating the whole person — cannot be captured in a ranking.”

U.S. News uses many indicators to capture academic quality, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and graduation rate. Access to the national rankings can be found here.

At Saint Mary’s, approximately 95 percent of students who graduate earn a degree in four years, compared to 72 percent at other private schools and 52 percent at public institutions.*

There are other indicators of academic quality and value of a Saint Mary’s education as well. For instance, according to the College’s Office of Institutional Research, one year after graduation 95 percent of the Class of 2017 graduates were employed and/or enrolled in graduate or professional school or engaged in other full-time activities such as military service or service work.

Contact for News Media: Haleigh Ehmsen, Assistant Director of Integrated Communications, Saint Mary’s College, (574) 284-5343

* Data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS) Data Center on four-year, non-profit institutions.

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