Saint Mary's Among Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges


U.S.News & World Report Ranks Saint Mary's Among Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

August 20, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—For the third year in a row, U.S.News & World Report ranks Saint Mary's College as one of the nation’s “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” Saint Mary's comes in at 97 out of the 249 schools listed in the magazine’s “2010 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, which comes out on Tuesday, August 25. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available at newsstands on Monday, August 24. The rankings were posted today on the magazine’s Web site.

Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney set a goal early in her presidency, which began in June 2004, to move Saint Mary’s into the national liberal arts rankings. A national standing for a third consecutive year indicates Saint Mary’s is on course to meet a key goal in the College’s Strategic Plan, which is to provide “Educational Excellence Equal to that of the Best Colleges in the Country.”

“It is wonderful to be nationally recognized for the academic excellence at Saint Mary's College.  We know that prospective students and their parents put value on these rankings and we are very pleased to be listed in the top 100 liberal arts colleges,” Mooney said.

Last month the Princeton Review rated Saint Mary’s College as one of the best colleges in the Midwest. The College has held the “Best in the Midwest” designation every year since the Princeton Review began the “Best Regional College” categorizations seven years ago.

College-bound students and their parents look to rankings and other indicators of quality when making their decisions about college. U.S.News & World Report and the Princeton Review, along with other resources such as the University and College Accountability Network (UCAN) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE –selections of which are also posted on the U.S. News & World Report Web site), enable them to garner information about Saint Mary’s and other institutions.

About Saint Mary’s College:
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S.News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.