Saint Michael's College continues to climb in the ranking of top national liberal arts colleges. This year, according to U.S. News in its 2014 The Best Colleges listings, Saint Michael's is ranked at #89th, behind only Holy Cross among Catholic colleges in the Northeast, and is now the fifth-best ranked among Catholic liberal arts colleges in the entire nation, among the 16 Catholic colleges that the magazine rated in this category.
Factors that helped Saint Michael's move up a notch from #90th last year and place again in the top 100 among National Liberal Arts Colleges of all affiliations in the 2014 rankings, released in September, included excellent graduation rate, student-faculty ratio and SAT scores along with other factors.
Compared to Catholic Colleges in its own region, Saint Michael's places ahead of Stonehill College in Massachusetts (#115), St. Anselm in New Hampshire (#120), Siena College in New York State (#126), and Thomas More College in New Hampshire (Rank Not Published below a certain cutoff).
Among the 248 National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked for 2014, 220 are private, 27 public and one for-profit. These schools emphasize undergraduate education. To be included, colleges must award at least 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, such as languages and literature, biology, life sciences, philosophy, cultural studies and psychology.
According to U.S. News, its rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown in the past two decades into the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. "The U.S. News rankings have always been of interest to students and parents, and of course that matters to us," says Saint Michael's President John J. Neuhauser.
The full rankings and data can be found on the U.S. News website.