Saint Michael’s again on U.S. News ‘Best Colleges’ list

September 12, 2017

Saint Michael’s College is once again among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Colleges listings.

This year, Saint Michael’s is ranked at #106, behind only Holy Cross (#33) among Catholic colleges in the Northeast, and is tied as the sixth-highest-ranked institution among Catholic liberal arts colleges in the entire nation.

Factors that helped Saint Michael’s rank strongly among National Liberal Arts Colleges of all affiliations included excellent graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, the quality of incoming students, and engagement of alumni along with other factors.

Here’s how the U.S. News Rankings Guide defines National Liberal Arts Colleges: “These schools, both public and private, 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 full rankings and data can be found on the U.S. News website.

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