St Mike’s moves up in US News ranking

first_imgLearn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external). Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30- Saint Michael’s College,Saint Michael’s College earned the rank of 93rd amongst National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. U.S. News, the original rankings program, covers various categories of national and regional colleges and universities. The rankings are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges(link is external), and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.Saint Michael’s shares the 93rd position with Allegheny (PA), Birmingham-Southern (AL), Millsaps (MS), St. Mary’s (IN), and Washington (MD) Colleges. Last year Saint Michael’s ranked 105th in the national liberal arts category, and before that Saint Michael’s ranked in the top 15 of the North Regional Master’s Universities for 17 years. Saint Michael’s was switched last year to the liberal arts category in the U.S. News arena as a result of a change in Carnegie classifications.Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown, according to U.S. News, to be 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,’ said Saint Michael’s President John J. Neuhauser. ‘We hope this jump in our position brings Saint Michael’s College to the attention of those students who can benefit from the exciting, intellectual, welcoming community of this college,’ Dr. Neuhauser added.Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth(link is external).The University of Vermont ranked 94th in the National Universities category, and was 88th last year; Middlebury ranked fourth in the Liberal Arts Colleges national category, this year and last year. Champlain College ranked 17th in the North Region Baccalaureate Colleges, and was 13th last year.Source: Saint Michael’s. 8.17.2010last_img

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