Saint Michael’s ranked 90th in US News list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
Saint Michael’s College earned the rank of 90th amongst National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2013 edition of The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook. The rankings are announced today and will be in stores on September 18. The granddaddy of rankings, US News always garners attention from families seeking colleges and from alumni wondering about the status of their alma mater.
Saint Michael’s shared its position at 90th with the College of the Atlantic (ME), Cornell College (IA), Millsaps College (MS), Washington and Jefferson College (PA), and Westmont College (CA).
Over the past two decades, the US News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown, according to US News, to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The organization characterizes National Liberal Arts Colleges as those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences, such as English, biology, physics, chemistry, history, the visual and performing arts, and so forth.
“The US 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 our strong 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 are academic reputation, graduation and retention performance, class size, % of faculty who are full time, SAT/ACT scores.
Coincidentally, the University of Vermont ranked 92nd in the Best National Universities category.
The full rankings and data can be found on the US News College Compass starting on September 12, 2012.
The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu , 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. Identified by the Princeton Review, 2013 as one of the nation’s Best 377 Colleges, and included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013, Saint Michael's has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate 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 top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings.