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Saint Anselm Ranks in Top Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges

September 09, 2014

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Saint Anselm College is ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 ranking of best national liberal arts colleges, which was released today.

Students work in a science laboratorySaint Anselm is ranked at 120, holding the spot it held in the 2014 edition. National liberal arts colleges are those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences.

U.S. News & World Report uses such factors as average freshman retention rate (86 percent for Saint Anselm), graduation rate (74 percent), and the percentage of first-year students who were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class (22 percent). Assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, and acceptance rates also are among the data included in the methodology.

"We are pleased to see Saint Anselm College fare well in this closely watched ranking," said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college. "We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding liberal arts education where students gain the knowledge, insight, and skills that will stand them in good stead no matter what careers they pursue."

Saint Anselm College also is included in the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of "A-Plus Schools for B Students," which distinguishes Saint Anselm as seeking "a broad and engaged student body" and being a learning environment where more average students who demonstrate determination and hardworking commitment have the opportunity to thrive. The college's place on this list acknowledges the unique Anselmian character, defined by a dynamic, productive, and optimistic spirit.

Among the criteria for inclusion on the A-Plus List is a high freshman retention rate (at least 75 percent), which is cited as an important indicator of student satisfaction.

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