September 09, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College is once again included in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, 2016 edition.
Released on Sept. 9, the ranking puts Saint Anselm at #112, eight positions higher than the 2015 edition. National liberal arts colleges are those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences. This is the college's best ranking since moving into Tier 1 of this category in 2010.
"We are very pleased to see the accomplishments of our students and programs reflected in this important ranking," said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college. "The outstanding liberal arts education that students receive at Saint Anselm is an education for life, and I'm proud that our community provides such great support and opportunity for students, both in and out of the classroom."
U.S. News & World Report uses factors such as average freshman retention rate (87 percent for Saint Anselm), and graduation rate (75 percent). Assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, and acceptance rates also are among the data included in the methodology.
Student selectivity metrics, such as SAT scores and number of students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, are also reflected in the rankings. As a result, Saint Anselm earned recognition for enrolling stronger academic classes over the past few years.
Best Colleges also includes Saint Anselm on its "A+ Schools for B Students" list, which distinguishes the college as seeking "a broad and engaged student body." The list acknowledges that Saint Anselm has a learning environment where more average students who demonstrate determination and hardworking commitment have the opportunity to thrive.
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.
The 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranked 1,376 colleges and universities in their effort to continue to "help families find the best academic value for their money."