September 13, 2016
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, 2017 edition, was released today. The publication ranked 1,374 colleges and universities in the 32nd year of their continued effort to "help families find the best academic value for their money."
Saint Anselm College is once again included in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges (defined as those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences), this year ranked #115.
U.S. News & World Report uses factors in their methodology such as average freshman retention rate (88 percent for Saint Anselm), as well as assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, and acceptance rates.
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, the college 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, which is cited as an important indicator of student satisfaction.