U.S. News & World Report, a weekly news magazine, has released its annual “Best Colleges” rankings, which will be included in the magazine’s Sept. 23, issue, which goes on sale Monday, Sept. 16.
Mercyhurst is again included in the Top 20 Comprehensive Colleges in the North. The liberal arts college has moved from #15 in 2002 to #12 in 2003, a notable jump. This is the seventh year Mercyhurst has been included in the rankings.
“Two years ago we were 19th, last year we were 15th and this year 12th – a 37 percent increase in stature among our peer group in just three years is something to be proud of,” said Andrew Roth, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. “It’s gratifying to see the college’s increasing academic and institutional excellence recognized by the most widely read college ratings guide – U.S. News & World Report. Mercyhurst won't rest, however, until it is rated at the top with Stonehill, Elizabethtown and Grove City colleges."
U.S. News & World Report selects institutions as Comprehensive Colleges due to their focus on undergraduate education and their wide range of degree programs. There are 324 comprehensive colleges ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Rankings are based on an overall score that is an average of the following: Peer assessment score, Average freshman retention, Average graduation rate, Percent of classes with fewer than 20 students, Percent of classes with fewer than 50 students, Student/faculty ratio, Percent of faculty who are full time, SAT/ACT scores, Freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class, Acceptance rate and the Average annual giving rate.