Mercyhurst ranks 10th with US News & World Report

Mercyhurst College snared a pair of 10s in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of colleges.

The magazine ranked Mercyhurst #10 on its “Great Schools, Great Prices” rankings for Comprehensive Colleges in the North and #10 among the Comprehensive Colleges in the North.

On the ranking of best Comprehensive Colleges in the North, Mercyhurst improved by two points its overall score (64). It tied with Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. 

The 2006 college rankings will be included in the issue of U.S. News & World Report that hits newsstands Monday, Aug. 22. 

Since first appearing in the rankings nine years ago, Mercyhurst has steadily moved from its position at #19 in 2000.

Dr. Thomas Gamble, Mercyhurst College Vice President of Academic Affairs, noted that the continual strong showing by Mercyhurst in the college rankings is indicative of the college’s reputation and its faculty. 

“While there are many legitimate criticisms of the U.S. News collegiate rankings, it is always gratifying to see that our sense of the value and quality of a Mercyhurst education is widely shared,” Gamble said. ‘This means that Mercyhurst students and their parents can be comfortable with having chosen Mercyhurst. 

“In addition to being in the top 10 among regional colleges, Mercyhurst is tied for fourth place in the peer assessment of academic reputation. This is a testament to the growing reputation of Mercyhurst’s fine faculty and academic programs.”

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. 

Other area institutions included in the rankings were Allegheny College (Most Debt, Programs to Look for, Best Liberal Arts Colleges); and Gannon University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Penn State Behrend (all listed in Best Universities – Master’s by Region).

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