Mercyhurst ranks in Top 20 for seventh year in a row

For the seventh year in a row, Mercyhurst College has earned a place among the Top 20 Comprehensive Colleges in the North, this year at #14 in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of colleges.

President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., noted that the continual strong showing by Mercyhurst in the college rankings is indicative of the college’s reputation and its faculty.

“To remain in the top 20 is a testament to Mercyhurst College’s stability and consistency in our academic offerings,” Gamble said. “This truly speaks to the Mercyhurst tradition of excellence.”

The 2006 college rankings will be included in the issue of U.S. News & World Report that hits newsstands Monday, Aug. 21. 

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 320 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.

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