Mercyhurst climbs to #67 in top tier of U.S.News & World Report rankings

U.S.News & World Report announced today that for the fourth consecutive year, Mercyhurst College has been ranked as a top tier institution in its annually published guidebook highlighting America’s best colleges and universities.

Mercyhurst placed #67 in a field of 133 schools comprising the top tier of “Regional Universities-North,” according to the newly released “America’s Best Colleges” guide for 2011. The latest report reflects a gain for Mercyhurst over last year’s ranking of #85.

“We are pleased to again find ourselves within the top tier among this group of prestigious colleges and universities," said Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble. “I would like to express my admiration and gratitude to the faculty and staff of Mercyhurst for their commitment to excellence across the board and their unwavering dedication to student learning.”

Ranked for more than a decade among the Top 20 Comprehensive Colleges in the North, Mercyhurst was moved in 2007 to the category of “Best Universities-Master’s (North), based largely on the strength of its growing number of master’s degree programs. That classification was renamed “Regional Universities” this year and includes 572 institutions in four geographic regions, all of which provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs.

“It takes awhile to gain visibility in a new category, especially among institutions that have been ranked together for many years,” said Dr. Michael Lyden, vice president for enrollment. “We were confident that as more of our peers in our new category became familiar with us, we would move upward. This year’s rankings clearly reflect that.”

Based on the Carnegie Foundation Classifications, U.S.News & World Report evaluates the nation’s colleges and universities by 15 indicators of academic excellence, among them retention, selectivity, faculty resources, acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio and alumni giving.

The rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today on the Web and will also be published in the September issue of the U.S.News & World Report magazine.
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