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College Choice ranks Mercyhurst in ‘top 50’

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mercyhurst University is ranked in the “Top 50” of two categories in the 2015 College Choice Rankings:  #29 among Northern Regional Universities and #35 among National Catholic Colleges and Universities. According to the data furnished by College Choice, Mercyhurst attained the highest ranking among higher education institutions in the Erie area in these two categories.

The rankings are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors was weighted equally in the College Choice rankings with data derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.

College Choice’s latest ranking tableau featured many categories, from best online graduate programs to the best colleges for entrepreneurs. The largest section was the residential college rankings, which featured the following: Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Best National Research Universities, Best Regional Universities - North (Mercyhurst 29 out of 50), Best Regional Universities - South, Best Regional Universities - West, Best Regional Universities, Midwest, Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Best Bachelor's in Accounting Degree Programs, Best U.S. Women's Colleges, Best Catholic Colleges and Universities (Mercyhurst 35 out of 50), and Best Christian Colleges and Universities.

The College Choice website describes Mercyhurst as follows: “Founded in Erie, Pennsylvania, by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926, Mercyhurst University seeks to combine the beauty and power of the liberal arts with an appreciation for the dignity of work and a commitment to the service of others. Mercyhurst’s campus is home to 2,680 undergraduates—about 40 percent of who identify as Catholic—who have their choice of more than 50 undergraduate majors, with 67 concentrations. The average class size is 20 students, all classes are taught by faculty (rather than graduate assistants) and student/faculty ratio is 14:1.  US News and World Report ranks Mercyhurst University #56 on its list of Northern Regional Universities, while ranks it #29 on its list of 2015 Rankings of Northern Regional Universities.”