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Mercyhurst #41 in U.S. News 2016 best colleges guide

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

On the heels of being recognized as Erie’s first College of Distinction and among Money magazine’s 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges, Mercyhurst University climbed to #41 among Best Regional Universities in the North, according to today’s announcement by U.S. News & World Report.

Not only did Mercyhurst jump from last year’s ranking of #56 to #41, but it tied for fifth among the 32 Pennsylvania universities achieving top-tier honors in the North peer group. In addition, Mercyhurst was ranked #32 out of 50 among Best Colleges for Veterans (North).

“We are pleased to be recognized as a top-tier regional university and to be among the top five in Pennsylvania,” said Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor. “Although we have long subscribed to the fact that rankings don’t tell the whole story, they do heighten an institution’s public profile in a positive way, and for that we are grateful. I congratulate all the faculty, staff, administrators and students who each day do their part to make Mercyhurst the outstanding university it is.”

The category of Best Regional Universities in the 2016 Best Colleges Guide includes 618 institutions in one of four regions: North (131), South, Midwest and West. Like national universities, they provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs; the difference is that they offer few, if any, doctoral programs. Mercyhurst has one: a doctorate in anthropology.

Meanwhile, the rankings are based on a set of metrics that are said to reflect a postsecondary institution’s quality. The metrics measure tangibles like average freshman retention rate, graduation rate, student:faculty ratio, acceptance rate and alumni giving.

Earlier this fall, Mercyhurst was recognized as Erie’s first College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction. The honor spotlights colleges and universities that are widely known for their excellent academic programs, innovative learning experiences, vibrant campus community and are highly valued by graduate schools and employers for outstanding student preparation.

Mercyhurst also made Money magazine’s 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges List earlier this year. The magazine noted that generous aid packages or lower-than-average tuition — or a combination of the two — contributed to an institution being recognized on the list.