Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Mercyhurst University has again been recognized among the top tier of Best Regional Universities in the North in the 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Mercyhurst ranked 48 among the 179 Regional Universities in the North, encompassing Pennsylvania, New York and the New England states. Only six institutions in Pennsylvania are ranked higher than Mercyhurst.
That academic ranking – combined with Mercyhurst’s net cost for attendance – also landed Mercyhurst in 7th place in its region on the list of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” often referred to as Best Value Schools.
To create that list, U.S. News considers the 2016-17 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid at each school. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” according to U.S. News. “Only schools in the top tier of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.”
“We are delighted to again be rated so highly by U.S. News,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor. “It’s gratifying to be recognized for our academic quality and our affordability, perhaps two of the most important considerations for families looking at colleges.
“We hope these rankings will encourage even more prospective students to visit Mercyhurst and discover everything we have to offer, from our beautiful campus to our vibrant student life to the special bonds between Mercyhurst faculty and our students.”
U.S. News & World Report bases its academic rankings on a variety of metrics believed to reflect the quality of a post-secondary institution, including data on freshman retention rate, graduation rate, student/faculty ratio, acceptance rate and alumni giving. Of the 1,800 institutions evaluated, only 80, or less than 5 percent, increased 10 or more spots, including Mercyhurst.
In addition, Mercyhurst ranked 9th in the North for its number of international students, which stands at 10 percent of the student body, and #29 among Best Colleges for Veterans.