Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Mercyhurst University, once again designated a top-tier institution among Best Regional Universities in the North, has also been named a “Best Value” school, according to the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges guide, released today.
In addition, Mercyhurst was named to two other selective lists: Colleges and universities with the “Most International Students,” and “Best Schools for Veterans.”
“Mercyhurst University has experienced a particularly robust year and we are confident in the path we have chosen for our future,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor. “We are proud to be recognized for the good work of our faculty and staff. Going forward, we will continue to establish niche fields of study and anchor them with a strong liberal arts curriculum and investigate new technologies for delivering that education. We will build new local, regional and international collaborations that create the very best learning experiences for our students and generate opportunities for enlightenment and service to the greater good.”
The Best Value ranking considers an institution's academic quality, based on its overall ranking in the 2017 guide, and the 2015-16 actual cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
The rankings, which show the Mercyhurst student body comprised of 11 percent international students, notes that these students “add diversity to a college or university, enriching the experience of other students on campus. Schools with a strong global presence often have a wealth of cultural groups and events, allowing international students an opportunity to share their food, music and traditions with their U.S. peers.”
The institutions identified as best for veterans participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees and provide support systems for their success.
Mercyhurst’s overall ranking was 61 out of 137 institutions ranked in the top-tier.