Tuesday, September 9, 2014
On the heels of recording the largest international class in its history – 80 undergraduates from 25 countries – Mercyhurst University is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 13th among the more than 180 colleges and universities in its region for “Most International Students,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of America’s Best Colleges, released today.
Once again, Mercyhurst ranks in the top tier of Best Regional Universities in the North, coming in at #56 and ranking 10th among the 41 Pennsylvania colleges and universities listed in its category.
“Such recognition is admirable, but at the end of the day what matters most is that our students have an outstanding educational experience,” said Mercyhurst President Tom Gamble, Ph.D. “We think that happens every day at Mercyhurst, and we are particularly pleased that our reputation for global involvement and the experiences we offer our students on that front, which extend from our Erie community to our campus in Ireland, are being recognized.”
Mercyhurst was also recognized for both ethnic and economic diversity. To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, excluding international students. Mercyhurst ranked 15th within its peer group for ethnic diversity. In fact, this year the Mercyhurst admissions office reported enrolling the most diverse multicultural cohort in the history of the university with 13 percent from underrepresented minorities.
In terms of economic diversity, U.S. News takes into account the proportion of students receiving Pell Grants, which are most often given to undergraduates with family incomes of less than $20,000. Mercyhurst achieved a sixth-place ranking in that category.
“Certainly economic diversity is consistent with our mission, particularly within our McAuley School of Associates Degree Studies,” Gamble said. “To give opportunity and support to those with a sincere desire to improve themselves through education exemplifies the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.”
Rankings are based on a set of metrics that are said to reflect a postsecondary institution’s quality. After nearly a decade of being ranked among the top 20 Comprehensive Colleges in the North, Mercyhurst was moved to a new grouping in 2008 that included colleges and universities with a range of undergraduate and master’s programs but few doctoral programs. The 620 universities in the regional universities category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic areas.