Moraga, Calif. (August 19, 2005) - Saint Mary's College of California continues to rate among the 10 best colleges in the West that offer undergraduate and master-level programs and is considered one of the "best values," according to the 2006 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report.
For the third year in a row, Saint Mary's College placed ninth among schools in the western United States that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. The criteria used to determine the rankings include peer assessment, freshman retention rates, and the number of classes offered with fewer than 20 students.
U.S. News ranked Saint Mary's ninth in the western region in the magazine's category of "great schools, great prices." The "best value" rating is based on a school's academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid.
"It is gratifying to see Saint Mary's College continue to be rated among the best in the west," said Michael Beseda, vice provost for enrollment. "While we realize that rankings are just one way of gauging education quality, we appreciate the recognition by U.S. News and World Report."
Saint Mary's College of California, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. An outstanding faculty brings these traditions to life. The College enrolls 2,440 traditional undergraduates and more than 2,000 students in adult education and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school. Saint Mary's is located in Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco.