Saint Mary’s Ranked No. 4 in the West by U.S. News

Saint Mary’s continues to climb the rankings when it comes to the top institutions in the western United States as U.S. News & World Report has placed the College at No. 4 in its latest Best Regional Universities-West list.

The lofty ranking represents not only the unique educational experience and exceptional community that exists at Saint Mary’s, but also the continued growth and progress of the College as a leading institution in the region. Saint Mary’s ranked fifth in the 2021-22 rankings and sixth in the 2020-21 edition.

“These rankings demonstrate again what a special and transformative educational experience students receive here at Saint Mary’s,” said President Richard Plumb, PhD. “To see the College continue to rise on a list recognized by our peers demonstrates the hard work and dedication put forward on a daily basis by our incredible faculty and staff. Guided by our mission as a liberal arts, Lasallian, Catholic institution, these rankings provide a welcome reminder that we are on the right path when it comes to enabling students to leave Saint Mary’s and make an impact in the world.”

Saint Mary’s also earned rankings in a number of other categories. The College was named a Best Value School for Regional Universities-West, and ranked No. 9 on the Best Schools for Veterans list among Universities in the Western Region. Saint Mary’s also landed a spot among the best Undergraduate Business Programs and was named a Top Performer on Social Mobility among Western schools.

Saint Mary’s was also recently included in The Princeton Review’s 388 Best Colleges in the Country list and was named as a Best Western College by the organization. 

U.S. News and World Report groups colleges based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in the United States. Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in U.S. higher education and have been used by U.S. News and World Report since the first Best Colleges rankings was published in 1983. Now in their 38th year, U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.