Saint Mary's Achieves Top Rankings in The Princeton Review


The Princeton Review Rankings 2020Saint Mary’s College has done it again! The Princeton Review has named Saint Mary’s among The Best 385 Colleges in the nation. The 2020 edition of the annual college guide features a two-page profile of the College. Among the many outstanding academic distinctions highlighted, it notes that “SMC offers students an unparalleled education with small class sizes, seminars, high accessibility to professors, and a strong alumni and network association.”

“The stellar rankings from The Princeton Review underscore the College’s academic distinctiveness,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. It’s rewarding to know that we are placed in such high esteem for excellence in higher education, and that we continue to rank among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our faculty are outstanding academicians and mentors, and their unwavering commitment to ensuring our students become the very best versions of themselves, personally, academically, spiritually, and professionally, is a hallmark of our mission.”

The Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students from across the country to find out which colleges ranked highest among several categories, including academics, demographics, career services, student activities, affordability, dining services, sports, town life, and more.

“We are proud, once again, to be recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review,” said Margaret Kasimatis, provost and senior vice president at Saint Mary’s College. “Saint Mary’s is an extraordinary institution of Lasallian Catholic higher education with remarkable faculty who are recognized nationally for their impressive scholarship. The College’s commitment to advancing academic excellence and its transformative student-centered educational focus—rooted in the liberal arts and guided by principles of inclusive community and justice—prepare students for personal and professional success.”      

The editor-in-chief of the publication explained how colleges are selected for the esteemed rankings. “We chose the 385 colleges for this edition as our ‘best’ overall, academically,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. “We tally our lists using data we gather directly from our surveys of students attending these colleges.”

And of course, students are at the heart of Saint Mary’s. “I find these rankings impressive, and I hope that future employers are aware and recognize Saint Mary’s students for their outstanding achievements,” said Morganne Whaley ’19. “Back-to-back reviews reinforce that I’m receiving a transformative education. I’m proud to be able to attend an institution of such quality,” she added.

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