U.S. News and World Report Names Saint Mary's College Fifth Among Best Regional West Universities

Top 5 in the West by U.S. News and World ReportSaint Mary’s is honored to announce its rise to the number five–ranked position by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Regional Universities–West category. This accolade is a solid validation that the College continues to be acknowledged as a leading institution of higher education­: delivering commanding results and transforming the lives of our students. The distinctions that are lauded upon Saint Mary’s are for excellence in several qualitative and quantitative categories, including: academics, faculty, affordability, financial aid, campus life, graduation rates, career outcomes, and more.

"We are extremely proud of our recognition as one of the top five Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report," said President James Donahue. "This acknowledgment of academic excellence clearly underscores the distinctiveness of Saint Mary's as an outstanding comprehensive university, rooted in a Lasallian Catholic mission and liberal arts tradition that educates our students to lead meaningful and rewarding personal and professional lives.”

The magazine also ranked Saint Mary’s number three in the West for Best Regional College for Veterans, 29 in the Best Value Schools–West category, and among the top 50 in the Top Performer on Social Mobility category. Saint Mary’s is also among the top 15 schools in the Campus Ethnic Diversity–West category. And each year, Saint Mary’s continues to elevate its rankings, sharing notable positions among many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation.

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 United States. Saint Mary’s overall score was 75 out of 100 points, giving rise to the newly ranked position of number five. The U.S. News Best Regional Universities West rankings feature distinctive higher education institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs and doctoral programs. Visit the U.S. News website to read about Saint Mary’s.