U.S. News Ranks Saint Mary’s Among Top 10 Regional Universities in the West

For the second year in a row, Saint Mary’s College of California has been listed as one of the top 10 best regional universities in the West in the just released 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Shaped by three traditions—Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts—Saint Mary’s offers close connections between students and professors, experiential learning and research opportunities, and a strong commitment to social justice and transformative teaching by outstanding faculty.

President James Donahue said he was extremely proud that U.S. News has again included Saint Mary's among the top 10 highly regarded universities in the nation's western region. "This prestigious recognition underscores the quality of academic excellence in the College's curriculum and our distinguished faculty and their scholarly achievements. Most important is the acknowledgment that a Saint Mary's education prepares our students for success and meaningful lives in both their professional and personal pursuits."

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes—including graduation and retention rates—which carry the most weight at 30 percent. Saint Mary's was ranked the ninth best of Western regional universities. Saint Mary’s average freshman retention rate of 89 percent is tied for sixth highest out of the top 93 Western regional universities, and seventh for alumni giving.

The regional universities classification includes 653 institutions within four broad regions—North, South, Midwest, and West. Like national universities, regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. A primary difference between regional and national universities in the rankings is the former offer few, if any, doctoral research degree programs. As a comprehensive university, Saint Mary’s offers a doctoral degree in education.

Find out more about Saint Mary's as a top ten regional university in the the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide.



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The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary's College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.