U.S. News Ranks SVC in Top Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges

by Public Relations | Sep 12, 2017

Sept. 12, 2017

For the eighth consecutive year, Saint Vincent College is ranked in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook, according to information released Sept. 12.

The rankings are based on several key measures of quality including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Saint Vincent’s position again moved up from 149 in last year’s ranking to 147 this year among the 172 colleges and universities selected for inclusion in the top tier of the best national liberal arts colleges.

“We continue to appreciate this external recognition by U.S. News & World Report, acknowledging Saint Vincent College’s academic quality, excellent retention and graduation rates and the fact that we provide an outstanding college experience at a reasonable cost,” said College president Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B.

The country’s national liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences, which include such disciplines as English, the biological and physical sciences, history, foreign languages and the visual and performing arts. Of the 233 national liberal arts colleges, 213 are private schools and 20 are public. No for-profit schools are included.

The rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide are available at www.usnews.com/colleges and will also be published in the 2018 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges Guidebook available on newsstands.

In addition to U.S. News, Saint Vincent College’s quality educational programs have earned recognition by Forbes business magazine (America’s Top Colleges), College Factual (No. 1 Best for the Money in Pennsylvania), NerdScholar (one of Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bank for Your Buck Colleges), Barron’s (One of its Best Buys in College Education) and Washington Monthly (Best Bang for the Buck).


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