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Saint Vincent College is ranked among "The 25 best private colleges in the U.S. for Merit Aid" in Money magazine’s 2015-16 rankings, a new rating category "where smart students can earn the most financial assistance." Saint Vincent is ranked no. 7 in the new category and is the only Pennsylvania college to make the list. Of the 25 schools selected, Saint Vincent and three others are sponsored by Benedictine religious communities – Saint John’s University (Collegeville, Minnesota), College of Saint Benedict (Saint Joseph, Minnesota) and The College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth, Minnesota). In addition to its ranking among the 25 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid, Saint Vincent was also highly ranked in Money magazine’s other categories – no. 30 in The 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges (the leading schools for a traditional undergraduate education), no. 34 in The 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges (where students typically shell out the least to earn a degree) and no. 26 in The 50 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into (top colleges that accept at least 66 percent of applicants). The complete listings are available online at www.money.com.
NerdScholar -- a website that helps students to make good choices regarding higher education -- named Saint Vincent to its 15 “Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges.” Saint Vincent is ranked 13th on the list and is the top-ranked private college in western Pennsylvania. The ranking is based on the top 27 Pennsylvania colleges as chosen by Forbes magazine, and then looked at affordability and the availability of financial aid, the six-year graduation rate (the average time students take to graduate) and whether students pay back their student loans in a timely fashion.
For the fifth consecutive year, Saint Vincent College has been ranked in the first tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook. 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 is ranked 148 (tied with seven other colleges) among the 178 colleges and universities selected for inclusion. The rankings are available at www.usnews.com.
Forbes business magazine again listed Saint Vincent College in 2013 among the top colleges in the nation on its sixth annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges. With 650 of the accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States selected for inclusion on the list, Saint Vincent is, in Forbes judgment, among the top 20 percent of all undergraduate colleges and universities in the nation with a ranking of 372 out of more than 4,200 institutions nationally. Further details are available at www.forbes.com.
Saint Vincent College was chosen to appear in the ninth edition of Barron’s Best Buys in College Education. The publication provides a tool for students and parents seeking first-rate education at an affordable price. Colleges are selected based on various criteria including tuition rates as well as the results of a questionnaire that is filled out by the dean of students and by students. The colleges chosen represent the best combination of sound data and student satisfaction.
Saint Vincent College is ranked #11 on Washington Monthly’s 2013 rankings of the liberal arts colleges with “Best Bang for the Buck.” Instead of promoting schools for their large endowments and prestige, Washington Monthly gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, enroll low-income students, help them graduate and don’t charge high tuition. Saint Vincent is ranked #90 on the list of the top 255 liberal arts colleges in the nation. The rankings are available online at www.washingtonmonthly.com.
In this publication by New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett and David Wilezol, it is noted that Saint Vincent College is “set in one of the most scenic areas of Pennsylvania…and offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with particularly strong programs in politics and theology. Saint Vincent also offers generous scholarships for undergraduates: a 3.0 GPA and 1000+ on the SAT will qualify you for $15,000 per year.” Saint Vincent is identified as one of only 43 “Schools Worth Attending", and is the only Catholic college and the only Pennsylvania college among the private colleges listed.
Saint Vincent College is ranked third among the “Top 150 Best Colleges for the Money in the Nation” by College Factual (www.collegefactual.com), a site that uses customizable outcomes-based tools and rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process. Saint Vincent College’s rank reflects the institution’s academic quality and economic value, based on the cost of obtaining an undergraduate degree. A number of outcomes-based factors were used to determine this ranking such as how well the institution retains and graduates students, the average loan debt per student, the boost in expected earnings, the percentage of full-time teachers and the average student loan default rate. Saint Vincent also ranked 27th (out of 95) among the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania and 275th (out of 1,394) among the Best Colleges in the U.S. Additional rankings include 39th (out of 1,216) for Most Focused for Mathematics and Statistics, 77th (out of 1,244) for Most Focused for History and 38th (out of 370) for Men’s Basketball.