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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 fourth consecutive year, Saint Vincent College has been ranked in the first tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook. The rankings are based on 11 key measures of quality including graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. Saint Vincent is ranked 146 (tied with eight other colleges) among the 181 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 #1 among the “Best for the Money in Pennsylvania”, and #8 (out of 1,294) among the “Best for the Money in 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 average student loan debt per student, loan default rates, how well the institution retains and graduates students, and graduates’ starting salaries and earning potential.