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U.S. News Places the Mount Second in Maryland in its Best Regional Universities Rankings


MSMU terrace in the fallEMMITSBURG, Md. (September 12, 2017) - U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Regional Universities rankings for 2017, placing Mount St. Mary’s University second among Maryland’s eight other public and private regional universities, and No. 25 out of nearly 200 institutions in the North region. The Mount has been ranked in the top 25 for seven out of the last eight years.

“This achievement is proof that the Mount is moving in a positive direction,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “We’ve welcomed the second largest class in school history, had three students become Fulbright Finalists, added several Division I athletic teams and roster places and were named a Best Value College by U.S. News & World Report as well. The recognition for the work that we’ve put into offering our students the curricular and co-curricular opportunities that will help them succeed in life, while providing a welcoming and inclusive campus community, also makes us extremely proud.”

The Best Regional University rankings were comprised of several factors, including average first-year student retention rate, class size, student-to-faculty ratio and acceptance and graduation rates. Additionally, it included a peer assessment score and weighed the institution’s average alumni giving rate.

The Mount was also recognized as a top 10 institution in the U.S. News 2018 Best Colleges for Veterans rankings for the North region. These rankings are designed to “provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable,” according to U.S. News.

“Creating a place where we can serve those who served our country and put their lives at risk is especially important to me,” continued Trainor. “The responsibility and work ethic that our veterans demonstrate not only set a great example for their classmates, but help them succeed in their academic and civilian pursuits after their military service has concluded.”

These rankings include institutions that are certified for the GI Bill; participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or are public schools that charge in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans; enroll a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members, or a critical mass, in the 2016-17 academic year; and are in the top half of their U.S. News ranking category.

 
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