Saint Martin’s University places in top tier of 2005 US News rankings

Aug. 19, 2005

Lacey, Wash. -- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Saint Martin’s University among the top universities in the West. The magazine ranks U.S. universities and colleges each year in its guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges.”

Saint Martin’s ranked number 34, tying with two other Western universities in the “Best Universities – Master’s” category. The category ranks universities that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and master’s programs, but no doctoral programs. It includes 572 universities across the country by geographic region. Also ranking 34th were California State University-Fullerton and Sonoma State University, also in California.

“I am pleased to see us recognized as among the leading colleges and universities in the Northwest,” said Saint Martin’s President Douglas M. Astolfi, Ph.D. “We plan to continue our march up the rankings as we grow as a university dedicated to providing a quality education to an increasing number of students.”

To reach a final assessment, U.S. News uses a ranking formula based on several categories: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; the institution’s financial strength; and alumni giving, a category that denotes to some extent how graduates view their alma mater.

The overall ranking system is based on quantitative measures deemed to be reliable indicators of academic quality and the magazine’s analysis of those factors. The ranks of the top schools are designated by number. Schools in the lower three tiers are listed in alphabetical order.

Overall, Saint Martin’s scored high in several categories, including student/faculty ratio, with 15:1; class size – 77 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students; and percentage of full-time faculty, 94 percent.

Barbara Gayle, the university’s vice president for academic affairs, said, “Public recognition of the academic and co-curricular quality of Saint Martin’s University is gratifying. I look forward to increasing recognition of the excellent job that faculty and staff do in educating students here at Saint Martin’s.”

Deanna Partlow
media relations coordinator
360-438-4541; dpartlow@stmartin.edu