LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s maintains a strong position among the country’s regional universities offering the best educational value to students, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings. The University is ranked seventh in the “best value” category in the Western region, a swath of the country that includes 15 states on the mainland, plus Alaska and Hawaii. The magazine ranks U.S. universities and colleges each year in its guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges.” Its annual rankings were released yesterday.
To determine which schools offer the best value, U.S. News says it uses a calculation that is based on the school’s academic quality, a measurement it determines by calculations based on its most recent survey, and the school’s net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid in 2015-16. The best values in education, according to the report, are schools giving the highest-quality education at the lowest cost.
“I am very pleased to see us recognized among the best-value colleges and universities in the West,” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment. “We are very committed to providing an affordable education that offers students excellent academic preparation and a strong grounding in the Benedictine values that will serve them through their lives. We are happy to see this ranking that reflects our commitment.”
“Best Colleges” also ranked Saint Martin’s 22nd in the “best colleges for veterans” category, a ranking based on University participation in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty members pay for their degrees.
Saint Martin’s also achieved a ranking of 40th among regional universities in the West. Universities in this category focus on undergraduate education but award less than half of their undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts.
U.S. News’ overall ranking system is based on measures deemed to be reliable indicators of academic quality, along with the magazine’s analysis of those factors. Its formula uses information provided on 15 indicators of academic quality, among them peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; the institution’s financial strength; and alumni giving, a category that gauges to some extent the esteem graduates have for their alma mater.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
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