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St. Lawrence Maintains Favorable Rank With 'U.S. News'

The popular U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide has once again placed St. Lawrence University among the nation’s best colleges in its 2015 report.

The guide ranked St. Lawrence number 56 in the category of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, the same spot the University has held since the 2013 edition. The 2015 rankings were released Sept. 9.

The New York Times lists St. Lawrence University among the Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation.

While it has maintained the same ranking with U.S. News, St. Lawrence continues to increase its year-over-year scores in several key areas, including graduation and student retention rates. St. Lawrence was also once again included on the magazine’s list of A-plus Schools for B Students. The list includes colleges and universities that consider student engagement and individuality, as well as academic achievement, in admissions decisions.

“Those who know St. Lawrence well will appreciate this reliably strong ranking,” said President William L. Fox '75. “Each of these national rankings – and there are more reviews added to the mix every year – tends to have its own particular way of scoring institutions. And yet, St. Lawrence remains steadily high on all of the lists. This annual recognition of standing among the best in the nation is a source of deep pride and also affirms our institutional priorities to ensure small class sizes, superb retention results and strong graduation rates. None of these notable ‘best’ designations will surprise our graduates or their parents.”

The U.S. News Best Colleges ranking includes 233 institutions in its Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list, placing St. Lawrence in the top 25 percent of this group. The publication categorizes national liberal arts colleges as institutions that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Fewer than half of the nation’s higher educational institutions – about 1,400 colleges and universities – are ranked in any category by the magazine.

The scoring used by U.S. News includes graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent), and alumni giving (5 percent). U.S. News looks at a variety of data to calculate their overall college rankings. The publication measures academic reputation – including input from high school guidance counselors – retention rates, faculty resources – including salaries and class sizes – student selectivity, per-student spending, financial resources and alumni giving.

The 2015 rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges.