U.S. News Ranks St. Lawrence Favorably Among Its Peers

St. Lawrence University maintained a consistent standing among national liberal arts colleges in the most recent edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook. The report builds upon a long list of national recognitions for St. Lawrence from The Princeton Review, Fiske and Kiplinger, among others.

“While rankings don’t tell the whole story, being consistently recognized by national media surveys, including U.S. News and World Report, translates into St. Lawrence’s strong academic reputation among its peer institutions and among high school counselors,” said President William L. Fox. “The St. Lawrence success story is ultimately measured in myriad ways, which includes having over 97 percent of our most recent graduating class either working or in graduate school less than one year after graduation.”

U.S. News 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, such as languages, literature, biology and life sciences, philosophy, and psychology. The ranking included 213 private and 20 public institutions. Fewer than half of the nation’s higher educational institutions – about 1,400 colleges and universities – are ranked in any category by the magazine.

While moving down a few spots in the U.S. News ranking, to 58 from 53, St. Lawrence’s score remained nearly even year-over-year. St. Lawrence also remained on U.S. News’ list of A+ Schools for B Students for admitting a meaningful proportion of applicants whose test scores and class standing put them in non-A territory.

College Factual, in partnership with USA Today, also recently released its rankings of U.S. colleges and universities and placed St. Lawrence No. 13 out of 109 Best New York Colleges and No. 84 out of out of 1,384 Best Nationwide Colleges, an increase from 91 in 2016. College Factual also named St. Lawrence to the top 1 percent of highest paid graduates in the fields of economics, biology, communications and media studies, and philosophy and religious studies.

The University was also named one of the best U.S. schools for international students, according to College Factual, and one of the best U.S. schools for Canadian students.

The U.S. News rankings place equal weight on graduation and retention rates as well as assessments by peer institutions and high school guidance counselors (22.5 percent, each) followed by faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

College Factual, meanwhile, uses its own methodology and reviews a variety of factors, including average test scores, educational resources, degree completion rates and post-graduate earnings.

In other recently released rankings, The Princeton Review included St. Lawrence in its guidebook “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition,” which was released Aug. 1. It named the University’s alumni network as seventh best in the nation, its science labs No. 17, and its co-curricular opportunities No. 25. also named St. Lawrence the No. 15 best school in New York State.  

Earlier this year, Fiske’s Guide to Colleges, the annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price, selected St. Lawrence for inclusion on its annual list. And in December, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included St. Lawrence University on its list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.

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