(Purchase College, named 171 on the list of top tier national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Photo courtesy of Purchase College)
The 30th annual U.S. News & World Report college lists have been released, with local colleges earning top tier rankings as national, national liberal arts and regional winners.
Criteria involved up to 16 measures, including graduation rates, cost, SAT scores, freshman retention and selectivity. Nearly 1,800 colleges were examined.
Not all colleges received ranking numbers, although information on those examined is available on the magazine’s website.
Pace University was the only local college to make the top tier list of National Universities at 173 (tied).
The Military Academy at West Point (24), Sarah Lawrence College (59) and SUNY Purchase (171) were named to the best National Liberal Arts college list.
“When we look at how Purchase is consistently recognized by prestigious national ranking systems, we see the strength of our mission revealed. Ours is an institution driven to advance the creative process, open-minded engagement and academic excellence,” said a statement from Thomas J. Schwarz, president of SUNY Purchase. “The environment here is unique and supportive—dedicated to nurturing our students inventive spirits, ensuring our students’ academic and personal success, as well as opening doors to professional opportunities.”
Concordia (31), Iona (74), Manhattanville (83) and St. Thomas Aquinas in Sparkill (125) were on the best Regional Colleges (North) list.
“The entire St. Thomas Aquinas College community is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth time in five years,” said college President Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C. “We have been ranked highly by multiple external reporting agencies over the years. We have always considered our students and faculty to be top tier and this is a tribute to the entire college community.”