August 04, 2011
Story by: Barbara LeBlanc
Saint Anselm College ranks 85 this year among America's Top Colleges, an annual ranking prepared for Forbes. It also is among Princeton Review's 376 Best American Colleges, scoring high marks in the Best Campus Food and Most Beautiful Campus categories.
Saint Anselm appeared on the Forbes list just below Boston University, Mount Holyoke College and Saint Norbert College, and outranked such institutions as Hobart, William Smith, St. Michaels, Brandeis and Carnegie Mellon.
The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington D.C. think tank, prepares the ranking for Forbes, using data from the U.S. Department of Education. It focuses on quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt, ignoring the question of a school's reputation.
"We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?" Forbes says on its website.
The Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm as 11th for best food and 17th for the beauty of the hilltop campus. It also is listed among this year's 220 Best Northeastern Colleges.
"Students almost universally gush about their 'passionate' professors," Princeton Review said in its description of the college. A nursing student was quoted saying, "They are always willing to set a time with you outside of class for help."
Saint Anselm "requires you to work very hard, but in a warm, friendly, and respectful atmosphere where there are plenty of opportunities to make your college years fantastic," a business major told the Review.