September 12, 2017
Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, 2018 edition, was released today, with Saint Anselm College once again included in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges (defined as those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences). This year, the college is ranked #106, a significant rise from last year's #115 ranking (out of 1,388 schools).
In its 33rd year, U.S. News & World Report uses factors in their methodology such as average freshman retention rate (88 percent for Saint Anselm), as well as assessments by high school guidance counselors and the percentage of alumni giving.
Student selectivity metrics, such as acceptance rates, SAT scores and number of students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, are also reflected in the rankings. As a result, the college earned recognition for enrolling stronger academic classes over the past few years, and the trend is continuing: the class of 2021 is the strongest academic incoming class on record, with an average high school GPA of 3.28.
"Since our inclusion in the National Liberal Arts Category in 2010, this is our highest ranking to date. It is a testament to the increased quality of our incoming classes as well as to the campus community as a whole who have helped to retain our students at record high levels in recent years," says Eric Nichols, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission. "It is wonderful to see the College be recognized for growth in these important areas."
In an email to the campus community today, college president Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo described the ranking as reflective of Saint Anselm College's continuing efforts to provide students with the best possible experience both in and out of the classroom. He thanked faculty and staff "who give generously of their time and talents to make Saint Anselm the outstanding living-learning community that it is."
Best Colleges also includes the college on its "A+ Schools for B Students" list, which distinguishes the college as seeking "a broad and engaged student body" where "individuality and seriousness of purpose" count. The list acknowledges that Saint Anselm has a learning environment where more average students who demonstrate determination and hardworking commitment have the opportunity to thrive. Saint Anselm is also ranked on the "Best Value Schools" list, which takes into account both academic quality and cost, including only schools from the top half of the Best Colleges rankings lists.