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Saint Anselm Ranks in Top Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges

September 10, 2013

Barbara LeBlanc
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Saint Anselm College has been ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" category. 

Saint Anselm students talk with facultyJumping 10 points over last year's ranking, Saint Anselm is ranked at 120 in the first tier of colleges that award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences, which includes schools such as Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, and Middlebury. Saint Anselm's standing represents a 10-point rise in its ranking compared to the 2013 edition.

"We are pleased to see Saint Anselm College fare so well in this closely watched ranking," said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college. "At Saint Anselm, we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality education in a setting where the students' success is our highest priority."

U.S. News & World Report measures colleges according to such factors as average freshman retention rate (86 percent for Saint Anselm), the graduation rate (74 percent), and the percentage of first-year students who were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class (20 percent). Assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, and acceptance rates are also among the data included in the methodology.

This is the latest college survey in which Saint Anselm is ranked favorably compared with other colleges and universities, nationally.

Affordable Colleges online High ROI CollegesOn the important question of whether a college education is worth the investment, PayScale, an online salary, benefits and compensation information company, ranked Saint Anselm #216 among colleges and universities nationally for return on investment. Its ROI is the 21st highest among institutions in the six New England states, and one of only two colleges in New Hampshire that were included, the other being Dartmouth college.

Statewide, Saint Anselm was ranked second by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, which analyzed 45 colleges in New Hampshire and ranked the top nine that provided students with the greatest lifetime return on investment.

Data from earlier this year show that 98 percent of the college's 2012 graduates were employed, in graduate school, or engaged in service.  The news comes at a time when many people are asking whether the cost of attending college-especially a private, liberal arts college-is justified by the potential career payoff.

Saint Anselm College also is among "The Best 378 Colleges," according to the 2014 edition published by The Princeton Review. Only 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide.

Saint Anselm College receives an academic rating of 83, based on criteria including student/faculty ratio (11:1), professors' interest and accessibility, and the percentage of students who graduate within four years. Saint Anselm also receives a rating of 83 for the quality of campus life, and the food made the top 20 for all featured colleges.