U.S. News & World Report magazine again has ranked the University of St. Thomas in the third tier of its National Universities category in the magazine’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” survey.
U.S. News announced the rankings today, Aug. 20. They will be available in the publication’s newsstand book, America’s Best Colleges, and in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report. Both should be available on local newsstands early next week.
Last year St. Thomas also was listed in the third tier of the National Universities category, with schools ranked 134th to 188th and not ranked numerically. This year the third tier includes schools ranked 134th to 190th.
St. Thomas also appears on two other published lists:
This is the ninth year that U.S. News has classified St. Thomas in the National Universities category. Prior to 2001, St. Thomas was ranked among Midwest regional universities. The reclassification occurred because of the number of doctorates that St. Thomas confers.
U.S. News’ ranking system relies on selected indicators of academic quality: peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Below are St. Thomas data of interest in these categories:
There are 262 American universities (164 public and 98 private) in the National Universities category. These schools offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Harvard was No. 1, followed by Princeton and Yale. The only other Minnesota schools in this category were the University of Minnesota, tied for No. 61 and tied for No. 22 among the Top 50 National Public Universities, and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (Winona), which moved into the third tier this year.
Numerically ranked Catholic universities in this category were Notre Dame (t-20), Georgetown (t-23), Boston College (34), Fordham (t-61), Marquette (t-84), St. Louis University (t-88), San Diego and Dayton (t-110), Loyola of Chicago (t-119), Catholic University and University of San Francisco (t-121), and Duquesne (t-128).
Other Catholic universities (in addition to St. Thomas and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota) listed in the third tier of the National Universities category were DePaul in Illinois, Seton Hall in New Jersey and St. John’s in New York.
U.S. News has three other institutional categories:
Liberal Arts Colleges: These 265 liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences. Following No. 1 Amherst were Minnesota’s Carleton (8), Macalester (29), St. Olaf (t-49), St. John’s (t-68) and St. Benedict and Gustavus Adolphus (t-80). Concordia-Moorhead and the University of Minnesota-Morris are both in the third tier.
Universities-Master’s: These 572 universities are ranked in four geographic regions and provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. In the Midwest, Creighton was No. 1, and Minnesota schools were Hamline (9), Bethel (14), St. Catherine (17), Augsburg (23), St. Scholastica (t-24), University of Minnesota-Duluth (t-36), Winona State (t-47) and Bemidji State (t-71). Concordia-St. Paul, Mankato, Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State and St. Cloud State were listed in the third tier, and Metro State was in the fourth.
Baccalaureate Colleges: These 319 colleges are ranked in four regions and focus on undergraduate education; they award less than half of their degrees in the liberal arts. Minnesota’s Northwestern was 17th in the Midwest; Crown, North Central and U of M-Crookston were in the third tier; Bethany Lutheran was in the fourth.