College Rises in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Saint Anselm College has climbed higher in the top tier of best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. For 2018, the college is ranked #106, up 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 % for Saint Anselm), as well as assessments by high school guidance counselors and the percentage of alumni giving.

“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.

Best Colleges also includes Saint Anselm 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.