This fall, Saint Anselm College was once again named among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in both The Princeton Review’s “The 381 Best Colleges” and U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” 2017 editions.
In The Princeton Review, the college was ranked 8th in the nation for Best Campus Food (up two spots from last year’s ranking) and 6th for Most Engaged in Community Service (up from 13th in 2016), as well as being rated 20th for Happiest Students, 11th for Most Religious Students and included on the Best Northeastern list.
“We are ranked among the best because we have the best people,” says Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, college president. “These rankings speak to the unwavering dedication and commitment of all Anselmians.
Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. The primary criterion for selection is outstanding academics, and schools are categorized and ranked based on a survey of 143,000 students nationwide on more than 80 questions about each school’s academics, administration, and student body.
U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranked 1,374 colleges and universities, including Saint Anselm at #115 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).
The publication uses many factors in their methodology: average freshman retention rate, assessments by high school guidance counselors, the percentage of alumni giving, acceptance rates, and student selectivity metrics. As a result, the college earned recognition for enrolling stronger academic classes over the past few years.
U.S. News also included Saint Anselm on its “A+ Schools for B Students” list, which distinguishes the college as seeking “a broad and engaged student body.” The list acknowledges that Saint Anselm has a learning environment where students who demonstrate determination and hardworking commitment have the opportunity to thrive.