U.S. News Ranks St. Lawrence Among Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

St. Lawrence University ranked 56 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

Canton, NY, September 12, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The popular U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide has once again placed St. Lawrence University among the nation’s best colleges in its 2015 report.

The publication ranked St. Lawrence number 56 in the category of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, the same spot the University has held since the 2013 edition. The 2015 rankings were released Sept. 9.

While it has maintained the same ranking with U.S. News, St. Lawrence continues to increase its year-over-year scores in several key areas, including graduation and student retention rates. St. Lawrence was also once again included on the magazine’s list of A-plus Schools for B Students. The list includes colleges and universities that consider student engagement and individuality, as well as academic achievement, in admissions decisions.

“Those who know St. Lawrence well will appreciate this reliably strong ranking,” said President William L. Fox '75. “Each of these national rankings – and there are more reviews added to the mix every year – tends to have its own particular way of scoring institutions. And yet, St. Lawrence remains steadily high on all of the lists. This annual recognition of standing among the best in the nation is a source of deep pride and also affirms our institutional priorities to ensure small class sizes, superb retention results and strong graduation rates. None of these notable ‘best’ designations will surprise our graduates or their parents.”

The U.S. News Best Colleges ranking includes 233 institutions in its Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list, placing St. Lawrence in the top 25 percent of this group. The publication categorizes national liberal arts colleges as institutions that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

In other rankings released this week, The New York Times listed St. Lawrence University among the Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation. The index was based on the number of first year students from low-income income families receiving Pell Grants and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. Only colleges with four-year graduation rates of at least 75 percent were included.

St. Lawrence University was also listed among the nation's best liberal arts college by College Choice. The ranking was based on direct surveys of first-year college students.

About St. Lawrence University:

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit www.stlawu.edu.
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Ryan Deuel