U.S. News names St. Edward's one of "America's Best Colleges"
U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward's among the top 25 master's-granting institutions in the Western region. The ranking marks the second time
St. Edward's has made the magazine's "Best Of" list in as many years thanks to continued institutional enhancement.
The formula used by U.S. News to rank schools includes a set of six criteria, including peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Moving up by even one number requires significant improvements in almost every area.
"This achievement reflects the university's continuing commitment to excellence, evident in the increasing quality of our students, academic programs and facilities," said President George E. Martin. "Excellence is the foundation of our future and underscores our mission to provide each student a transformative educational experience — the hallmark of St. Edward's University."
The latest U.S. News ranking comes four years into the university's vision to attain recognition as one of the best small universities in the country. To realize the vision, university leaders implemented a set of seven strategic priorities and an ambitious master plan that define the future direction of the university. The priorities include goals for enrollment, faculty recruitment and development, curricular and co-curricular programs, facilities and technology, financial management, endowment and marketing. The master plan includes new academic buildings and residence halls, computer and athletic facilities, a chapel and theater, as well as a revised road and parking system and landscape master plan.