Sep. 12, 2016

2017 U.S. News Best Colleges badge

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual ranking of best colleges and universities in the nation. For the 14th consecutive year, St. Edward’s is recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges, and this year the university receives new recognition for undergraduate teaching excellence and a high proportion of international students. St. Edward’s ranks at No. 14 with a steady overall score of 67, and is one of only four Texas universities to be ranked in the top 20 among Best Regional Universities, Western Region rankings.“

During the last 10 years, St. Edward’s has risen faster than any other university in the U.S. News & World Report list for the Western Region,” said President George E. Martin. “This year, it's wonderful to receive national recognition for something we’ve known all along — St. Edward’s has talented faculty members who are dedicated to teaching critical skills that lead students on a path to opportunity, self-fulfillment and professional accomplishment.”

For the 2017 rankings St. Edward’s receives special recognition in the following categories:

A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching – Voted on by their peer institutions, the schools on this list have faculty members with notable strength in teaching undergraduate students.

The Foreign Student Factor – Our commitment to global perspective is recognized this year among a list of schools with high proportions of international undergraduate students.

A+ Schools for B Students – Universities on this list are recognized for looking beyond test scores to attract a diverse and engaged student body.

Best Colleges for Veterans – St. Edward’s continues to be recognized among schools that help make college more affordable for Veterans.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities list includes institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master’s programs. The formula used by U.S. News to rank schools includes:

  • Peer assessment
  • Freshman retention rate
  • Graduation rate
  • Percentage of classes under 20 and over 50 students
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • SAT scores for incoming freshmen
  • Percentage of freshmen who are in the top 25% of their high school class
  • The university’s overall acceptance rate
  • Average alumni giving rate

For more information on the rankings, visit U. S. News Best Colleges Rankings.