For another year in a row, the College of Our Lady of the Elms ranks in the Top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of Best Regional Colleges (North).

Elms College Ranked in US News & World Report’s Top 25 Best Colleges in the Northern Region

 

Elms College Ranked in US News & World Report’s Top 25 Best Colleges in the Northern Region

For another year in a row, the College of Our Lady of the Elms ranks in the Top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of Best Regional Colleges (North). Elms is one of only five colleges in the state that made the Top 25, and one of only two in Western Massachusetts.

The college also was named No. 10 on the list of Best Value Schools in the region, and No. 9 in the Freshman Retention Rate category.

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings are designed to help students and their families find colleges that offer the best academic value for their money. The list provides at-a-glance breakdowns of each institution, and ranks them based on such indicators of excellence including value and first-year student retention rate.

#10 - Best Value Schools (Regional Colleges: North)

The Best Value category calculation considers each school's academic quality (its 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking) and the net cost of attendance in 2014-2015 for a student receiving average need-based financial aid. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the U.S. News staff wrote. The following variables determined the Best Values rankings: ratio of quality to price; need-based aid; and average discount. With most Elms students -- 87.1 percent -- receiving need-based grants and the average cost after receiving those grants being $27,871, Elms made the top 10 list in this category.

#9 - Freshman Retention Rate (Regional Colleges: North)

Up to a third of first-year students do not return for their second year of college, because of financial issues, family problems or other hurdles. “Some colleges do a great job of taking care of their freshmen; some don't,” the U.S. News staff wrote. The retention rates in this category represent the average percentage of freshmen who started college in autumn 2010 through fall 2013 and who returned to school the following autumn. Elms College’s retention rate is 82 percent, an indicator of student satisfaction, according to US News & World Report.