U.S. News Ranking Brings Elms College Into Top 20

Tue Sep 24, 2013

Elms College moves up from 23 to 17 on Best Regional Colleges, North List

Elms College has risen six places in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges, North List. In the new rankings for 2014 released this September, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Elms College No. 17 on the list of Best Regional Colleges, North, well ahead of last year’s 23 ranking.

"Elms College's ranking in the top 20 for best regional colleges this year is an indicator of the quality of our academic and co-curricular programs,” commented Vice President of Academic Affairs Walter C. Breau, Ph.D. “It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the faculty and staff who foster an environment of excellence and support."

How does Elms College measure up? According to the report, a regional college is defined as a school that has an undergraduate focus with a broad range of programming in liberal arts and in the fields such as business, nursing, and education. Some of the criteria used for U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings include academic peer assessments, student retention rates, faculty assessment, financial resources, graduation rate, and the academic achievement of students entering the college.

This year's rankings recognize the impact that Elms College has made with its reputation for educating reflective, principled, and creative learners who are rooted in faith. In July, Elms College also had the distinguished honor of being named number two in Best Catholic Colleges in America by BestColleges.com, a resource that provides prospective students with the rankings of top schools in specific categories related to academics, student life and learning resources. The criteria for determining this ranking included acceptance rates, enrollment rates, test scores, surveys and interviews with field experts to determine the best Catholic colleges that blend “the powers of education and academics along with faith”.