A group of students studying in Storm's Den.
The College has once again landed on U.S. News & World Report magazine's list of America's "Best Colleges."
St. Scholastica was ranked no. 33 among Best Regional Universities in the Midwest region. Regional universities are classified by U.S. News & World Report as institutions that draw most heavily from surrounding states and provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs, but few doctoral programs.
"This recognizes St. Scholastica's institution-wide commitment to success, as illustrated by small class sizes, low student:faculty ratios, and strong graduation and retention rates, all of which figure into the ranking criteria," said Beth Domholdt, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The rankings examined a variety of metrics, including average retention rates, graduation rates and class sizes.
Additionally, U.S. News & World Report included St. Scholastica on the "A+ Schools for B Students" in the Midwest and at no. 27 in "Best Colleges for Veterans" in the Midwest. For the "A+ Schools for B Students" list, U.S. News & World Report screened colleges where students' hard work and attitude can make all the difference in the admissions office, even with a GPA in the B-range. To qualify, according to the magazine's methodology, schools had to have an average freshman retention rate of at least 75 percent, and "had to admit a meaningful proportion of applicants whose test scores and class standing put them in non-A territory."
This year, the College expects to enroll its largest-ever student body of 4,340. That's a 2.4 percent increase over last year. The traditional undergraduate student body will be about 1,840, with graduate, extended and online students numbering about 2,500.