St. Mary’s University is ranked ninth in the West region for quality and value in the 2012 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue, which will be available on newsstands September 20. The rankings are available online today at

The “Great Schools, Great Prices” category evaluates schools by relating academic quality to the net cost of attendance. In this formula, the higher the quality of the academic program, and the lower the cost of attendance, the better deal the school is for a student receiving an average level of need-based financial aid. Additionally, St. Mary’s is listed as a top-tier institution for the 18th consecutive year.

“St. Mary’s, as a Catholic and Marianist institution, is committed to providing a quality education that is of the highest quality while being both accessible and affordable to all students,” said St. Mary’s President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. “With the costs of attending college today, it is important that students know they are receiving a good value for their money. To again be recognized in this way speaks directly to our mission and is a reflection of the quality and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

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