St. Mary’s University ranked fifth in the West region in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category by U.S. News Media Group, which today released the 2014 edition of its annual Best Colleges guide.

This category uses a calculation that takes into account the school’s academic quality (based on its U.S. News ranking) and the 2012-13 cost of attendance for a student receiving an average level of need-based financial aid. As U.S. News puts it, “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

“Our strategic plan calls on us to become one of the finest private universities in the region – a gateway for our graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world,” said President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D. “These goals we have set for our University and ourselves are high, and our call to excellence is great; however, these are challenging outcomes to measure. While no ranking methodology captures all factors we evaluate ourselves by, it is gratifying to see that St. Mary’s listed in the top five in the West for high quality and high value.”

St. Mary’s is also included on the list of top-tier regional universities in the West for academic reputation, a list the University has been included on for the past 20 years.

Also this week, ranked St. Mary’s graduates’ salary potential seventh among 148 institutions in the Central South region.

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