U.S. News ranks St. Mary’s third in West for quality, value

St. Mary’s University was ranked third in the West region in the Best Value Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which today released the 2017 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 Best Colleges ranking) and the 2015-2016 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.”

“Another prominent publication has put St. Mary’s among the best colleges based on quality and affordability,” said President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D. “It’s further evidence that we are achieving our goal to be a gateway for our graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.”

In the Best Colleges ranking, St. Mary’s is 21st of 124 universities in the West for academic quality, especially student outcomes. The University has been included in the list of top-tier regional universities for 23 consecutive years.

In July, Money Magazine ranked St. Mary’s as the best in San Antonio, fourth in Texas and 52nd nationally among 705 colleges and universities in its Best Value Colleges ranking. Last year, the Brookings Institution, a prestigious U.S. think tank, listed St. Mary’s as best in San Antonio, tied for first in Texas and 17th in the nation for preparing our graduates for career success. PayScale has repeatedly recognized the University for its graduates’ strong salary potential.


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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