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Money Magazine ranked St. Mary’s University the best university in San Antonio, fourth in Texas and 52nd of 705 nationally in its 2016 Best Colleges ranking. Schools were ranked based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ job success.
Five Texas schools were in the top 100: Rice (No. 4), Texas A&M (13), UT-Austin (50), St. Mary’s (52) and UT-Dallas (91). StMU tied for 52nd nationwide with Columbia University in New York City.
Money also ranked StMU 13th nationally in its 2016 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into list.
“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” as U.S. News & World Report put it. St. Mary’s was ranked third in the West region in the Best Value Schools rankings.
In its Best Colleges ranking, StMU was 21st of 124 schools in the West for academic quality, especially student outcomes. St. Mary’s has been included in the list of top-tier regional universities for 23 consecutive years.
The New York Times published an interactive tool exploring economic diversity and student outcomes in U.S. colleges and universities. The tool is based on a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project, which formulated “mobility report cards” by analyzing public data on 30 million college students and their parents. It studies their pre- and post-college income to reveal just how well the school they attended prepared them for life after college.
St. Mary’s students succeed, the results show. Thirty-eight percent of students coming from the bottom fifth of incomes as students moved to the top fifth as adults – a figure that ranks 10th of 123 Texas colleges.
The median family income of a St. Mary’s student is $61,600, among the lowest for selective private colleges. But by age 34, a St. Mary’s alum has a median personal income of $49,700, which ranks No. 102 of 578 selective private schools.
The Brookings Institution gave St. Mary’s a score of 99 out of 100, making it the top university in San Antonio, second in Texas and 17th nationally for how well it prepares students for careers – ahead of Harvard, Notre Dame, Yale, Texas A&M and UT-Austin. Brookings uses government and private data to analyze college value-added, considering the economic success of graduates – incomes, occupations and loan repayment rates.
Columnist James B. Stewart wrote that many of today’s ubiquitous college rankings are flawed in that they don’t measure institutions’ true effect on students’ futures. So he shed light on the Brookings Institution’s “value added” rankings. Stewart interviewed the author of the Brookings study, Jonathan Rothwell, who isolated the highest “value added” colleges regardless of major. Stewart dubbed it the “Brookings-Common Sense” ranking.
St. Mary’s lies in the upper echelon of 46 ranked colleges in Texas. In the South, StMU was ranked 65th of 311 schools. Nationally, St. Mary’s tied for 288th of 1,061 schools. This ranking, established in 2016 by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, takes college resources, student engagement, graduate outcomes and learning environment into consideration.
St. Mary’s was 14th of 27 schools in Texas that made the America’s Top Colleges ranking. StMU was No. 424 nationally of 660 institutions ranked, as well as 95th in the South and 289th among private colleges.
St. Mary’s appears on national, Texas and Catholic Colleges of Distinction lists. An honor, not a ranking, Colleges of Distinction has been recognizing excellence in undergraduate higher education for more than 15 years. It focuses on four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
PayScale has repeatedly recognized St. Mary’s for alumni with top salary potential in their careers, and this year was no different. For the fifth year in a row, StMU was again among Texas’ top 10 in the College Salary Report. PayScale also has St. Mary’s tied for 242 overall, out of 963 schools nationally, and tied for 146 among 502 private institutions.
For the second time in three years, StMU ranked first (of 82) in the Southwest in the Best Colleges for the Money rankings by College Factual, affiliated with USA Today. St. Mary’s sat at 23rd nationally (out of 1,211 schools) for value. In the overall Best Colleges list, StMU was 15th of 95 ranked schools in the region and 11th of 62 schools in Texas.
StMU ranked No. 4 on the 50 Best Colleges and Universities in Texas list and No. 21 (of 50) on the Best Western Regional Universities list in 2016. College Choice uses data from U.S. News, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.
The annual Readers’ Choice awards lets South Texas readers vote on their favorite institution of higher education and other categories. In 2016, St. Mary’s ended UTSA’s seven-year reign atop the College/University category.
Niche ranked St. Mary’s second of colleges in San Antonio and eighth of 74 state schools. St. Mary’s was also highly ranked among the Best Catholic Colleges in America (20 of 169), Best Small Colleges in America (75 of 1,024) and Best Value Colleges in America (119 of 1,591).
Overall, Niche analyzed 2,500 colleges and universities in the United States, graded them and ranked 1,647 – of which StMU stood at No. 211. These rankings stem from federal data, but also factor in information from the Brookings Institution as well as student reviews to help get a clearer picture of each school’s quality.
The Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s was on the Princeton Review’s national and regional lists of the Best 294 Business Schools 2017. The St. Mary’s School of Law made the list of Best 172 Law Schools 2017, as well as the Most Chosen By Older Students (No. 5 of 10) ranking.
The Princeton Review does not rank schools hierarchically in its “Best” lists because it believes all the schools it recognizes offer excellent academics and that rankings do not offer significant value to students. Each school on these lists gets a rating from 60-99 in various areas. The small, individual rankings lists are assembled from a combination of student surveys and school-reported data.
St. Mary’s twice has been named among the top graduate schools for video game design, in 2014 and 2016, ranking 25th both years. The Computer Science Department unveiled a certificate program in educational computer gaming in 2013. This certification prepares grad students for careers in the emerging industry of game-based learning.
Since being ranked No. 1 in 2010, St. Mary’s has routinely been listed among the best master’s universities in the country. There were 634 schools in Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Guide. St. Mary’s also ranked No. 57 of 199 universities in the South for Best Bang for the Buck.
St. Mary’s has had a place on this prestigious list (not a ranking) for the past four years.