U.S. News Again Ranks Marymount in Top Tier of Regional Universities

Arlington, VA. – Marymount University again ranks in the top tier of Regional Universities in the South in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Marymount ranks 37th among 97 universities in the top tier, up from 46 a year ago. This is the sixth consecutive year that Marymount has placed among the top 50 institutions in the region.

The 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” will be on newsstands Sept. 23. For a full list of rankings, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.

The 2015 Best Colleges guide compares more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, student to faculty ratio, and alumni giving.

Marymount is also regionally ranked in two categories whose results will be available online only at www.usnews.com/colleges.

MU ranks 2nd in the South for Campus Ethnic Diversity. The list identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. Marymount’s undergraduate student body is comprised of individuals from 36 states and 50 countries.

Marymount ranks 11th of 41 Southern schools on the 2015 Best Colleges for Veterans list. This is the second year that U.S. News has published this list and the second year that Marymount has been ranked in the top tier. The school currently has more than 175 active duty military service members, veterans, and their dependents pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Marymount was named a 2014 Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, which provides annual grants to qualifying veterans.

“We are pleased with Marymount’s advancement in these prestigious rankings as they recognize the University’s ongoing efforts to achieve new heights of excellence and achievement,” said Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank. “Marymount is committed to creating a culture of engagement that fosters intellectual curiosity, service to others and a global perspective in our students. Our faculty and staff are the ones who make the University such a great place, and I thank them for their hard work in securing this national recognition.”

For more information about the 2015 Best Colleges ranking methodology, visit www.usnews.com/collegemeth.