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U.S. News & World Report Ranks University of St. Thomas Among Best Colleges and a Best Value in the West

US News and World Report Best in the West BadgeUniversity of St. Thomas ranks 28th in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States.   The University also ranked ninth as one of its best value universities in the west.

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings can help prospective students and their families compare institutions as they look for the right school. For the majority of prospective college students and their families, cost is a major factor in determining which schools are viable options.  This best buy designation means that UST provides the highest quality education for a value price.

“UST is honored to be recognized as one of the best in the west for impacting lives and careers of our students,” UST President Dr. Richard Ludwick said.

The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality. They allow prospective students to compare at a glance the relative quality of U.S. institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.

Along with the rankings is a searchable online directory of school profiles. Each one includes data used in the rankings, user reviews of schools, plus key characteristics on applying, academics, cost, student life, safety, services, post-graduate employment and salary outcomes.

UST’s low student to faculty ratio of 11:1 and the high percentage of freshmen who rank in the top quarter of the high school graduating class were key factors in St. Thomas’ ranking.

University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic university, offers 36 undergraduate degrees and 19 graduate degree programs, including three doctoral programs in philosophy, education and nursing.  The 656 regional universities in this category are not ranked nationally but rather against their peer group in one of four regions – North, South, Midwest and West.

St. Thomas is celebrating the largest freshman class in its 71-year history in 2018. The University welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. About 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students come to St. Thomas from 34 states and 61 countries. 

“Our student body reflects the diversity of Houston,” Vice President for Enrollment Services Arthur Ortiz said. “It may be surprising to some that almost 25 percent of our undergraduate students come from households with annual incomes of $40,000 or less, and many of these are first-generation college students. Eighty-six percent of students receive financial aid.”