NEW: US News Names Best Colleges 2013—How Did the Locals Do?
Thursday, September 13, 2012
There were few surprises at the top of the heap. Harvard and Princeton Universities once again tied for the #1 slot among the nation's National Universities, and Williams College in MA held on to its spot as #1 in Liberal Arts Colleges.
How did Central MA's universities and colleges do?
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Clark placed solidly in the Top 100 National Universities for 2013, coming in #83 overall, but perhaps even more of note is that the small liberal arts college ranked #28 among National Universities as a Best Value, according to US News. At Clark, 58.7% of students receive need-based grants, accounting for 54% discount from total cost. Among ranking sub categories, Clark posted its best ranking of 2013 at #57 for faculty resources and #61 for alumni giving (17% average alumni giving rate).
Worcester State University
Worcester State, the region's public institution, came in at #133 in the Regional Universities/North category in 2013. The school's best performance for 2013 was in alumni giving, ranking #85 with a 9% average alumni giving rate.
Anna Maria College
The Paxton-based college had an unpublished overall rank for 2013 among Regional Universities/North, but US News did report sub rankings for the school. Anna Maria ranked #54 in alumni giving and #101 for faculty resources.
Fitchburg State University
Like Anna Maria, Fitchburg State University's overall ranking in the Regional Universities/North group was not published by US News, but several of its sub rankings were posted. The school's best performance among its group was a #107 ranking for student selectivity.
NATIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES
The private institution in Worcester took the region's top spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2013, ranking #32 overall. The school's highest performance for 2013 was in graduation and retention, where it ranked #11 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, with a 95% freshman retention rate and a 91% 6-year graduation rate. Holy Cross also ranked #8 for alumni giving, with an annual rate of 51%.
The Dudley-based private college ranked #37 for 2013 in the Regional Colleges/North group, with several Top 50 rankings in this group. Nichols ranked #31 for financial resources, #33 for graduation and retention, and #37 for alumni giving.
With an unpublished overall ranking for 2013, Becker, the private college in Worcester, performed in the Top 50 for its group on several fronts, ranking #27 for alumni giving, #29 for financial resources, #32 for student selectivity, and #45 for faculty resources.
For more information on how US News and World Reports assesses and ranks schools, go here.
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