U.S. News Rankings Identify Marymount Among Best Schools

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Marymount California University is once again among the highest-ranked universities on U.S. News & World Report‘s 2020 best colleges list.

New this year is Marymount’s appearance on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list, a move from the Regional Colleges list to the national rankings. The categorization of schools is determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. National Liberal Arts Colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

“We are grateful to our faculty and staff who help us attain this acknowledgment and demonstrate their commitment each and every day to increasing the quality and visibility of our program,” said President Brian Marcotte. “We’re also appreciative of our wonderfully diverse and talented student body and alumni who make us proud.”

Among the factors considered for inclusion in the rankings are success at retaining and graduating students within six years, class size, student-faculty ratio, faculty salaries, proportion of faculty with the highest degrees in their fields, proportion of faculty who are full-time, academic reputation, selectivity of admissions, standardized test scores, high school class standings and alumni giving.

Of special note, Marymount scored 42nd in Top Performers on Social Mobility. This indicator—new for the 2020 rankings—evaluates which schools best serve underrepresented students. The 2020 methodology also factors in which schools support first-generation college students through graduation.