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Merrimack a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional College

September 13, 2011
Merrimack College listed among top institutions for Educational Excellence

Merrimack College has been ranked 8th in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 rankings of best northeast colleges. Merrimack College has been ranked in the Best Regional Colleges – North, which includes institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a wide range of degree programs in liberal arts and professional fields such as business, education and the sciences.
 
“Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a leading northern regional college demonstrates Merrimack’s commitment to providing an outstanding undergraduate education and is a result of our investments in the College and our mission,” said Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., president, Merrimack College. “Our successes and achievements of being a competitive institution are a direct result of the faculty, staff and students who find personal and professional pride in what the accomplish.”
 
Among the criteria used in ranking colleges and universities are 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence.  Among these factors are peer assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, retention and graduation rates, financial resources, and alumni giving. These criteria take into consideration several factors including acceptance rate, SAT scores, alumni donors, and class sizes.
 
The publication groups colleges and universities that are similar in mission, size and course offerings, and then ranks them into tiers according to a variety of evaluation criteria including academic reputation, freshman retention rate, student/faculty ratio and average graduation rate. The exclusive rankings are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in the 2012 edition of the Best Colleges Guidebook and on U.S. News.com.
 
About Merrimack College
The only Catholic Augustinian college in New England, Merrimack College is a selective, independent, co-educational institution with 2,000 full-time students from 20 states and 20 countries. Merrimack’s beautiful 220-acre campus is situated 20 minutes north of Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts. Featuring rigorous academics, small classes, and a close-knit residential community, Merrimack offers a wide range of business, education, engineering, liberal arts, science and engineering programs. Our reputation for inspiring excellence is exemplified through our 22,000 alumni—accomplished professionals who are committed to serving the greater good.

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