Misericordia University is ranked among the best national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of Best Colleges after graduating from the Best Regional Universities North category of the publication it had been climbing steadily in recent years.
Ball State, Oklahoma State, University of Louisville and Seattle Pacific universities tied Misericordia University for 192nd place out of 399 colleges and universities that received national rankings. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the social mobility opportunities provided by Misericordia due to its exceptional graduate rate and mission-driven focus on providing opportunity to capable first-generation students and those who have limited family financial resources. Misericordia is ranked 204th in the social mobility category.
"Moving from the US News regional ranking to their national rankings is a significant change for a small university like ours," said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president. "We still excel as an undergraduate institution committed to personal attention and high levels of engagement, but with our expanded graduate programs and research efforts, we will now be rated against some of America's best colleges and universities."
Misericordia University's graduate programs in occupational therapy and speech-language pathology received national rankings of 106th and 120th, respectively. Misericordia is one of more than 800 graduate schools surveyed annually by the publication, according to U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report uses a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence to measure the performance of colleges and universities. Key data elements examined include graduation rate (73%), classes with fewer than 20 students (50.8%), student-faculty ratio (11:1) and alumni giving rate (11.5%), which Misericordia routinely matches or exceeds when compared to other higher ranked schools.
Misericordia University is recognized as a national university after its Carnegie Classification changed from a Masters Medium to a Doctoral Professional institution of higher education for the 2019-20 academic year. The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for more than four decades, according to Carnegie.
Colleges and universities in the "National Universities" category of the ranking system offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research and/or award professional practice doctorates, according to U.S. News & World Report.
In recent years, Misericordia University achieved 35th place out of 139 colleges and universities in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities North category of U.S. News & World Report, which includes institutions of higher education in the northern United States that offer master's degrees and some doctoral programs. Misericordia also was recognized as a "Best Value" school and "Best College for Veterans'' in recent years.
In addition, Misericordia University achieved a Top 10 national ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education for having one of the best four-year graduation rates (71.2%) in the "primarily residential" category among four-year private, nonprofit colleges and universities. Money Magazine recognizes the institution for its quality and affordability in its 2019-20 Best Colleges list and the Princeton Review recommends Misericordia in its "2020 Best Colleges Region by Region'' annual feature. Also, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks Misericordia among its "Top U.S. Colleges" and College Consensus places Misericordia 17th regionally and 245th nationally.