Misericordia University is ranked among the best national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 edition of Best Colleges after several years of ranking in the best regional north category. 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. 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.
Bellarmine University (KY), Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Illinois State University, Lipscomb University (TN), Mississippi State University, Russell Sage College (NY), Union University (TN), University of Maine, and Widener University (PA) tied Misericordia University for 206th place out of 389 colleges and universities that received national rankings.
“Being ranked among universities from across the country is a testament to the quality and scope of the programs offered at Misericordia,” says Kathleen Owens, Ph.D., president. “Having risen over time in the regional rankings, we now, for the second year, stand to be compared with the nation’s best colleges, just as our students and graduates compare favorably in both academic accomplishment and professional preparation.”
Misericordia University's graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology received national rankings of 79th, 217th, and 132nd, 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 (68%), classes with fewer than 20 students (53%), student-faculty ratio (10:1) and alumni giving rate (9%), which Misericordia routinely matches or exceeds when compared to other higher ranked schools.