Misericordia University is ranked among the best national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 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.
Ball State University (IN), Bellarmine University (KY), Bethel University (MN), Florida A&M, Florida Institute of Technology, Hampton University (VA), Illinois State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Maryville University of St. Louis, and Sacred Heart University (CT) tied Misericordia University for 202nd place out of 391 colleges and universities that received national rankings.
“It is important for everyone to remember that Misericordia University is now being evaluated against hundreds of other universities on a national scale, not simply just those in our area of the country,” says Daniel J. Myers, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “The breadth and depth of the programs we offer, combined with their noted ability to educate competent professionals who are broad-minded thinkers, has put us into the national conversation for higher education.”
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 (74%), classes with fewer than 20 students (55%), student-faculty ratio (10:1) and alumni giving rate (10%), which Misericordia routinely matches or exceeds when compared to other higher ranked schools.