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U.S. News & World Report 2015 College Rankings Include All 28 U.S. Jesuit Institutions

September 12, 2014 — All 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities have been ranked near the top of their classification categories in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” report.

For the twelfth consecutive year, Creighton University was ranked first for Midwest master’s universities.

Among 84 master’s universities ranked in the West, four Jesuit institutions were in the top five: Santa Clara University (second), Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University (tied at third) and Seattle University (fifth).  Santa Clara University was also highlighted as having the highest freshman retention rate of any master’s university in the country and the highest graduation rate in the West at 84 percent.

Jesuit schools also stood out in the category of “Best Colleges for Veterans,” where Georgetown University ranked first. Other Jesuit schools that ranked highly in this category include Marquette University, Saint Louis University, Xavier University, Le Moyne College, Spring Hill College, Wheeling Jesuit University and Rockhurst University.

Below is the  list of Jesuit institutions in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings; click here to view the full list of institutions.

National Universities (committed to research; offer full range of undergraduate majors, master's and doctorate programs; 201 ranked)

21. Georgetown University
31. Boston College
58. Fordham University
76. Marquette University
99. Saint Louis University
106. Loyola University Chicago
106. University of San Francisco


Liberal Arts Colleges (
emphasize undergraduate education; 178 ranked)
34. College of the Holy Cross

Regional Master’s Universities Rankings (offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs)

North
(135 ranked)
3. Fairfield University
3. Loyola University Maryland
7. University of Scranton
11. Saint Joseph’s University
19. Le Moyne College
27. Canisius College
98. Saint Peter’s University


South (92 ranked)
11. Loyola University New Orleans
18. Spring Hill College


Midwest (109 ranked)
1. Creighton University
5. Xavier University
7. John Carroll University
14. Rockhurst University
41. University of Detroit Mercy


West (84 ranked)
2. Santa Clara University
3. Gonzaga University
3. Loyola Marymount University
5. Seattle University
29. Regis University


Regional Colleges – South (74 ranked)
11. Wheeling Jesuit University

[Source: Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities]





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