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STAC Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report for 2020

Sep 12, 2019

STAC Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report for 2020

For the seventh consecutive year, St. Thomas Aquinas College has been named a Top-Tier Northern Regional University by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020 Best Colleges list. Approximately 1,500 schools were ranked nationwide based on peer ratings and collected survey information.

STAC was also noted in the rankings of Regional Universities in the North as a Top Performer for Social Mobility—a new category added by U.S. News & World Report. Social mobility is measured by the percentage of students who graduated from STAC and received federal Pell Grants (those typically from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually; although most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.)

The College’s president, Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D, commented, "The excellent learning environment built upon the strength and ingenuity of our faculty makes St. Thomas Aquinas College the right place to learn. Our College is a socially responsible institution and humbly celebrates as a top performer for students eligible for federal grants."

To learn more about the process on how rankings are gathered, visit the U.S. News & World Report article at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings

About U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings
U.S. News & World Report gathered data on each school in 15 diverse areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator was assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most, with an emphasis on outcomes. Statistics included using SAT/ACT scores, graduation rates, faculty-to-student ratios, student body characteristics, post-graduate employment, and more.

STAC students sitting at tables outside; sunny weather; overlay of Best Colleges Badge as described in press release

For the seventh consecutive year, St. Thomas Aquinas College has been named a Top-Tier Northern Regional University by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020 Best Colleges list. Approximately 1,500 schools were ranked nationwide based on peer ratings and collected survey information.

STAC was also noted in the rankings of Regional Universities in the North as a Top Performer for Social Mobility—a new category added by U.S. News & World Report. Social mobility is measured by the percentage of students who graduated from STAC and received federal Pell Grants (those typically from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually; although most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.)

The College’s president, Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D, commented, "The excellent learning environment built upon the strength and ingenuity of our faculty makes St. Thomas Aquinas College the right place to learn. Our College is a socially responsible institution and humbly celebrates as a top performer for students eligible for federal grants."

To learn more about the process on how rankings are gathered, visit the U.S. News & World Report article at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings

About U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings
U.S. News & World Report gathered data on each school in 15 diverse areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator was assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most, with an emphasis on outcomes. Statistics included using SAT/ACT scores, graduation rates, faculty-to-student ratios, student body characteristics, post-graduate employment, and more.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.