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STAC Ranks Among 2021 Best Colleges and as a Top Performer for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

Sep 16, 2020

STAC Ranks Among 2021 Best Colleges and as a Top Performer for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

St. Thomas Aquinas College has once again ranked among the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2021 along with ranking in the top tier for Social Mobility for the second year in a row. 

“Best Colleges” ranks institutions granting bachelor’s degrees and are assessed on 17 measures of academic quality. U.S. News benchmarks each school’s relative performance across different ranking indicators and includes many of the latest statistics used in the calculations—such as the student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates, application requirements, tuition and financial aid policies, student body demographics, and campus life.   

“Social Mobility” is measured by the percentage of students who graduated from an institution and received federal Pell Grants (those typically from households with low family incomes.) STAC President Ken Daly commented, “We are delighted to receive this recognition from U. S. News as one of the best colleges for the social mobility of our students. Given the social justice issues that our students are currently facing in their communities, there has never been a more important time to support these vulnerable students and provide them with the guidance and mentoring they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.”
 

About U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings
U.S. News & World Report gathered data on each school in 17 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.

3 STAC students outside on Costello Hall Poggi Pavillion steps talking. Tree in background; U.S. News red white and blue logo

St. Thomas Aquinas College has once again ranked among the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2021 along with ranking in the top tier for Social Mobility for the second year in a row. 

“Best Colleges” ranks institutions granting bachelor’s degrees and are assessed on 17 measures of academic quality. U.S. News benchmarks each school’s relative performance across different ranking indicators and includes many of the latest statistics used in the calculations—such as the student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates, application requirements, tuition and financial aid policies, student body demographics, and campus life.   

“Social Mobility” is measured by the percentage of students who graduated from an institution and received federal Pell Grants (those typically from households with low family incomes.) STAC President Ken Daly commented, “We are delighted to receive this recognition from U. S. News as one of the best colleges for the social mobility of our students. Given the social justice issues that our students are currently facing in their communities, there has never been a more important time to support these vulnerable students and provide them with the guidance and mentoring they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.”
 

About U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings
U.S. News & World Report gathered data on each school in 17 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.

For more information, contact: Annie Lombardi, 845.398.4016 or [email protected]
 

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 approximately 2,000 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 and in Social Mobility, 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.