Marlboro Continues to Rise in U.S. News Ranking
U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of the best national colleges and universities on September 12, and Marlboro College once again moved up the list, relative to last year. Marlboro was ranked #117 among national liberal arts colleges, which is a rise from its rank of # 128 last year and #136 the year before. The total number of colleges and universities surveyed was 1,611.
“We are delighted with Marlboro’s continued rise in ranking by U.S. News,” said Kevin Quigley, Marlboro College president. “Although it is hard for these ranking systems to fully capture the profound academic experience of a place like Marlboro, we are pleased that U.S. News acknowledges our place among our peers.”
U.S. News uses objective measures of academic quality, graduation rates, faculty information, and admissions data to obtain its rankings. For example, Marlboro is one of only three national liberal arts colleges on the list with 100 percent of its classes having less than 20 students. It combines these with measures of academic reputation, determined by a peer assessment survey.
“We consider U.S. News a valuable resource for prospective students, but it’s also important to point out many key characteristics of a college like Marlboro that are not measured by rankings,” said Kevin. “These include Marlboro’s self-directed learning, interdisciplinary approaches, close collegial relationships with faculty, and the sense of community instilled by shared governance in our Town Meetings.”