Annual college rankings put three local Catholic universities in top 50

By The Catholic Review Staff
The three Catholic universities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore made the top 50 in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of best colleges and universities, released Sept. 9.
Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore ranked No. 3, up from No. 5 in last year’s 2014 rankings. Mount St. Mary’s University ranked No. 19, the first time the Emmitsburg university “cracked the top 20,” according to Sept. 9 university statement. Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore ranked No. 50, a jump from No. 60 last year.
All three Catholic universities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore were ranked among 135 “best regional universities” in the North division. No. 1 in the category was Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.
Loyola tied for the No. 3 position with the College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., a fellow Jesuit institution.
Mount St. Mary’s tied with three others: Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.
Six universities tied with Notre Dame of Maryland for No. 50: CUNY-Hunter College, New York, N.Y.; Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.; New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, N.Y.; Niagara University, Niagara University, N.Y.; and Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.
Mount St. Mary’s also ranked No. 3 in Best Colleges for Veterans. Loyola ranked No. 15 in Best Value Schools.  
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