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St. Catherine University second statewide among regional universities in U.S. News and World Report rankings

Among all Minnesota colleges and universities across multiple categories, St. Kate’s is first in the “Best Colleges: Racial Diversity” rankings with a diversity index of .43.
Among all Minnesota colleges and universities across multiple categories, St. Kate’s is first in the “Best Colleges: Racial Diversity” rankings with a diversity index of .43.
Andy Ferron

St. Catherine University remains first regionally in racial diversity in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2011.”

St. Kate’s is ranked 17, second highest in Minnesota in the "Regional Universities-Midwest" category that includes 146 public and private institutions. St. Kate's is also the highest ranking institution in Minnesota in racial diversity of its student body.

"St. Kate's has a long history of of providing a high-quality education at an affordable price for high-ability students," said Senior Vice-President Colleen Hegranes. "This September will see St. Kate's welcoming its largest and most diverse first-year class in 30 years."

There are 572 universities in four regions across the country. U.S. News renamed categories this year instead of using the classification system established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  For 2011, institutions are listed under four headings:

  • National universities
  • National liberal arts colleges
  • Regional universities
  • Regional colleges

First in Minnesota in racial diversity

Among all Minnesota colleges and universities across multiple categories, St. Kate’s is first in the “Best Colleges: Racial Diversity” rankings with a diversity index of .43. The U.S. News formula produces a diversity index between 0.0 and 1.0 — the highest possible rating.

Among Regional Universities-Midwest institutions in Minnesota, St. Kate’s is ranked first in two categories, “Economic Diversity among Top–Ranked Schools” and “Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded.”

"Economic Diversity" gauges an institution’s efforts to achieve economic diversity by the percentage of students receiving federal Pell grants. Thirty-three percent of Katies receive Pell grants. Institutions ranking high in the “Need-Based Aid Awarded” supplied the largest need-based financial aid packages, on average, during the 2009-2010 school year.

St. Kate's was also listed among "A-Plus Schools for B students." Regional universities had to be in the top half of their region and accept "a meaningful proportion of non–"A" students." The magazine noted instiutions where "nonsuperstars have a shot at being accepted and thriving" and advised students to "Display your individuality."

More about rankings

Rankings are composed of six components:

  • Peer assessment (25 percent)
  • Graduation and retention rates (25 percent)
  • Faculty resources (20 percent)
  • Student selectivity (15 percent)
  • Financial resources (10 percent)
  • Alumni giving (5 percent)

Additional rankings

Other Minnesota colleges and universities in the "Regional Universities-Midwest" category include Hamline University (9), Bethel University (17), Augsburg College (22), College of St. Scholastica (24), University of Minnesota–Duluth (34), Winona State University (49), Minnesota State University, Mankato (65), St. Cloud State University (81), Minnesota State University–Moorhead (84), Bemidji State University (92), Concordia University–St. Paul (95) and Southwest Minnesota State University–Morris (104).

Aug. 17, 2010 by Julie Michener

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