Saint Michael’s College,Saint Michael’s College is ranked 105th in the Best (national) Liberal Arts Colleges category of the 2010 edition of the U.S. News & World Report magazine s popular, but controversial, rankings of American colleges and universities. Having moved two years ago from North Regional Masters University category to National Liberal Arts College category, Saint Michael’s entered a much more competitive, much larger category of colleges. The rankings, which include some 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges(link is external), will also be published in the September issue of the U.S.News & World Report magazine, on newsstands starting August 20th.Saint Michael s ranking, at 105th, ties with Goucher, Hampshire, Hanover, Hollins, and Presbyterian Colleges and Ohio Wesleyan University. Saint Michael s position was bolstered by an excellent graduation rate, freshman retention rate, percentage of full-time faculty, and SAT scores. Saint Michael s ranked in the top 15 of the North Regional Masters Universities category for 17 years, prior to changing categories. We continue to be pleased that we find ourselves among a good group of schools in the country, said Jerry Flanagan, Saint Michael s vice president for enrollment and admission. We feel that in times when families are making decisions about college they will continue to see the consistent value of a Saint Michael s College education that focuses on development of the whole person, through our strong academic and extracurricular program, he said. The University of Vermont ranked 88th in the National Universities category and Middlebury ranked fourth in the Liberal Arts Colleges national category. Champlain College ranked 13th in the North Region Baccalaureate Colleges.Extensive analysis shows that rankings closely parallel the financial endowment level of thecolleges and universities throughout the country. According to U.S. News, rankings for Best Liberal Arts Colleges are based on the following data: peer assessment, 25%; graduation and retention rates, 20%; faculty resources 20%; student selectivity, 15%; financial resources 10%; alumni giving 5%, and graduation rate performance 5%.Included in the prestigious Princeton Review Best 371 Colleges: 2010 EditionSaint Michael’s College is included in the Princeton Review s The Best 371Colleges: 2010 Edition, and is one of the 270 institutions nationwide allowed to host a chapter of the national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, on its campus. Saint Michael s is also ranked 2nd for Great Town-Gown Relations and 9th for Best Quality of Life in the Princeton Review.Why Saint Michael s changed categoriesU.S. News uses the categories for colleges created by The Carnegie Foundation, which invited Saint Michael s to switch from the Northern Regional Masters University to the National Liberal Arts Colleges category in the winter of 2006. A determination was made that Saint Michael s fit better into that category because undergraduate liberal arts is the core of Saint Michael s program. The invitation to make this change was offered to some 90 institutions that offer master s degrees, but whose profiles showed affinity with the traditional undergraduate college model in terms of size, residential level, and size of undergraduate and graduate programs.Saint Michael s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), is a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college that provides an education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools they need to lead a successful, purposeful life that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation s Best 371 Colleges, ranking as 9th among institutions in Quality of Life and 2nd in Town-Gown Relations. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus. Saint Michael s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students. In recent years, Saint Michael s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and its professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last nine years. The college is listed as one of the nation s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America s top college towns.