Maryville University Named No. 1 Overperforming University for Second Year in a Row

ST. LOUIS – Maryville University of St. Louis has been named the No. 1 overperforming university in the nation for the second year in a row as cited by U.S. News & World Report.

Experts at U.S. News & World Report looked at data from the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014, then took peer assessment and compared it to actual rankings. Maryville University’s performance is 99 places above its peer assessments

Maryville University President Mark Lombardi said the new report show Maryville’s focus on excellence is extremely successful. “Receiving this ranking for the second year in a row, shows we are doing outstanding work for our students inside and outside the classroom. It also confirms that in higher education, great national reputations arise after years of sustained exemplary performance,” Lombardi said. “Studies such as this amplify the facts: we have an 87% retention rate, a 76% graduation rate and a 94% career placement rate, and you can’t do much better than that.”

Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report, announced the new findings in his blog, Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings. “An overperforming school’s undergraduate reputation among its academic peers has not kept pace with what it has achieved in the underlying academic indicators. This could be because academic reputation is a lagging indicator – it can take time for a school’s academic peers to understand the real progress of a university,” he wrote.

Maryville, founded in 1872, entered the National Universities category of U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2012. It is one of only three St. Louis institutions that are ranked. Maryville is also highly ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger’s as a best value.

As a private, independent university, Maryville enrolls more than 5,000 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees. Maryville has forged its outstanding reputation based on academic outcomes, small classes, individualized student attention and academic excellence.

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