U.S. News & World Report ranks Maryville as a top national university


ST. LOUIS   —  U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 guide ranks Maryville University in its top “National Universities” category for the second straight year.

U.S. News released its annual rankings today (Sept. 12, 2012).

This year, Maryville again joins just two other St. Louis institutions, Washington University and St. Louis University, ranked in the national universities category. Maryville’s enrollment set a new record this year with more than 4,150 students, an increase of seven percent, from 2011.

Maryville University President Mark Lombardi said, “We are very pleased to be ranked among the best universities in the nation. U.S. News provides families with a wealth of information about higher education options, and the guide is a great starting point for high school students and their families as they look to the future.

“We provide an excellent undergraduate and outstanding graduate level experience, and in these economic times, more families are looking for the best education at the highest value. Maryville is committed to that vital goal.”

While rankings are important, Lombardi recommends that students visit schools before they make a final decision.

“I would also encourage students and their families to visit Maryville and other college campuses. We know college visits are more effective than college guides, viewbooks websites or social media sites when it comes to finding the right school. Other sources of information are important – but students say it is the visit that helps them decide which college is the best fit for them.”

Maryville has made itself known for its intimate, small classes that provide students opportunities to work closely with faculty. This year’s rankings show that in 2011, 67 percent of Maryville’s classes had 20 or fewer students, and less than one percent of all classes had 50 or more students enrolled. Maryville is also very competitive when prospective students consider retention (87 percent) and graduation rates (65 percent).