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Merrimack a Forbes Top College

September 02, 2011
Merrimack College listed among top institutions in the country for the Second Consecutive Year.

Merrimack College has been named among an elite group of colleges and universities around the country being named one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine, for the second consecutive year.

“To be included among such an elite list of institutions is a testament to Merrimack College’s commitment and focus on student success,” said Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., president, Merrimack College. “Through the continued dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff, this recognition not only identifies the quality of our faculty and curriculum, but also our commitment to our students, our affordability and the success of our graduates.”

Merrimack College has been ranked 274 out of 650 accredited colleges and universities chosen by Forbes’ in the fourth annual listing. 6,600 institutions from across the country were considered for this list. In addition, Merrimack College was listed #229 among private colleges and #96 in the Northeast.

According to the magazine, “Whether they’re in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country: We review just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”

Magazine editors evaluated institutions in five different categories that include post graduate success (30%), student debt (17.5%), four-year graduation rates (17.5%) and competitive awards (7.5%). The institutions are ranked with information culled from a variety of sources such as Rate My Professor website, freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates, alumni surveys, alumni inclusion in “Who’s Who in America,” the Forbes corporate officer list and competitive awards such as the British Marshall Scholarship.

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