Merrimack Climbs U.S. News & World Report’s Ranking of Best Colleges

Merrimack College continued its steady climb up U.S. News & World Report magazine's Best Colleges rankings this year, leaping from 50th a year ago to 46th on the 2020 list released Monday Sept. 9. It also listed the Merrimack among the top 10 most innovative regional universities.

“We are proud of our steady ascent in these rankings,” said Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. “After spending the last decade investing heavily in our students, faculty, programs, and campus, it is gratifying to receive an external endorsement of our strategic vision.”

The magazine ranked 179 universities, including Merrimack, in the North region. The region stretches from Maryland in the mid-Atlantic to Maine, including Pennsylvania and New York.

Merrimack finished in a tie for the 35th spot among best undergraduate teaching programs for regional universities in the North category.

It also finished ranked 42nd on the list of Best Value Schools for the region. 

Merrimack tied for 110th nationally out of 210 schools for its undergraduate engineering program among schools.

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report is validation of the fantastic work being done at Merrimack College,” said Provost Allan T. Weatherwax, Ph.D. “Our professors are committed to providing our students every opportunity and advantage to help them become better professionals in their chosen fields.”

The magazine surveyed 1,922 colleges and universities then broke them into national and regional universities categories, national liberal arts colleges, and regional colleges. 

The regional universities and colleges were then placed in geographic categories, according to the magazine. Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and offer master’s degrees but seldom offer doctoral programs.

Data for the rankings was gathered last spring.


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