A Chesapeake Bay College Cracks the Top 100

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, on the St. Mary’s River, is ranked 69th out of nearly 500 public colleges and universities nationwide, according to The Business Journal. Salisbury University just missed the top 100, coming in at 107

St. Mary’s is one of only two public honors colleges in the nation. It maxed out its five star rating on “advancement,” meaning students who kept going and graduated. St. Mary’s received four stars (out of five) for selectivity. Three stars for prestige and one star for costs. It’s a little pricey at $14,864 a year for in-state tuition and fees.

St. Mary's College of Maryland
Calvert Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“Our multidisciplinary academic program is distinguished by small class sizes, international study and copious undergraduate research, as well as student-leadership opportunities that prepare our diverse student body for graduate and professional school and careers,” says Tuajuanda Jordan, St. Mary’s College president.

Salisbury received four out of five stars for selectivity and advancement; and three out of five stars on cost, prestige and diversity. One year of tuition and fees at Salisbury University costs $8,128.

Salisbury University's Holloway Hall
Holloway Hall at Salisbury University (Photo courtesy Salisbury.edu)

The Business Journal looked at 19 metrics — including retention rate, graduate rate, tuition, and racial and ethnic diversity — for each school’s score. To be considered, schools must be four-year institutions at which at least half the degrees issued are bachelor’s degrees. Military academies were not included.

The top colleges in the nation, according to The Business Journal, are University of Michigan (#1), University of North Carolina (#2) and the University of Virginia (#3). The top in Maryland is University of Maryland, College Park (#8).

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