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Saint Xavier climbs in U.S. News rankings

Academic standards, faculty resources also on the rise

Chicago (Aug. 19, 2005) – Saint Xavier University has moved up in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The annual rankings, which will reach newsstands on Monday, Aug. 22, saw the university improve five places from 46 last year to 41 this year among “Best Universities” in the Midwest offering up to a master’s degree. U.S. News ranks universities that offer up to a master’s degree by region, concluding that those universities tend to draw students from within their region.

There are 145 master-level universities in the Midwest region, placing Saint Xavier in the top 30 percent based on the U.S. News rankings.

“I believe our ranking is the result of an aggressive campaign among our faculty, staff and administrators to promote excellence in every facet of our higher education offerings, from curriculum to student services to facilities,” noted Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “The rankings are a testament to the hard work we as a community have committed to in order to fulfill a promise of excellence.”

U.S. News bases its regional rankings on academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Among Saint Xavier scores, increases in these categories include student performance, such as median ACT scores, graduation rates and the faculty-student ratio.

“The increase in ACT scores continues the steady rise in our students’ level of preparation and in our own standards,” said Dominick Hart, interim vice president of Academic Affairs. “At the same time, Saint Xavier University remains committed to providing the support necessary to the success of all students who come to us.”

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier is a private institution serving more than 5,700 students at campuses in Chicago and Orland Park.     

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