McDaniel College among nation’s top liberal arts colleges

September 12, 2011

McDaniel College was once again ranked in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges as released today, Tuesday, September 13, by U.S. News & World Report in the 2012 annual college rankings. McDaniel stands among the nation’s liberal arts colleges emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts field of study.

For the second consecutive year, McDaniel was included among colleges and universities in the liberal-arts category in the “High School Counselor Rankings.” U.S. News surveys high school counselors for their opinions about which national liberal arts college offer the best undergraduate education for their students.

McDaniel was also again named among “A-Plus Schools for B Students” as evaluated by the freshmen retention rate, which U.S. News considers an important indicator of student satisfaction.

McDaniel’s small class sizes, admission selectivity, and graduation rates are all key measures in determining the U.S. News rankings each year. According to U.S. News, McDaniel is the only Maryland top-tiered national liberal arts college with a class size guaranteed of under 50 students.

In addition to U.S. News & World Report, McDaniel was the highest-ranked private Maryland liberal arts college in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings released August 29. McDaniel was ranked sixth in the nation in its category of public service.

Furthermore, McDaniel College was included among 70 colleges and universities in a new guidebook, “America’s Best Kept College Secrets,” and was included in Parade Magazine’s A-list as one of America’s Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges based on a survey of U.S. high school counselors.

“We certainly recognize and appreciate the visibility that rankings can bring to an institution,” said Dr. Roger Casey, president of McDaniel College. “All of these rankings combined solidify our stand that McDaniel is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.”

“Furthermore, we at McDaniel are incredibly proud of our personalized approach to learning. As this latest U.S. News ranking shows, seven of 10 of our undergraduate courses have fewer than 20 students, and all first-year seminars are limited to 15.”

Added Casey, “McDaniel continues to build on its strong community of imaginative and diverse liberal artists and scientists personally involved in the lives of our students, not just for four years, but for 40. Lifelong access to faculty and alumni networking and mentoring ensures that McDaniel graduates excel.”