College rankings again place CSB, SJU among national leaders

Campus & Community Academics

September 27, 2021

Fall is here, which means it’s time for colorful trees, falling temperatures, football and … college rankings.

Every fall, organizations rank colleges and universities in various categories. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are no exception as both schools show up in various rankings.

Here’s a look at some of the significant rankings involving CSB and SJU:

College Factual

Among 63 colleges in Minnesota, CSB ranked No. 3 and SJU No. 5.

On a national scale, CSB was ranked No. 107 and SJU No. 142. CSB’s ranking puts it in the top 4.2% of the schools in the country examined by College Factual, while SJU’s ranking is in the top 5.5% of the schools.

College Factual’s analysis looked at 2,576 schools in the United States to determine which were the best in terms of overall quality. Its ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as graduation rate, post graduate earnings and a school's average expenditure per student to make this determination.

Washington Monthly

Both CSB and SJU made massive gains in the Monthly’s national ratings of liberal arts schools.

CSB was ranked No. 18 and SJU No. 49 among liberal arts schools. CSB rose from No. 31 and SJU from No. 60 in the Monthly’s 2020 findings.

Washington Monthly ranks liberal arts colleges — four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs — based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service.

Both schools were also ranked in the Monthly’s category, “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges – Midwest.” CSB was rated No. 18 and SJU No. 71.

In this ranking, the Monthly looked at how well colleges help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions.

Princeton Review

Listed jointly, CSB/SJU was named among the “Best Colleges” by the Princeton Review. No numerical rating was given to any of the 387 schools listed nationwide (they are listed alphabetically). The “Best Colleges” guide has been published since 1992 and features only about 14% of America’s four-year colleges.

U.S. News and World Report

CSB rose slightly to No. 92 in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings of liberal arts schools. That was an improvement of four spots from the magazine’s 2021 placement. Meanwhile, SJU checked in at No. 105, a slight drop from its 2021 ranking (No. 102).

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

One part of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings asked graduates if they had made the “right choice” - if they could start over again, would they still choose the college they selected? SJU was tied for No. 1 in Minnesota with a 8.6 ranking (out of 10). CSB was third with an 8.5 ranking. SJU and CSB ranked Nos. 1-2 among private colleges.

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