For many people, national rankings don’t mean much. Ask any football coach what rankings mean to his preparation and execution, and they will likely say “nothing.” Rankings for colleges and universities are much the same…but they will happen regardless, and it is worth giving them some thought. It is particularly easy to pay attention when your institution is rapidly climbing up the charts…and you guessed it, Mercyhurst College is on that track. In the rankings released earlier this week, Mercyhurst rose 36 spots to be ranked No. 49 in the top tier of universities in the north region! Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., was pleased wtih the ranking, ““We are again pleased to have the quality of a Mercyhurst education recognized by U.S.News & World Report in its ‘Best Colleges Guidebook,”’ said Gamble. “What is most impressive to me is how quickly Mercyhurst has ascended in the rankings.”
As you may know, there are many factors that contribute to an institution’s ranking – academic rigor, retention, faculty resources, and the one we’re most passionate about, alumni giving. It should be noted that our rise in alumni giving – from 18% in 2008-09 to 20% in 2009-10 – is most certainly a factor in helping Mercyhurst climb those rankings.