Eight Catholic universities and colleges made Forbes’ top 100 in its annual list of America’s Top Colleges, published earlier this month. The magazine lists 650 U.S. colleges and universities based on teaching quality, student career prospects, graduation rates and student debt levels, according to the magazine. The University of Notre Dame in Indiana ranked highest among Catholic schools at #18.
Here are the Catholic higher education institutions that made the top 100, along with their ranking, location, annual costs and enrollments:
- 18 — University of Notre Dame, Indiana; $53,239; 11,816
- 26 — Boston College, Massachusetts; $54,624; 15,036
- 27 — College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts; $54,432; 2,932
- 47 — Georgetown University, District of Columbia; $56,485; 16,520
- 67 — Santa Clara University, California; $53,742; 8,846
- 84 — St. Norbert College, Wisconsin; $37,392; 2,304
- 85 — St. Anselm College, New Hampshire; $45,705; 1,915
- 88 — St. Michael’s College, Vermont; $45,630; 2,466
Dozens of other Catholic schools were listed throughout the rankings.
College ranking always are dubious at best, but college administrators and recruiters continue a love-hate relationship with them since they don’t go unnoticed by parents and students. Probably the best known rankings are the U.S. News and World Report annual lists of best colleges and graduate schools. The Forbes list uses a different methodology which takes into account student debt levels — a very important issue for students since it indicates the size of student loans that they may carry after graduation.