Making the grade
A local university is at the head of the class when it comes to bang for your buck. St. Mary's University, a Marist liberal arts school located on the West Side, is the No. 5 best college for your money in the Southwest, according to a recent ranking from College Factual.
The university celebrated the news in an October 30 news release, noting that the honor puts it in the top 15 percent of colleges nationwide.
To determine the rankings, College Factual analyzed over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, and which schools are the best for each major.
Overall, St. Mary's earned 28 badges, and its highest-ranked major was business administration and marketing. With an average tuition cost of $26,726 and an average of 4.2 years to graduate, St. Mary's earned the No. 5 spot in the Southwest and third in Texas.
The study also highlighted the school's 12-to-1 faculty to student ratio, better than the national 15-to-1 average.
Ranking first in the Southwest region was St. John's College in Santa Fe, followed by Austin College in Sherman, Texas; Texas Tech University; and Oklahoma City University.
College Factual isn't the only report that's given St. Mary's University high marks. Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Reportranked the school No. 4 in the Best Value Schools — Regional West category. Joining it on that list was nearby Trinity University, which ranked one spot higher, at No. 3.