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U.S. News Rankings Place CUA on Second Tier


U.S. News and World Report’s college ranking guide is out, and The Catholic University of America has landed among the second tier of 228 national universities.

The magazine ranks the first 50 universities; the rest are grouped into tiers based on their performance.

The university’s small classes and personal attention were two features that stood out in comparison with other national universities. CUA was among the highest of second-tier universities based on the percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students. With 63 percent of classes at 20 or fewer students, CUA ranks fifth among second-tier universities.

Based on academic reputation, CUA ranked in the top half of 228 national universities. The magazine’s ranking formula considers seven categories: academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

"While we’re happy with the news, we’re working hard to improve the university in all areas to place higher on the national rankings in the future," said John Convey, provost of the university.

The national university of the Catholic Church, CUA is the nation’s only university established by the U.S. Catholic Church bishops. The campus has approximately 5,700 students from all states and more than 100 countries enrolled in schools of religious studies, philosophy, law, arts and sciences, engineering, social service, nursing, music, library and information science, and architecture and planning.


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