WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is once again ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report ratings of best colleges and universities in the nation.

Saint Mary’s is ranked 50th in the Best Regional Universities of the Midwest category of the U.S. News Best Colleges 2019 guidebook. Saint Mary’s is among a list of 165 schools ranked in this category. The annual rankings were released today, Sept. 10, and are available at

Saint Mary’s is also ranked 49th in the U.S. News category of Best Value Schools Regional Universities of the Midwest. Saint Mary’s is among a list of 75 schools ranked in this category.

“We appreciate these rankings because we know that U.S. News & World Report is a source that many students and families look to when comparing higher education institutions,” said Father James P. Burns, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. “The report includes such areas as retention and graduation rates, strength of faculty, and employment outcomes, all of which are topics important to students, their families, and all of us at Saint Mary’s. It’s imperative for us to be constantly improving in order to provide the best possible formative and educational experience.”

The Best Regional Universities category includes 644 schools in four regions (Midwest, North, South, and West) that are recognized for offering a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s programs.

U.S. News ranks institutions according to The Carnegie Classification system.

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