U.S. News Names Fisher among Best Value Schools
St. John Fisher College earned a top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Value Schools list, a specialized ranking of the publication’s America’s Best Colleges feature. Coming in at No. 37, Fisher was listed among national universities who provide a high quality of education at a best value.
For the seventh year in a row, the College was also included among the 300 top tier institutions in the National Universities category. Fisher was ranked No. 145, up one spot from the 2017 list. One of only three local institutions ranked in the National Universities category, the College offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.
“We are proud to once again be recognized in the U.S. News rankings for our academic quality and value,” said Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of the College. “Our inclusion underscores the collaborative nature of our faculty and staff in providing transformative educational experiences for our students, both inside and outside of the classroom.”
In the National Universities category, Fisher was also named to U.S. News’ 2017 Best Colleges for Veterans ranking, which provides data on top-ranked schools that offer the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Fisher ranked No. 94. Schools included in the list were required to have enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members, or a critical mass, during the 2016-2017 academic year. This academic year, Fisher has more than 70 students who receive financial benefits from the Veteran Administration. Veterans also receive support and resources through Fisher’s Veterans Affairs Office as well as the Veterans Affairs student organization.
Finally, Fisher was ranked No. 177 in the High School Counselor list, and the College’s School of Business programs were ranked No. 331.
Fisher’s intimate campus—the student to faculty ratio is 11:1—aids students in their successful completion of their first year and beyond. Fisher’s first-to-second year retention rate is above the national retention rate for like institutions.
Academic rigor in the College’s professional schools translates into consistently high pass rates on licensure exams for accounting, nursing, and pharmacy students, while across the College, internship opportunities, experiential learning, international experiences, career services and resources, and a strong alumni network help new graduates navigate their professional careers.