St. Ambrose Univrsity reports a significant rise in National Ranking

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

St. Ambrose University officials are reporting top marks from two national ranking publications, including a 10-place jump in ranking from last year’s U.S. News & World Report poll.

U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review have rated St. Ambrose University among the top universities in the region. St. Ambrose has received a 30th place ranking from the U.S. News & World Report—up 10 places and in the top tier—among “Best Regional Universities – Midwest.” The region includes 12 states.

In addition, this is the ninth year in a row St. Ambrose has been selected by the Princeton Review as one of 155 institutions of higher education given a "Best in the Midwest" designation. Colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Student opinion data, which led to the designation, referenced small class sizes and accessible and caring professors.

“St. Ambrose’s high rankings reflect the strength of the university’s academic programs, its talented faculty and dedicated staff,” said John Cooper, vice president for enrollment management. “In addition, we’ve focused on building state-of-the-art facilities, providing some of the best residence halls in the region, and providing thousands of service hours in the community.”

Among university strengths related to high rankings are nationally accredited academic programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, social work, occupational therapy and physical therapy. St. Ambrose offers one of only 52 orthopaedic physical therapy clinical residencies nationwide, and an assistive technology "solutions house," showcasing adaptations for persons with disabilities. In addition to the health sciences, popular majors include engineering, biology, business, accounting, education, psychology and exercise science at the undergraduate level, and the MBA and master of organizational leadership degree at the graduate level.

Founded in 1882, St. Ambrose is a coeducational, Roman Catholic liberal arts university with more than 3,600 students. It maintains an 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio while offering more than 75 undergraduate majors and areas of study, as well as master’s and doctoral programs. More than 96 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid and no classes are taught by graduate assistants.