Mercy College today announced it has been recognized in three categories on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings. The College is included in the rankings for Social Mobility, Best Regional University and Best Undergraduate Nursing Program.
Now in its 37th year, the U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate more than 1,400 colleges and universities on multiple measures of academic quality as defined by education experts. Every ranking is based on peer reviews, information from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and a comprehensive college survey.
For the first time, the rankings included the nation’s Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs. The category was added this year by U.S. News & World Report as an indicator of schools with accredited four-year and degree-completion programs that conferred at least 35 degrees in 2018-2019. Mercy is proud to be in the top half of this category, reinforcing the growth of Mercy’s nursing program in part through the agreement with the College of New Rochelle to teach-out all students and offer new, innovative programs. As a result, Mercy’s 2021 incoming freshman nursing cohort is poised to serve the diverse health care needs of our communities and demonstrates the College’s commitment to educating health care professionals during a time when they are most in demand in our region.
“Ranking among the top half of the nation’s undergraduate nursing programs confirms Mercy’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing need for highly skilled nursing professionals,” said Miriam Ford, Ph.D., associate dean of nursing and chief nurse administrator for Dobbs Ferry and Manhattan. “This recognition reaffirms the College’s sustained efforts to provide both the high-level training along with the sophisticated technology required to prepare the next generation of nursing practitioners who will meet the evolving demands of health care.”
The College also ranked 26th out of 88 Top Performers for 2022 for Social Mobility, tied with three other institutions in the category. This is Mercy’s second year placing for Social Mobility, introduced last year as an indicator of how well schools perform in graduating students who received federal Pell Grants. The distinction illustrates Mercy’s commitment to ensure educational access and college completion for nontraditional students, including those who may be demographically underrepresented in higher education, have high financial need and/or view themselves as first-generation college students.
Mercy College placed for the second year in a row in the Best Regional Universities North category, ranking this year in the #131-#171 group. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Only the top scorers in this category are given an individual rank.
“Mercy is dedicated to establishing programs that meet the needs of our changing world,” said Mercy College President Tim Hall. “These rankings confirm that Mercy has made significant strides in supporting students throughout their education and meeting their diverse needs.”
These accolades highlight Mercy’s many areas of progress, including the Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) mentoring program, which has been cited as a core reason for the College’s transformation and its students’ successful outcomes, and has been expanded to include all graduate students.