Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:15am

The prestigious and influential list of Best Colleges published annually by U.S. News & World Report is out, and Mercy College is on it!

Mercy ties for sixth place on the list for best “campus ethnic diversity” in the northern region. Mercy College's student population is 38 percent Hispanic.

The publication's ethnic diversity lists cite colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. The data, covering the 2016-17 school year, factor the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The methodology produces a “diversity index” that ranges from 0 to 1. The closer a school's number is to 1, the more diverse is its student population. Mercy scored a 0.7.

U.S. News & World Report published its first report on “America's Best Colleges” in 1983, and has been distributing the rankings annually since 1987. The scores are based upon data that the magazine collects from each college, culled from an annual survey sent to each school.