Le Moyne College was recognized in several categories in the 2017 series of rankings released by U.S. News & World Report this morning. In the "Best Colleges" ranking, Le Moyne moved up three positions in the North Regional Universities category, placing #16 on the list. Colleges are ranked based on a variety of factors, including peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

This is the 25th consecutive year that the College has been ranked in the popular guidebook. Le Moyne was included on several other lists compiled by the publication (Note that all these listings are within the "Regional Universities North” classification):

  • A #4 ranking in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing (up from #7 the previous year). This calculation takes into account a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best College ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid; the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal;

  • A #9 ranking in the “Best College for Veterans” category (up from #14 last year). To be on this list, colleges must have 20 or more students using GI Bill benefits during the 2015-16 academic year, and also be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program;

  • Inclusion on the listing for "A+ Schools for B Students." (Schools are only included on the list, not ranked - Le Moyne was not included in this category last year.) To be on the list, schools had to admit a meaningful proportion of applicants whose test scores and class standings put them in non-A territory.


  • "Our performance in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings is an important outside affirmation of the strength of Le Moyne’s academic programs, as well as the overall student experience,” said President Linda LeMura. “It is also a reflection on the quality of our faculty and staff, whose expertise and dedication are evident each and every day, as they work to incorporate the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis – or care for the whole person – in all that they do.”

    The publication designates schools in four major categories – national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. Le Moyne and other institutions in the regional universities category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but unlike national universities, offer few, if any, doctoral programs.