Naval Academy Ranked Top Public Liberal Arts School in U.S.

Story Number: NNS120912-13Release Date: 9/12/2012 3:49:00 PM
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy ranked as the No. 1 public liberal arts school in the country in U.S. News & World Report's college rankings released Sept. 12.

The Naval Academy remained No. 14 in the nation for "Best Liberal Arts Colleges" and No. 1 in the nation among high school guidance counselors.

The Naval Academy also moved up to the No. 4 spot for overall "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs," and in engineering specialties, the academy ranked No. 3 in both mechanical engineering and aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering.

In the U.S. News rankings, the Naval Academy is considered a liberal arts college because it is solely an undergraduate institution.

The announcement follows the Naval Academy's earlier selections this year as the No. 3 best value and No. 5 best public college by Forbes Magazine.

"I'm proud that the Naval Academy continues to be recognized as one of the top institutions in the country," said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael M. Miller. "With a world-class education, superb facilities, and the opportunity to serve their country upon graduation, the Naval Academy is an excellent choice for the brightest young men and women in the nation."

According to U.S. News, the student-faculty ratio at the Naval Academy is 9:1, and 60.7 percent of the school's classes have fewer than 20 students. Seventeen of its 23 majors are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.8 percent. The academy has also produced 10 Rhodes Scholars in the past eight years.

The Naval Academy's four-year graduation rate is 88.1% according to the Chronicle for Higher Education.

The Naval Academy was the only public institution to be ranked in the top 20 in the study.
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