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Mount Saint Mary’s University ranked among best regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles, Sept. 12, 2013 — U.S. News & World Report unveiled its 2014 rankings this week, and they reflect the continued academic growth at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

This year's rankings place Mount St. Mary's at No. 20 among "Best Regional Universities in the West," a category that includes 135 schools. Within the state, Mount St. Mary's rates 10th among 42 California schools in its classification.

"We are pleased to see these rankings," says College President Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson. "But as someone who has the privilege of daily interaction with our talented students and our gifted faculty, I already know the excellence that exists on our campuses. I'm simply grateful that their impressive work is being recognized by such a knowledgeable, independent voice."

In addition to its overall Top 20 ranking, Mount St. Mary's was listed in an even more exclusive category. Within the same field of competition, the Mount came in at No. 14 among "Best Value Schools."

This "Best Value Schools" list examines a school's academic quality combined with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. At Mount St. Mary's, primarily a women's college where more than 50 percent of its scholars are first-generation college students, nearly 89 percent of Mount students receive need-based grants.

In its explanation of Mount St. Mary's overall ranking, U.S. News noted that the College offers more than 35 academic majors and minors, and that graduate students can pursue master's degrees in several fields, including its well-known health programs. The U.S. News highlighted campus opportunities for community engagement and spiritual ministry, and Mount St. Mary's rankings also were influenced by the College's strong freshman retention rate (81 percent) and a low student-faculty ratio of 13:1.

Mount St. Mary's is the only women's college in Los Angeles, operating two historic campuses in the city. The College's Chalon Campus houses all of the Mount's traditional baccalaureate degree programs, including 24 bachelor of arts majors and six bachelor of science majors. The school's Doheny Campus is home to Mount St. Mary's graduate degree programs, associate in arts programs, education credential program and Weekend College a baccalaureate degree program designed for working adults.

To view the U.S. News & World Report's complete 2014 rankings, visit

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences. Primarily a women's college, Mount St. Mary's has a diverse student body, with 50 percent of our students the first in their families to attend college. We are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. To learn more, visit

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