by Peter Mai
John Paul the Great Catholic University is ranked #12 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges – West list for 2019.
The U.S. News and World Report puts out four sets of lists that have the top ranking universities in the U.S. every year. In order to rank colleges, U.S. News places each school into a category based on its mission. An example would be whether it’s a research university or a liberal arts college. Location and overall scores are also a factor. The U.S. News gathers data from each school in up to 16 areas related to its academic success. JPCatholic was placed in the Regional Colleges – West section.
Dr. Connolly said that this rank is great for JPCatholic as a whole. Knowing that it’s ranked high in a national academic listing helps with prospective students and their families to choose JPCatholic. “It’s great because [U.S. News and World Report’s test] is completely objective. It’s all done from an outside source.”
JPCatholic has been sending their data to U.S. News for the past two years. This has been the first time that the university was placed in the list. “We knocked down over sixty colleges in the list,” Dr. Connolly said. Such colleges include the University of Hawaii – West Oahu and Marymount California University.
The next goal is to get a higher rank next year on the list. Dr. Connolly said that the next step would be working on the retention rate of students and attracting prospective students with a high GPA.
“I’m just really excited that we got here,” said Dr. Connolly.