The Catholic University of America vaulted 57 spots in the latest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings, landing at number 141 of the nearly 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities on the list. The University was ranked 198th in the 2018 edition of the rankings.
The 2019 rankings, released on Sept. 5, place Catholic University 10th among U.S. Catholic institutions overall, and third among Catholic institutions for faculty research, finance, and faculty support per student.
“With the support of our Board of Trustees and with the generosity of many alumni and other benefactors, we continue to make significant investments in faculty, facilities, programs, and initiatives that have greatly enhanced the academic and student experience at Catholic University, as well as the scope and impact of the research done here,” said University President John Garvey. “It’s gratifying to see those efforts reflected in the latest results of the annual Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education assessment.”
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings are based on 15 performance indicators grouped in four key areas (resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment) and selected in order to answer the questions that matter most to students and parents when choosing a college or university. They range from student interaction and engagement to reputation and graduate salaries.
Together, the two media organizations surveyed approximately 189,000 students for insights into the impacts of teaching, learning, and student life on the various campuses included in the annual compendium. The goal is to provide students and families with a new way to explore higher education options with a specific focus on student success, including how colleges and universities add value to the student experience.
In the U.S. News and World Report’s college and universities rankings, released on Sept. 10, Catholic University was tied for 129th in the national universities category, compared to 120th a year ago. The University was also ranked 70th among national universities as a best value school.