The Princeton Review –an educational preparation and ranking company—placed St. Mary’s College in the top fifteen for three categories in its 2010 edition of The Best 371 Colleges. The College placed fifth for “Lots of Race/ Class Interaction,” ninth for “Happiest Students” and 12th for “Most Beautiful Campus.”
“I was very pleased with this distinction,” said Acting President and Provost, Larry Vote. According to Vote, “supportive relationships between students, faculty and staff, a residential community that creates its own fun and cohesiveness and an amazingly beautiful environment that naturally inspires good outcomes all contribute to the College’s rankings.”
Other factors include “a great proliferation of student driven activity that constantly evolves to fit the particular needs of the community and a palpable sense among students, faculty and staff that a strong community is very important,” he said.
Students agreed with Vote, with the Review’s survey results serving as evidence. In order to rank top twenty schools in 62 catgories, they have students complete surveys. Students from the College most agreed on a sense of happiness and safety, friendly students, a diverse group of students who commonly interact, having great athletic facilities and great food on campus.