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AMU Ranked by Newsweek as One of America's Best Schools

Ave Maria University has made Newsweek Magazine's annual list of the nation's best colleges, being named one of the 25 "Most Desirable Rural Schools" in rankings released recently.

Noting that "the Roman Catholic university remains small and close-knit," Newsweek cites the quality of AMU's students and its faculty-student ratio of 11:1 in ranking AMU 16th in the category.

"We are delighted to have been ranked in the top 25 most desirable rural schools, especially since the rankings include such venerable institutions as Dartmouth College, Colgate University, Williams College and Bucknell University," said AMU President Nick Healy in reaction to the news. "While we have been confident of the quality of the education we offer, it is always gratifying to have that quality recognized by a national news magazine," Mr. Healy added.

Newsweek lists what it considers the 25 colleges and universities that are most desirable in each of six categories: overall, small schools, large schools, urban schools, rural schools and suburban schools. The magazine says that in its rankings, it considers factors such as the "quality of education, 'good teaching' and intelligence of the students." The top five schools in the "most desirable rural schools" category are: Dartmouth College (NH), Williams College (MA), Amherst College (MA), Bowdoin College (ME) and Middlebury College (VT). The full list is on Newsweek's site here.

Other Florida schools that were named "most desirable" were the University of Florida -- named one of the most desirable large schools and one of the most desirable urban schools -- and the University of Miami, named one of the most desirable large schools.

A link to Newsweek's description of AMU is here.



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