September 20, 2011

NEWMAC Schools Listed throughout U.S News Annual Collegiate Rankings

WELLESLEY, Mass. – The U.S. News and World Report released its annual list of top colleges and universities in the country and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) was well represented in a number of categories.

Clark, MIT and WPI each ranked in the top 100 of the top National Universities list. MIT led the way at No. 5 overall while WPI was 62nd and Clark 94th.

On the list of top National Liberal Arts Colleges, four NEWMAC institutions were among the top 62 in the nation. Wellesley was the sixth ranked school on the list with Smith also making the top 20 at No. 19. Mount Holyoke College was 29th and Wheaton came in at 62nd overall.

Coast Guard Academy and Springfield College were listed among the top regional schools in the northern region, which stretches along the east coast from Maryland up to Maine. Coast Guard was the No. 1 ranked northern regional college. Springfield was No. 60 on the north regional universities list.

The NEWMAC also had a large contingent of schools on the list of “Best Value Schools.” Wellesley was named the fourth best value school on the U.S. News list while Smith was 18th, Mount Holyoke 22nd, Clark 31st and WPI 44th in overall value.

In addition to the overall institutional rankings, a pair of NEWMAC schools were recognized for specific undergraduate programs. For the 13th year in a row, Babson College was tabbed as the top overall undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country. MIT had the top undergraduate engineering program and the second-best undergraduate business program.

The full list of rankings can be found here.

The NEWMAC is an association of 10 selective institutions in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Its members include Babson College, Clark University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College and WPI.

The NEWMAC sponsors competition within NCAA Division III in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field and women’s volleyball.