Cresson, Pa.- Mount Aloysius College was notified today that it is ranked among the top 40 Best Regional Colleges in the North by US News and World Reports. The list includes 84 colleges across New England—Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont—and also includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. US News & World Report focused on the 2011-2012 academic year experience to quantify their designations.
Mount Aloysius Vice President for Enrollment Management Frank Crouse noted that the college community is certainly gratified with the designation as one of the Top Colleges in the North. “The focus of Mount Aloysius College remains on continually developing value for current and prospective students,” he said. “We’re committed to offering students the individual attention and support they need to achieve status as a tech-ready, community-ready and job-ready contributor when they leave us. That level of commitment,” Crouse added, “calls for consistent attention and real engagement aimed at meeting the needs of Mount Aloysius students. This recognition from the US News and World Report tells us that we are indeed enhancing considerable value and offering a great college choice.”
US News & World Report notes that colleges like Mount Aloysius College focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education. Because most of the 367 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states, they are ranked by region. However, at Mount Aloysius the current freshman class hails from 18 states, five foreign countries and three continents. There are now over 2,500 students enrolled, with increasing numbers of students opting for masters programs in business, education, psychology, community counseling or the new autism-centered program in behavioral consulting.
Mount Aloysius offers both undergraduate and graduate education. Since the founding of the College, alumni number nearly 15,000 world-wide. The College is committed to providing small class sizes, and students benefit from accessible faculty and staff. The Mount Aloysius faculty to student ratio, according to US News & World Report is 13:1.
Mount Aloysius College is a private and affordable Catholic liberal arts college sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy– one of 16 Mercy Colleges nationwide. Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius College welcomes people of all faith traditions.
At Mount Aloysius College, there are approximately 100 organized clubs, groups, honor societies, and an intramural sports program. Activities include a student newspaper, residence hall associations, student government, cheerleading, dance team, scholarship-funded theater and choir programs, and a student activities planning board. Mount Aloysius fun includes social events, intramural sports, athletic events, comedians, live music, theater, educational events, campus forums, and awesome guest lectures.
Mount Aloysius College is a member of NCAA Division III. Athletic programs number 14 and involve both women and men. Sports include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball are also offered. Athletes benefit from the Ray S. and Louise S. Walker Athletic Field Complex, which include a softball field, one of the finest soccer fields in the area, the Calandra-Smith baseball complex and the Mountie Stables which house lockers, showers, storage, and concession facilities.
The Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center is nearing completion. This 90,000 square-foot facility is located on the western edge of the beautiful 193-acre campus. This building is scheduled to open this fall taking Mount Aloysius athletics to a new level. The facility will also add a welcomed special events venue to the southern Allegheny Mountains.
Mount Aloysius is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. All nursing and health studies programs are also fully accredited by the appropriate agencies providing oversight for the many medical specialties offered.