Admissions Web site study ranks UST eighth among U.S. Catholic institutions
In its seventh annual rankings of college and university admissions-department Web sites, the National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA) ranked the University of St. Thomas eighth among its top-10 Catholic institutions in the United States.
NRCCUA graded 3,039 postsecondary institutions. Their admissions-department Web sites were ranked on functionality and design. The study examined 28 criteria that took into account the prominence of the admissions office link on the university’s home page, ease of navigation, access to admissions materials and ability to contact the admissions office.
“Prospective college students are very Internet savvy, and they have come to expect the admissions sections of university Web sites to provide critical information to help them make decisions,” said Don Munce, NRCCUA president. “If the sites don’t provide what they need, with the ease of navigation they expect, they’ll go elsewhere.”
Ranked one through seven on the list of top Catholic institutions are Lewis University, Ill.; Loyola University of Chicago; Immaculata University, Pa.; Villanova University, Pa.; University of Portland, Ore.; Holy Cross College, Ind.; and Illinois Benedictine College.
Rounding out the top-10 list, after St. Thomas, are Marymount College of Forham University in New York, and University of Detroit-Mercy, in Michigan.