We know that we have a lot to be proud of at Mount Marty College, but we don't expect you to take just our word for it. Within the past year, MMC has been regionally and nationally recognized for return on investment, efficiency and effectiveness in education, community service, and more.
According to a ranking by US News and World Report, Mount Marty College was listed as number 47 in the Best Colleges for Regional Midwest category. The list includes 104 ranked and unranked regional colleges that focus on undergraduate education, but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
The U.S. News ranking system rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic excellence and what they view is important in quality education, such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.
Best Bang for the Buck
According to a recently released "Best Bang for the Buck" ranking by Washington Monthly, Mount Marty College ranks in the top half of the top 344 baccalaureate colleges in the nation.
MMC one of only two South Dakota higher education institutions listed in this category. This listing is based on the economic value students receive per dollar spent on their education. The ranking takes into consideration the colleges in America that do the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Only 344 of more than 1,500 colleges and universities made the cut as best bang for the buck schools.
The 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
Mount Marty College was honored specifically for their Lakota Cultural Immersion and Service Learning program facilitated by the MMC Nursing Department, the college's Freshman Experience program, and campus ministry service trips.
Mount Marty College was recently named to the 2016 Military Friendly Schools List, which honors the top fifteen percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.
Now in its seventh year, the 2016 Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success.
Mount Marty College has received this distinction for four years running.
According to a study released by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), a collaborative organization of 12 Midwestern state governments, Mount Marty College was ranked â€œvery highâ€ in effectiveness rating, putting MMC on the top of the list for the second time in recent years.
The effectiveness rating is calculated by comparing the actual graduation rate to predicted graduation rate. Mount Marty Collegeâ€™s â€œvery highâ€ ranking means the collegeâ€™s actual graduation rate is considerably above the anticipated graduation rate.
In the same report MMC also received a â€œlowâ€ expenditure rating, which tells parents and donors that the college maximizes every dollar received to the greatest benefit of students.
Mount Marty College was recently named to the Educate to Career (ETC a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit) outcome-based College Ranking Index Top Best Value Colleges for 2014. MMC was ranked at number 175 among more than 1,200 colleges ranked. The colleges in the top 1/3rd of the index are considered to be ETC Top Best Value Colleges. Within the GPAC Conference, Mount Marty College ranked second.
Mount Marty College was recently named among the 2015 Catholic Colleges of Distinction. The College is among a select group of Catholic colleges in the United States to earn this impressive designation for 2015-16.
To become a Catholic College of Distinction, MMC met criteria in the following areas of excellence:
- Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school
- Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates
- Home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences
- Has an active campus with many opportunities for personal development
- Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation