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UMD, St. Scholastica make list of best colleges

The University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica have made Money magazine’s list of best colleges in the United States for 2014-15.

St. Scholastica is ranked 471st on the list of the top 665 colleges and universities in the country. UMD was listed at 518th.

“To find out which of the nation’s roughly 1,500 four-year colleges offer the most bang for your tuition buck,” the magazine said in a press release, “Money screened out those with a below-average graduation rate and then ranked the 665 that remained on 17 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings provided by”

The magazine used enrollment, acceptance rate and high school GPA data for the 2012-13 academic year, the most recent available.

Beth Domholdt, St. Scholastica’s vice president for academic affairs, said the ranking is a welcome addition to St. Scholastica’s perennial recognition as a top regional university in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings.

“This highlights our strong graduation rate and the quality of work by St. Scholastica’s faculty and students,” she said, “as well as the success of our alumni, of whom we’re very proud.”

The complete rankings are at