Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020 Recognizes St. Mary’s College of Maryland

By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, was recently acknowledged in the 2020 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

For more than 30 years, millions of students, parents, and guidance counselors have relied on the Fiske Guide to Colleges during their college search. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300+ colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.

According to a senior quoted in the guide, “Because of the nature of an honors college, all students who attend St. Mary’s are academically focused, and there is a common goal to succeed.”   

According to the guide, “students leave with a solid grounding in the liberal arts—and the close bonds that they forge with friends during peaceful days on the St. Mary’s River. For those looking to be part of an intellectual community in a small-town setting, St. Mary’s just might be a place to set sail.”

St. Mary’s College has recently received several accolades: Ranked fifth-best public liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Colleges,” ranked #1 in lowest average student loan debt among public institutions in the state of Maryland (class of 2018) by LendEDU, listed as a Hidden Gem by CollegeRaptor.com, included in The Princeton Review’s “Best 385 Colleges” Guide for 2020, 2019 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2019-20 College of Distinction, 2018 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, and as an Individual Conference Champion in the 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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