<p>You guys are missing the SIMPLE point of clarification as to why Villanova is not ranked in the national ranking. It has nothing to do with "national recognition" or "make the national ranking in their corresponding category".</p>
<p>It has to do with USNWR category definitions. </p>
<p>National University Rankings Methodology</p>
<p>Schools in the National Universities category, such as University of Chicago and Stanford University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees."</p>
<p>Villanova is not a"National University" category by USNWR definition (see above).</p>
<p>Villanova has been a traditional undergraduate institution that is expanding it masters and doctorate programs and degrees conferred. It is ranked in the regional rankings because in the past it did not confer a high enough percentage of degrees in Masters or Doctoral programs.That is changing , in 2010 , Villanova conferred Bachelor's degrees 1917 & Master's degrees 767.</p>
<p>It is not ranked in the Liberal Arts category because it is not strictly a liberal arts school , as defined by USNWR Rankings Methodology "which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study".</p>
<p>Villanova's Business , Engineering & Nursing school are slightly more than half (55% +/-) the undergraduate degrees.</p>
<p>It is interesting that Villanova's school of Liberal Arts is around the size of many schools in the Liberal Arts category and if Villanova School of Liberal Arts were ranked in the Liberal Arts category it would rank between #30 Bucknell and # 41 Franklin & Marshall. This can be verified by comparing the specific rankings data. </p>
<p>As I have stated previously , if/when Villanova is ranked in the National category , it will rank somewhere between 31 (Boston College) & 45 (UT Austin). </p>
<p>The rankings use strict metrics to define a score , thus ranking. </p>
<h1>31 BC has accept rate 31% , Freshman retention rate 95% & 6yr graduation rate 91%</h1>
<h1>45 UT Austin has accept rate 45% , Freshman retention rate 92% & 6yr graduation rate 81%.</h1>
<p>Villanova has accept rate 45% , Freshman retention rate 95% & 6yr graduation rate 90%.
HC accept rate 35% , Freshman retention rate 94% & 6yr graduation rate 91%.
Fordham accept rate 51% , Freshman retention rate 90% & 6yr graduation rate 79%.</p>
<p>There are other criteria used in the rankings such as student/faculty ratio , middle 50% sat scores,etc but the above numbers give you a starting point for comparisons across the "USNWR" categories. I would place Villanova & HC about even and Villanova ahead of Fordham even with these 3 schools in 3 different categories.</p>
<p>The fact that Fordham is categorized as a National University and Villanova is not, is all about Masters & Doctoral Degrees conferred and nothing else.</p>
<p>In the end who cares about rankings , go where you are comfortable.
But you need to understand the definition of the rankings categories if you want to compare schools across the categories.</p>