ST. JOSEPH/COLLEGEVILLE -- The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University are moving up the national rankings as top liberal arts colleges.

U.S. News and World Report ranked 239 liberal arts colleges based on graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

St. John's and St. Ben's were ranked in the top 90 among liberal arts colleges. St. John's was ranked 77th, this is two spots higher than last year and St. Ben's was ranked 87th, this is three spots higher than last year.

U.S. News also recognized the institutions as national leaders in many categories including campus ethnic diversity, highest four-year graduation rate, most students studying abroad, economic diversity, freshman retention rate, most international students, students living in university housing, service learning, studying abroad and high school counselor ranking.

Washington Monthly also recently ranked St. John's as number 32 which is up 50 spots from 2015 and St. Ben's as number 34, up five spots from last year.

Washington Monthly ranks a total of 239 liberal arts schools based on contribution to public good.

Both colleges are also ranked highly in a many college guidebooks.

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