Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College recognized for learning excellence

May 24th, 2017 | SMWC

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) has been recognized for offering one of the best online learning environments in Indiana for 2017 by (LHTB), a resource in education and careers.

“It was important to recognize the colleges and universities that are going above and beyond the standard for online learning,” said Wes Ricketts, co-founder of “These schools have proven that their online learning environments are exceptional and continuing to improve.”

To be considered for this ranking, schools must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and offer at least ten total programs. The main data points considered when ranking universities include:

  • In-state tuition and fees for undergraduates
  • Student to teacher ratio
  • 6 Year Graduation Rate
  • % of students receiving institutional financial aid (first time- full time undergrads) has distinguished its ranking measurement by including the median earnings of alumni ten years after enrolling in college. Factoring in salary earnings alongside tuition and financial aid offers a more accurate assessment of the return on investment a university offers.

This spring, the same organization put SMWC number one on its list of the best online Christian colleges in the nation for 2017. Meanwhile, our marketing degree ranked #3 on the list of Best Value Small Colleges.

For a full list of SMWC’s national recognition, visit

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