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    Ursuline College ranked #1 nationally for student mobility

    July 15, 2020

    Contact: Ann McGuire
    Director of Marketing and Communication, Ursuline College

    A new national study on upward mobility of college graduates ranks Ursuline College # 1 for its record of moving low-income students into higher income groups.

    Titled “Winners and Losers: Universities and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” this research paper published by the American Enterprise Institute looks at reams of data, including earnings after graduation, demographic characteristics of students, college spending per student, and admission selectivity from 1,100 four-year institutions across the country.

    Authors Jorge Klor de Alva and Cody Christensen calculate the percentage of students from low-income households (in the bottom 40% of the income distribution) who after graduation enter the upper middle class or better (the top 40% of the income distribution).

    A July 15, 2020 Forbes article explains that, “After calculating the determinants of mobility, Klor de Alava and Christensen rank the schools doing the best at moving low-income students into higher income groups, relative to their expected performance given demographics, resources, and geography. Taking the top spot is Ursuline College, a private Catholic institution in Ohio.”

    In other words, Ursuline beats the odds (of demographics, resources and geography) better than any other of the colleges and universities studied, public or private.

    The authors cite Ursuline’s nursing program, “which likely helps students achieve high returns in the labor market.” In fact, Ursuline’s Breen School of Nursing boasts consistently high passage rates on the national nurse licensing exam, a 100% employment rate post-licensure, and is ranked the # 2 nursing program in Ohio and in the top 10% of all programs in the U.S.

    Ursuline College President Sister Christine De Vinne said, “Ursuline College is committed to keeping quality education accessible. We have a long tradition of welcoming students who are the first in their family to attend college and providing them with the supports they need to succeed and thrive here, regardless of their major. Our Breen School of Nursing has a hard-earned reputation, and national ranking, thanks to the expertise and dedication of our nursing faculty and the partnerships they have cultivated with some of the finest health systems in the country.”


    About Ursuline College – Founded in 1871, Ursuline College is an accredited liberal arts college rooted in Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social justice. Ursuline educates students for service, leadership and professional excellence through an array of undergraduate, graduate and degree-completion programs in the liberal arts, nursing, and professional studies. At Ursuline, women-focused undergraduate programs and co-educational graduate and degree-completion programs foster lifelong learning. The College offers 11 sports competing at the NCAA Division II level