Washington Monthly College Ranking 2011

Washington Monthly has named Berea College (Kentucky) as the top liberal arts college in the nation in its 2011 College Rankings. The College was ranked No. 1 because of its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. Founded in 1855, Berea College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.

The University of California, San Diego's commitment to community service has been recognized by the magazine as the nation's top college in rankings measuring “what colleges are doing for the country” for the second consecutive year. UC San Diego holds the top spot in the magazine's 2011 national universities rankings, followed by UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley. In addition, UC San Diego has also been named for two consecutive years to President Obama's Community Service Honor Roll with distinction.

In the Washington Monthly's 2011 master's universities rankings, the top ranked institution is Creighton University, followed by St. Mary's University of San Antonio (2nd) and Truman State University (3rd). Creighton is among the top Catholic universities in America and has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, student service learning and civic engagement.

In the magazine's 2011 baccalaureate college rankings, Tuskegee University took the top spot and followed by Cooper Union in second position and Northwestern College in third position. Tuskegee also topped the research category. According to the magazine, Tuskegee spent more than $14 million in research. The magazine also ranked the university 21st in the percentage of graduates who pursue Ph.D. degrees.

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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012

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