Washington Monthly College Rankings

Washington Monthly has published its College Rankings for 2009. The rankings are based on a school's "contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)".

Following are some of the top performers in the Washington Monthly rankings of liberal arts colleges and national universities published in the September-October 2009 issue:

University of California, Berkeley - UC Berkeley has been recognized as the top university in the country for its contributions to society  as measured by Washington Monthly. Berkeley was ranked 1st among 258 national universities. UC San Diego ranked second and UCLA third.

Westminster College - It is ranked third in social mobility among the nation's 253 top liberal arts colleges. In addition it was placed 6th in the overall rankings among Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges - trailing only Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, Bucknell, and Dickinson - and 68th overall in the nation.

Presbyterian College - It is placed among the nation’s top 30 liberal arts colleges, ranked 26th of 253 liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college ranked 17th overall in the percentage (25 percent) of federal work-study funds spent on service. PC’s Reserve Officer Training Program ranked third overall. PC also ranked in the top 100 in social mobility and research expenditures.

Clarkson University - It is rated 54th in the national university college rankings, up 16 places from the last time the rankings published in 2007. Additionally it is rated 3rd in the nation for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) service and 39th in faculty receiving significant awards.

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