2015 College Guide and Rankings

About the Rankings:

Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools.

We rate schools based on their 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).

Read more about our methodology here. Download a PDF version and view the full interactive edition of the 2015 College Guide issue here or click the image to read our 2015 College Guide issue online. And be sure to check out our book, The Other College Guide.

September/October Other College Guide


We are deeply grateful to Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their support.