2018 College Guide and Rankings

Welcome to the Washington Monthly’s 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 rank 4-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories. Those categories are: 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). We also rank the Best Colleges for Vocational Certificates, the Best Colleges for Adult Learners, and the Best Bang for the Buck colleges, which help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. More rankings information, including methodologies, can be found here.

Click the cover to read our 2018 College Guide issue online. You can also read our 2017 and 2016 issues. And be sure to check out our book, The Other College Guide.

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