September/October 2018

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.

A Note on Methodology: 4-year Colleges and Universities

To establish the set of colleges included in the rankings, we started with the 1,739 colleges in the fifty states that are listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and have a 2015 Carnegie basic classification of research, master’s, baccalaureate, and baccalaureate/associate’s colleges, are not exclusively graduate colleges, participate… Read more »