The Editors


An Explanation of our Categories: Master’s Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges

OVERALL SCORE: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics—social mobility, research, and service—where the highest is scaled to 100 and the lowest is 0. Each metric is weighted equally. SOCIAL MOBILITY: The first column shows the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. The second shows the predicted rate of graduation (based on… Read more »

An Explanation of our Categories: Liberal Arts Colleges

OVERALL SCORE: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics—social mobility, research, and service—where the highest is 100 and the lowest is 0. Each metric is weighted equally. SOCIAL MOBILITY: The first column shows the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. The second shows the predicted rate of graduation (based on incoming SAT… Read more »

An Explanation of Our Categories: National Universities

OVERALL SCORE: Overall score represents the combined score of our three metrics—social mobility, research, and service—where the highest is 100 and the lowest is 0. Each metric is weighted equally. SOCIAL MOBILITY: The first column shows the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. The second shows the predicted rate of graduation (based on incoming SAT… Read more »

The 2012 College Rankings

Welcome to the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country. Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching,… Read more »