Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore College atop magazine’s ranking

The "Gothic fantasy" of Denbigh Dormitory. (Michael Bryant/Staff)


Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College ranked first and second in a study of the top 100 liberal arts colleges, Washington Monthly said on its website today.

“We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:
1. Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students),
2. Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and
3. Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

Haverford College ranked 18th on the list, Allegheny College 41st, Bucknell University 69th, Juniata College 91st and Dickinson College 95th. See the report at:

Some of the lead-in from the magazine’s site:

“Today the Washington Monthly magazine is releasing its annual College Guide and Rankings, which The New York Times has called “more interesting than virtually any other ranking out there.” While U.S. News & World Report relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige for its rankings, the Washington Monthly rates schools based on what they are doing for their students and the country — on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service.
This year we also included a new value factor that’s ignored or poorly measured by other college rankings: real cost. By looking at which institutions combine higher than expected graduation rates with affordable prices, we are able to offer a measure of where the biggest “bang for the buck” is to be found in higher education.
The Washington Monthly’s unique methodology yields interesting results. The top 10 schools this year, for national universities, are the University of California-San Diego, Texas A&M, Stanford, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, Case Western Reserve, University of Washington, University of California-Riverside, and Georgia Tech..”