For the second year in a row, Bryn Mawr has been ranked number one among liberal arts colleges in the Washington Monthly annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that contribute most to society.
To compile the list, the Monthly editors gathered reams of publicly available data and settled on three criteria: social mobility, research, and service. America’s best colleges, the editors reasoned, are those that produce new scientific discoveries and a high percentage of students who become Ph.D.s, help economically disadvantaged students earn degrees, and emphasize students’ obligation to serve their communities and the nation at large.
From the Washington Monthly website:
Our ranking of liberal arts colleges also uncovers institutions that excel in surprising ways. Bryn Mawr is ranked first for the second year in a row, reflecting a broad pattern of women’s colleges dedicated to scholarship and service. In addition to graduating nearly all of its students and making important contributions to research, Bryn Mawr spends a higher percentage of work-study money on service than any other liberal arts college in America, and ranks near the top in sending students to the Peace Corps and promoting service for students and faculty. The college’s balance of high academic standards and commitment to research and service stands out.
Bryn Mawr has always received high marks in Washington Monthly‘s annual review, which debuted in 2005. The College earned the top spot on the liberal arts rankings in 2006 as well.
Visit the Washington Monthly website for the complete list and details on the methodology used to create the rankings.