For the third 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 liberal arts college ranking also reveals institutions that excel in surprising ways. Bryn Mawr comes in first for the third consecutive year. While expensive, it combines a strong commitment to service with a research focus unusual for liberal arts colleges. Historically, women’s colleges have always done well in our rankings, reflecting their continued focus on justice, scholarship, and the public good.
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.