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Morehouse College......Ranks #1 in Washington Monthly's report

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Morehouse College......Ranks #1 in Washington Monthly's report

Morehouse College is pleased to share the following rankings report on the nation's top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities as ranked by the Washington Monthly magazine. We hope it will inform and inspire your continued financial support.

NOTE: In 2009-2010, thanks to your loyal support, more than 6,500 alumni, corporations, foundations, faculty, parents, college supporters and others contributed more than $17.8 million toward the advancement of Morehouse College. In fact, we are especially proud to thank our loyal alumni for their generous support in helping us reach a record 32% participation in alumni giving. We hope you will help us maintain our top ranking by giving consistently at :

Washington Monthly's take on college rankings

Washington Monthly stress reputation, graduation rates, test scores and other measures that produce a fairly predictable list of well-endowed and prestigious universities. At its genesis in the 1980s, a simple formula that yielded a ranking with Harvard, Princeton and Yale at the top made all the sense in the world, a gratifying affirmation of common wisdom. Three decades later, the approach is a magnet for criticism: the rankings are seen by some as telling college customers something they already know.
Washington Monthly rates and ranks colleges "based on their contribution to the public good," and in three categories: "Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."

(Whether those criteria ought to be the basis for choosing a college is a topic for another day.)

The ranking yields unusual results. Public universities fare well, because of their strength in research and fairly high marks for serving low-income students. Three University of California campuses, in San Diego (!), Berkeley and Los Angeles, rank 1-2-3   among national universities by the WaMo formula. Harvard ranks ninth, Yale 33rd.

The College of William and Mary ranks a very respectable 10th on that list, partly because of its second-in-the-nation ranking for producing Peace Corps volunteers. (Who knew?) Georgetown ranks 19th.

Morehouse College, a historically black institution in Georgia, trumps Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore to top the Washington Monthly list of liberal arts colleges, because of the school's tremendous success in graduating low-income students. Roughly two-thirds of Morehouse students receive Pell grants because of low-income backgrounds, and about two-thirds of students graduate -- a very high rate for a school with so many disadvantaged students. Spelman College in the same state also makes the top 10, for similar reasons.

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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 zero. 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 scores and Pell Grant percentages, versus the actual rate of graduation. The third shows the difference between the actual graduation rate and the predicted graduation rate—a measure of how well the school performs as an engine of social mobility (see “”)—arrived at by subtracting the latter from the former. (The higher the number, the better; negative numbers indicate subpar performance.) Rank follows in parentheses. A Note on Methodology

Research: The first column shows the number of dollars (in thousands) in total research expenditures. Rank follows in parentheses. The second shows the school’s ranking in the number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to receive PhDs, relative to school size.

Service: The first column ranks the school by the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps, relative to school size. The second column ranks the school by percentage of students who serve in ROTC. The third gives the percentage of funds in federal work-study money that goes to community service (versus non-community service); rank follows in parentheses. The fourth column shows the school’s rank on a combined measure of the number of students participating in community service and a total number of service hours performed, both relative to school size. The fifth column shows the school’s rank on a combined measure of the number of staff supporting community service, relative to the total number of staff; the number of academic courses that incorporate service, relative to school size; and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service.

Compliments of the Office of Alumni Relations

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