The University of Washington was ranked 13th among all national universities, and Whitman College in Walla Walla was ranked 19th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, in a new rating that was released Monday.
And five Washington community colleges appeared on the list of the nation’s top 50 community colleges, including three in the Puget Sound area.
It’s the second release of rankings this month by Washington Monthly, a national nonprofit magazine based in Washington, D.C. Last week, the magazine released its “Best Bang for the Buck” list to coincide with President Obama’s plan to reward colleges based on their success rates. Four Washington public universities made the top-100 in that list, including the UW, which ranked 19th among all schools — or ninth among its peer group of national universities.
The magazine’s rating gives schools top marks for the degree to which they improve social mobility, produce research and promote social service. Schools are rewarded for having high graduation rates, a large number of students receiving federal Pell Grants, successful research programs, and a large number of students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps or ROTC.
The rankings are broken down by national universities, liberal arts colleges, colleges that grant master’s degrees as their highest degrees, colleges that grant baccalaureate degrees as their highest degrees, and community colleges.
Here’s how Washington’s other schools fared:
National universities: UW-Seattle, 13; Washington State University, 145.
Liberal arts colleges: Whitman, 19; University of Puget Sound, 162.
Master’s universities: Whitworth University, 10; Gonzaga University, 28; Western Washington University, 35; Pacific Lutheran University, 38; Seattle University, 44; Evergreen State College, 84.
Baccalaureate colleges: DigiPen Institute of Technology, 66.
Community colleges: Grays Harbor College, 15; Cascadia Community College, 22; Green River Community College, 44; Tacoma Community College, 46; Highline Community College, 47.