Texas A&M ranks 3rd in Washington Monthly College rankings

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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 2:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 3:22pm

Monday,  the Washington Monthly released its comprehensive 2013 College Guide and Rankings, which was guest-edited by Kevin Carey, Director of the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program. The report will be discussed in depth at a New America event next week.

Texas A&M University-College Station is ranked third in the national rankings – higher than elite schools like Stanford (6th), Harvard (8th) and Yale (54th). The University of Texas-El Paso also appears in the top 10 nationally (7th). Meanwhile, San Antonio's Trinity University scores highest in the Master’s University rankings category.

The rankings provide an important alternative to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, which often prioritize famous, high-status schools, many of which choose students highly selectively, burn through tuition dollars, and fail to provide meaningful tuition or results. The Washington Monthly rankings are designed differently: they rate institutions according to their ability to improve social mobility, reduce costs imposed on students, produce quality research, and promote public service.

Carey points out the rankings are especially well-timed this year, as President Obama has announced plans to create new federal ratings of colleges and universities. Said Carey, “Last week in Buffalo and Binghamton the president spoke about how a college’s ranking is all about reputation – how selective it is, how nice the dorm rooms are, and so on. He pointed out that those measures don’t tell us much about how well colleges are serving students from different economic backgrounds, how much debt students are piling up, or how many graduates are employed. That’s what is different about the Washington Monthly college guide—it focuses on the measures that actually matter.”

All of this year's rankings are available on the Washington Monthly website, and selected results appear below. For more information please contact Kevin Carey (carey@newamerica.net) or Ross van der Linde (vanderlinde@newamerica.net).

National Rankings (Overall):
1. University of California-San Diego (Score: 100)

2. University of California-Riverside (94)

3. Texas A&M University-College Station (93)

4. Case Western Reserve University (93)

5. University of California-Berkeley (92)

National Rankings (Liberal Arts Colleges):

1. Bryn Mawr College (Score: 100)
2. Carleton College (86)

3. Berea College (86)

4. Harvey Mudd College (84)

5. Swarthmore College (82)

National Rankings (Community Colleges):

1. Saint Paul College, Minnesota

2. North Florida Community College

3. North Dakota State College of Science

4. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

5. Lawson State Community College

Best Bang for Buck – All Schools:

1. Amherst College

2. CUNY Queens College

3. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

4. California State University-Fullerton

5. University of Florida

Best Bang for Buck – National Universities:

1. University of Florida

2. University of Georgia

3. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

4. NC State University-Raleigh

5. Texas A&M University-College Station

Best Bang for Buck Rankings – Liberal Arts Colleges:

1. Amherst College

2. Williams College

3. University of Minnesota-Morris

4. Michigan Jewish Institute

5. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts



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