Washington Monthly Recognizes Susquehanna for Public Good, Affordability

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September 06, 2016

Susquehanna University delivers a top educational value, according to the government and politics publication Washington Monthly.

Washington Monthly's College Guide and Rankings places Susquehanna at No. 54 among 239 ranked national liberal arts universities—up 19 places from its spot in the 2015 Washington Monthly ranking.

Additionally, the publication's 2016 Best Bang for the Buck ranking places Susquehanna among the top 30 percent of colleges in the Northeast, which includes other universities in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Published annually since 2006, the Washington Monthly college rankings provide a contrast to those published by such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. Rather than ranking institutions on such input measures as wealth, reputation and exclusivity, schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:

  • Social mobility, which includes recruiting and graduating low-income students
  • Research, which is measured by the production of cutting-edge scholarship and preparing the next generation of scientists and Ph.Ds
  • Service, which is measured by the way students are encouraged to give something back to their country

This year, additional measurements that have only recently become available were used in the evaluations. They include detail on student earnings 10 years after enrolling, how likely it is that they are able to pay down student loans and the percentage of first-generation students at each college.

The guide also includes an updated Best Bang for the Buck ranking of colleges that are doing the best job of helping lower- and middle-income students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

A detailed methodology can be found here.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine that focuses on U.S. politics and government and is based in Washington D.C.

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