Washington Monthly’s annual college guide ranks Trinity University #1 based on “promoting the public good”


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Aug. 28, 2013

Washington Monthly’s annual college guide ranks Trinity University #1 based on “promoting the public good”



Washington Monthly rankings

By Sharon Jones Schweitzer

SAN ANTONIO - For the second year in a row, Trinity University has been named the nation's best master's university by Washington Monthly. The non-profit magazine, which touts its annual rankings as vastly different from other college lists, measures institutions based on social mobility, research, and civic engagement.

"It is gratifying to be recognized by Washington Monthly as a higher education leader in undergraduate research, community engagement, and providing an outstanding educational opportunity to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds," said Trinity University President Dennis A. Ahlburg. "These attributes characterize a Trinity education and serve as the foundation on which the University's strategic plan is built."

Washington Monthly's annual college guide aims to identify institutions for "their contributions to the public good," giving high marks to schools that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and keep their costs down. The rankings are based on data related to graduation rates, the number of enrolled students receiving Pell grants, percentage of alumni who earn Ph.D.'s, and community service participation. Among Trinity's highlights are:

  • Trinity students completed more than 100,000 hours of community service, earning the University a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five straight years.

  • Trinity actively recruits students from historically underrepresented groups and provides programs aimed to support their success. Last year 33.6 percent of first-year students came from underrepresented communities and 18 percent of the student body was eligible for federal Pell grants.

  • The University's robust undergraduate research program contributed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) listing Trinity among the top 50 private, liberal arts colleges in the country that send its graduates on to earn doctorates in science and engineering.

"We recognize institutions that are committed to public service, both in the way they teach and in encouraging students to enter service-focused careers," the magazine said in its opening article for the September/October 2013 issue titled "What Colleges Can Do for the Country."

The college guide breaks down colleges and universities (both public and private) into four categories: national universities, liberal arts colleges, master's universities, and baccalaureate colleges. Trinity appears in the master's universities as designated by the Carnegie Classification of High Education Institutions.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75 is assistant vice president for External Affairs. She can be reached at sjones@trinity.edu