Washington Monthly 2017: Oglethorpe a top liberal arts school & “best bang for the buck”

Washington Monthly has once again ranked Oglethorpe University among its top U.S. liberal arts colleges and a Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast, the “exclusive list of schools that best help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide & Rankings measures schools based on what they are doing for the country and “the public good”—by improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service—using data on student outcomes from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

Here’s how Oglethorpe stacked up:

Social Mobility – recruiting and graduating low-income students

Oglethorpe ranked #164 in social mobility, measured by net price, student economic outcomes, student loan repayment rate.

Research – producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs

Oglethorpe ranked #136 in research, which, for liberal arts institutions, was measured by the number of alumni who go on to get PhDs.

Service – encouraging students to give something back to their country

Oglethorpe ranked #134 in service, which was measured by looking at student military service, alumni national service in the Peace Corps, and percentage of federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects.

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