Oglethorpe jumped more than 100 spots to claim the #65 ranking among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges in this year’s Washington Monthly College Guide & Rankings out this week.
The annual rankings measure 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.In the “Best Bang for the Buck – Southeast” category, Oglethorpe came in 22nd—a significant leap from 155th in 2017.
The Best Bang for the Buck designation is Washington Monthly’s “exclusive list of schools that best help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”
Indeed, Oglethorpe ranked #1 among liberal arts colleges in the “Pell Graduation Gap Link” category, which compares graduation rates of Pell and non-Pell students to develop a graduation gap measure. Colleges with higher Pell than non-Pell graduation rates received a positive score, which also counted toward the college’s overall score.
At Oglethorpe, 40% of students are eligible for Pell Grants, a federal grant program to help low-income college students.