Oglethorpe above its peers in Washington Monthly ‘social mobility’ ranking

After making big jumps in last year’s lists, Oglethorpe University continues to perform well in the Washington Monthly College Guide & Rankings.

Oglethorpe was again 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.

Coming in as the #115 ranked Liberal Arts institution in the nation, Oglethorpe also performed well in its first-generation student performance, future earnings, and social mobility ranks.

Washington Monthly’s 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.

Among schools in the southeast, Oglethorpe was ranked as the #61 “Best Bang for the Buck,” 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.”

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