Washington Monthly Ranks UMass Amherst among Top Schools Contributing to Public Good

Washington Monthly 2015 College Rankings

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 279 national colleges and universities in the U.S. ranked for their contributions to the public good, according to The Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide.

The magazine places UMass Amherst 137th among public and private national universities.

To develop the rankings, The Washington Monthly looked at three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service. Rankings within each category are weighted equally for an overall score that determined the school’s place on the list.

The Social Mobility rankings include the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, the predicted rate of graduation, the net price of attending the institution, and the school’s rank on the cost-adjusted graduation measure (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates divided by the net price of attendance).

The Research rankings consider the number of dollars in total research expenditures, the number of bachelor’s recipients who continue on to receive Ph.D.s, the number of science and engineering Ph.D.s awarded, faculty receiving prestigious awards and the number of faculty who are members of the National Academies relative to the number of full-time faculty.

The Service rankings factor in alumni in the Peace Corps, the percentage of students who serve in the ROTC, the percentage of funds in federal work-study money, the number of students participating in community service, the number of staff supporting community service as well as scholarships and courses that encourage service.