Washington Monthly publishes annual College Guide, ranking institutions providing the "best bang for the buck."

rankings-collegeA new college ranking system from Washington Monthly magazine takes a different approach to ranking the nation's colleges and universities while exploring with industry experts the ins and outs of American higher education.

Washington Monthly's college rankings rate institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement.

Washington Monthly's methodology revealed a number of results, including:
• University of California - San Diego ranks No. 1, with the University of California system snagging three of the top five...

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