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08-29-2006

Washington Monthly Magazine Ranks Clarkson Among Best Colleges

The Washington Monthly's College rankings, an alternative to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide ranks Clarkson University number 106 among national universities. The magazine ranked 245 of the estimated 4,500 higher educational institutions in the U. S.

The Washington Monthly's editors came up with the school rankings by assigning values in three distinct areas: Community Service, Research and Social Mobility.

The community service score was arrived at by looking at the University's percentage of students enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the percentage of its alumni who are currently serving in the Peace Corps, and the percentage of its federal work-study grants devoted to community service projects.

Research scores were also predicated on three measurements: The total amount the institutions spend on research, the number of Ph.D.'s awarded in the sciences and engineering, and the percentage of undergraduate alumni who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. in any subject.

To track social mobility, The Washington Monthly took into account the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and devised a formula to predict the school's likely graduation rate given its percentage of Pell students and its average SAT score.

The Washington Monthly describes itself as the most insightful magazine on politics and government in America. In only its second year of publishing college rankings, it is receiving acceptance as a critical tool in the college selection process. Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the top-rated national university in this year's guide.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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