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10-16-2007

Clarkson University Rated 70th in Nation by Washington Monthly Magazine

Clarkson University has been ranked 70th among national universities by Washington Monthly magazine's 2007 Annual College Guide -- moving up 30 spots over last year's ranking of 106.

The Washington Monthly Annual College Guide is an alternative to the U.S. News & World Report and other college rankings. The magazine says that their ratings system is unique, expanding from the traditional ranking measures of alumni giving, faculty salaries and financial resources.

While placing in the top third of the ranking overall, Clarkson did exceptionally well in the service category, ranking fifth out of the 242 universities for the percentage of its students serving in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

Clarkson University has always excelled in the areas that the Washington Monthly College Guide bases its criteria on, says University President Tony Collins. "The number of students in our Army and Air Force ROTC programs is a fine measure of dedication to service. And there are other examples, such as student clubs, fraternities and sororities, and individual students involved in service projects or fundraising for charitable organizations.

Social mobility is another tradition for us. From its founding, Clarkson has provided a chance for first-generation and working-class college students to excel in academics and in life after college. In fact, today, one in seven of our alumni is already a CEO or senior executive.||||

As I've said before, Clarkson doesn't shy away from the opportunity to be ranked in college guides, be it Washington Monthly or U.S. News & World Report. Whatever numbers one uses though, one thing is clear: Our students and alumni are pushing the boundaries of what is known and applying their ingenuity to develop new solutions to real-world challenges.

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 members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect 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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