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Berea College ranked No. 1 in nation among liberal arts schools by Washington Monthly

Berea No. 1 in South for Best Bang for the Buck

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016) — Berea College is the top college in the nation among Liberal Arts schools and No. 1 in the South for having the Best Bang for the Buck in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings.

imgres-1Washington Monthly’s rankings focus on what colleges are doing for the good of the country at large by the way they educate their students. The publication measures schools’ success in three key areas—social mobility (admitting and graduating low-income students), research and Ph.D. production, and community service—to determine the rankings.

“Recognition for Berea College and our success in serving low-income students is especially gratifying,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “The criteria for Washington Monthly rankings focus on aspects consistent with Berea’s mission. While other publications rank schools using purely economic data and peer surveys that favor wealthy, elite colleges, by contrast, The Washington Monthly criteria recognizes the value of social mobility, transformative education, and service, all of which resonate with Berea’s ‘Great Commitments’ that inform all of the college’s work.”

Brescia University was ranked 13th for Best Bang for the Buck in the South, Murray State University 24th, Georgetown College 39th, Asbury University 40th, Transylvania University 42nd, Campbellsville University 44th and Western Kentucky University 50th.

Washington Monthly determines Best Bang for the Buck based on “the extent to which they charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.”