Washington Monthly Ranks Agnes Scott 22nd in the Country Among Liberal Arts Colleges

Monday, August 29, 2016

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Agnes Scott College is ranked No. 22 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in the 2016 Washington Monthly College Guide. Now in its eleventh year, the Washington Monthly rankings evaluate colleges and universities on the basis of three kinds of metrics:  social mobility, research, and public service.  This year, for the first time, the rankings incorporated new data from the federal government on graduate earnings and debt repayment rates.  Agnes Scott jumped twenty-one places in the rankings “due to superior earning results,” according to Washington Monthly.  

Agnes Scott also made Washington Monthly’s top 30 among all southeastern colleges and universities in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category, ranking No. 23.  This category evaluates how well schools across institutional types (public, private and for-profit) “help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” 

“We’re excited to be ranked as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country by Washington Monthly,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. “These rankings are interesting because they attempt to measure how well colleges serve the public good by helping low-income students succeed, producing the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.’s, and inspiring an ethos of public service.  At Agnes Scott, we are passionate about all three of these goals.  The complex issues that our world is facing today demand globally aware, thoughtful leaders who can effect positive and lasting change. Last year, we launched SUMMIT, an innovative approach to the liberal arts which provides every student with a strong focus on global learning and leadership development, supported by a personal Board of Advisors.  We are committed to preparing our graduates to be leaders who make a difference.  So it’s gratifying to be recognized as a college which serves the public good by offering students an exceptional education and a strong return on their investment.” 

About the Washington Monthly
The Washington Monthly is a magazine and website devoted to ahead-of-the-curve coverage of politics, government and public affairs. Its College Guide and Rankings, first published in 2005, has helped upend the conventional wisdom about what constitutes quality in higher education and was the 2013 recipient of the Education Writers Award for data journalism. Founded in 1969, the Washington Monthly has trained and published many of the biggest names in journalism, including James Fallows of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker, and Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times.

About Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Its signature program SUMMIT provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.