Ripon Leads Wisconsin Schools in Washington Monthly Rankings

Ripon College ranks among the nation’s best colleges serving the public good and providing a marketable return on investment, according to Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings released earlier this week.

Ripon ranks third among all colleges in the Midwest for “Best Bang for the Buck,” which recognizes colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students to attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Ripon ranks 18th nationally among liberal arts colleges, with particularly high scores on improving the social mobility of its students and also engaging a high number of students in community service work during college.

“The Washington Monthly rankings affirm why a Ripon College education is something very unique,” said Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College. “We provide a high quality education at an affordable price while still remaining true to our mission of preparing our students for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship.”

Ripon was the highest ranked school in Wisconsin across all ranking categories and the only college in Wisconsin to make the magazine’s Top 20 for value in the Midwest and for overall quality within its category.

Washington Monthly’s rankings consider such factors as the percentage of low-income students receiving federal aid, colleges’ ability to recruit and graduate low-income students, produce cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, and the percentage of students who join the Peace Corps or engage in other forms of community service. Washington Monthly’s focus on social mobility and service sets it apart from most other college rankings and elevates some of the important differences between public and private universities.

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