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Washington Monthly gives Towson top marks

Cook LibraryTowson University has been recognized by Washington Monthly magazine for its service to the greater community, affordability and research innovation, among other attributes.

The university is one of 684 U.S. public and private institutions listed in the magazine’s just-released 2013 College Rankings issue (Master’s Universities category).

For this list, the magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students) Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

In addition, Towson University ranks 25th of 152 U.S. public and private master’s universities in Washington Monthly’s exclusive “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” list. The magazine points to the list as “schools that do the best job helping non-rich students earn marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Of the 1,572 colleges and universities in the magazine’s broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools.

“I am pleased that Towson is being recognized once again for its incredible value, and quality of education provided to our students,” said Towson University President Maravene Loeschke. “This ranking is particularly special to us as it recognizes three areas on which the institution places great importance—access and student success, innovation in our research, and service.”

When Washington Monthly published its first ranking in 2005, the idea was to upend the traditional notion of a college guide. Instead of asking what a college could do for you, it asked, “What are colleges doing for the country?”