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“Washington Monthly” again cites TU for best value, contributions to public good

Washington Monthly 2015 rankingsTowson University has again been recognized by Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C., magazine that annually compiles what it calls “a different kind of college ranking.”

TU occupies position No. 201 in a list of 684 U.S. public and private institutions (Master’s University category) in the magazine’s 2015 College Guide and Rankings.

Washington Monthly 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, TU ranks 35th of 402 U.S. public and private master’s universities in Washington Monthly’s 2015 “Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” (Northeast Schools) list. The magazine identifies schools that are the best value for the money based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

According to Washington Monthly, the guide “asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country. Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Every year we lavish billions of tax dollars and other public benefits on institutions of higher learning. Are we getting the most for our money?”

Find information about this year’s Washington Monthly rankings and methodology

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