SC State Earns Top Spot in Washington Monthly College & University Rankings

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Washington Monthly Top 10 CollegeSC State maintains the #1 spot in social mobility and ranks #6 out of 258 national universities in the 2009 Washington Monthly Magazine College Rankings.

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The Washington Monthly based its national college rankings on: social mobility (as measured by percentage of Pell Grant recipients), support for the research enterprise (research grants awarded and also percentage of undergraduate alumni who go on to earn Ph.D.s) and national service (through such measures as ROTC participation and percentage of alumni who enter the Peace Corps).

“This announcement in the Washington Monthly 2009 College Rankings should send an encouraging message to S.C. citizens, tax payers, parents, students and politicians that investments in education do in fact pay off,” said President George E. Cooper. “As president, I would like to publicly thank the Board of Trustees for their policy guidance and the faculty, staff and administrators for their excellent work as certified by this recognition, in addition to students and parents who have chosen SC State University as their institution of choice,” Cooper continued.

This is the second recent announcement ranking SC State at the top among peer higher education institutions in the United States. The first was the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, which appeared in the September 2009 issue of U.S. News and World Report, where SC State earned the #13 spot among America’s Best Historically Black Colleges.

In September 2007, their latest edition of College Rankings, Washington Monthly ranked SC State #1 in social mobility and #10 out of 242 national universities.

The 2009 Washington Monthly September/October College Rankings Magazines will arrive in college bookstores and on newsstands on Sept. 8, 2009.