McDaniel ranks in top 100 of nation’s liberal arts colleges

August 23, 2010

McDaniel College, with its unyielding commitment to providing life-changing experiences for its students and strong graduation rate, ranks among the top 100 of the nation’s liberal arts colleges, as reported in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2010 annual college rankings.

The editors of Washington Monthly, which began its rankings in 2005 to call attention service-oriented schools, say their central question in assessing colleges and universities is, “What are colleges doing for the country?”

“McDaniel is proud to answer this question with evidence of demonstrated service to community, country and the world at large,” says Roger Casey, president of the college. “As one of the Colleges That Change Lives, we pride ourselves on the opportunities we take to better ourselves and the world around us.”

Whether it’s running a tax clinic to help low-income families prepare their income returns or working in health clinics in rural regions of Nicaragua, McDaniel students are making a difference.

According to Washington Monthly, the magazine’s rankings are based on 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).

McDaniel’s rankings in several areas of Washington Monthly’s report illustrate the college’s longstanding dedication to serving the local community as well as the country. To quantify this factor, Washington Monthly rates colleges based on the number of students in ROTC and the Peace Corp, as well as how many students are engaged in community service.

McDaniel ranks No. 5 – out of 252 liberal arts institutions – for the number of students participating in ROTC. At No. 111 for Peace Corps enrollment and No. 104 for Community Service Participation, McDaniel ranks well within the top half of colleges. Another area in which McDaniel shines is actual graduation rate, which places the college at No. 35 nationally out of 252 schools.