Washington Monthly ranks NMSU as leading national institution

September 2, 2011 by Mark Cramer, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University cracked the top 150 in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, coming in at 149 among what the magazine called “National Universities.” NMSU jumped 53 spots from its 202 ranking in 2010.

Washington Monthly’s rankings are based largely on “contribution to the public good.” Scores focus on recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge research and encouraging students to give something back to their country.

NMSU ranked higher than any other university in the state among the four lists Washington Monthly compiled (National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Master’s Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges), except for New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which came in at 51 among Master’s Universities.

The publication assigns point totals for universities based on 11 categories, such as predicted graduation rate versus actual graduation rate; research expenditures in millions of dollars; faculty receiving significant awards; students involved in campus ROTC programs; and federal work-study funds spent on service – all categories in which NMSU cracked the top 100.

To find out more about the Washington Monthly rankings, including the study’s methodology, and to see how other schools fared, visit http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/toc_2011.php.

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