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Knox Once Again Places in Washington Monthly’s Top 50 U.S. Colleges and Universities

A Decade of Excellence: Knox Earns Recognition Among U.S. Institutions for Research and Service

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Washington Monthly magazine once again has listed Knox College among the top U.S. colleges: No. 39 overall among 215 U.S. liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 among liberal arts colleges in Illinois. This is the 10th consecutive year that Knox has placed among the top 50. The ranking reflects the College’s “contribution to the public good” in terms of supporting and promoting social mobility, student research, and public service.

In compiling the guide, Washington Monthly gives equal weight to each of three broad categories—community and national service, social mobility, and research—and takes into account several factors within each category. 

  • Public service considers such factors as the proportion of alumni serving in the Peace Corps and institutional support for community service projects. Knox ranked No. 15 in this category.
  • Social mobility considers such factors as each institution’s eight-year graduation rate, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients, the percentage of first-generation students, affordability, and future earnings. Knox ranked No. 61 in this category.
  • Research considers such factors as the proportion of alumni who go on to earn doctorates and the total amount of an institution’s research spending. Knox ranked No. 79 in this category.

Knox was also named as one of the “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the magazine’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings, which is awarded to schools that “help non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Read about Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings.

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Printed on Thursday, September 16, 2021