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Washington Monthly Rankings Released

UC Riverside Climbs to 15th on the Washington Monthly Ranking

Student Success, Public Service and Research Valued by Washington Monthly College Guide

(September 4, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside climbed to 15th in the rankings of the nation’s universities and colleges published in the September issue of the Washington Monthly College Guide. The magazine compared 242 national universities for the survey.

Instead of looking at student SAT scores and grade-point averages, the magazine’s editors asked, “What are colleges doing for the country? Are they engines of social mobility? Do they promote the idea of service to the country? Do they foster scientific and humanistic research?”

When those questions were answered, many of the schools listed at the top of the U. S. News and World Report rankings don’t rank as well, and UC Riverside excels. One reason for the high ranking is the fact that UCR spends 51 percent of its federal work study funds on public service.

"This ranking recognizes the excellent value found in the University of California system as a whole, but it especially shows the way UC Riverside has been successful in finding ways to support the needs of a wide variety of students," said UC Riverside Acting Chancellor Robert Grey. "The ranking looks at specific and measurable benefits to society. I’m happy to see this ranking because it reflects the hard work I see happening here on this campus."

This is the third year of Washington Monthly’s College Guide, which includes an analysis from the magazine’s editors:

“If you’re looking, then, for information on which schools are the most selective, or which have the nicest swimming pools, the Washington Monthly College Rankings aren’t for you. But we hope they will be of some use—to students of modest means looking for colleges that will help them succeed; to alumni wanting to get a sense of their alma maters’ commitment to the public interest; or to elected officials trying to think of ways to get more bang for the public bucks they’re charged with spending on higher education.”

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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