We’re No. 1!
That’s the proud rallying cry here at UC San Diego after Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings recently named the university as the No. 1 college in the nation for the fifth consecutive year.
Themed on contributions to the public good, the rankings are based on three categories:
Social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students);
Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.,); and
Service (encouraging students to give back to their country).
“It is a great honor to be recognized once again by Washington Monthly as the top college in the nation for contributing to the public good,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “This is an extraordinary achievement, as the criteria for this ranking exemplify our core values and our vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university that provides opportunity for all.”
In the research category, Washington Monthly took into account the number of undergraduate alumni who go on to receive a Ph.D., faculty awards and research expenditures, among other criteria.
During the most recent fiscal year, UC San Diego received more than $1 billion in research funding, positioning it among the nation’s top 10 universities for annual research funding.
According to the Washington Monthly, these rankings are especially relevant now, as this fall, the Obama administration will release its plan to rate America’s colleges and universities.
Each college ranked was given an overall score to represent the combined scores of the Washington Monthly’s three metrics — social mobility, research, and service — where the highest overall score is 100 and the lowest is zero. Only one university got a score of 100: UC San Diego.
In addition to UC San Diego’s top honor, the University of California as a whole received praise by Washington Monthly, with six UC campuses included in the top 20 of the list and four campuses listed in the top five.
UC San Diego was ranked high by the publication for social mobility, based on the number of students who receive federal Pell Grants (need-based grants to low-income students) and their graduation rates. At UC San Diego, approximately 60 percent of students receive need-based financial aid and nearly 44 percent of students receive the Pell Grant.