The University of California again dominates Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, released Monday. The rankings assess how well colleges and universities serve the public interest.
For the fifth consecutive year, UC San Diego is ranked first; for the second straight year, UC Riverside is ranked second. Also among the top five schools are UC Berkeley, third, and UCLA, fifth. The top 100 include UC Santa Barbara, 15th; UC Davis, 16th; UC Santa Cruz, 79th; and UC Irvine, 83rd.
“For four of our campuses to be ranked in the top five and for UC San Diego to be ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year is a significant achievement,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “All eight of the UC campuses that were ranked in the top 100 institutions deserve heartfelt congratulations from the entire UC community.”
Washington Monthly said it gives high marks to institutions that “contribute to society, enroll low-income students, help them graduate and don’t charge a fortune to attend.”
Napolitano said the rankings illustrate the importance of nurturing and protecting public universities as an investment for all.
“The Washington Monthly’s rankings underscore why public higher education is central to the social fabric of our state and country. Our public universities and colleges foster an active, thinking citizenry,” Napolitano said. “They enhance public spirit. They educate — and more importantly, elevate — vast numbers of young people. These institutions are public goods that benefit all of us, and not just the students who attend them.”