U-Idaho Climbs in Washington Monthly Ranking; Doing More for Students

Tuesday, September 4 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho — The University of Idaho has climbed the rankings in Washington Monthly’s list of top colleges and universities across the nation. The publication placed University of Idaho at number 65 after posing the question, “What are colleges doing for their country?”

The University of Idaho has answered that question well. Taking into account student impact and experience, the rankings also consider how research affects the country’s health, technology and economy.

“We know that rankings are only one measure of the University of Idaho’s total student experience, but we are gratified to see that our emphasis on creating a quality educational experience and our research opportunities are being noticed not only in Idaho, but nationwide,” said University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis. “We’re the first choice for students who want to be at a place where they can succeed and lead.”

The Washington Monthly rankings are based on three factors: social mobility, which gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees; recognizes research production, particularly at schools whose undergraduates go on to earn doctorate degrees; and a commitment to service, students in the best colleges are taught by example and design to look beyond themselves and give back.

The list also takes into account that the cost of higher education has become so crucial, and Washington Monthly added a new factor to the college rankings this year. The social mobility measure that rewards colleges with better-than-expected graduation rates has been improved to account for college prices. Colleges that are both effective and inexpensive get the highest marks.

The University of Idaho excels in these areas and these rankings give an opportunity to highlight its greatest strengths as a land-grant institution — its role in growing the state's economy, its successful graduates, the relatively low-cost of attendance, undergraduate and graduate research success and students commitment to giving back to their global community.

Among public universities on the list, University of Idaho climbs up to 37. In the region (not including California), only the University of Washington (8) is ranked higher than the University of Idaho. Oregon State ranked at 124, University of Oregon is at 133, University of Wyoming is 139, Washington State University is 147, Montana State is 188, Portland State is 233, and Idaho State University came in at 253.

To see the complete list of rankings: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2012/national_university_rank.php.

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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.