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UC San Diego topped the Washington Monthly’s ranking for the fifth straight year.

The University of California again dominated Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, released yesterday, Aug. 25. 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: 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.”

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla echoed the president’s sentiments.

“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,” Khosla said. “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.”

Washington Monthly calls its College Guide an alternative to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings because it measures institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research and public service.  The magazine 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.”

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