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UC Davis Earns Top 10 Spot in Prestigious Washington Monthly Ranking Premium Placed on Colleges and Universities That Instill Public Service, Social Mobility as Well as Groundbreaking Research

By Kimberly Hale on August 27, 2018 in University

Once again, the University of California, Davis, has been recognized among the top universities in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/October issue, clocking in at No. 10 among the 316 public and private universities ranked.

Now in its 13th year, Washington Monthly recognizes “not what colleges do for themselves, but on what they do for the country,” and rates schools on three equally weighted criteria: research, social mobility and public service. New to the ranking this year is a measure for voting engagement, which looks at a school’s efforts in encouraging civic engagement, for which UC Davis received the highest number of points available, and the highest among the UC campuses.

“This recognition confirms the tremendous benefits that UC Davis brings to California families and the world,” said UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May. “We are proud of our focus on producing graduates who are socially and civically engaged in the community around them.”

All nine undergraduate UC campuses made this year’s list, with four others ranked in the top 25: San Diego, seventh; Los Angeles, ninth; Berkeley, 18th; and Irvine, 20th. Riverside, Merced, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz ranked 28th, 39th, 45th and 85th, respectively.

Graduation DayIn addition to the overall national university results, Washington Monthly also released several other rankings today, including the regional “Best Bang for your Buck,” which prioritizes social mobility. Factors such as graduation rates, percentages of first-generation students, Pell Grant recipients and postgraduation earnings are considered. UC Davis is 22nd in the western region.

As noted previously, UC Davis also ranked highly in the magazine’s new “Best College for Student Voting” ranking. For this category, four measures were examined, with one point being awarded for each measure. The university was one of only two top 10 schools to receive a total of four points, and was awarded with the highest placement of any California school at 36th overall.

The complete rankings and methodology can be found on Washington Monthly’s website.

Media contact(s)

Kimberly Hale, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-752-9838,