Albion Named a 'Best Bang for the Buck' in National Ranking

August 25, 2014

Albion College students talk on the Quad, with the Rock in the distance.The value of an Albion College education is in the national spotlight with the release of Washington Monthly’s 2014 College Guide.

Albion ranked 17th nationally among liberal arts colleges the magazine deemed a Best Bang for the Buck, "based on the economic value students receive per dollar." It's the second consecutive year Albion has made the list, after it placed 34th in 2013. Other schools in the top 17 this year include Amherst, Grinnell, and Smith—all of which were in the top 20 of last year's highly watched U.S. News and World Report national liberal arts college ranking.

In addition, Albion was listed among the top 100 liberal arts institutions overall by Washington Monthly, which has ranked U.S. colleges and universities since 2005 "based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."

"Graduates of liberal arts colleges change the world," President Mauri Ditzler said. "That sense of special responsibility for making the world better, that sense of idealism, is still appealing to the young people we seek for our colleges.

"In particular," he added, "we claim that an Albion education is an unquestionable value. Clearly, others agree."

Earlier this summer, Albion was again featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges, and Forbes' Top Colleges. The 2014-15 U.S. News rankings are scheduled to be released on September 9.