First Prize

2013 College Rankings

Source: Washington Monthly

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking

The College Rankings

America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges

Judges’ Comments: 

“College rankings by themselves are subjective, determined by an organization’s decision on what to include. In this case, Washington Monthly provides good transparency in explaining the measures it included in its ranking and why it provides a more accurate picture of American higher education.”

“Washington Monthly has come up with higher-ed ratings for everyman, those who see past prestige to value. Who knew a college education of quality could be found for less than $1000/year at a school named Berea? The methodology for several categories is clearly mapped out, though many would find grounds for debate on how to weigh the various categories. A refreshing and insightful method of evaluating this level of education.”