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The College Guide of Washington Monthly Magazine, which rates institutions based on their record for good works as well as research, places Old Dominion University at 145 in a ranking of 245 major colleges and universities.

Among public institutions in Virginia, only the College of William and Mary (19th), the University of Virginia (20th) and Virginia Tech (51st) are ranked higher. George Mason University placed 199th and Virginia Commonwealth University 221st.

Washington Monthly includes the College Guide in its September issue, which is available this month. (See www.washingtonmonthly.com.)

"Unlike other college guides, such as U.S. News and World Report, this guide asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country," the editors note in their introduction.

Institutions are scored based on research spending, doctorates awarded in the sciences and engineering, and the percentage of undergraduates who go on to receive doctorates. But they also get scores based upon the number of students enrolled in ROTC programs, number of graduates who join the Peace Corps, and other public/community service performed by students and alumni. Another score for social mobility attempts to track an institution's success at educating students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

MIT is first in the ranking. The University of California at Berkeley, Penn State, UCLA and Texas A&M round out the top five.

This article was posted on: August 9, 2006

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