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    ‘Washington Monthly’ Ranks DU 11th Nationwide for Social Mobility

    Duquesne University has been ranked as No. 11 nationwide by Washington Monthly magazine in providing social mobility to low-income students and among the top 100 universities overall. The social mobility category considers schools’ recruiting and graduating low-income students.


    Overall, Duquesne is listed as No. 84 among 258 schools in Washington Monthly’s 2011 National Universities rankings. Different from other magazine rankings, Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contributions to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research and service.

    In the service category, Duquesne University is ranked 16th for community service participation and hours served, and placed 75th overall for its service, staff, courses and financial aid support.

    “Calling attention to these service-oriented schools is one of the reasons this magazine got into the college-ranking business in the first place,” explains Washington Monthly on its website. “…So we devised a way to measure and quantify how well individual colleges and universities were meeting their public obligations in the areas of research, service and social mobility, and we ranked schools based on the results.”

    Regarding its methodology, Washington Monthly considers each of its three categories equally, and the final rankings are designed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of their measures rather than on just one category.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.