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Duquesne University Ranked in Top 10 for Social Mobility, Washington Monthly Says

Washington Monthly magazine has listed Duquesne University as No. 9 nationwide in providing social mobility to low-income students and among the top 75 universities overall.

The social mobility category is based upon schools recruiting and graduating low-income students.

Overall, Duquesne is rated as No. 72 among 258 schools in the Washington Monthly’s 2010 National Universities rankings. The magazine rankings differ from others because it evaluates schools’ contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research and service.

In the category of service, Duquesne is ranked 14th for community service participation and hours served, and is placed 59th 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,” writes Washington Monthly on its website. “When we published our first ranking in 2005…the idea was to upend the traditional notion of a college guide. Instead of asking what a college could do for you, we asked, ‘What are colleges doing for the country?’”

Regarding methodology, no single category is considered to be more important than any other by Washington Monthly, and the final rankings are designed to reflect excellence across the full breadth of their measures rather than on one focused area.

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