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Keystone ranked in Washington Monthly magazine

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Posted: 10/17/2013

Washington Monthly MagazineLa Plume, Pa.Keystone College has attained additional rankings in another national magazine. 

Keystone was ranked 10th in the nation in “social mobility” and 30th in “community service participation” in the baccalaureate colleges category in the 2013 college rankings edition of Washington Monthly magazine. Based in Washington, D.C., the publication covers government, politics, education, and other national issues. The purpose of the magazine’s rankings is to assess how well colleges and universities “serve their communities and their country.”

The social mobility category measures how well colleges perform as an “engine of social mobility” by graduating lower-income students and first-generation students receiving federal financial aid. The “social mobility” ranking demonstrates commitment to providing education to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a college degree, particularly at private colleges.  

The community service rank was based on the number of students participating in community service and the total number of hours of service performed, both relative to school size. Keystone overall ranked 46th of the top 100 baccalaureate colleges based on the general categories of social mobility, research, and service.

 “Our editors realize that we all depend on institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for first-generation and low-income students, produce future scholars and groundbreaking research, and ultimately graduate a generation of innovative and selfless leaders,” the magazine’s editors explained in reporting the rankings. 

The rankings by Washington Monthly are the latest in a series of national rankings Keystone continues to attain. For the seventh consecutive year, Keystone College was ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges in U.S. News and World Report. Keystone scored particularly well in the category which lists small class sizes, with 74 percent of Keystone’s classes have less than 20 students.

In addition to the U.S. News and World Report rankings, Keystone also achieved national prominence in several other publications. It has been ranked as one of the nation’s top schools for commitment to the environment by the Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine and as one of the best schools in the nation for soldiers and veterans by G.I. Jobs magazine and Advanced Military Education magazine.

Founded in 1868, Keystone College is an independent, co-educational, liberal arts college that provides distinctive undergraduate programs grounded in a competitive learning environment that fosters integrity, curiosity, and civility. Keystone students perform over 17,000 of community service each year, volunteering for projects at parks, senior centers, homeless shelters, and many other locations locally, nationally and worldwide.     

Enrolling just under 1,700 students, Keystone offers over 40 degree options in liberal arts based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology and social sciences.

Keystone is committed to providing the best education possible to enable graduates to attain success in their chosen careers and professions. Because of  this strong commitment, the college offers the Keystone Promise, which guarantees that within six months after graduating from Keystone, and fulfilling the requirements of the Career Development Center, graduates will have received at least one job offer, or where appropriate, be accepted into a transfer or graduate program. In the event this does not occur, Keystone will provide additional courses and career counseling at no additional charge.