Marlboro Ranked #12 for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

College recognized for successfully enrolling and graduating large proportions of Pell Grant students.

Marlboro College was pleased to be once again included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2020, released today, where it was ranked #132 among liberal arts colleges across the nation. Even more exciting, however, was Marlboro’s #12 ranking among “top performers on social mobility,” where the college got high points for successfully enrolling and graduating large proportions of Pell Grant students.

“Marlboro College believes it has a responsibility to make its distinctive educational model accessible to as many students as possible,” said Marlboro President Kevin Quigley. “This is one reason the college reduced its tuition by a third this year, a bold step to address the inherent flaws associated with high tuition business models.”

U.S. News uses objective measures of academic quality, graduation rates, faculty information, and admissions data to obtain its rankings. For example, Marlboro is one of the few national liberal arts colleges on the list with 100 percent of its classes having less than 20 students. The rankings combine these with measures of academic reputation, determined by a peer assessment survey.

“We consider U.S. News a valuable resource for prospective students, but it’s also important to point out many key characteristics of a college like Marlboro that are not measured by rankings,” said Kevin. “These include Marlboro’s self-directed learning, interdisciplinary approaches, close collegial relationships with faculty, and the sense of community instilled by shared governance in our Town Meetings.”

See all the new rankings at U.S. News & World Report.


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