Texas A&M was the only university in Texas ranked in the top 15 and the highest ranked university in the Southwest.
The magazine, which focuses heavily on institutions’ service to the nation, rated Massachusetts Institute of Technology No.1, followed by the University of California-Berkeley, Penn State University and UCLA.
The Washington Monthly’s ranking criteria is based on numerous factors, among them research activity, research spending, the number of doctorates awarded each year in the sciences and engineering, community service work, overall excellence of the university and other factors.
“Unlike other guides…this guide asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” the editors explain. “It’s a guide for all Americans who are concerned about our institutions of higher learning. Are our colleges making good use of our tax dollars? Are they producing graduates who can keep our nation competitive in a changing world? In short, are they doing well by doing good?”
“It is gratifying to see that Texas A&M continues to be recognized for our outstanding academic programs and for our numerous and long-standing contributions to the nation,” said President Robert M. Gates.
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