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College ranking places Ohio University in top 40 nationally

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 14, 2006) -- Rankings released this week by Washington Monthly place Ohio University among schools such as Harvard, Brown and Columbia universities. Ohio University ranked 40th out of 245 public and private schools in the magazine's second annual college guide.

Washington Monthly considers how much institutions benefit the country by looking at three indicators: how well a school performs as an engine of social mobility, how well it does in fostering scientific and humanistic research, and how well it promotes an ethic of service to the country.

"We are pleased at this recognition," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said. "Unlike some other popular rankings, Washington Monthly looks at students' contributions to society and their preparedness to compete in a changing world, areas in which Ohio University excels."

The magazine determined the community service score by measuring each school's performance in the percentage of students enrolled in the Army and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, the percentage of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, and the percentage of federal work-study grants devoted to community service projects.

Ohio University's Army ROTC program is ranked in the top 10 percent of programs nationwide by the U.S. Army's Cadet Command. Ohio University is one of only two universities in Ohio that have a campus Peace Corps representative.

Each school's research score is based on the total amount of research spending, the number of science and engineering doctoral degrees awarded, and the percentage of undergraduate alumni who have received a doctoral degree.

To determine the social mobility score, Washington Monthly created a formula to predict a school's likely graduation rate given its percentage of students on Pell Grants (which the magazine says is a good measure of a school's commitment to educating lower-income students) and its average SAT score. All categories were weighted equally when calculating each institution's final score.

Ohio University was ranked 133rd in 2005.

To see Washington Monthly's complete rankings, go to www.washingtonmonthly.com.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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