Texas A&M Ranked No. 10 Nationally In Washington Monthly ‘Public Good’ List
Texas A&M University is ranked No. 10 – the only institution in Texas among the top 60 – in Washington Monthly’s ranking of universities that contribute most to the public good in areas of social mobility, research and promoting public service.
The 2019 National University Rankings listed Texas A&M No. 2 in service, No. 27 in social mobility and No. 33 in research. It also ranked Texas A&M No. 4 in its Best Bang for the Buck: South ranking, noting high median earnings of $57,067.
Washington Monthly also ranks Texas A&M No. 12 in its 2019 Most Affordable Elite ranking, the best of any school in Texas.
Since 2005, Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where it rates schools based on what they are doing for the country.
“We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and public service (encouraging students to give something back to their country),” the publication notes. “Instead of rewarding schools that reject 95 percent of applicants, we give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate without too much debt. And we give extra weight to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large.”
With almost 70,000 students, Texas A&M is one of the nation’s five largest universities, and approximately 25 percent of its entering freshman class is traditionally made up of students who are the first in their families to attend college. It is also the top university producer of officers for the military. Only the service academies produce more.
Research conducted at Texas A&M is approaching the $1 billion mark, the highest among all Texas schools.
MONEY magazine recently ranked Texas A&M the best value in Texas and the No. 18 best value nationally. Texas A&M is also the only public college in Texas to make the Fiske Guide To Colleges in its recent rankings of Best Buys of U.S. colleges.