Emory & Henry College ranks among the top 30 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation, according to a ranking of colleges and universities published by the Washington Monthly.
The magazine ranks Emory & Henry at No. 21 on its annual list.
Its high ranking was the result, in part, of the College’s recent recognitions for its historic commitment to community service. In the article accompanying the rankings, Washington Monthly editors mention Emory & Henry’s dramatic rise, noting a national award the College received in March for service learning.
Emory & Henry was the only Virginia institution to make the top 30 list, which includes such colleges as Morehouse (No. 1) and Spelman (No. 8) in Georgia; Bryn Mawr (No. 2) and Swarthmore (No. 3) in Pennsylvania; Berea (No. 4) and Centre (No. 25) in Kentucky; and Amherst (No. 5) and Wellesley (No. 10) in Massachusetts.
Two Tennessee institutions made the Top 30 list: Rhodes College at No. 28 and Fisk University at No. 29.
"This is great news for Emory & Henry College and the region it serves," said Dr. Rosalind Reichard, president of Emory & Henry. "While other rankings continue to validate this institution’s strong reputation for excellence, this one points directly at what we do best – provide a high quality education that leads to lives of success, service and civic engagement."
The Washington Monthly ranking was the second recent ranking to show a rise for Emory & Henry.
Earlier this month, the College registered its third consecutive year of improvement in rankings published by U.S. News and World Report. The College ranked no. 144 on the list of national liberal arts colleges and was the only college in the Tri-Cities region to be ranked in the first tier of the prestigious national ranking (other Tri-Cities schools were ranked according to region).
Also Newsweek Magazine recently ranked Emory & Henry No. 4 in the nation in the category for the "Most Service Minded" schools. Emory & Henry was one of only 125 institutions -- out of more than 3,500 nationwide -- included in the 2010 Newsweek ranking.
In its rankings, Washington Monthly recognizes institutions that not only excel according to traditional measures – such as resources, reputation and selectivity -- but also in terms of a school's ability to transform under-achieving and economically disadvantaged students.
According to Washington Monthly: "A college president vying for rankings glory on our list … would have to enroll more low-income students, help them earn degrees, orient academic programs toward service, and invest in new scientific research. The country needs more of that kind of competition, not less."