Illinois College is identified as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in the Washington Monthly annual College Guide and Rankings for 2012. The editors of the magazine describe their rankings as “more interesting than virtually any rankings out there,” because the Washington Monthly rankings are based on what colleges are doing for their students and their country.
The college rankings in this highly regarded publication evaluate each school’s contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The college is ranked 88th overall.
Of the 249 liberal arts institutions ranked in the annual assessment, Illinois College ranks third for the number of staff participating in and supporting community service; and fifth for community service participation by students and hours served.
Illinois College is one of nine liberal arts schools in the State of Illinois included in the list and places in the top 100, along with Knox College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lake Forest College and Wheaton College.
When measuring social mobility ― a measure of how well a school performs, by providing its students opportunities for an education ― Illinois College ranks 70th, a significant increase over last year’s social mobility ranking of 122.
“Community service is an integral part of the learning environment at Illinois College, and the college is firmly committed to providing its students opportunities for upward social mobility,” commented President Axel Steuer. “To be recognized for that by such a well-regarded national publication as Washington Monthly is significant. The students, faculty and staff of the Illinois College community embody the qualities found in the leading liberal arts colleges. They are committed to excellence in education and to serving our local community and the nation.”