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Newsweek/Kaplan rankings recognize W&M for service, location and education

  • Service-minded schoolWilliam & Mary appeared on three of the top-25 lists, including ninth among "Most Service-Minded Schools," and 21st in both "Most Desirable Suburban Schools" and "Best Schools for Future Power Brokers."

    Kaveh Sadeghian '12

    Service-minded school

Fall means it’s time for football – and for William & Mary to be recognized in national rankings.

This time, a new list of rankings by Newsweek and the Kaplan College Guide recognizes the nation’s second-oldest college in areas of service, its desirability as a suburban school, and its place as a desirable university for business students.

Newsweek and Kaplan have partnered since 1996 to produce the college guide that looks at current admissions and school trends and key features of campus life. This year, the guide debuts its first ever top-25 rankings in a number of different categories. William & Mary appeared on three of those top-25 lists, including ninth among “Most Service-Minded Schools,” and 21st in both “Most Desirable Suburban Schools” and “Best Schools for Future Power Brokers.” The rankings were released Monday.

logoThe Newsweek lists are the latest in a number of national rankings showcasing W&M. In August, the College learned it moved up two spots to 31st overall in the latest list by U.S. News & World Report. The College also remained the sixth-best public university and moved up to fifth on the magazine's list of universities with a strong "commitment to teaching," up one spot from last year. The report also revealed that William & Mary is a favorite among high school guidance counselors, who ranked the College tied for 30th. The undergraduate business program also did well in U.S. News, ranking 42nd overall this year. The program was ranked 48th last year. U.S. News also ranked the business program 24th among public universities.

The U.S. News rankings followed favorable reports earlier in the month by Princeton Review and Forbes.com, which ranked W&M its second-highest state supported university. Forbes listed William & Mary as 46th overall, up two spots from last year. Additionally this year, the Princeton Review praised William & Mary's faculty, libraries and undergraduate happiness level in its annual college guidebook. The Review listed W&M at 12th in the "Happiest Students" category; eighth in both the "Professors Get High Marks" and "Best College Library" categories; and the College's "green rating" improved  from a 90 last year to a 93 this year.

Also in August, Washington Monthly ranked W&M number one for service and 10th overall, while Parade Magazine listed the College among its "A List" for top small state schools.