Atlantic Monthly ranks WUSTL No. 11

The Atlantic Monthly magazine has created its first ranking of all types of colleges and universities, and Washington University is rated 11th in the nation.

The Atlantic’s top 25

The Atlantic Monthly’s top 25 institutions are:

1. MIT

2. Princeton

3. Cal Tech

4. Yale

5. Harvard

6. Stanford

7. Columbia

8. Penn

9. Brown

10. Swarthmore

11. Washington University

12. Amherst

13. UC Berkeley

14. Duke

15. Dartmouth

16. Pomona

17. UCLA

18. Rice

19. Williams

20. Georgetown

21. Cornell

22. Claremont McKenna

23. Harvey Mudd

24. William and Mary

25. Middlebury

The top 10 schools in order are: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology, Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and Swarthmore College.

“This review of colleges and universities is yet another illustration of our attractiveness to talented students,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. “We must sustain our effort to be a student-focused university, with the strongest possible faculty to engage our students in the best research and educational programs.”

The ranking was derived from three variables reported by each institution: admission rate, SAT scores and rank in high-school class. This is the first time The Atlantic has published the study.

The November issue also carries articles on existing rankings, such as the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Washington University is the only institution in the Midwest to be ranked in the top 25. Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame ranked 26 and 31, respectively, while the University of Chicago ranked 39.