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Nazareth Ranks in Top 50 of 2017 Washington Monthly College Guide Rankings for Master’s Universities

Published October 02, 2017

Nazareth College significantly rose in the rankings to land at 27th on a list of the Best Master's Universities by the 2017 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The College is also proud of its No. 7 rank in community service participation and hours served. According to the magazine's system, colleges are ranked by their contribution to the country, and it recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability.

Nazareth students annually perform more than 273,000 hours of community outreach and service learning, and the College was one of five nationally named as a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service and civic engagement, and was a finalist for the 2011, 2014, and 2015 award. Nazareth College has been named to the honor roll since its inception in 2006.

Nazareth also made the list of Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck" category at 224. The list includes schools that do the best job helping students earn marketable degrees at affordable prices, thus providing the best value to students and families. This ranking is not based solely on net price; instead the list looks at the number of students receiving Pell grants, and graduation and loan default rates.

Washington Monthly's new college rankings measure institutions based on three criteria: civic engagement (encouraging students to give something back to their country), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students).

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.