Washington Monthly Names UC San Diego the Best Public University for Social Mobility

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The University of California San Diego has been named the #1 public university in the nation by Washington Monthly for contributions to social mobility, research and public service. UC San Diego has topped the rankings eight times over the past nine years.

The 2018 College Guide and Rankings assessed four-year colleges based on recruitment and graduation of low-income students; production of cutting-edge research; the number of undergraduates that go on to earn a doctorate degree; as well as success of instilling the importance of service to the community and our country.

“We are proud to be recognized as the leading public university in the nation for expanding educational opportunity for diverse students, conducting bold investigations that benefit all, and infusing a service-oriented outlook into all of our research and teaching,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

The results coincide with UC San Diego’s commitment to increasing educational access. UC San Diego is expected to enroll one its most diverse ethnic and socioeconomic classes of students this fall. Nearly one-third of the campus’s newly-admitted freshmen and transfers are the first in their family to attend a four-year college.

This article was originally published on UC San Diego News Center.