Washington Monthly rewards Willamette's zeal for service

Due to its commitment to community service and social mobility, Willamette University was ranked 23rd in the nation in Washington Monthly’s 2012 liberal arts college guide.

Washington Monthly ranks colleges based on three factors. The first gives colleges credit for enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees. The second is for research production, and the third factor recognizes schools’ commitment to service.

The university was ranked No. 7 among liberal arts colleges for community service participation, in addition to landing the No. 13 spot for participation in the Peace Corps.

As incoming freshmen, students are introduced to service opportunities through Jump Start — a program designed to help students explore and give back to their community.

Additional service opportunities are continually presented through the Office of Community Service Learning. Nationally, Willamette is recognized as a leader in civic engagement.

The university has been included in Washington Monthly’s top 100 liberal arts colleges since 2006, the year official rankings began.