Case Western Reserve University now stands among the top 10 universities in the country, according to Washington Monthly magazine, which ranked the university No. 7. This is a 10-spot jump from last year, and marks the highest position the university has earned on the magazine’s list.

The rankings are based on three equally weighted criteria: social mobility (enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees); research production and success at sending undergraduates onto doctoral programs; and commitment to community service.

“Case Western Reserve is a well-known Ohio research university that shows up at a respectable number forty-one on the U.S. News rankings,” the editors of Washington Monthly wrote. “It vaults all the way to number seven on our list due to an unusual commitment to service: Case Western [Reserve] students go into the Peace Corps in high numbers, the university spends a significant amount of work-study money on service, and it reports high levels of service participation by students and faculty.”

The top 10 universities are:

  1. University of California–San Diego
  2. University of California–Los Angeles
  3. University of California–Berkeley
  4. Stanford University
  5. University of California–Riverside
  6. Harvard University
  7. Case Western Reserve University
  8. University of California–Davis
  9. Jackson State University
  10. University of Michigan

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering U.S. politics and government.

Read the full list or learn more about the rankings in the September/October issue.

  • Suzanne Ferguson

    This is excellent news–you might want to do a followup story on someone who has been working over 20 years on service learning at CWRU–Glenn Odenbrett, whose current status I’m not sure of, though I think he may be an independent contractor. He was the co-ordinator of service learning at CWRU when I directed the English Department’s tutoring course for middle school students back in the 90s.

  • Kathy Peters

    How does Case rank in getting their graduates gainfully employed in their chosen field? Isn’t this the reason we spend $190K on a college degree?

  • Alex

    These rankings are pointless. Education should be the main focus. That’s why U.S. News and World Report’s rankings are thousands of times more reputable than Washington Monthly’s. Nobody cares about these rankings.

  • Paul

    Glad to know that CWRU has been branded as a center of excellence in education. Namely: Social mobility – the education of low-income students and helping them earn degrees; Research production – spurring tomorrows leaders to think innovatively, thereby leading academia in discoveries and; Commitment to community service – by reaching out to the community and sharing our knowledge, we help rewrite the age-old adage, “Knowledge is everything,” and instead edit it to, “applied knowledge is everything.” Congratulations CWRU!