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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University is among the best liberal arts colleges in the country when it comes to fostering research and promoting an ethic of service and social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly, which ranks Bucknell No. 7 in its college rankings issue that goes on sale Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The political magazine based in Washington, D.C., asks "what colleges are doing for the country" in its annual rankings, which look at three broad categories: research, service and social mobility – or how successful colleges and universities are at graduating students from low-income backgrounds. (See Washington Monthly story.)

"We believe in finding and supporting outstanding students, regardless of background, with a passion for learning and life," Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell said. "We want them to become intellectually engaged at the highest levels and to make an impact on the world around them. We appreciate measures such as those used by Washington Monthly that consider such contributions."

Research score
The magazine's research score is based on an institution's total spending on research as well as the number of alumni who go on to receive Ph.D.s, while the service score includes the relative size of a university's Army or Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, the percentage of alumni serving in the Peace Corps, and the percentage of federal work-study grants devoted to community service projects.

"America," the magazine said, "depends on its institutions of higher education for a variety of crucial public tasks: conducting the cutting-edge research that drives the economy; offering students from low-income families a path to a better life; and positively shaping the characters of the young people who will go on to lead the country."

Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Bucknell's students are employed or pursing advanced degrees. The University regularly ranks among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates.

Community service
Forty-two percent of students spend a semester or more studying off campus, and 85 percent of seniors participate in community service or volunteer work.

Bucknell has also made a commitment to enrolling and graduating outstanding students from all backgrounds. Sixty percent of the students in the Class of 2010 received some form of financial aid. More than three dozen students in the Bucknell Community College Scholars and Posse Scholars programs will enroll this fall.

"We're proud of the many areas in which our students succeed, whether as professional engineers or scientists, humanists, ambassadors, lawyers, doctors, researchers, members of great organizations like the Peace Corps and Teach for America, or as officers in the military, business leaders and entrepreneurs," Mitchell said.

About Bucknell University
Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pa., is the nation's largest liberal arts university, enrolling 3,400 undergraduates from around the United States and the world. It features a diverse curriculum of liberal arts and pre-professional programs and extensive undergraduate research opportunities and facilities. It was founded in 1846.

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Posted Aug. 20, 2007