Washington Monthly has just released its 2011 College Rankings which focus on what colleges are doing for the good of the country through the way they educate their students. Following are some of the top performers:

Berea College (KY) - Ranked No. 1 nationally in the Washington Monthly's 2011 liberal arts college rankings, followed by Morehouse College in second place and Bryn Mawr College in third place. Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning in the United States, and has been listed as a “Best Buy” college in 2009 by Forbes magazine.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Ranked No. 1 in the magazine's 2011 national universities rankings, ahead of University of California—Los Angeles (2nd) and University of California—Berkeley (3rd).

Creighton University - Ranked No. 1 in the magazine's 2011 master's universities rankings, followed by St. Mary's University of San Antonio in second place and Truman State University in third place. In addition, US News ranked Creighton No. 1 in the 2011 rankings of Midwest Regional universities. Creighton was also recognized as No. 1 in the Midwest region as a "best value" university for giving students the best return on their tuition investment.

Tuskegee University - Ranked No. 1 in the magazine's national ranking of the top 50 baccalaureate colleges. Of all the institutions, Tuskegee ranked second in ROTC participation. According to the publication, 67 percent of Tuskegee's students are Pell Grant recipients and the university's graduation rate was 7 percent higher than predicted.

* Suggested Reading: Princeton Review Best Colleges 2012

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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