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UC Ranked 27th in 2011 Washington Monthly College Rankings


Williamsburg, Ky. — Officials at University of the Cumberlands have announced that the Washington Monthly 2011 College Guide has ranked the university in its top 30 baccalaureate colleges and universities at number 27.

Unlike most college rankings, which position institutions according to how they benefit students alone, the Washington Monthly’s Annual College Guide employs measures that assess how well colleges and universities serve their communities and the country.

According to its editors, the magazine uses public data to examine colleges through three lenses: social mobility, which considers how well an institution provides opportunities for first-generation and low-income students; research; and service. Cumberlands was ranked at 27th overall among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges and universities.

“We are pleased to learn of this latest honor, and we appreciate the Washington Monthly’s recognition of Cumberlands’ contribution to not only our region but also to the country and ultimately, the world,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president.

The Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine founded in 1969, began publishing its annual College Guide in 2005. This is the second year it has included baccalaureate and master’s schools in its rankings.

Complete rankings and more information about this elite honor can be found online at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.