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UCLA is ranked No. 2 public university for positive impact on society

Washington Monthly report analyzes social mobility, public service and benefits of research

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UCLA students on Volunteer Day
Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

Students during a recent UCLA Volunteer Day.

In rankings published today by Washington Monthly, UCLA is No. 2 among U.S. public universities for its contributions to society.

UCLA was No. 9 overall among national universities, joined by four other University of California campuses in the top 20: UC San Diego (7), UC Davis (10); UC Berkeley (18); and UC Irvine (20).

For choosing the universities that create the most public good, Washington Monthly equally weighs three categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing scholarship and new doctoral graduates) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

UCLA consistently performs well in multiple rankings that use a wide range of criteria.

In May, UCLA was ranked No. 2 public in the U.S. and No. 9 overall in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. In April, UCLA topped Forbes’ Best Value Colleges ranking. In addition, UCLA was named the No. 1 public institution in the nation in three separate assessments last fall: U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Top Colleges rankings.

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