Pillars of Academia: The colleges that produce the most altruistic students, by state

Pillrs aims to empower socially minded people to make a huge impact, right from their couch. So naturally, one day after a few too many hours of bug fixing and development, someone asked an interesting question:

Which college creates the most altruistic students?

Having no idea – most of us went to colleges that are “the best in the world (as long as you don’t count anyone better)” – we turned to the Washington Monthly university rankings, which ranks schools on social mobility, research, and service. It was there that we found the answer.

So without ado, here’s the map of the top school in each state for altruistic / community service-minded students.

Most Socially Minded Schools, Tabulated Data

Here’s the full rankings. Order lists the school’s ranking on our list of the top school for each state, accounting only for top schools.

Also listed is the Rank Among all Universities Considered, which accounts for every university on Washington Monthly’s data. For example, two Schools in California are ranked above Tulane University (Order #4, Rank #5) – we only list the top school for the state, UC Riverside in this example, bumping Tulane’s Rank down one and mismatching its order.

OrderSchoolStateRank among all universities considered
1Texas A&M University–College StationTX1
2American UniversityDC2
3University of California–RiversideCA3
4Tulane University of LouisianaLA5
5SUNY Coll. of Envir. Science & ForestryNY6
6VA Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ.VA7
7Indiana State UniversityIN8
8Washington University in St LouisMO11
9Case Western Reserve UniversityOH14
10University of the CumberlandsKY15
11Marquette UniversityWI17
12Vanderbilt UniversityTN18
13Colorado State Univ.–Fort CollinsCO20
14Auburn UniversityAL22
15Loyola University–ChicagoIL23
16Widener University–MainPA24
17University of Nevada–Las VegasNV26
18University of NC–Chapel HillNC27
19University of IdahoID29
20Clark UniversityMA32
21University of ConnecticutCT40
22University of Michigan–Ann ArborMI41
23University of Washington–SeattleWA42
24Drew UniversityNJ43
25Florida International UniversityFL45
26University of Minnesota–Twin CitiesMN46
27University of Nebraska–LincolnNE48
28Univ. of South Carolina–ColumbiaSC51
29University of MD–College ParkMD53
30Emory UniversityGA55
31University of KansasKS56
32Mississippi State UniversityMS57
33Arizona State UniversityAZ68
34University of DelawareDE75
35University of VermontVT79
36Dartmouth CollegeNH86
37University of MontanaMT91
38Portland State UniversityOR94
39West Virginia UniversityWV112
40University of South DakotaSD127
41Utah State UniversityUT128
42University of Rhode IslandRI146
43University of Arkansas at Little RockAR154
44University of TulsaOK156
45University of WyomingWY203
46University of New Mexico–MainNM214
47University of Hawaii–ManoaHI225
48University of North DakotaND235
49Iowa State UniversityIA236
50University of MaineME254

About the rankings

All of our data was gathered from the Washington Monthly college rankings. Their full selection criteria is published here.

For simplicity, we’ve included the relevant information about their community service score, which was used to generate this graph (emphasis added and styled for readability):

We determined the community service score by measuring each college’s performance in four equally weighted measures.

1. We judged military service by collecting data on the size of each college’s Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC programs and dividing by the number of students.

2. We similarly measured national service by dividing the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps by total enrollment.

3. The final two measures are based on data reported to the Corporation for National and Community Service by colleges and universities in their applications for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. One measure is the percentage of federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects.

4. The second measure is more complicated and includes the percent of students doing community service, the number of hours of community service per student, whether any staff were employed in community service, if any service courses were offered, or if the institution provides scholarships for community service.

Colleges that did not submit applications in a given year had no data and were given zeros on these measures.

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