Mount Holyoke College is one of the best schools in the country for students who want to change the world, according to the Princeton Review’s new book, Colleges That Pay You Back. The publication includes a list of the 25 top schools in the country for making an impact, and Mount Holyoke is ranked 18th.
The College is also on the book’s list of 200 Colleges That Pay You Back, which is unranked.
Students at Mount Holyoke are among the country’s most driven to get involved and make a difference, according to an article about the making an impact list in Business Insider.
“Volunteerism is an integral part of the culture at Mount Holyoke College,” the article said, noting that the College was recognized last year with a prestigious community engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Mount Holyoke’s culture of social change is bolstered by its Community-Based Learning Program, which offers students opportunities to participate in independent studies, internships, research, and service projects.
The Princeton Review based its rankings of the Top 25 Best Schools for Making an Impact on student ratings and responses to survey questions covering community service opportunities at their school, student government, sustainability efforts, and on-campus student engagement. It also examined PayScale.com’s percentage of alumni from each school that reported having high job meaning.
Princeton Review has placed Mount Holyoke in the top 20 on these lists as well: Best Classroom Experience, Best College Dorms, Most Politically Active Students, and Professors Get High Marks. The College is also mentioned on these unranked lists: Best 380 Colleges; Best Northeastern Colleges, Region by Region; and Green Colleges.