Coker in Washington Monthly Top 100 for Seventh Straight Year

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Hartsville, S.C. – August 31, 2017 – This marks the seventh consecutive year that Coker College has been ranked in Washington Monthly’s top 100. The magazine’s annual college rankings are featured in their September/October 2017 issue.

Washington Monthly describes their ranking strategy as follows, “Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

In addition, this year Coker was again included on the magazine’s ‘2017 Best Bang for the Buck - Southeast’ list. According to Washington Monthly, these rankings are based on “the extent to which they [the college] charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.”

When putting together their rankings, Washington Monthly takes into account the number of students at the college who are first-generation students. Coker’s commitment to educating first generation students shows in that nearly half of Coker's undergraduates are first generation students. Approximately 40% of Coker’s full-time faculty members were first generation graduates. Coker’s Washington Monthly ‘National Universities - Bachelor’ ranking showed we’re exceeding our predicted graduation rates.

“We’re happy to be included for the seventh consecutive year in Washington Monthly’s top 100,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “Washington Monthly's criteria align with outcomes that we value very highly at Coker - positioning our graduates for social and career mobility, providing opportunities to engage in meaningful undergraduate research with our faculty, and fostering a commitment to the value of service.”



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.