Coker in Washington Monthly Top 100 for Sixth Straight Year

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Hartsville, S.C. – September 20, 2016 – Washington Monthly’s September/October 2016 issue ranks Coker College No. 19 among national universities offering bachelor's degrees. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Coker has been ranked in the magazine’s top 100.

Washington Monthly describes their ranking strategy as follows, “We gathered the best available data and ranked colleges not on what they did for themselves, but on what they did for their country. Our method had three pillars: social mobility, research, and service. Colleges that enrolled many low-income students and helped them graduate did well on our rankings, regardless of how famous they were. So did universities producing the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and those that built an ethos of public obligation by sending graduates into service.”

Of the various measures that contributed to the overall rankings, Coker’s rank in several areas once again elevated the institution to the top tier: social mobility rank (No. 8) and service (No. 41).

In addition, this year Coker was also ranked No. 11 out of 256 colleges in the Southeast region (and No. 2 among South Carolina institutions) on Washington Monthly’s 2016 “Best Bang for the Buck” list. These rankings recognize schools that provide economic value by offering an excellent education experience at an affordable price. Washington Monthly determines which schools are the best value based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

“It’s encouraging to be recognized by Washington Monthly again this year, both in an overall category as well as ‘Best Bank for Your Buck,’” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “These rankings specify recognition for schools that incorporate community service as both standard practice and a personal obligation, and that ideology is exactly in line with Coker’s mission. It’s a wonderful vote of confidence for the future of our students’ higher education experience.”

Coker’s unique four-year program, Trans4mations, builds community service and study away opportunities into each student’s educational experience. Combined with a distinctive round-table learning philosophy and a highly personalized environment, Coker helps students discover how to use their personal talents to succeed and contribute to society. In addition, with one-on-one financial aid consultation and personalized career counseling throughout all four years, students receive excellent value for their investment.

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Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.



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.