Hiram College

Hiram College is among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country in recruiting and graduating low-income students, according to Washington Monthly’s 2011 College Rankings.

Washington Monthly publishes a college guide each year, ranking schools based on what colleges are doing for the country, rather than academics alone. It takes into consideration three factors: social mobility, research and service learning.

Based on all three factors, Hiram ranked 144th out of 249 schools ranked. On social mobility alone, Hiram ranked 9th out of 249. This statistic was based on the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, and the predicted graduation rate versus the actual graduation rate.

Jim Abbuhl, vice president for admission and financial aid, said this ranking reflects Hiram’s efforts to recruit first generation college students and giving them the resources they need to succeed.

“We’re very hands-on, we have a low student-to-faculty ratio, and we work with students from the very beginning of the recruitment process to the point they enroll and graduate,” he said.

Washington Monthly’s rankings emphasize that higher education isn’t just important for undergraduates.

We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they offer students from low-income families the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders,” the editors write in an introduction to the rankings. “And we all pay for it, through hundreds of billions of dollars in public subsidies. Everyone has a stake in how that money is spent.”