Published: September 02, 2022
Washington Monthly Magazine Highlights UT for Value and Student Voting
Washington Monthly magazine, which ranks colleges based on “what they do for the country,” highlighted The University of Tampa as a “Best Bang for the Buck” college and as a “Best College for Student Voting.”
The Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide and Rankings ranks four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.
In the category “Best Bang for the Buck,” colleges are ranked on how they help non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
In the category “Best College for Student Voting,” schools need to have shown a repeated commitment to increasing student voting—and have been transparent about the results. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) reported that voting by students at UT increased by 41% between the 2016 and 2020 elections. The increase in student voter turnout was likely at least partly due to a campus-wide initiative led by the nonpartisan ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge coalition that aimed to increase both student voter registration and student voting. The coalition, which launched in early 2020, was led by Mary Anderson, professor of political science, and Ian McGinnity, director of community engagement in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. The coalition included students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office.
For more information about the Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide and Rankings, visit washingtonmonthly.com/2022-college-guide/.