Gustavus Adolphus College has been named the #20 liberal arts college in the country according to Washington Monthly‘s 2021 rankings, which were released on August 30, 2021.

The publication takes a novel approach to college rankings, focusing on how institutions contribute to the public good through social mobility, research, and by providing opportunities for public service rather than more traditional metrics like wealth, exclusivity, and perceived prestige.

Gustavus is also the best in Minnesota for social mobility (#8 nationally) and #1 in the state for “Best Bang for the Buck” (#10 in the Midwest), which is “ranked according to how well [colleges] help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”