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San Diego area universities high in public interesting rankings

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - For the fifth year in a row, UC San Diego topped a list of universities acting in the public interest, which was released Monday by Washington Monthly.

San Diego State University was fourth in the publication's "Best Bang for the Buck" category.

The public interest rankings by Washington Monthly looks at recruiting of low-income students, the number of Ph.D's awarded, honors for faculty, and participation in the Peace Corps, ROTC and community service programs.

University of California campuses dominated the top of the list, with Riverside second, Berkeley third and UCLA fifth.

"It is a great honor to be recognized once again by Washington Monthly as the top college in the nation for contributing to the public good," said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. "This is an extraordinary achievement, as the criteria for this ranking exemplify our core values and our vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university that provides opportunity for all."

San Diego State ranked 87th, but came in fourth in the "Best Bang" category, which takes the percentage of students receiving Pell grants into account, along with graduation rates, net costs and percentage of admissions.

UCSD was 18th in this category.

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