INDIANAPOLIS - Several Indiana schools are included in Washington Monthly's 2017 College Guide and rankings. The publication says schools are ranked "based on their contribution to the public good" in three broad categories.

Washington Monthly says it rates more than 300 schools based on what they are doing for the country, in what it calls its answer to the annual rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The categories upon which the rankings are based include:

  • Social Mobility: Recruiting and graduating low-income students
  • Research: Producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s
  • Service: Encouraging students to give something back to their country

In the overall category of the top universities nationwide, the University of Notre Dame is the highest-ranked Indiana institution at number 22, followed by Purdue University at 25. Indiana University in Bloomington is ranked at number 80, followed by Indiana State University at 83, Ball State University at 135 and IUPUI at 177.

Stanford University tops the list, followed by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and Georgetown University. You can view the full list and connect to more about the methodology by clicking here.