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Valparaiso University has been named the No. 4 top master’s university in the nation by the Washington Monthly magazine.

The publication annually ranks universities based on their contribution to the public good. Criteria include cutting-edge research and scholarship, recruiting and graduating low-income students and commitment to service. Specifically, the rankings focus on community service hours relative to school size and the number of alumni who go on to serve in the ROTC and the Peace Corps.

Valpo is continually recognized for its dedication to preparing students for a lifetime of leadership and service. Students and alumni participate in service-learning experiences around the world, volunteer in their local communities and are charged lead through compassionate service and intellectual competence.

According to the Washington Monthly’s website, the magazine looks at what colleges are doing for the country and recognizes institutions that provide an outstanding education while maintaining affordability. The number of Pell Grant recipients, graduation rates and financial assistance also contribute to a school’s ranking.  Valpo annually awards more than $70 million in financial assistance to all students.

Valparaiso University is one of only three colleges in Indiana to be included in the rankings, and the only one to achieve a ranking in the top 30.