Whitman is the 19thbest liberal arts college in the country. That's according to this year's Washington Monthly's College Rankings 2013, which placed Whitman 11 spots higher than in last year's rankings. Liberal arts colleges are assessed by Washington Monthly based on three primary criteria: their roles as engines of social mobility, their ability to produce cutting-edge scientific and humanistic research and their dedication to encouraging students to give back to their country.
- In the research category, Whitman is ranked at No. 21, up seven places from 2012.
- In the service to country category, Whitman is ranked at No. 18, up eight places from 2012.