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Top 10 Colleges That Give Back To Communities (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 09/02/11 10:17 AM ET   Updated: 11/01/11 06:12 AM ET

The Washington Monthly recently released its national rankings of 258 universities, but didn't focus on test scores, admission rates or the number of professors boasting fancy post-graduate degrees. Rather, the study examined how these schools give back to their communities, based on social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). We honed in on one particular criteria taken into consideration, the 10 universities that participated in the most community service.

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No. 1, University of California--Riverside
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Each year, University of California--Riverside students volunteer more than 70,000 hours to their local community, according to the university website. They contribute to a wide range of causes, including Heart Pillows for Heart Patients, the Suicide Awareness Walk and Unity in R' Community.
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