Doane College placed first among Nebraska colleges and universities and 86th nationally in Washington Monthly's 2012 college rankings.
The rankings are based on three broad categories: social mobility, research, and service. Each category is then divided into multiple components.
The social mobility category takes a look at recruiting and graduating low-income students. It features indicators such as the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and the net price of attendance.
The research category ranks schools based on research expenditures and the number of bachelor's recipients who go on to receive a Ph.D.
The service category is a measure of how much students, staff, and faculty give back to their community. It looks at factors such as how many graduates go on to the Peace Corps and the percent of federal work-study funds spent on service. According to the rankings, Doane ranked 83rd nationally in the community service participation and hours- served rankings.