Hendrix College is among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in 2012, according to a ranking by The Washington Monthly magazine. Thirteen United Methodist-related colleges earned a spot on the list, according to a news release.

The ranking is based on schools’ contribution to the public good in three categories — social mobility, research and service.

"We are very pleased to see a recognition that education should include character and community building, as well as spiritual formation," said Dr. Gerald D. Lord, who heads the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. "United Methodist-related institutions have a long history of being able to reach thousands of people in their most formative years and give them opportunities regardless of their income, race or gender."

Hendrix College is ranked 80th.