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Connecticut College ranks number 14 among colleges for media presence

For the second consecutive year, Connecticut College is ranked among the top 20 colleges for media presence. The Global Language Monitor, an independent tracking firm, ranks Connecticut College at No. 14.

The ranking is based on a mathematical formula that calculates mentions in traditional media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and on the Internet, including in social media and blogs.

Connecticut College ranked No. 18 in the Global Language Monitor's inaugural ranking last year.

The group also ranks media momentum and velocity, measuring the increase in the number of media citations over the previous year. Connecticut College ranks No. 7 in the momentum and velocity category.

Connecticut College's media placements are summarized on the College's "In the News" Web site. Major media stories this past year include:

• A New York Times piece highlights the College's Web site

• Connecticut College's funded internship program is touted by USA Today

• Martha Merrill '84, dean of admission and financial aid, gives advice on how to write a winning admission essay in the New York Times' higher education blog, "The Choice"

• President Leo I. Higdon Jr. publishes an opinion piece in the Providence Journal about how to determine a college's value during the campus visit

• A freshman squash player is featured in Sports Illustrated´s "Faces in the Crowd."

• The Chronicle of Higher Education reports Connecticut College is one of five institutions to receive the 2009 Nafsa: Association of International Educators' Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalism

• Jack Tinker, director of recruiting in the Career Enhancing Life Skills office, is quoted about how internships can help grads gain the experience necessary to compete against laid-off workers in a Wall Street Journal article also published by more than 20 other news outlets

• Philosophy Professor Andrew Pessin provides a "Twitter Tour" of western philosophy in the Christian Science Monitor. Pessin also discusses his two new books on more than 30 radio programs throughout the country.

-Amy Martin

December 9, 2009