Sorry Northeastern — this is one list you aren’t climbing. Too bad, Harvard — you’re not in the top three this time.

Dr. Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State College announced today the list of the “Top 25 Best Neighbor Colleges and Universities” at the 15th annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in Philadelphia.

“It’s regrettable that with almost a trillion dollars in bailout or stimulus money that more of these funds are not being invested in projects sponsored by campus-based civic engagement initiatives,” Dobelle said in a statement. “Projects don’t come much more turn-key than those in the higher education-community alliance sphere.”

New England just isn’t on the list, with the exception of the Rhode Island School of Design is Providence. None of the 50+ colleges or universities in Boston made the list.

The list:
1. University of Pennsylvania “" Philadelphia, PA
1. University of Southern California “" Los Angeles, CA
2. University of Dayton “" Dayton, OH
2. University of Pittsburgh “" Pittsburgh, PA
5. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis “" Indianapolis, IN
6. Creighton University “" Omaha, NE
7. Case Western Reserve University “" Cleveland, OH
8. Tulane University “" New Orleans, LA
9. Portland State University “" Portland, OR
10. Drexel University “" Philadelphia, PA
11. Virginia Commonwealth University “" Richmond, VA
12. University of Louisville “" Louisville, KY
13. University of Rochester “" Rochester, NY
14. University of Houston “" Houston, TX
14. University of Missouri at Kansas City “" Kansas City, MO
14. University of Missouri at St. Louis “" St. Louis, MO
17. Emory University “" Atlanta, GA
18. University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee “" Milwaukee, WI
19. Carnegie Mellon University “" Pittsburgh, PA
20. Rhode Island School of Design “" Providence, RI
21. Miami-Dade College “" Miami
22. St. Louis University “" St. Louis, MO
23. Rutgers-Newark, State University of New Jersey “" Newark, NJ
24. George Washington University “" Washington, DC
25. University of Nebraska-Omaha “" Omaha, NE

Criteria for assessment in the survey included length of involvement in the community, dollars invested in local efforts, community service, students in local K-12 schools going on to attend the college/university and recognition of positive community impact from those living in the community.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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