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U. of C. has the best writers, according to Grammarly survey

May 22, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

If the top 10 colleges in the nation had a spelling (and grammar) bee, which one would win?

The University of Chicago, of course, if one survey is to be believed.

The university was ranked No. 1 in a study by Grammarly, a grammar website, to find out which of the top colleges in the nation—according to U.S. News & World Report-- has the best writers.

After reviewing 30 LinkedIn profiles of recent graduates from each college, Grammarly found that students from the University of Chicago had the fewest overall writing mistakes of any of the 10 colleges, which included Stanford University, Harvard University, Duke University and Yale University, to name a few.

Allison VanNest, head of communications at Grammarly, said the ability to write well demonstrates a person’s credibility, professionalism and accuracy in their work, which are indicators of a valuable employee.

“Recent graduates from the University of Chicago are meticulous in their writing, and this will serve as a strong foundation for them in any occupation,” she said.

VanNest also said there is a great chance students from the University of Chicago will be successful in the job market because they already exhibit professionalism through their writing.

Christina von Nolcken, the director of undergraduate studies for the English department at the University of Chicago, said she is delighted to hear about the results of the study.

“We emphasis writing, and that [students] should write clearly,” she said. “If they do not write clearly they won’t be able to communicate effectively in society.”

Other top colleges did not receive such high regards based on results from Grammarly’s research. University of Pennsylvania ranked No. 9, and its graduates had the most verbose LinkedIn profiles, while Columbia University came in last place with the most grammar mistakes of all the colleges.

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