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2014 Liberal Arts College Rankings

Read Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings in the chart below and use this drop-down menu to check out Rankings charts for other school types:

About the Rankings: We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

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* Indicates a public school, ° indicates a for-profit school.

Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Net pricePredicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
1Bryn Mawr College (PA)10019%$25,34988%85%201$8.574102813944%4514
2Carleton College (MN)9313%$28,59297%93%225$4.97113513913%1385927
3Berea College (KY)9085%$1,22551%64%1$0.07133901331398%2052347
4Swarthmore College (PA)8715%$20,17396%93%144$3.09292531397%2163371
5Harvey Mudd College (CA)8613%$29,774100%86%242$3.532314910223%47125125
6Reed College (OR)7619%$19,52188%78%228$1.864841012016%96125125
7Macalester College (MN)7515%$22,71992%88%187$3.59221679520%619119
8New College of Florida (FL)*7528%$10,76677%68%71$0.8870915313952%1125125
9Williams College (MA)7319%$16,88393%95%49$4.571455613518%81125125
10Oberlin College (OH)7213%$34,38593%87%235$1.8550111913927%272749
11Haverford College (PA)7115%$20,81392%93%104$2.993067013910%16828106
12Pomona College (CA)7017%$17,81895%95%76$3.272677210310%17711088
13Knox College (IL)6925%$22,40970%78%66$0.0013845613943%52686
14Wellesley College (MA)6818%$18,72793%91%112$8.03717467325%35125125
15Rhodes College (TN)6815%$26,15183%79%221$0.628771576227%2814
16Wesleyan University (CT)6817%$21,34092%92%133$9.243204713716%1009498
17Grinnell College (IA)6620%$21,92888%89%125$2.0545881398%202125125
18Amherst College (MA)6621%$17,80094%95%62$4.29171211412524%41125125
19Michigan Jewish Institute (MI)6675%$8,90044%72%2$0.0013821420813913%125125125
20Smith College (MA)6325%$22,52279%84%81$4.4615152913926%30114107
21Tougaloo College (MS)6289%$8,80437%46%3$2.783388197549%179125125
22Davidson College (NC)6212%$24,11389%92%131$1.625418652322%541136
23St. John's College (MD)6125%$25,01978%70%229$0.00138132713914%116125125
24Claflin University (SC)6078%$11,68238%43%12$4.65131912081312%141488
25Allegheny College (PA)5926%$25,46874%79%128$0.6386302611927%257145
26Vassar College (NY)5920%$18,87192%92%95$1.4658143513619%72125125
27Kalamazoo College (MI)5916%$26,51280%81%171$0.7179312513917%925021
28Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)5861%$17,26651%48%98$9.492115183318%215101102
29Whitman College (WA)5813%$31,22984%86%199$1.146421213917%8664110
30Bates College (ME)5712%$20,41987%89%85$1.8549347313918%761211
31Morehouse College (GA)5748%$24,28053%56%135$8.346126103719%719778
32Centre College (KY)5718%$22,94082%85%118$0.3710564544621%552553
33Warren Wilson College (NC)5728%$25,07864%50%240$0.00138147131392%23382
34Lewis & Clark College (OR)5719%$26,97679%75%222$2.593480128622%523281
35Southwestern University (TX)5625%$23,78371%74%129$0.23118517512917%903010
36Lawrence University (WI)5521%$26,89976%74%200$0.6584225213919%655261
37Emory and Henry College (VA)5543%$18,63848%52%58$0.0013812915813912%15121
38Earlham College (IN)5427%$20,38169%70%94$0.3211327113920%59125125
39Spelman College (GA)5448%$27,87161%74%73$2.533640105229%1921352
40Mount Holyoke College (MA)5422%$24,35585%83%183$3.142723249326%34125125
41St. Olaf College (MN)5316%$26,38587%85%194$1.415941161399%1845569
42Salem College (NC)5358%$15,34851%58%22$0.0013815612412634%11125125
43Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)5218%$27,13083%82%203$0.916975408513%1351434
44Bowdoin College (ME)5215%$23,09193%93%146$3.4124194413912%149125125
45Wheaton College (IL)5120%$23,37184%88%99$0.688135641019%68125125
46Colorado College (CO)5110%$23,16189%88%157$1.0466291110422%517996
47Guilford College (NC)5145%$23,46755%58%115$0.0013817012110130%197424
48Occidental College (CA)5123%$29,14881%84%175$1.9047499711827%268692
49Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)5022%$25,04972%64%230$0.47101695811528%222246
50Barnard College (NY)5020%$23,45892%90%170$3.6921288312324%42125125
51Hamilton College (NY)4913%$21,30593%89%168$3.1228372313924%39125125
52Colgate University (NY)4911%$19,00692%90%120$2.8032386113833%13117119
53Lake Forest College (IL)4934%$23,30769%69%153$0.50971417813916%951633
54College of Saint Benedict (MN)4923%$23,89176%80%109$0.66831533910629%208025
55Fisk University (TN)4956%$19,16146%53%47$5.54862633714%122125125
56Oglethorpe University (GA)4940%$18,90163%54%218$0.0013813014213913%1317313
57Agnes Scott College (GA)4940%$19,61665%66%91$1.356042766826%31112120
58Lyon College (AR)4946%$13,93063%50%215$0.1213113115213915%11110543
59Central College (IA)4828%$20,96065%65%119$0.001381657713926%321512
60Willamette University (OR)4823%$26,69775%77%160$2.224079159115%11256115
61Hobart William Smith Colleges (NY)4820%$30,17775%75%207$1.51561424213931%161048
62Denison University (OH)4816%$26,86285%83%205$0.21120731412218%794590
63Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)4723%$22,19979%81%127$0.3411178874713%1394264
64Colby College (ME)4710%$18,51390%90%77$1.8551261811024%40125125
65Whittier College (CA)4734%$26,10256%63%108$0.0013813216513951%28742
66Kenyon College (OH)4710%$30,31089%88%223$0.539424413922%48125125
67Illinois College (IL)4733%$16,52060%60%63$0.0013817712813911%16433
68Claremont McKenna College (CA)4714%$22,44392%92%137$5.4594669918%77125125
69Washington and Lee University (VA)478%$19,40194%91%139$0.8175891433037%93737
70Middlebury College (VT)4610%$22,92794%93%165$2.5835334110723%45106111
71Doane College–Crete (NE)4636%$18,18259%61%70$0.57901671808840%69051
72Hendrix College (AR)4620%$20,16283%68%236$0.767747889819%74125125
73Hollins University (VA)4640%$22,38361%61%151$0.00138967913912%1426174
74Pitzer College (CA)4618%$23,71580%82%136$0.33112991007812%14465
75College of the Atlantic (ME)4633%$16,35866%68%50$0.00138509313929%21125125
76Calvin College (MI)4625%$24,01873%77%113$3.791985140609%17810239
77St. John's College (NM)4632%$21,87260%56%186$0.00138254513911%154125125
78Drew University (NJ)4627%$29,94762%69%143$2.2239488012424%4366113
79Wesleyan College (GA)4536%$12,91453%50%43$0.001388620813919%64415
80Savannah State University (GA)*4574%$8,50433%32%10$2.1941208208515%109125125
81Hanover College (IN)4544%$18,23059%67%32$0.00138835513916%101125125
82Hiram College (OH)4444%$21,21455%66%44$0.00138921761288%1985341
83Dillard University (LA)4476%$13,60039%28%176$8.385138174293%232125125
84Judson College (AL)4444%$16,01948%38%198$0.001381611363212%145627
85Maryville College (TN)4440%$15,88162%56%141$0.001381491111397%218923
86Westminster College (MO)4429%$18,93366%65%96$0.001381241567122%503132
87Simpson College (IA)4430%$18,87958%68%31$0.0013818111713917%934916
88University of Richmond (VA)4317%$19,75184%84%102$4.1318911192610%1706828
89William Jewell College (MO)4327%$21,14169%66%167$0.00138841239717%852138
90Connecticut College (CT)4312%$23,90686%85%163$1.6953613113925%369273
91Alma College (MI)4333%$19,12466%66%101$0.00138148901309%1931917
92University of Hawaii–Hilo (HI)*4243%$8,49237%36%9$26.6111891757212%146125125
93Millsaps College (MS)4222%$19,17272%69%138$0.4899441224215%1087070
94Rust College (MS)4285%$7,89730%30%7$0.001381921961397%21710489
95Albion College (MI)4224%$21,33170%71%105$0.559152661398%2015777
96Dickinson College (PA)4212%$28,16784%84%195$2.1144111211418%834465
97Wittenberg University (OH)4223%$25,62669%67%190$0.141286010413923%467868
98Saint Johns University (MN)4219%$22,90269%77%69$0.887182118213%12810922
99Ripon College (WI)4134%$19,32163%71%42$0.001381201621514%1158959
100Linfield College–McMinnville (OR)4125%$22,93762%68%78$0.131291363413418%783929

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