College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 liberal arts college 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). For an explanation of each category, click here. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Predicted 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
1Morehouse College (GA)10065%45%67%3$5.455101164711%1524133
2Bryn Mawr College (PA)9414%82%86%87$3.88978312535%101010
3Swarthmore College (PA)8910%94%92%161$1.45352451259%1783431
4Berea College (KY)8982%45%64%5$0.00951397912510%1661325
5Amherst College (MA)8516%91%95%91$2.931453112536%6104101
6Harvey Mudd College (CA)8010%99%90%210$2.74181958325%24104101
7Williams College (MA)7914%92%96%86$3.988941259%181104101
8Spelman College (GA)7745%54%80%1$3.7410451172110%162104101
9Wesleyan University (CT)7712%90%93%101$7.882154610212%12810191
10Wellesley College (MA)7613%87%91%95$4.63710637023%34104101
11Bowdoin College (ME)7613%91%91%142$2.1922201612519%563173
12Carleton College (MN)7510%91%93%118$1.852863312512%1249252
13Reed College (OR)7311%89%78%224$1.22363112516%81104101
14Tougaloo College (MS)73100%50%47%173$1.683291201599%1825484
15College of the Holy Cross (MA)7214%78%98%4$0.9948891362519%611138
16Whitman College (WA)7113%83%92%43$0.3082211012535%119797
17Occidental College (CA)7119%78%86%48$1.65333011911021%482034
18Davidson College (NC)716%89%94%73$0.855222703815%95362
19Bates College (ME)7110%86%89%105$1.0246366412521%4399
20Smith College (MA)7116%79%88%39$3.5011162212117%72104101
21Emory and Henry College (VA)7042%49%55%70$0.009510416812511%14611
22Macalester College (MN)6914%87%87%140$2.352014311212%135104101
23Wofford College (SC)6711%73%83%30$0.00951519427%215630
24Pomona College (CA)6612%97%95%158$3.111381021057%211104101
25Centre College (KY)6513%78%82%94$0.009538582017%783022
26Oberlin College (OH)6512%87%84%169$0.7755233212522%404757
27Dillard University (LA)6475%27%39%21$2.8515138109230%245104101
28Rhodes College (TN)649%79%72%206$0.43697042398%20122
29Fisk University (TN)6346%42%53%24$6.00433201627%231104101
30New College of Florida*6314%82%63%244$0.0095420112584%1104101
31Middlebury College (VT)6310%91%93%109$1.8329321310021%49104101
32Ripon College (WI)6226%60%69%40$0.0095110661214%1024318
33Haverford College (PA)6212%90%94%84$1.18371210312516%85104101
34Grinnell College (IA)6214%85%85%143$0.79531391257%233104101
35Colby College (ME)626%88%90%120$1.133828307523%359083
36Allegheny College (PA)6118%73%74%128$0.7953464412524%283532
37Knox College (IL)6121%80%75%189$0.0095276812536%86896
38Westminster College (PA)6120%59%73%12$0.00958512312538%54617
39Bucknell University (PA)608%84%88%85$1.74304085449%1862663
40Furman University (SC)608%81%85%90$1.044450921022%389598
41Alma College (MI)6028%60%70%33$0.0095881851019%193413
42Mount Holyoke College (MA)6016%82%82%146$3.1312292611611%141104101
43Agnes Scott College (GA)6030%65%71%65$0.009543128413%11196100
44DePauw University (IN)5916%73%85%20$0.22881294311817%711741
45St. John's University (MN)5911%70%83%17$0.009510247318%63104101
46St. Olaf College (MN)5912%82%86%88$1.064252151257%2295864
47Wesleyan College (GA)5933%58%61%103$0.00956414212533%149915
48Colgate University (NY)597%89%91%114$2.222137278023%37104101
49Illinois College5929%61%63%123$0.00951095012511%139247
50St. John's College (MD)5818%80%71%211$0.00951121259%189104101
51Ohio Wesleyan University5820%70%63%200$0.3876396012529%182543
52Lawrence University (WI)5815%82%75%197$0.308117351258%2026449
53Susquehanna University (PA)5717%65%82%7$0.0095154784327%222878
54Claremont McKenna College (CA)5713%90%94%92$0.685957751613%110104101
55University of Richmond (VA)579%80%87%57$1.962696963114%1065970
56Gustavus Adolphus Col. (MN)5715%73%83%34$0.179359514514%976172
57Hamilton College (NY)579%89%91%119$1.9127738112514%999335
58Vassar College (NY)5612%89%92%99$0.6061187212017%75104101
59Simpson College (IA)5626%64%68%77$0.009517614812511%14383
60Hobart & Wm. Smith Col. (NY)5615%73%73%138$0.69581032311425%264060
61Connecticut College569%85%88%98$1.0246311112515%90104101
62Coe College (IA)5624%67%70%104$0.4567721451723%367895
63Dickinson College (PA)569%82%84%115$1.0841118491911%1533771
64Wheaton College (IL)5613%82%86%83$0.009548121918%64104101
65Calif. State U., Monterey Bay*5532%49%39%217$7.03322916712522%42498
66Johnson C. Smith University (NC)5557%40%39%150$0.00952062012723%323876
67Barnard College (NY)5515%85%89%89$2.76174713911917%74104101
68Earlham College (IN)5516%74%72%157$0.0095245612516%873279
69Beloit College (WI)5414%76%78%125$0.0095683812513%1132348
70Willamette University (OR)5415%75%71%177$0.387586811116%843380
71Carson-Newman College (TN)5431%56%53%168$0.0095162201610%1702740
72Calvin College (MI)5419%69%76%56$2.062471138547%2168155
73Central College (IA)5325%62%68%67$0.00951311291257%2231211
74Denison University (OH)5311%79%81%112$0.3280922911513%1095044
75Kenyon College (OH)537%86%88%121$0.0095192112514%105104101
76St. Mary's Col. of Maryland*5310%76%75%155$0.427263611315%916274
77Juniata College (PA)5218%71%80%38$0.3378421891259%1846039
78Wartburg College (IA)5225%62%64%122$0.0095160731257%235226
79Union College (NY)5216%77%85%49$2.09231261785210%1728767
80Kalamazoo College (MI)5213%78%76%165$0.2487346912510%1544447
81Drew University (NJ)5221%67%77%31$0.0095671318621%509186
82Washington and Lee University (VA)513%93%89%178$0.3379551124140%4104101
83Rust College (MS)5180%19%31%18$0.00951662011259%183103101
84Cornell College (IA)5122%71%72%132$0.0095537012515%944893
85West Virginia State University*5156%36%29%198$2.77162212011532%16104101
86Skidmore College (NY)5115%78%81%97$0.7356906112312%1308856
87Bennett College (NC)5168%25%38%14$0.00958220112510%157104101
88Southwestern University (TX)5014%74%75%137$0.00958114312514%1072123
89William Jewell College (MO)5021%68%63%188$0.0095601819816%821920
90Pitzer College (CA)5010%79%69%218$0.2784842019510%15954
91McDaniel College (MD)5023%64%73%35$0.009515711158%208104101
92Judson College (AL)5039%54%49%182$0.0095184201287%210745
93St. Michael's College (VT)5010%68%81%16$0.0095186395810%1601837
94St. Mary's College (IN)4914%68%76%50$0.00951071062414%1038651
95Linfield College (OR)4923%62%73%28$0.0095145371089%1885765
96Paine College (GA)4978%21%25%80$0.0095140201499%176104101
97Mount Union College (OH)4930%54%65%25$0.0095123201307%23714101
98Presbyterian College (SC)4920%65%73%52$0.0095177180410%158104101
99Colorado College487%84%87%108$0.009526251257%218104101
100College of Wooster (OH)4815%73%76%107$0.9450255512510%165104101