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
101Westminster College (MO)4823%68%63%180$0.00951501276123%334536
102Houghton College (NY)4832%64%72%47$0.009512889377%220104101
103West Virginia Wesleyan College4827%58%59%136$0.009515320112512%1231612
104Millsaps College (MS)4719%70%68%163$0.596294173947%2133919
105Washington & Jefferson (PA)4619%66%73%61$0.0095171777122%417185
106Lewis & Clark College (OR)4610%83%71%229$1.054366149325%27104101
107Bethany College (WV)4639%45%63%6$0.009511310712513%116104101
108Wittenberg University (OH)4617%66%63%170$0.00954412512515%925524
109Stonehill College (MA)4610%73%82%41$0.00951581825113%1173627
110College of St. Benedict (MN)4619%69%84%8$0.00951659312525%25104101
111St. Vincent College (PA)4625%58%73%9$0.009517816110916%868268
112Hollins University (VA)4627%64%59%185$0.00951491912513%1198082
113Lafayette College (PA)459%81%89%45$1.4734831404810%161104101
114College of Idaho4520%65%67%117$0.00951113412533%12104101
115Lyon College (AR)4535%61%62%134$0.00951641181259%17929101
116Allen University (SC)4596%17%6%222$0.0095229201658%194104101
117Sewanee, University of the South (TN)4512%78%77%153$0.1992512012513%115104101
118Birmingham-Southern Col. (AL)4516%69%66%174$0.00951001505721%446542
119College of the Atlantic (ME)4524%72%62%215$0.0095133712522%39104101
120St. Norbert College (WI)4520%63%75%22$0.00951151931415%89104101
121Hastings College (NE)4529%56%64%51$0.00951911761259%1774228
122Illinois Wesleyan University4513%78%83%76$0.865162767210%164104101
123Carroll College (MT)4422%61%61%147$0.0095188401120%54104101
124Texas Lutheran University4428%52%52%148$0.009519015210368%2104101
125Olivet College (MI)4454%38%36%162$0.0095208201977%2325621
126Mass. Col. of Liberal Arts*4429%53%57%82$0.009521715612526%237526
127Meredith College (NC)4425%56%66%32$0.009522217212528%207266
128Moravian College (PA)4423%63%76%13$0.0095127162668%2068994
129University of Minnesota, Morris*4327%65%63%159$0.0095745312518%67104101
130Cedar Crest College (PA)4332%57%58%129$0.00952191606921%517958
131Virginia Military Institute*4311%68%74%69$0.666018918615%241104101
132Maryville College (TN)4330%63%51%226$0.00951921771259%192716
133Clarke College (IA)4329%60%64%79$0.009514716612511%1425287
134Hampshire College (MA)4312%78%67%223$1.1239411812513%112104101
135Univ. of Puget Sound (WA)4312%77%76%151$0.45657817888%204104101
136Centenary College of Louisiana4318%66%59%196$0.009587241258%2035175
137Hope College (MI)4217%71%73%113$2.6019125621067%240104101
138Doane College (NE)4233%57%66%37$0.00952291158916%7910481
139Goshen College (IN)4222%65%72%59$0.009549801257%227104101
140Transylvania University (KY)4223%69%70%133$0.0095801347317%70104101
141Simpson University (CA)4235%55%44%220$0.009522912087%2219861
142Hiram College (OH)4235%56%62%68$0.0095761491257%224104101
143Oglethorpe University (GA)4226%65%62%175$0.0095202171929%1857314
144Pikeville College (KY)4261%43%36%205$0.00952292012912%132104101
145Ursinus College (PA)4113%76%76%141$0.4764117881257%2396777
146Muhlenberg College (PA)415%77%86%36$0.5163114196608%2097754
147Whittier College (CA)4124%57%55%156$0.0095108916436%7104101
148Hendrix College (AR)4120%76%70%195$0.38777911612520%53104101
149Gettysburg College (PA)418%83%83%144$0.437177368710%171104101
150Franklin and Marshall College (PA)417%84%79%187$1.9925615912510%163104101
151Russell Sage College (NY)4129%62%73%23$0.009511620112512%127104101
152U. of North Carolina, Asheville*4117%69%60%209$5.20614319012521%47104101
153Asbury College (KY)4121%63%71%53$0.00951211874019%60104101
154Huston-Tillotson University (TX)4176%26%16%213$0.0095215201267%228104101
155Wabash College (IN)4119%68%70%111$0.456735521250%245104101
156Salem College (NC)4136%56%53%172$0.00951691536727%21104101
157Nebraska Wesleyan University4028%65%65%139$0.0095120995010%155104101
158Kentucky Wesleyan College4053%48%40%208$0.009518020112524%29104101
159Talladega College (AL)4068%31%29%164$0.009517920112510%167104101
160Lane College (TN)4069%29%32%102$0.0095229201918%199104101
161Pine Manor College (MA)4059%27%35%44$0.009522920112524%30104101
162Siena College (NY)4016%66%80%11$0.45661731973414%100104101
163St. Lawrence University (NY)4017%73%76%100$0.009512467427%234104101
164Austin College (TX)4022%73%78%75$0.00951321081259%187104101
165Lindsey Wilson College (KY)4059%40%30%219$0.009522920112516%836990
166Albion College (MI)4014%68%73%74$0.00951419712515%936689
167Augustana College (IL)4015%70%75%71$0.2191975412513%118104101
168Gordon College (MA)3917%69%75%62$0.0095161823310%173104101
169Bloomfield College (NJ)3964%28%36%46$0.00952292011259%191104101
170Westmont College (CA)3915%74%80%64$0.00951371845617%76104101
171Trinity College (CT)3910%82%86%78$0.9549991371257%217104101
172Concordia College (NY)3930%42%43%131$0.009522915112561%3104101
173Monmouth College (IL)3828%56%67%29$0.00951721475512%131104101
174Scripps College (CA)385%88%83%186$0.0095545712511%151104101
175Luther College (IA)3817%71%72%130$0.00955614112512%129104101
176Wheaton College (MA)3821%76%81%72$0.00951352011259%190104101
177Huntingdon College (AL)3734%51%55%93$0.00951562013513%120104101
178Northland College (WI)3738%59%57%160$0.0095185861257%236104101
179Guilford College (NC)3721%63%58%190$0.009516714612218%658446
180Univ. of Maine, Presque Isle*3753%38%42%81$0.009521618812511%149104101
181Lycoming College (PA)3722%58%71%15$0.00951441137910%156104101
182Wisconsin Lutheran College3727%60%66%66$0.009517010012512%122104101
183Concordia Col., Moorhead (MN)3719%67%66%154$0.00951341044618%66104101
184Marlboro College (VT)3718%74%64%212$0.0095588412515%88104101
185Eastern Mennonite Univ. (VA)3728%56%65%42$0.00951051701258%200104101
186SUNY College, Old Westbury (NY)*3647%48%38%214$1.68312241981257%23070101
187Sterling College (KS)3647%45%51%63$0.009522920112511%144104101
188Stephens College (MO)3634%55%57%116$0.009519916512519%55104101
189St. Andrews Presb. Col. (NC)3618%53%54%126$0.00951064112530%17104101
190University of Hawaii, Hilo*3627%48%32%238$7.93119313210719%57104101
191Lake Forest College (IL)3518%70%66%179$0.3974148281258%198104101
192Randolph College (VA)3522%64%67%106$0.009511920112518%62104101
193Wells College (NY)3530%60%55%183$0.00959813412512%133104101
194Albright College (PA)3528%52%64%19$0.009517519511714%98104101
195McPherson College (KS)3528%53%48%184$0.009522920112523%315350
196Bethel College (KS)3526%60%61%135$0.00952032011258%2078553
197Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay*3523%58%55%167$1.03452111839935%9104101
198Wingate University (NC)3431%53%53%145$0.009521420110411%1507669
199Green Mountain College (VT)3433%54%47%203$0.00952296512529%19104101
200Hampden-Sydney Col. (VA)3414%67%62%181$0.0095142981312%126104101
201Millikin University (IL)3425%55%63%55$0.009515215412514%101104101
202Washington College (MD)3411%69%80%26$0.00951598712510%174104101
203St. Anselm College (NH)3311%65%76%27$0.00951221227711%145104101
204Jarvis Christian College (TX)3376%22%10%225$0.009522920112511%147104101
205Berry College (GA)3323%64%61%176$0.248616813312518%68104101
206Georgetown College (KY)3223%63%57%193$0.0095146114328%195104101
207Bard College (NY)3212%89%75%232$0.2883652011257%225104101
208Hartwick College (NY)3226%60%55%191$0.009513612612515%96104101
209Goucher College (MD)3116%70%64%192$0.2290931248210%168104101
210Mesa State College (CO)*3128%46%32%234$0.009522620012521%451529
211Randolph-Macon College (VA)3115%63%65%110$0.009511274747%212104101
212University of Maine, Machias*3143%46%33%231$0.009522920112533%13104101
213Albertus Magnus College (CT)3133%42%56%10$0.009522020112511%148104101
214Sweet Briar College (VA)3015%64%72%54$0.43701951051258%196104101
215Eckerd College (FL)3019%65%64%152$0.00951631597614%104104101
216North Greenville University (SC)3031%65%49%235$0.00952292013619%59104101
217University of Virginia, Wise*2936%45%47%124$0.009517420112512%125104101
218Virginia Wesleyan College2831%51%44%204$0.0095229201228%19710092
219Bridgewater College (VA)2824%56%59%96$0.00952041011258%205104101
220American Jewish University (CA)2817%66%73%60$0.009522920112513%114104101
221Baker University (KS)2822%60%59%149$0.009519719412517%73104101
222Greensboro College (NC)2727%48%41%199$0.009522520112517%699445
223Thomas Aquinas College (CA)2715%77%70%202$0.0095952011250%245104101
224Hanover College (IN)2619%65%59%194$0.0095691631250%245104101
225Merrimack College (MA)2614%65%72%58$0.00952051741257%226104101
226Roanoke College (VA)2616%64%61%171$0.407318712812512%138104101
227Univ. of Wisconsin, Parkside*2633%48%32%236$0.228920719912412%1218359
228Coastal Carolina University (SC)*2623%56%46%216$1.10402231915320%52104101
229Marymount Manhattan Col. (NY)2520%60%49%221$0.00952011697816%8010288
230Ferrum College (VA)2446%38%31%201$0.00952132011257%238104101
231Shimer College (IL)2420%77%55%247$0.0095752011254%243104101
232Franklin Pierce University (NH)2423%52%49%166$0.00952121759619%58104101
233College of St. Thomas More (TX)2414%52%75%2$0.00952292011250%245104101
234Thiel College (PA)2439%43%35%207$0.00951941791257%214104101
235Evangel University (MO)2432%57%40%239$0.0095155201639%175104101
236Warren Wilson College (NC)2317%68%46%248$0.009518151252%244104101
237Bennington College (VT)2314%80%61%242$0.009513020112512%134104101
238Purchase College, SUNY (NY)*2322%63%51%227$0.009519615812513%108104101
239Peace College (NC)2240%43%29%233$0.00952292018117%77104101
240St. John's College (NM)2222%79%46%251$0.00951984812510%169104101
241Colorado State Univ., Pueblo*2136%46%33%230$0.1594227201477%222104101
242Atlantic Union College (MA)2132%35%36%127$0.009518320112512%137104101
243Fort Lewis College (CO)*1924%54%33%245$0.248518213012521%46104101
244Christopher Newport Univ. (VA)*199%68%49%241$0.7157200110185%242104101
245Lambuth University (TN)1828%56%40%237$0.0095218157857%219104101
246Brevard College (NC)1827%50%31%243$0.00952291441259%1806399
247Western State Col. of Colorado*1625%54%36%240$0.009520915512512%136104101
248Brigham Young Univ., Hawaii1315%63%51%228$0.0095210201680%245104101
249Metropolitan State Col. of Denver*1224%50%21%249$0.00952281929033%15104101
250Sierra Nevada College (NV)1231%51%21%250$0.00952299012511%140104101
251Bryn Athyn Col. of New Church (PA)817%66%44%246$0.00952292011250%245104101
252Thomas More Col. of Lib. Arts (NH)021%69%26%252$0.00952292011250%245104101