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
6Harvey Mudd College (CA)8010%99%90%210$2.74181958325%24104101
3Swarthmore College (PA)8910%94%92%161$1.45352451259%1783431
9Wesleyan University (CT)7712%90%93%101$7.882154610212%12810191
2Bryn Mawr College (PA)9414%82%86%87$3.88978312535%101010
13Reed College (OR)7311%89%78%224$1.22363112516%81104101
10Wellesley College (MA)7613%87%91%95$4.63710637023%34104101
5Amherst College (MA)8516%91%95%91$2.931453112536%6104101
7Williams College (MA)7914%92%96%86$3.988941259%181104101
24Pomona College (CA)6612%97%95%158$3.111381021057%211104101
12Carleton College (MN)7510%91%93%118$1.852863312512%1249252
30New College of Florida*6314%82%63%244$0.0095420112584%1104101
29Fisk University (TN)6346%42%53%24$6.00433201627%231104101
20Smith College (MA)7116%79%88%39$3.5011162212117%72104101
22Macalester College (MN)6914%87%87%140$2.352014311212%135104101
33Haverford College (PA)6212%90%94%84$1.18371210312516%85104101
34Grinnell College (IA)6214%85%85%143$0.79531391257%233104101
50St. John's College (MD)5818%80%71%211$0.00951121259%189104101
42Mount Holyoke College (MA)6016%82%82%146$3.1312292611611%141104101
11Bowdoin College (ME)7613%91%91%142$2.1922201612519%563173
1Morehouse College (GA)10065%45%67%3$5.455101164711%1524133
8Spelman College (GA)7745%54%80%1$3.7410451172110%162104101
190University of Hawaii, Hilo*3627%48%32%238$7.93119313210719%57104101
52Lawrence University (WI)5815%82%75%197$0.308117351258%2026449
152U. of North Carolina, Asheville*4117%69%60%209$5.20614319012521%47104101
65Calif. State U., Monterey Bay*5532%49%39%217$7.03322916712522%42498
17Occidental College (CA)7119%78%86%48$1.65333011911021%482034
31Middlebury College (VT)6310%91%93%109$1.8329321310021%49104101
58Vassar College (NY)5612%89%92%99$0.6061187212017%75104101
48Colgate University (NY)597%89%91%114$2.222137278023%37104101
18Davidson College (NC)716%89%94%73$0.855222703815%95362
67Barnard College (NY)5515%85%89%89$2.76174713911917%74104101
26Oberlin College (OH)6512%87%84%169$0.7755233212522%404757
100College of Wooster (OH)4815%73%76%107$0.9450255512510%165104101
35Colby College (ME)626%88%90%120$1.133828307523%359083
16Whitman College (WA)7113%83%92%43$0.3082211012535%119797
75Kenyon College (OH)537%86%88%121$0.0095192112514%105104101
39Bucknell University (PA)608%84%88%85$1.74304085449%1862663
61Connecticut College569%85%88%98$1.0246311112515%90104101
19Bates College (ME)7110%86%89%105$1.0246366412521%4399
68Earlham College (IN)5516%74%72%157$0.0095245612516%873279
99Colorado College487%84%87%108$0.009526251257%218104101
150Franklin and Marshall College (PA)417%84%79%187$1.9925615912510%163104101
37Knox College (IL)6121%80%75%189$0.0095276812536%86896
134Hampshire College (MA)4312%78%67%223$1.1239411812513%112104101
72Calvin College (MI)5419%69%76%56$2.062471138547%2168155
57Hamilton College (NY)579%89%91%119$1.9127738112514%999335
155Wabash College (IN)4119%68%70%111$0.456735521250%245104101
80Kalamazoo College (MI)5213%78%76%165$0.2487346912510%1544447
40Furman University (SC)608%81%85%90$1.044450921022%389598
46St. Olaf College (MN)5912%82%86%88$1.064252151257%2295864
51Ohio Wesleyan University5820%70%63%200$0.3876396012529%182543
36Allegheny College (PA)6118%73%74%128$0.7953464412524%283532
137Hope College (MI)4217%71%73%113$2.6019125621067%240104101
27Dillard University (LA)6475%27%39%21$2.8515138109230%245104101
55University of Richmond (VA)579%80%87%57$1.962696963114%1065970
113Lafayette College (PA)459%81%89%45$1.4734831404810%161104101
25Centre College (KY)6513%78%82%94$0.009538582017%783022
14Tougaloo College (MS)73100%50%47%173$1.683291201599%1825484
77Juniata College (PA)5218%71%80%38$0.3378421891259%1846039
54Claremont McKenna College (CA)5713%90%94%92$0.685957751613%110104101
106Lewis & Clark College (OR)4610%83%71%229$1.054366149325%27104101
122Illinois Wesleyan University4513%78%83%76$0.865162767210%164104101
79Union College (NY)5216%77%85%49$2.09231261785210%1728767
82Washington and Lee University (VA)513%93%89%178$0.3379551124140%4104101
43Agnes Scott College (GA)6030%65%71%65$0.009543128413%11196100
117Sewanee, University of the South (TN)4512%78%77%153$0.1992512012513%115104101
108Wittenberg University (OH)4617%66%63%170$0.00954412512515%925524
64Wheaton College (IL)5613%82%86%83$0.009548121918%64104101
139Goshen College (IN)4222%65%72%59$0.009549801257%227104101
15College of the Holy Cross (MA)7214%78%98%4$0.9948891362519%611138
76St. Mary's Col. of Maryland*5310%76%75%155$0.427263611315%916274
84Cornell College (IA)5122%71%72%132$0.0095537012515%944893
174Scripps College (CA)385%88%83%186$0.0095545712511%151104101
175Luther College (IA)3817%71%72%130$0.00955614112512%129104101
184Marlboro College (VT)3718%74%64%212$0.0095588412515%88104101
28Rhodes College (TN)649%79%72%206$0.43697042398%20122
62Coe College (IA)5624%67%70%104$0.4567721451723%367895
56Gustavus Adolphus Col. (MN)5715%73%83%34$0.179359514514%976172
207Bard College (NY)3212%89%75%232$0.2883652011257%225104101
135Univ. of Puget Sound (WA)4312%77%76%151$0.45657817888%204104101
149Gettysburg College (PA)418%83%83%144$0.437177368710%171104101
171Trinity College (CT)3910%82%86%78$0.9549991371257%217104101
148Hendrix College (AR)4120%76%70%195$0.38777911612520%53104101
86Skidmore College (NY)5115%78%81%97$0.7356906112312%1308856
89William Jewell College (MO)5021%68%63%188$0.0095601819816%821920
47Wesleyan College (GA)5933%58%61%103$0.00956414212533%149915
81Drew University (NJ)5221%67%77%31$0.0095671318621%509186
70Willamette University (OR)5415%75%71%177$0.387586811116%843380
104Millsaps College (MS)4719%70%68%163$0.596294173947%2133919
63Dickinson College (PA)569%82%84%115$1.0841118491911%1533771
69Beloit College (WI)5414%76%78%125$0.0095683812513%1132348
224Hanover College (IN)2619%65%59%194$0.0095691631250%245104101
90Pitzer College (CA)5010%79%69%218$0.2784842019510%15954
60Hobart & Wm. Smith Col. (NY)5615%73%73%138$0.69581032311425%264060
129University of Minnesota, Morris*4327%65%63%159$0.0095745312518%67104101
85West Virginia State University*5156%36%29%198$2.77162212011532%16104101
231Shimer College (IL)2420%77%55%247$0.0095752011254%243104101
142Hiram College (OH)4235%56%62%68$0.0095761491257%224104101
140Transylvania University (KY)4223%69%70%133$0.0095801347317%70104101
88Southwestern University (TX)5014%74%75%137$0.00958114312514%1072123
74Denison University (OH)5311%79%81%112$0.3280922911513%1095044
87Bennett College (NC)5168%25%38%14$0.00958220112510%157104101
209Goucher College (MD)3116%70%64%192$0.2290931248210%168104101
38Westminster College (PA)6120%59%73%12$0.00958512312538%54617
136Centenary College of Louisiana4318%66%59%196$0.009587241258%2035175
41Alma College (MI)6028%60%70%33$0.0095881851019%193413
167Augustana College (IL)4015%70%75%71$0.2191975412513%118104101
146Muhlenberg College (PA)415%77%86%36$0.5163114196608%2097754
223Thomas Aquinas College (CA)2715%77%70%202$0.0095952011250%245104101
145Ursinus College (PA)4113%76%76%141$0.4764117881257%2396777
193Wells College (NY)3530%60%55%183$0.00959813412512%133104101
118Birmingham-Southern Col. (AL)4516%69%66%174$0.00951001505721%446542
45St. John's University (MN)5911%70%83%17$0.009510247318%63104101
21Emory and Henry College (VA)7042%49%55%70$0.009510416812511%14611
185Eastern Mennonite Univ. (VA)3728%56%65%42$0.00951051701258%200104101
189St. Andrews Presb. Col. (NC)3618%53%54%126$0.00951064112530%17104101
94St. Mary's College (IN)4914%68%76%50$0.00951071062414%1038651
147Whittier College (CA)4124%57%55%156$0.0095108916436%7104101
49Illinois College5929%61%63%123$0.00951095012511%139247
32Ripon College (WI)6226%60%69%40$0.0095110661214%1024318
114College of Idaho4520%65%67%117$0.00951113412533%12104101
211Randolph-Macon College (VA)3115%63%65%110$0.009511274747%212104101
44DePauw University (IN)5916%73%85%20$0.22881294311817%711741
107Bethany College (WV)4639%45%63%6$0.009511310712513%116104101
120St. Norbert College (WI)4520%63%75%22$0.00951151931415%89104101
151Russell Sage College (NY)4129%62%73%23$0.009511620112512%127104101
192Randolph College (VA)3522%64%67%106$0.009511920112518%62104101
157Nebraska Wesleyan University4028%65%65%139$0.0095120995010%155104101
153Asbury College (KY)4121%63%71%53$0.00951211874019%60104101
203St. Anselm College (NH)3311%65%76%27$0.00951221227711%145104101
97Mount Union College (OH)4930%54%65%25$0.0095123201307%23714101
163St. Lawrence University (NY)4017%73%76%100$0.009512467427%234104101
186SUNY College, Old Westbury (NY)*3647%48%38%214$1.68312241981257%23070101
128Moravian College (PA)4423%63%76%13$0.0095127162668%2068994
102Houghton College (NY)4832%64%72%47$0.009512889377%220104101
237Bennington College (VT)2314%80%61%242$0.009513020112512%134104101
73Central College (IA)5325%62%68%67$0.00951311291257%2231211
191Lake Forest College (IL)3518%70%66%179$0.3974148281258%198104101
164Austin College (TX)4022%73%78%75$0.00951321081259%187104101
119College of the Atlantic (ME)4524%72%62%215$0.0095133712522%39104101
183Concordia Col., Moorhead (MN)3719%67%66%154$0.00951341044618%66104101
176Wheaton College (MA)3821%76%81%72$0.00951352011259%190104101
208Hartwick College (NY)3226%60%55%191$0.009513612612515%96104101
170Westmont College (CA)3915%74%80%64$0.00951371845617%76104101
4Berea College (KY)8982%45%64%5$0.00951397912510%1661325
96Paine College (GA)4978%21%25%80$0.0095140201499%176104101
166Albion College (MI)4014%68%73%74$0.00951419712515%936689
200Hampden-Sydney Col. (VA)3414%67%62%181$0.0095142981312%126104101
181Lycoming College (PA)3722%58%71%15$0.00951441137910%156104101
95Linfield College (OR)4923%62%73%28$0.0095145371089%1885765
206Georgetown College (KY)3223%63%57%193$0.0095146114328%195104101
133Clarke College (IA)4329%60%64%79$0.009514716612511%1425287
162Siena College (NY)4016%66%80%11$0.45661731973414%100104101
131Virginia Military Institute*4311%68%74%69$0.666018918615%241104101
197Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay*3523%58%55%167$1.03452111839935%9104101
112Hollins University (VA)4627%64%59%185$0.00951491912513%1198082
101Westminster College (MO)4823%68%63%180$0.00951501276123%334536
205Berry College (GA)3323%64%61%176$0.248616813312518%68104101
23Wofford College (SC)6711%73%83%30$0.00951519427%215630
201Millikin University (IL)3425%55%63%55$0.009515215412514%101104101
103West Virginia Wesleyan College4827%58%59%136$0.009515320112512%1231612
228Coastal Carolina University (SC)*2623%56%46%216$1.10402231915320%52104101
53Susquehanna University (PA)5717%65%82%7$0.0095154784327%222878
235Evangel University (MO)2432%57%40%239$0.0095155201639%175104101
177Huntingdon College (AL)3734%51%55%93$0.00951562013513%120104101
91McDaniel College (MD)5023%64%73%35$0.009515711158%208104101
244Christopher Newport Univ. (VA)*199%68%49%241$0.7157200110185%242104101
109Stonehill College (MA)4610%73%82%41$0.00951581825113%1173627
202Washington College (MD)3411%69%80%26$0.00951598712510%174104101
78Wartburg College (IA)5225%62%64%122$0.0095160731257%235226
168Gordon College (MA)3917%69%75%62$0.0095161823310%173104101
71Carson-Newman College (TN)5431%56%53%168$0.0095162201610%1702740
215Eckerd College (FL)3019%65%64%152$0.00951631597614%104104101
115Lyon College (AR)4535%61%62%134$0.00951641181259%17929101
226Roanoke College (VA)2616%64%61%171$0.407318712812512%138104101
110College of St. Benedict (MN)4619%69%84%8$0.00951659312525%25104101
83Rust College (MS)5180%19%31%18$0.00951662011259%183103101
179Guilford College (NC)3721%63%58%190$0.009516714612218%658446
156Salem College (NC)4136%56%53%172$0.00951691536727%21104101
243Fort Lewis College (CO)*1924%54%33%245$0.248518213012521%46104101
182Wisconsin Lutheran College3727%60%66%66$0.009517010012512%122104101
105Washington & Jefferson (PA)4619%66%73%61$0.0095171777122%417185
214Sweet Briar College (VA)3015%64%72%54$0.43701951051258%196104101
173Monmouth College (IL)3828%56%67%29$0.00951721475512%131104101
217University of Virginia, Wise*2936%45%47%124$0.009517420112512%125104101
194Albright College (PA)3528%52%64%19$0.009517519511714%98104101
59Simpson College (IA)5626%64%68%77$0.009517614812511%14383
98Presbyterian College (SC)4920%65%73%52$0.0095177180410%158104101
111St. Vincent College (PA)4625%58%73%9$0.009517816110916%868268
159Talladega College (AL)4068%31%29%164$0.009517920112510%167104101
158Kentucky Wesleyan College4053%48%40%208$0.009518020112524%29104101
236Warren Wilson College (NC)2317%68%46%248$0.009518151252%244104101
242Atlantic Union College (MA)2132%35%36%127$0.009518320112512%137104101
92Judson College (AL)5039%54%49%182$0.0095184201287%210745
178Northland College (WI)3738%59%57%160$0.0095185861257%236104101
93St. Michael's College (VT)5010%68%81%16$0.0095186395810%1601837
123Carroll College (MT)4422%61%61%147$0.0095188401120%54104101
124Texas Lutheran University4428%52%52%148$0.009519015210368%2104101
121Hastings College (NE)4529%56%64%51$0.00951911761259%1774228
132Maryville College (TN)4330%63%51%226$0.00951921771259%192716
234Thiel College (PA)2439%43%35%207$0.00951941791257%214104101
227Univ. of Wisconsin, Parkside*2633%48%32%236$0.228920719912412%1218359
238Purchase College, SUNY (NY)*2322%63%51%227$0.009519615812513%108104101
221Baker University (KS)2822%60%59%149$0.009519719412517%73104101
240St. John's College (NM)2222%79%46%251$0.00951984812510%169104101
188Stephens College (MO)3634%55%57%116$0.009519916512519%55104101
229Marymount Manhattan Col. (NY)2520%60%49%221$0.00952011697816%8010288
143Oglethorpe University (GA)4226%65%62%175$0.0095202171929%1857314
196Bethel College (KS)3526%60%61%135$0.00952032011258%2078553
219Bridgewater College (VA)2824%56%59%96$0.00952041011258%205104101
225Merrimack College (MA)2614%65%72%58$0.00952051741257%226104101
66Johnson C. Smith University (NC)5557%40%39%150$0.00952062012723%323876
125Olivet College (MI)4454%38%36%162$0.0095208201977%2325621
247Western State Col. of Colorado*1625%54%36%240$0.009520915512512%136104101
248Brigham Young Univ., Hawaii1315%63%51%228$0.0095210201680%245104101
232Franklin Pierce University (NH)2423%52%49%166$0.00952121759619%58104101
230Ferrum College (VA)2446%38%31%201$0.00952132011257%238104101
198Wingate University (NC)3431%53%53%145$0.009521420110411%1507669
154Huston-Tillotson University (TX)4176%26%16%213$0.0095215201267%228104101
180Univ. of Maine, Presque Isle*3753%38%42%81$0.009521618812511%149104101
241Colorado State Univ., Pueblo*2136%46%33%230$0.1594227201477%222104101
126Mass. Col. of Liberal Arts*4429%53%57%82$0.009521715612526%237526
245Lambuth University (TN)1828%56%40%237$0.0095218157857%219104101
130Cedar Crest College (PA)4332%57%58%129$0.00952191606921%517958
213Albertus Magnus College (CT)3133%42%56%10$0.009522020112511%148104101
127Meredith College (NC)4425%56%66%32$0.009522217212528%207266
222Greensboro College (NC)2727%48%41%199$0.009522520112517%699445
210Mesa State College (CO)*3128%46%32%234$0.009522620012521%451529
249Metropolitan State Col. of Denver*1224%50%21%249$0.00952281929033%15104101
116Allen University (SC)4596%17%6%222$0.0095229201658%194104101
138Doane College (NE)4233%57%66%37$0.00952291158916%7910481
141Simpson University (CA)4235%55%44%220$0.009522912087%2219861
144Pikeville College (KY)4261%43%36%205$0.00952292012912%132104101
160Lane College (TN)4069%29%32%102$0.0095229201918%199104101
161Pine Manor College (MA)4059%27%35%44$0.009522920112524%30104101
165Lindsey Wilson College (KY)4059%40%30%219$0.009522920112516%836990
169Bloomfield College (NJ)3964%28%36%46$0.00952292011259%191104101
172Concordia College (NY)3930%42%43%131$0.009522915112561%3104101
187Sterling College (KS)3647%45%51%63$0.009522920112511%144104101
195McPherson College (KS)3528%53%48%184$0.009522920112523%315350
199Green Mountain College (VT)3433%54%47%203$0.00952296512529%19104101
204Jarvis Christian College (TX)3376%22%10%225$0.009522920112511%147104101
212University of Maine, Machias*3143%46%33%231$0.009522920112533%13104101
216North Greenville University (SC)3031%65%49%235$0.00952292013619%59104101
218Virginia Wesleyan College2831%51%44%204$0.0095229201228%19710092
220American Jewish University (CA)2817%66%73%60$0.009522920112513%114104101
233College of St. Thomas More (TX)2414%52%75%2$0.00952292011250%245104101
239Peace College (NC)2240%43%29%233$0.00952292018117%77104101
246Brevard College (NC)1827%50%31%243$0.00952291441259%1806399
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