College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 national universities 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
Science &
engineering
PhD's
awarded
Rank
Faculty
receiving
significant
awards
Rank
Faculty in
national
academies
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
1Univ. of California, San Diego*10036%73%85%16$799543403201.6%65.0%75222323%4416116
2University of California, Berkeley*9726%83%90%50$552181770512.3%39.8%21519725%34138138
3Univ. of California, Los Angeles*9325%78%89%19$82333255180.9%372.3%204816312%162146
4Stanford University (CA)8712%96%94%158$68896503101.2%178.9%45020134%1010765
5University of Texas, Austin*8323%72%78%57$447295555761.0%242.5%166216231%16393
6University of California, Davis*8133%64%81%2$6011342444180.6%771.2%443415725%3377134
7University of Michigan, Ann Arbor*7911%81%88%49$80942959121.0%231.5%332811814%1242922
8Syracuse University (NY)7822%66%80%7$36158102111960.4%1200.4%877012926%30241
9Harvard University (MA)7813%100%98%166$4512610465143.1%19.1%312118618%84138138
10College of William and Mary (VA)*778%86%91%74$5014420281820.8%510.0%15323720%691233
11Univ. of California, Santa Barbara*7625%67%81%8$1917554256380.8%504.7%85518815%1096117
12University of Chicago7513%94%92%162$322468233460.8%521.7%27322127%2752127
13U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill*7413%81%86%76$4772337401221.0%221.1%47711512%165975
14South Carolina State University*7471%26%45%1$422218702410.0%2140.0%153250922%50138138
15Massachusetts Inst. of Technology7214%99%94%198$61412256050.9%405.2%61586916%104138138
16University of Washington*7219%69%77%39$757761465141.2%163.0%101712713%13111578
17Case Western Reserve Univ. (OH)7121%81%81%135$3723619178641.0%291.4%367520226%32995
18Rutgers, St. U. of N.J., Newark*7162%50%59%32$21180192291800.8%460.0%15322623213%1441317
19Georgetown University (DC)7110%87%93%62$1329435731211.1%200.5%7887912%1752112
20Texas A&M U., Col. Station*6816%68%78%27$54420119459170.6%740.8%54143128%23138138
21Dartmouth College (NH)6714%96%95%146$193739811181.4%121.5%32101819%2116370
22Johns Hopkins University (MD)6612%92%89%171$1,554114377231.2%182.4%18277710%205138138
23Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison*6610%77%81%81$84123658431.3%132.4%193214712%1557887
24Princeton University (NJ)659%100%96%182$189783226492.6%27.8%520613310%198138138
25Rice University (TX)6515%94%93%153$701267163681.3%142.1%232017813%13210853
26SUNY Col. of Envir. Sci. & For. (NY)*6453%61%71%26$2417578221950.0%2140.0%153621211%187138138
27U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign*6416%78%82%87$474243857841.6%72.5%176711323%41138138
28Tennessee State University*6469%29%36%54$12198180132130.0%2140.0%15324415220%718021
29Duke University (NC)639%96%95%154$782612260370.9%431.6%2969477%2486897
30University of Rochester (NY)6316%83%84%115$3733516194600.5%971.3%38295121%5790103
31Fordham University (NY)6321%72%78%60$6215143491510.4%1160.3%102733219%75823
32Marquette University (WI)6312%70%76%66$1020271391600.3%1470.0%1532638%2351315
33Yale University (CT)6211%100%97%174$449284265351.0%252.8%13112438%239138138
34University of Pennsylvania6210%95%95%131$6481028272340.6%812.2%225819321%5910348
35Pennsylvania State U., University Park*6113%69%85%4$5821549484120.7%600.8%57894122%48138138
36Washington University in St. Louis615%99%94%193$5731622203581.0%271.6%309317117%92476
37Vanderbilt University (TN)6111%93%89%188$3993224205560.9%360.7%62382918%8327136
38Cornell University (NY)6112%92%93%118$4492711402210.6%842.2%211813211%188138138
39Univ. of Southern California6013%88%88%137$50822123358240.4%1131.4%35889635%811982
40Univ. of California, Riverside*6040%50%64%10$1289696168670.5%910.4%8015519940%4138138
41California Institute of Technology6010%100%88%234$285521185631.7%411.5%1492438%226138138
42University of Florida*6021%77%82%73$593145255760.4%1090.5%76459912%173109133
43U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities*6019%70%66%180$6241179486110.5%930.8%555915632%144281
44University of Virginia*598%84%93%35$2306331248410.9%321.3%3796511%184105128
45Jackson State University (MS)*5965%30%43%11$3715691112170.3%1540.0%1532503914%119138138
46Ohio State Univ., Columbus*5917%74%73%145$720813353690.7%720.7%59868125%3575109
47New York University5916%85%85%138$2985092211540.6%801.1%467722530%183351
48Carnegie Mellon University (PA)5910%91%87%185$1977215235450.7%692.7%153914121%604973
49Michigan State University*5819%63%75%17$36139110286290.5%1050.3%974113912%1706624
50University of California, Irvine*5826%65%81%5$31048122297271.3%151.8%259722815%106138138
51Clark University (MA)5815%69%73%92$521648321761.5%101.0%4941799%2152050
52Virginia Tech*5810%70%78%46$3673762251390.8%550.7%63921114%1264194
53Tufts University (MA)5812%94%92%164$1319527901071.4%111.0%483118215%1187925
54Iowa State University*5719%61%67%64$2176674247420.3%1580.4%821105465%3138138
55University of San Diego5610%69%75%59$123984102210.0%2140.0%15343412%1641128
56Widener University (PA)5620%46%56%29$024325282290.0%2140.0%1532231234%112614
57University of Notre Dame (IN)568%93%96%104$7711923142740.7%710.3%92351019%79138138
58Rutgers, St. U. of N.J., New Brun.*5528%67%75%42$2815382282320.9%331.5%3116114813%144130101
59Boston College5510%85%91%67$3915256681250.4%1100.3%931411014%1222863
60Tulane University (LA)5511%85%74%232$1379047841130.1%2080.1%142401912%160154
61Clark Atlanta University (GA)5566%33%45%14$920813762300.4%1190.4%841131603%255138138
62Clemson University (SC)*5514%72%79%53$21268128129900.8%560.1%1471382112%1684519
63Brown University (RI)5512%95%94%148$153835139811.7%51.7%28192417%245138138
64Georgia Institute of Technology*5411%84%77%210$4732551438191.1%192.9%11684915%10893110
65Northwestern University (IL)549%96%94%161$4433021279331.6%81.8%262519612%161138138
66St. John's University (NY)5436%54%60%56$2230232182010.9%410.0%15324712214%1204017
67Columbia University (NY)5312%96%93%168$5461918322250.9%342.9%125722411%181138138
68University of Idaho*5236%54%57%96$83116104571360.1%1980.0%153872813%12910230
69Azusa Pacific University (CA)5219%55%63%41$024324102410.3%1600.0%15372338%227462
70Howard University (DC)5138%61%65%85$3815566651270.1%2110.6%681302621%56138138
71George Washington Univ. (DC)518%80%81%122$1269775115940.9%390.6%6552712%16313380
72Duquesne University (PA)5119%60%74%9$9207109172030.0%2140.0%1531833818%861459
73University of San Francisco5121%63%67%83$123513612400.3%1590.0%1531201512%1585113
74Florida A&M University*5152%35%41%68$1718815692250.0%2140.0%1532221413%153134108
75Wake Forest University (NC)517%83%88%77$1867925561380.5%990.2%11856368%2383743
76N.C. State Univ., Raleigh*5016%65%71%70$33244108283300.6%871.0%501474212%1724754
77University of Dayton (OH)4911%66%75%31$74122129152080.3%1530.0%153472413%1463527
78Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (NY)4913%84%83%156$7712026142740.2%1861.4%34213812%17488104
79SUNY, Binghamton (NY)*4922%76%78%112$3516058761200.7%670.2%1288419513%14317114
80Clarkson University (NY)4922%64%70%71$1718640251900.9%420.0%15311527%251138138
81Miami Univ., Oxford (OH)*4911%68%81%12$2417669351740.1%2040.0%153249413%1482286
82Brandeis University (MA)4812%88%89%128$5713513601330.8%492.7%141324312%171138138
83Purdue U., W. Lafayette (IN)*4816%64%72%43$41531116484120.3%1330.9%511295322%49138138
84Colorado State University*4714%59%63%89$28851105171650.3%1340.4%81308916%1013149
85Spalding University (KY)4759%34%35%125$024325102410.0%2140.0%15313521434%9138138
86American University (DC)4710%76%76%139$322494391600.2%1890.0%15318614%125110111
87Emory University (GA)4714%90%87%173$3983330121920.6%830.7%602222921%55138138
88North Carolina A&T State Univ.*4757%32%38%58$2417416592250.2%1750.0%1532195215%113138138
89St. Louis University4718%72%74%111$54138121601330.0%2140.1%14814918011%186237
90Loyola University Chicago4723%69%66%177$3516177541420.1%1960.0%1531059724%392360
91U. of Maryland, College Park*4611%78%82%84$3604063461160.5%1000.9%52821699%22064120
92Univ. of Missouri*4614%66%69%97$2296480189610.3%1490.2%1201036633%1211498
93U. of California, Santa Cruz*4623%62%72%24$1259845105980.6%751.1%452124313%135138138
94University of Georgia*4513%71%79%45$3334376236440.4%1260.3%91631429%2195883
95University of Arizona*4519%58%57%150$5322168316260.8%481.2%42668826%31138137
96Univ. of S.C., Columbia*4514%67%67%136$15982169152720.8%540.2%121854522%5132121
97University of Connecticut*4514%69%76%55$109106124232470.8%580.2%11310815520%668184
98Polytechnic Inst. of New York U.4546%62%53%221$1419285291801.5%93.8%925022610%200138138
99SUNY, Stony Brook (NY)*4532%66%61%194$2685589264360.5%1020.7%6116321615%11012552
100University of Memphis*4540%49%38%230$44149197531440.1%2050.0%1532396413%136553