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
101Catholic Univ. of America (DC)4410%60%71%21$2018172371660.9%440.3%100544035%7138138
102Pepperdine University (CA)4312%74%81%51$02435052310.0%2140.0%1536518319%763938
103Morgan State University (MD)*4348%33%32%141$1119915452310.2%1700.0%1531911623%42138138
104University of Pittsburgh*4314%74%76%113$5591753283300.7%680.6%707611915%112138138
105University of Delaware*439%69%73%90$11810059132860.6%760.8%569414520%644458
106Univ. of Mass., Amherst*4219%64%68%86$1418786212531.0%280.6%6611418413%1479771
107University of St. Thomas (MN)4213%63%72%37$124113502410.0%2140.0%153145438%2401031
108Florida State University*4217%68%70%110$19076115187620.2%1880.4%859611713%1337335
109University of Iowa*4214%66%66%132$3633887246430.6%730.9%538312032%13138138
110Mississippi State University*4226%56%60%95$20671118621290.1%2100.1%1442457326%2982107
111University of Alabama*4213%60%64%80$36159158851120.2%1850.0%15320114628%241826
112DePaul University (IL)4223%63%64%119$3223230142100.2%1710.0%1539920517%958910
113Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania*4235%42%50%44$024288112170.1%1920.0%153174708%2286247
114University of Oregon*4217%57%66%34$62131111821161.0%260.6%6712588%237138138
115Boston University4110%77%80%108$2495957293280.4%1220.6%69236110%197138138
116University of Vermont*4114%68%71%105$113103120501490.5%890.2%1274414315%1119532
117Oregon State University*4122%55%62%48$18977153141780.4%1230.3%95512310%194138138
118University at Albany, SUNY (NY)*4026%58%64%65$309491251001010.6%780.2%13211918721%54138138
119University of Kentucky*4017%59%58%155$33245117205560.3%1320.1%13415111116%1004334
120University of La Verne (CA)4039%43%60%3$024320602410.0%2140.0%15318723917%87138138
121University at Buffalo, SUNY (NY)*3926%63%62%151$31547113213520.8%570.4%8915720310%20698105
122Florida Institute of Technology3921%63%59%181$7212107271840.0%2140.0%153144617%9072124
123Biola University (CA)3928%60%70%23$0243178102210.0%2140.0%1531907222%52138138
124Yeshiva University (NY)3912%71%83%15$19274144661260.7%621.2%4025024330%19138138
125Montana State University*3922%57%48%220$117101151361690.3%1550.0%15361639%210606
126Northern Illinois University*3829%47%51%93$17187189421560.5%950.0%15316612129%2186135
127Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham*3828%59%40%254$35141140133850.2%1820.2%107194489%216536
128Indiana Univ., Bloomington*3813%64%73%33$110105114199590.8%450.5%7310013420%65138138
129Drexel University (PA)3818%69%62%211$97110234111960.6%850.5%75164349%2216718
130Worcester Polytech. Inst. (MA)3814%78%79%127$1319633172030.7%640.4%902241714%121138138
131Utah State University*3718%57%53%183$13889145621290.1%2010.1%1372127171%2138138
132Lehigh University (PA)3710%82%85%106$3715741891080.3%1352.0%241251047%25374125
133Univ. of Colorado, Boulder*3711%68%67%149$2605895232470.5%901.3%39167512%167138138
134Wright State University (OH)*3731%46%43%169$50145175321760.1%2030.0%1531967822%466939
135Brigham Young U., Provo (UT)3710%74%79%78$2716944571360.1%2130.1%1502291230%258489
136East Carolina University (NC)*3723%48%54%61$1618923322360.0%2140.0%15320410229%206577
137Portland State University (OR)*3629%51%34%252$26171225251900.9%380.1%135802118%224711
138Indiana State University*3632%38%44%69$2231217241920.2%1760.0%15319519113%1513041
139Univ. of Southern Mississippi*3640%47%43%179$4714765561380.1%1990.0%1531768211%18212385
140Pace University (NY)3632%54%55%120$123725502410.2%1660.0%15318523613%13710120
141Trinity International Univ. (IL)3633%52%52%130$024321002410.0%2140.0%15312724311%1853655
142West Virginia University*3521%53%56%103$13493159135840.4%1180.1%151152607%2465467
143University of Illinois, Chicago*3536%56%48%216$34242112226490.6%860.3%10515415413%141138138
144Baylor University (TX)3517%70%73%99$920567241920.2%1650.0%1539517031%17138138
145Ohio University*3518%57%70%13$3915481481520.7%590.0%15364918%234138138
146Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln*3518%63%64%129$2166799142740.4%1250.1%136111748%22559123
147Univ. of New Hampshire*3514%62%71%30$114102103381630.0%2140.0%153608711%19083115
148University of Kansas*3513%62%60%157$1359197138820.3%1380.2%10678808%2302564
149University of Texas, El Paso*3553%36%31%192$40151195311790.5%1060.0%1532327611%179138138
150Auburn University (AL)*3512%66%64%160$1418890136830.3%1630.2%1292491835%6138138
151University of Montana*3528%54%41%243$56136148401570.7%700.0%1533710523%4512744
152Temple University (PA)*3526%59%62%98$85115213130890.4%1240.0%15317914413%13987129
153Southern Illinois U., Carbondale*3435%47%46%147$65129126731210.1%1940.0%1531891079%2227089
154Bowling Green State Univ. (OH)*3428%47%58%22$9204190381630.5%1040.0%1531338413%134138138
155Texas A&M Univ., Kingsville*3448%33%27%206$1419516452310.3%1360.0%1532402519%78138138
156Florida International University*3432%58%49%222$91113224821161.1%210.2%11022517431%15138138
157University of Louisville (KY)*3421%59%46%241$15185182971020.3%1620.2%12417511419%74718
158Illinois Institute of Tech.3417%74%64%225$23177138591350.2%1671.2%4315657%249136102
159University of Maine*3425%55%59%94$96111168431550.3%1420.3%96716213%154138138
160Washington State University*3416%59%67%47$21070167131880.4%1170.4%831019816%102138138
161Arizona State University*3320%55%56%126$22465176249400.4%1300.8%5814817317%94116106
162Wayne State University (MI)*3342%40%34%202$23562196144730.7%610.2%13020821812%16613296
163East Tennessee State University*3329%50%42%214$8209177102210.1%1970.0%15320012539%512074
164U. of North Carolina, Charlotte*3324%53%51%159$22178243271840.8%470.0%15318110312%1763488
165Michigan Technological Univ.*3221%65%64%152$5513764481520.4%1080.2%115915013%152138138
166University of Nevada, Las Vegas*3219%49%41%215$53139242381630.2%1720.0%15321516789%192113
167Hofstra University (NY)3218%66%54%235$1238174132130.7%630.0%15321612828%261991
168University of South Dakota*3226%52%48%184$21179211142100.2%1680.0%15314015028%2510072
169University of Miami3114%79%77%163$2116983931040.1%1930.2%1194615914%127138138
170University of Bridgeport (CT)3144%33%44%18$024325002410.0%2140.0%15325024313%140138138
171U. of North Carolina, Greensboro*3132%50%53%102$6214203172030.0%2140.0%1532302068%2315092
172Northeastern University (MA)3012%77%70%212$72124200911061.0%310.1%14114613820%7011779
173Texas Christian University3011%66%69%100$4221141152080.2%1790.0%1531221315%114138138
174Seton Hall University (NJ)3024%57%61%79$3225193132130.0%2140.0%1531183010%199138138
175San Diego State University*2919%53%61%38$6612821922360.1%2070.0%15310917527%28138138
176University of Texas, Arlington*2933%53%36%251$33163238971020.4%1280.0%1532146712%1693842
177Oral Roberts University (OK)2934%54%54%133$024316102410.0%2140.0%1538123514%123138138
178University of Mississippi*2818%55%56%121$58133185401570.6%880.0%1532332220%67138138
179Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell*2822%56%51%191$35162248361690.0%2140.0%15320520421%6311116
180University of Denver2812%70%74%88$10201101361690.0%2140.0%1533619012%156138100
181U. of Maryland, Baltimore County*2815%68%59%223$6712773861100.4%1150.0%15311714921%5811268
182George Mason University (VA)*2820%60%61%116$58132214142740.5%940.2%1141266810%209138138
183Oklahoma State University*2822%61%60%142$101108146831140.2%1690.2%11211615317%91138138
184Ball State University (IN)*2823%52%60%40$8210194211960.1%2060.0%15316516510%195113122
185University of Oklahoma*2820%65%62%176$81117100132860.4%1270.1%133159359%217138138
186Virginia Commonwealth Univ.*2723%56%49%209$134922211031000.3%1560.2%10917116615%1157666
187Old Dominion University (VA)*2721%54%49%196$52141218511470.1%1950.0%153184716%105138138
188Kansas State University*2723%57%58%117$12499163115940.1%2120.0%153104557%252138138
189New Jersey Inst. of Tech.*2727%61%55%208$89114237541420.7%650.5%7924124010%19612462
190University of New Mexico*2726%50%44%201$17781152105980.5%1030.2%1081505619%77138138
191University of Rhode Island*2719%52%58%63$76121173551400.0%2140.3%10116213610%2049690
192Pacific University (OR)2723%57%67%25$123615002410.0%2140.0%1539824311%192138138
193Georgia State University*2734%55%44%229$51143216117930.2%1870.0%15317717715%107104119
194Louisiana St. U., Baton Rouge*2715%66%61%189$26157134155710.2%1800.0%15216817612%1779157
195University of Toledo (OH)*2730%50%45%190$52140212691240.3%1610.0%1531989316%10313795
196Colorado School of Mines*2714%76%68%218$3016534351740.0%2141.2%411398523%43138138
197South Dakota State University*2728%52%51%143$39153166211960.2%1900.0%1531803111%183138138
198University of Cincinnati*2722%59%46%240$37634188210550.2%1640.4%8812813511%17810669
199George Fox University (OR)2719%57%62%75$024314702410.0%2140.0%1533324318%82138138
200Texas A&M Univ., Commerce*2742%39%36%172$223222052310.0%2140.0%15323723325%38138138
201Kent State University (OH)*2628%47%49%114$19184201801190.4%1070.1%1381731248%229121131
202New Mexico State University*2633%45%43%165$14886142521460.4%1140.0%153186839%213138138
203Texas Woman's University*2639%41%46%72$2226209461540.0%2140.0%15324823011%189138138
204Central Michigan University*2622%50%57%52$5219226102210.0%2140.0%15318211210%20261138
205Univ. of Missouri, Kansas City*2630%58%44%248$27167229401570.5%980.0%15320320719%728556
206University of Tennessee*2619%65%60%197$23661130171650.3%1450.1%14613210614%128138138
207Stevens Institute of Tech. (NJ)2617%75%79%91$26173127201980.0%2140.4%8619720013%130138138
208University of Wyoming*2614%57%53%186$8011898501490.2%1840.2%1251705925%3694118
209University of Utah*2612%60%51%219$2486093219510.5%960.5%7413114010%2075361
210Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston*2638%45%32%236$26172222172030.4%1120.2%11723823121%6256126
211Cleveland State University (OH)*2550%39%26%245$16190198261870.9%350.0%1531692229%214138138
212Adelphi University (NY)2524%54%64%28$1240227182010.0%2140.0%15321020813%138138138
213Missouri U. of Sci. & Tech.*2420%74%61%237$3016439631280.0%2140.3%1042074419%73138138
214University of North Dakota*2417%57%54%175$63130155361690.3%1500.0%1532092018%81138138
215Andrews University (MI)2427%52%53%123$12344622360.0%2140.0%1537924311%180138138
216Illinois State University*2315%59%70%20$5218179142100.0%2140.0%15315313110%193138138
217University of the Pacific (CA)2323%64%60%187$4220170112170.0%2140.2%1165324316%98138138
218Samford University (AL)2310%62%77%6$02436002410.0%2140.0%1531241374%254138138
219New School (NY)2322%59%62%101$8211258551400.6%790.0%1531072427%244138138
220Barry University (FL)2339%37%41%82$024319992250.3%1440.0%1532502347%247138138
221Texas Tech University*2319%59%57%167$58134162124910.5%920.1%1451671167%242128130
222University of Northern Colorado*2318%53%50%170$2228172201980.2%1730.0%1534215823%40138138
223University of Hartford (CT)2219%53%54%124$222723902410.3%1520.0%1531122108%23212645
224University of Central Florida*2216%67%63%178$112104202141781.0%290.1%14919216410%203138138
225Western Michigan University*2220%52%55%107$17185157531440.3%1370.0%1531231007%243135138
226University of Hawaii, Manoa*2118%57%51%205$26656139140800.5%1000.5%77134929%212138138
227Southern Methodist Univ. (TX)219%75%74%140$13197106361690.3%1460.3%9810622717%97138138
228Indiana U.-Purdue U., Indianapolis*2125%47%33%247$1858025602410.3%1510.3%9922115121%6111829
229University of South Florida*2019%62%48%249$27354181158700.7%660.2%1261889019%80138138
230Northern Arizona University*2021%53%53%134$27170184112170.1%2020.0%1537413010%201138138
231University of Nevada, Reno*1912%53%48%195$96112171621290.4%1110.1%1399012628%22138138
232University of Tulsa (OK)1914%76%63%242$1519170172030.0%2140.6%641022439%2235799
233Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock*1947%44%21%256$1020324492250.2%1830.2%12320221725%37138138
234University of West Florida*1823%54%44%228$521718602410.3%1470.0%1531784618%85138138
235Florida Atlantic University*1823%50%39%231$27168207371660.6%820.2%11023518522%47129112
236Nova Southeastern University (FL)1835%47%41%203$7213253511470.3%1570.0%15325024313%149138138
237University of Houston*1834%52%42%226$74123228161690.3%1390.6%722431681%256138138
238University of Arkansas*1817%65%58%213$101109131921050.2%1810.2%12214210810%208138138
239Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis*1832%56%46%227$11200223321760.4%1290.0%15323122012%159138138
240University of Texas, Dallas*1719%75%59%250$46148149861100.2%1780.6%7114123820%68138138
241University of Akron (OH)*1732%46%34%233$27166249871090.8%530.3%1031991097%241138138
242Louisiana Tech University*1717%55%47%217$14194191261870.4%1210.0%15323421517%8912240
243Immaculata University (PA)1625%38%47%36$024323102410.0%2140.0%15325024313%142138138
244St. Mary's Univ. of Minnesota1622%55%57%109$024323622360.0%2140.0%1531931988%233138138
245Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville*1423%61%48%239$70125208371660.3%1410.0%15322010113%150138138
246North Dakota State University*1422%52%47%199$106107132611320.4%1310.0%1532281617%250138138
247University of Louisiana, Lafayette*1329%50%40%224$52142240231940.0%2140.0%15324619217%88138138
248Georgia Southern University*1323%58%45%246$222924602410.0%2140.0%1532115717%93138138
249University of Colorado, Denver*1127%50%37%238$0243257132130.1%2000.3%9413720917%96138138
250Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee*1121%48%42%204$40150215721230.1%2090.1%14317221316%99138138
251Idaho State University*1140%45%26%255$20182160281820.0%2140.0%1532271729%218138138
252University of North Texas*1117%58%45%244$14193205831140.3%1400.1%14016018912%15784132
253Long Island U., C.W. Post (NY)1124%47%41%200$123324742350.3%1430.0%15321723715%116138138
254Trevecca Nazarene Univ. (TN)925%50%49%144$024325402410.0%2140.0%1532501940%257138138
255Oakland University (MI)*520%50%44%207$9206245201980.2%1770.0%1532362438%236138138
256Wichita State University (KS)*424%57%39%253$47146183271840.0%2140.0%15324224315%117138138
257University of New Orleans*132%47%22%257$19183204391600.2%1740.0%15321821911%191138138
258University of Alaska, Fairbanks*018%50%23%258$15284235261870.2%1910.2%1311369522%53138138