College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2011 baccalaureate 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
1Tuskegee University (AL)10067%34%41%78$14.9612191212%1599286
2Cooper Union (NY)9215%74%83%57$0.1626111114639%109286
3Northwestern College (IA)9129%57%60%110$0.002745114616%125126
4Taylor University (IN)9015%67%77%55$0.002713814612%158643
5Elizabeth City State University (NC)*8966%27%46%10$2.9881161111522%662168
6Messiah College (PA)8415%61%78%18$0.0027949869%21032
7Augustana College (SD)8024%59%67%62$0.841722217221%713053
8Keuka College (NY)8041%41%53%47$0.002710311114666%1114
9College of the Ozarks (MO)8056%45%60%28$0.002716111854%2963373
10Claflin University (SC)7971%30%47%21$1.591451111288%2399247
11Florida Southern College (FL)7825%52%55%115$0.002775101227%36377
12Loras College (IA)7826%55%69%32$0.0027353014623%641615
13University of Dubuque (IA)7752%40%38%181$0.0027471479%2005538
14MacMurray College (IL)7267%34%35%139$0.0027401914639%99286
15Benedict College (SC)7180%17%31%39$1.35151691112411%1673419
16Bethel College (IN)7145%46%60%36$0.00277840787%285579
17Unity College (ME)7125%51%54%114$0.0027179114613%15123
18University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff (AR)*7172%22%25%123$7.242931111715%1349286
19Elmira College (NY)7120%55%66%48$0.00274363167%287739
20Marietta College (OH)7029%55%56%142$0.0027206814617%985613
21Mars Hill College (NC)7043%40%40%159$0.0027195214628%312427
22Dordt College (IA)7026%57%62%94$0.002755814615%1338865
23College of St. Mary (NE)6950%41%45%100$0.00278711114629%27385
24Cedarville University (OH)6917%63%70%83$0.00277423516%1139286
25Ohio Northern University (OH)6823%62%69%75$0.00276625810%1789286
26Franklin College (IN)6829%49%55%87$0.0027595610825%431111
27University of the Cumberlands (KY)6852%43%40%191$0.002711281311%1727357
28Concordia University (NE)6825%57%61%108$0.002731111318%2299286
29Union College (NE)6734%50%54%103$0.002721111465%2919286
30Seton Hill University (PA)6733%47%59%46$0.0027468011415%1291722
31Saint Augustine's College (NC)6770%21%48%4$0.0027125111137%2602582
32Stillman College (AL)6682%25%21%203$0.0027171116011%1659286
33Geneva College (PA)6631%52%59%80$0.00277771467%2797681
34Voorhees College (SC)6483%17%25%61$0.00276511160%3019286
35Elizabethtown College (PA)6416%59%78%11$0.0027111321467%2831417
36Briar Cliff University (IA)6435%48%47%173$0.0027274512313%1542728
37Wiley College (TX)6496%15%23%64$0.29215611114610%1879286
38Martin Methodist College (TN)6352%37%53%26$0.002717911114610%1821010
39Virginia Union University (VA)6263%23%36%41$0.002728111738%2483540
40University of Maine—Farmington (ME)*6238%46%62%27$0.0027951314630%249286
41Langston University (OK)*6178%21%14%235$4.0371139014613%1569286
42Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI)6118%64%55%253$4.1661141112518%949286
43Ouachita Baptist University (AR)6122%57%55%178$0.002766663918%90848
44Rocky Mountain College (MT)6023%54%45%248$0.00274224028%309286
45Defiance College (OH)6040%46%47%137$0.00271441111468%22694
46Averett University (VA)6037%41%52%49$0.002783614610%1869286
47Vanguard University of Southern California (CA)5927%48%55%76$0.282331345738%119286
48Central State University (OH)*5975%20%19%174$2.551015889238%2479286
49Erskine College (SC)5921%55%69%34$0.002791111059%1989286
50Buena Vista University (IA)5939%46%59%40$0.0027104111538%2447416
51Shaw University (NC)5972%20%34%38$2.091317388379%2069286
52Grace College and Seminary (IN)5929%52%57%89$0.0027321614623%639286
53Oakwood University (AL)5933%39%40%145$2.7492411114622%689286
54Kentucky State University (KY)*5851%31%24%231$4.674106921099%2096641
55Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)5826%55%55%146$0.002714799413%1529286
56John Brown University (AR)5724%59%64%91$0.002788124214%1459286
57Iowa Wesleyan College (IA)5745%35%28%239$0.00278911114616%126131
58Concordia University (MI)5634%46%46%151$0.0027101116318%879286
59Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College (PA)*5624%52%68%25$0.0027371113624%499286
60Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott (AZ)5620%58%55%197$0.00278572113%1539286
61University of Pittsburgh—Johnstown (PA)*5625%49%63%33$0.00272911114616%1177742
62Lebanon Valley College (PA)5617%57%75%16$0.002734201158%2469286
63Eastern Nazarene College (MA)5637%44%40%206$0.00272611114652%49286
64Trinity Christian College (IL)5631%52%57%92$0.0027167151467%2803629
65Blackburn College (IL)5547%43%38%215$0.00275571465%2949286
66Manchester College (IN)5533%49%49%149$0.00271602414610%1961526
67St. Joseph's College New York (NY)5544%44%78%1$0.00271561111467%2619286
68University of the Ozarks (AR)5538%48%42%222$0.0027179314617%1036963
69Louisiana College (LA)5539%43%45%131$0.00271211114611%1749286
70University of Montana—Western (MT)*5449%38%26%273$0.0027365414648%59286
71Morningside College (IA)5433%50%47%195$0.002757531299%2045931
72Bethany College (KS)5436%49%32%290$0.002710221468%2389286
73Wilmington College (OH)5343%41%48%77$0.0027791111469%2054334
74Warner Pacific College (OR)5344%43%40%188$0.0027179501469%207209
75Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC)5331%47%54%82$0.00277011113610%1971944
76Shorter College (GA)5337%45%54%58$0.00275411114617%1024986
77Tabor College (KS)5338%48%64%23$0.002711511114626%399286
78Black Hills State University (SD)*5336%45%30%285$2.54117398329%2028784
79LeMoyne-Owen College (TN)5280%22%16%229$0.00275211114617%1089286
80Patten University (CA)5243%49%49%148$0.002717911114621%746824
81Ohio Christian University (OH)5264%33%55%6$0.002717911114611%1699286
82Dana College (NE)5237%49%49%156$0.0027231111468%2439286
83Bethune-Cookman University (FL)5170%28%36%60$0.0027159111218%2369286
84Bluffton University (OH)5133%47%64%22$0.00276211114619%849286
85Maine Maritime Academy (ME)*5144%44%67%5$0.0027179111180%3019286
86Free Will Baptist Bible College (TN)5148%45%53%69$0.0027179111440%3011886
87Southern Arkansas University (AR)*5148%42%32%262$0.002716511114617%100474
88Covenant College (GA)5122%60%58%176$0.0027602614617%1099286
89Midland Lutheran College (NE)5136%47%48%135$0.002717954113%1559286
90Master's College and Seminary (CA)5129%54%62%72$0.0027611118414%1379286
91Culver-Stockton College (MO)5140%46%49%112$0.002717911114646%64485
92St. Joseph's College (IN)5031%44%49%99$0.00271511114617%969286
93SUNY Maritime College (NY)*5018%55%52%193$0.0027127111429%299286
94East Texas Baptist University (TX)5039%42%42%164$0.00278011114627%375854
95College of Our Lady of the Elms (MA)5035%41%58%19$0.00271021711817%1109286
96Coker College (SC)5041%43%45%128$0.002715411114621%764525
97North Carolina Wesleyan College (NC)5065%38%22%287$0.00271001113817%1119286
98Davis and Elkins College (WV)5042%40%55%29$0.00271222814618%939286
99Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (NY)4968%38%29%252$0.00271791112613%1499286
100Adrian College (MI)4930%51%46%217$0.002712911110364%29286