College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2011 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
29Agnes Scott College (GA)6933%63%67%82$0.009848138819%4386103
229Albertus Magnus College (CT)2635%38%46%37$0.00982192081227%211125124
135Albion College (MI)4615%68%74%61$0.009897501229%1868991
212Albright College (PA)3128%56%62%65$0.00981952011228%197125124
54Allegheny College (PA)6421%72%74%115$0.7460366312226%2312541
64Alma College (MI)6027%66%64%170$0.009876461098%1872119
243American Jewish University (CA)1836%45%28%236$0.009822420812219%51125124
7Amherst College (MA)8613%93%94%126$3.361099812241%6125124
131Asbury University (KY)4735%54%65%18$0.00981271924712%124125124
225Atlantic Union College (MA)2739%32%39%53$0.00981962081228%191125124
199Augustana College (IL)3512%70%78%39$0.009814412112212%120125124
167Austin College (TX)4123%74%74%144$0.00981021251228%199125124
208Baker University (KS)3232%58%54%185$0.00981831999914%104125124
203Bard College (NY)3413%88%78%218$0.00981061361227%224125124
34Barnard College (NY)6918%84%91%55$2.8217326211716%81125124
30Bates College (ME)699%86%91%72$0.92533315112218%552313
57Beloit College (WI)6315%76%84%40$0.0098735512212%1251432
87Bennett College (NC)5464%22%48%2$0.00981712081228%190125124
230Bennington College (VT)2614%79%58%241$0.00986815712211%143125124
1Berea College (KY)10080%46%65%5$0.0098637512210%1631939
207Berry College (GA)3221%66%59%198$0.009812612412217%69125124
58Bethany College (WV)6342%43%68%3$0.009815516812215%934869
110Bethel College (KS)5131%64%69%75$0.00981232081228%2077640
139Birmingham-Southern College (AL)4616%69%72%101$0.00981491655716%836261
121Bloomfield College (NJ)4972%27%27%135$0.009822420812212%130110107
44Bowdoin College (ME)6613%91%94%107$1.9430263512214%98125124
244Brevard College (NC)1625%50%30%239$0.009822415612210%15054118
222Bridgewater College (VA)2924%53%57%91$0.0098200891229%182125124
247Brigham Young University—Hawaii (HI)1115%64%52%223$0.0098207203900%244125124
249Bryn Athyn College of the New Church (PA)016%63%33%248$0.0098224208480%244125124
3Bryn Mawr College (PA)9613%80%80%145$2.971547710530%131036
63Bucknell University (PA)618%84%90%68$2.192410485407%2163090
216Burlington College (VT)3148%45%38%205$0.009822420812210%167125124
94California State University—Monterey Bay (CA)*5328%51%42%211$5.78322420012221%355615
107Calvin College (MI)5117%71%75%80$3.341165139567%225125124
10Carleton College (MN)849%92%92%152$1.94305201228%2038151
176Carroll College (MT)4016%64%64%151$0.00981561021012%123125124
24Carson-Newman College (TN)7331%55%55%149$0.009815919747%22116
165Cedar Crest College (PA)4232%57%55%168$0.009815817012213%1139687
113Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)5027%63%62%157$0.0098125441228%1896153
81Central College (IA)5525%62%63%131$0.009816412012218%651214
38Centre College (KY)6814%78%81%104$0.009857411613%1166922
228Christopher Newport University (VA)*2610%74%58%232$0.8157189117316%23712499
56Claremont McKenna College (CA)6311%90%93%110$0.676388421216%75125124
123Clarke University (IA)4932%57%65%33$0.009822417412218%544985
201Coastal Carolina University (SC)*3523%55%46%209$1.97282052074918%6245124
109Coe College (IA)5119%68%70%124$0.4479173912315%858098
71Colby College (ME)586%88%88%150$1.224544279124%25125124
33Colgate University (NY)698%88%90%113$2.5619302612023%33119117
116College of Idaho (ID)5028%63%61%167$0.0098199389640%7125124
74College of St. Benedict (MN)5716%69%78%28$0.00981158612228%1510129
197College of St. Thomas More (TX)3550%59%50%212$0.00982242081220%244125124
178College of the Atlantic (ME)3928%71%61%217$0.00982243912218%57125124
39College of the Holy Cross (MA)6713%81%89%36$0.8854871902615%901633
125College of Wooster (OH)4914%73%76%102$0.616831481229%179125124
80Colorado College (CO)557%86%83%174$0.646622611510%164125124
239Colorado State University—Pueblo (CO)*2136%45%27%237$0.32862121733910%161125124
232Concordia College (NY)2534%40%41%133$0.009822416012213%112125124
160Concordia College—Moorhead (MN)4320%67%66%154$0.745983875013%119125124
48Connecticut College (CT)658%78%85%48$0.875645812216%7610644
85Cornell College (IA)5418%72%71%159$0.0098396012219%5283108
26Davidson College (NC)727%88%91%93$1.244451703520%40979
69Denison University (OH)5913%80%85%78$0.4083812810111%1405888
41DePauw University (IN)6716%72%83%17$0.4280844712221%381354
97Dickinson College (PA)539%81%84%96$1.314074522210%155125124
25Dillard University (LA)7273%29%28%160$1.9629170141200%2447104
130Doane College (NE)4829%57%64%57$0.00981201357515%8611897
105Drew University (NJ)5120%65%76%16$0.0098771527217%72109101
31Earlham College (IN)6915%73%72%162$0.009834712224%265220
215Eastern Mennonite University (VA)3123%59%62%108$0.00981321801228%196125124
143Eckerd College (FL)4516%66%65%156$0.547410072777%2304376
49Emory and Henry College (VA)6536%52%57%73$0.0098952081227%226111
236Evangel University (MO)2228%56%45%220$0.0098167195716%238125124
223Ferrum College (VA)2845%38%36%165$0.00982241891227%233125124
16Fisk University (TN)7954%41%57%8$2.8516242086222%34125124
241Fort Lewis College (CO)*2020%56%34%243$0.26931978812218%5887122
157Franklin and Marshall College (PA)435%84%85%128$2.1125591461229%185125124
238Franklin Pierce University (NH)2220%52%45%202$0.009821420812230%12125124
28Furman University (SC)7011%80%86%64$1.363838821323%30113123
193Georgetown College (KY)3623%61%61%140$0.00981611253211%146125124
86Gettysburg College (PA)549%83%83%138$0.4776101218910%1588255
156Gordon College (MA)4317%68%72%83$0.009810979279%176125124
154Goshen College (IN)4323%63%70%50$0.009879671229%177125124
194Goucher College (MD)3617%67%69%125$0.2988105105768%202125124
218Green Mountain College (VT)3028%57%44%225$0.009822411012233%8125124
235Greensboro College (NC)2425%49%45%178$0.0098188208819%169103121
51Grinnell College (IA)6416%84%84%153$0.965212181227%212125124
126Guilford College (NC)4922%58%61%97$0.00981741328730%1111125
72Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)5816%73%85%12$0.1797711426014%1056482
73Hamilton College (NY)5811%90%86%181$1.26434713112223%3198116
191Hampden-Sydney College (VA)3611%65%66%132$0.00981181441817%73125124
166Hampshire College (MA)4212%78%64%226$1.0250551912214%102125124
181Hanover College (IN)3820%63%63%142$0.00986913012217%67125124
209Hartwick College (NY)3224%60%57%176$0.009813819112218%66125124
9Harvey Mudd College (CA)8511%99%91%208$3.0114111112214%100125124
159Hastings College (NE)4327%60%62%114$0.00981861481228%2064064
15Haverford College (PA)7911%90%92%118$1.403766412216%7994109
171Hendrix College (AR)4016%83%66%234$0.68625410111017%71125124
144Hiram College (OH)4533%53%69%9$0.00981101861067%219125124
66Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)6015%75%79%86$1.44351213212217%746858
119Hollins University (VA)5038%57%65%42$0.009821111612211%14590102
137Hope College (MI)4614%71%79%41$2.202391801217%228125124
101Houghton College (NY)5234%65%70%71$0.0098861554210%160125124
133Huntingdon College (AL)4730%52%46%196$0.00981842084547%311681
96Huston-Tillotson University (TX)5372%29%29%139$0.00982132081910%151125124
37Illinois College (IL)6833%58%60%122$0.0098128451229%17485
45Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)6615%78%86%38$1.29426131858%19815112
186Jarvis Christian College (TX)3868%18%11%203$0.009822420812226%21125124
128Johnson C. Smith University (NC)4856%32%38%59$0.0098210208467%22074100
67Judson College (AL)6042%54%37%235$0.009892208816%787912
83Juniata College (PA)5416%73%79%60$0.3884626812210%1536593
53Kalamazoo College (MI)6410%79%75%182$0.2692152312213%1077321
149Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY)4440%49%52%109$0.009817917112227%19125124
46Kenyon College (OH)668%84%89%79$0.567214512216%82125124
70Knox College (IL)5817%79%73%195$0.009867912227%17104120
147Lafayette College (PA)446%81%90%30$1.7933991677412%131125124
146Lake Forest College (IL)4426%67%67%136$0.27901116112214%101125124
237Lambuth University (TN)2231%48%41%204$0.0098208154838%208125124
76Lane College (TN)5688%24%25%127$0.009822120812211%138125124
99Lawrence University (WI)5214%81%76%190$0.3087466912210%1549366
22Lewis & Clark College (OR)7511%83%78%186$1.114735111421%374105
93Lindsey Wilson College (KY)5355%37%33%179$0.009822420812211%132337
84Linfield College (OR)5417%62%74%14$0.00981412511212%1295345
175Luther College (IA)4016%71%76%74$0.41817814012210%165125124
112Lycoming College (PA)5124%57%76%4$0.00981311878414%1069196
200Lyon College (AR)3531%62%46%233$0.00985220812216%80125124
6Macalester College (MN)8810%89%86%171$2.46211729418%592810
195Marlboro College (VT)3616%75%60%228$0.0098933412218%63125124
242Marymount Manhattan College (NY)1921%59%49%215$0.00982201779712%126125124
102Maryville College (TN)5133%60%56%180$0.009816010412210%1522523
190Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)*3630%52%50%164$0.009822416912215%8810838
108McDaniel College (MD)5120%64%70%66$0.0098107149610%149125124
161McPherson College (KS)4336%50%45%191$0.009815720812218%565760
219Meredith College (NC)3019%57%57%146$0.00981661751227%2359583
210Mesa State College (CO)*3228%49%29%240$0.666521820212225%241757
248Metropolitan State College of Denver (CO)*527%48%21%247$0.0098217204708%194125124
20Middlebury College (VT)769%90%92%111$1.7932372210329%148575
88Millikin University (IL)5430%55%63%44$0.00981781811227%217518
50Millsaps College (MS)6420%70%66%177$0.597040955119%475911
183Monmouth College (IL)3825%57%64%47$0.00981761613612%127125124
164Moravian College (PA)4220%61%75%10$0.0098180128617%23197119
2Morehouse College (GA)9850%50%60%20$5.024103115315%947563
55Mount Holyoke College (MA)6414%84%83%158$3.041341297815%92125124
177Muhlenberg College (PA)395%76%85%26$0.51751342081189%1759278
185Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)3826%65%66%130$0.0098154106739%183125124
92New College of Florida (FL)*5316%82%60%242$0.00981820812270%1125124
233North Greenville University (SC)2531%60%52%207$0.0098224208410%243125124
214Northland College (WI)3119%60%60%147$0.00981525412210%156125124
17Oberlin College (OH)789%89%86%175$0.736184012221%365067
19Occidental College (CA)7622%78%85%58$2.112650949318%531238
138Oglethorpe University (GA)4632%65%54%222$0.009812420812214%997816
115Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)5015%71%60%221$0.2494755912226%222274
62Olivet College (MI)6159%38%40%117$0.00982042087927%166347
106Paine College (GA)5176%19%28%23$0.0098194208638%192125124
221Peace College (NC)2938%42%35%199$0.009822420812213%11710577
150Pikeville College (KY)4450%42%35%200$0.00982242081523%28125124
151Pine Manor College (MA)4365%24%35%19$0.00982242081229%178125124
59Pitzer College (CA)6311%81%81%141$0.2196128178989%17324
8Pomona College (CA)8514%97%95%166$3.291277611111%13511289
78Presbyterian College (SC)5515%66%68%116$0.0098206118519%494480
234Purchase College—SUNY (NY)*2425%62%49%224$0.009819315812215%95125124
148Randolph College (VA)4428%61%63%123$0.00988013712219%44125124
220Randolph-Macon College (VA)3019%60%63%99$0.0098168122556%239125124
18Reed College (OR)7716%87%78%213$1.294131412211%142125124
14Rhodes College (TN)7912%79%79%137$0.477789123713%11432
65Ripon College (WI)6024%64%76%13$0.00981171431110%16688106
202Roanoke College (VA)3415%63%64%129$0.408217215912211%1338494
158Russell Sage College (NY)4333%62%70%34$0.00981471641227%232125124
82Rust College (MS)5577%20%23%105$0.009820220812210%14711552
95Salem College (NC)5336%57%60%100$0.0098981126727%20125124
118Scripps College (CA)508%87%87%143$0.0098423312213%111125124
120Sewanee—University of the South (TN)5012%78%82%84$0.0098433612212%121125124
245Shimer College (IL)1531%74%28%249$0.0098902081229%184125124
179Siena College (NY)3916%66%73%46$0.57711821942813%110125124
246Sierra Nevada College (NV)1117%53%38%231$0.009822410912215%84125124
79Simpson College (IA)5529%61%65%85$0.009814517612214%962024
155Simpson University (CA)4341%46%43%172$0.009822413478%201125124
90Skidmore College (NY)5412%78%85%45$0.7858826611911%1419972
21Smith College (MA)7517%80%84%87$4.246213012216%77122110
68Southwestern University (TX)5920%75%77%120$0.0098589312210%1573250
4Spelman College (GA)9539%52%83%1$2.012725127259%1721859
162St. Andrews Presbyterian College (NC)4229%49%43%197$0.00982245312253%2125124
153St. Anselm College (NH)4311%64%73%25$0.00981431149210%1484246
142St. John's College (MD)4516%83%60%244$0.009828312210%162125124
174St. John's College (NM)4023%78%53%246$0.009819571227%214125124
36St. John's University (MN)6915%71%80%29$0.62671368129%17111727
141St. Lawrence University (NY)4516%73%81%43$0.009812258439%181125124
132St. Mary's College (IN)4715%69%79%22$0.0098146831714%97125124
91St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)*5318%76%79%94$0.288972111166%240120111
124St. Michael's College (VT)4911%68%77%24$0.009815192388%2092648
111St. Norbert College (WI)5117%62%71%31$0.00981161793018%647086
40St. Olaf College (MN)6711%80%87%56$1.323929171227%2275584
114St. Vincent College (PA)5026%59%73%11$0.00981351961228%2103871
231Stephens College (MO)2628%54%52%169$0.009819820812211%139125124
227Sterling College (KS)2635%51%41%216$0.009822410012211%134125124
127Stonehill College (MA)4811%73%82%32$0.0098175153528%1953634
170SUNY College—Old Westbury (NY)*4142%48%37%219$1.44352222051138%2007131
61Susquehanna University (PA)6118%64%81%7$0.0098114903324%276795
5Swarthmore College (PA)9310%94%93%161$1.74342741227%2222437
180Sweet Briar College (VA)3922%57%60%98$0.00986010712213%118125124
163Texas Lutheran University (TX)4231%52%49%173$0.00981632088645%5125124
205Thiel College (PA)3444%44%40%183$0.00981691381227%215125124
169Thomas Aquinas College (CA)4117%78%82%81$0.009870971220%244125124
32Tougaloo College (MS)6993%51%42%214$2.382214817212210%168100124
122Transylvania University (KY)4919%70%75%77$0.0098531475418%61125124
140Trinity College (CT)4613%80%86%69$0.6763641121228%193125124
103Union College (NY)5112%81%86%76$2.5620112162597%223102113
188University of Hawaii—Hilo (HI)*3830%46%31%230$6.9222031506814%103125124
204University of Maine—Machias (ME)*3445%39%35%184$0.009822420812227%18125124
211University of Maine—Presque Isle (ME)*3248%38%33%188$0.009818520812213%115125124
173University of Minnesota—Morris (MN)*4027%65%59%194$0.00981089612219%46125124
98University of Mount Union (OH)5329%54%63%27$0.0098133208347%2293728
184University of North Carolina—Asheville (NC)*3820%68%59%210$4.04816516612211%136125124
129University of Puget Sound (WA)4812%76%78%121$0.34855615828%204125124
35University of Richmond (VA)699%79%86%52$2.821766652413%1086070
187University of Virginia—Wise (VA)*3840%44%50%67$0.00981902086915%91125124
206University of Wisconsin—Green Bay (WI)*3321%58%52%193$1.064820118210032%9125124
226University of Wisconsin—Parkside (WI)*2634%46%27%238$0.219521620610417%707273
136Ursinus College (PA)4615%76%83%54$0.55731191231227%23412168
43Vassar College (NY)6613%89%92%103$1.0549165610220%42125124
117Virginia Military Institute (VA)*5014%67%73%63$0.985114019315%241125124
224Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)2726%50%45%187$0.0098192184218%188125124
104Wabash College (IN)5125%65%67%119$0.616920431220%244125124
152Warren Wilson College (NC)4317%68%43%245$0.009818141223%242313
75Wartburg College (IA)5625%62%69%51$0.0098139991227%213299
89Washington and Jefferson College (PA)5421%65%73%35$0.8755150736619%4566114
23Washington and Lee University (VA)735%92%91%155$0.279049714445%44656
213Washington College (MD)3110%67%79%15$0.0098191781227%218125124
12Wellesley College (MA)8215%88%90%112$4.56510518023%32125124
196Wells College (NY)3530%60%59%163$0.0098224491229%180125124
198Wesleyan College (GA)3531%55%41%227$0.009822420812213%1093517
11Wesleyan University (CT)8413%90%93%92$7.081133710715%87125124
77West Virginia State University (WV)*5663%33%28%189$4.0292231982911%137125124
134West Virginia Wesleyan College (WV)4731%53%54%134$0.009816218512211%1442726
240Western State College of Colorado (CO)*2021%54%39%229$0.009817710812220%41125124
168Westminster College (MO)4121%65%58%201$0.00982151456519%483943
47Westminster College (PA)6629%57%75%6$0.00989416312223%295130
172Westmont College (CA)4016%70%80%21$0.00981131836412%128125124
52Wheaton College (IL)6412%82%88%62$0.009827841418%60125124
189Wheaton College (MA)3718%75%75%148$0.009815311912212%122125124
42Whitman College (WA)669%86%89%95$1.1746231612219%50107115
100Whittier College (CA)5224%57%61%90$0.00981301295832%1011449
27Willamette University (OR)7118%73%79%70$0.467885109520%39692
145William Jewell College (MO)4518%70%63%206$0.0098962085317%684165
13Williams College (MA)8214%92%96%89$4.087112412215%89125124
192Wingate University (NC)3628%52%55%106$0.00982091881088%2057762
217Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)3025%60%64%88$0.009818720812210%159125124
182Wittenberg University (OH)3813%72%66%192$0.00981421331229%1704742
60Wofford College (SC)6214%75%82%49$0.009813710396%2363435