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
1Berea College (KY)10080%46%65%5$0.0098637512210%1631939
2Morehouse College (GA)9850%50%60%20$5.024103115315%947563
3Bryn Mawr College (PA)9613%80%80%145$2.971547710530%131036
4Spelman College (GA)9539%52%83%1$2.012725127259%1721859
5Swarthmore College (PA)9310%94%93%161$1.74342741227%2222437
6Macalester College (MN)8810%89%86%171$2.46211729418%592810
7Amherst College (MA)8613%93%94%126$3.361099812241%6125124
8Pomona College (CA)8514%97%95%166$3.291277611111%13511289
9Harvey Mudd College (CA)8511%99%91%208$3.0114111112214%100125124
10Carleton College (MN)849%92%92%152$1.94305201228%2038151
11Wesleyan University (CT)8413%90%93%92$7.081133710715%87125124
12Wellesley College (MA)8215%88%90%112$4.56510518023%32125124
13Williams College (MA)8214%92%96%89$4.087112412215%89125124
14Rhodes College (TN)7912%79%79%137$0.477789123713%11432
15Haverford College (PA)7911%90%92%118$1.403766412216%7994109
16Fisk University (TN)7954%41%57%8$2.8516242086222%34125124
17Oberlin College (OH)789%89%86%175$0.736184012221%365067
18Reed College (OR)7716%87%78%213$1.294131412211%142125124
19Occidental College (CA)7622%78%85%58$2.112650949318%531238
20Middlebury College (VT)769%90%92%111$1.7932372210329%148575
21Smith College (MA)7517%80%84%87$4.246213012216%77122110
22Lewis & Clark College (OR)7511%83%78%186$1.114735111421%374105
23Washington and Lee University (VA)735%92%91%155$0.279049714445%44656
24Carson-Newman College (TN)7331%55%55%149$0.009815919747%22116
25Dillard University (LA)7273%29%28%160$1.9629170141200%2447104
26Davidson College (NC)727%88%91%93$1.244451703520%40979
27Willamette University (OR)7118%73%79%70$0.467885109520%39692
28Furman University (SC)7011%80%86%64$1.363838821323%30113123
29Agnes Scott College (GA)6933%63%67%82$0.009848138819%4386103
30Bates College (ME)699%86%91%72$0.92533315112218%552313
31Earlham College (IN)6915%73%72%162$0.009834712224%265220
32Tougaloo College (MS)6993%51%42%214$2.382214817212210%168100124
33Colgate University (NY)698%88%90%113$2.5619302612023%33119117
34Barnard College (NY)6918%84%91%55$2.8217326211716%81125124
35University of Richmond (VA)699%79%86%52$2.821766652413%1086070
36St. John's University (MN)6915%71%80%29$0.62671368129%17111727
37Illinois College (IL)6833%58%60%122$0.0098128451229%17485
38Centre College (KY)6814%78%81%104$0.009857411613%1166922
39College of the Holy Cross (MA)6713%81%89%36$0.8854871902615%901633
40St. Olaf College (MN)6711%80%87%56$1.323929171227%2275584
41DePauw University (IN)6716%72%83%17$0.4280844712221%381354
42Whitman College (WA)669%86%89%95$1.1746231612219%50107115
43Vassar College (NY)6613%89%92%103$1.0549165610220%42125124
44Bowdoin College (ME)6613%91%94%107$1.9430263512214%98125124
45Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)6615%78%86%38$1.29426131858%19815112
46Kenyon College (OH)668%84%89%79$0.567214512216%82125124
47Westminster College (PA)6629%57%75%6$0.00989416312223%295130
48Connecticut College (CT)658%78%85%48$0.875645812216%7610644
49Emory and Henry College (VA)6536%52%57%73$0.0098952081227%226111
50Millsaps College (MS)6420%70%66%177$0.597040955119%475911
51Grinnell College (IA)6416%84%84%153$0.965212181227%212125124
52Wheaton College (IL)6412%82%88%62$0.009827841418%60125124
53Kalamazoo College (MI)6410%79%75%182$0.2692152312213%1077321
54Allegheny College (PA)6421%72%74%115$0.7460366312226%2312541
55Mount Holyoke College (MA)6414%84%83%158$3.041341297815%92125124
56Claremont McKenna College (CA)6311%90%93%110$0.676388421216%75125124
57Beloit College (WI)6315%76%84%40$0.0098735512212%1251432
58Bethany College (WV)6342%43%68%3$0.009815516812215%934869
59Pitzer College (CA)6311%81%81%141$0.2196128178989%17324
60Wofford College (SC)6214%75%82%49$0.009813710396%2363435
61Susquehanna University (PA)6118%64%81%7$0.0098114903324%276795
62Olivet College (MI)6159%38%40%117$0.00982042087927%166347
63Bucknell University (PA)618%84%90%68$2.192410485407%2163090
64Alma College (MI)6027%66%64%170$0.009876461098%1872119
65Ripon College (WI)6024%64%76%13$0.00981171431110%16688106
66Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)6015%75%79%86$1.44351213212217%746858
67Judson College (AL)6042%54%37%235$0.009892208816%787912
68Southwestern University (TX)5920%75%77%120$0.0098589312210%1573250
69Denison University (OH)5913%80%85%78$0.4083812810111%1405888
70Knox College (IL)5817%79%73%195$0.009867912227%17104120
71Colby College (ME)586%88%88%150$1.224544279124%25125124
72Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)5816%73%85%12$0.1797711426014%1056482
73Hamilton College (NY)5811%90%86%181$1.26434713112223%3198116
74College of St. Benedict (MN)5716%69%78%28$0.00981158612228%1510129
75Wartburg College (IA)5625%62%69%51$0.0098139991227%213299
76Lane College (TN)5688%24%25%127$0.009822120812211%138125124
77West Virginia State University (WV)*5663%33%28%189$4.0292231982911%137125124
78Presbyterian College (SC)5515%66%68%116$0.0098206118519%494480
79Simpson College (IA)5529%61%65%85$0.009814517612214%962024
80Colorado College (CO)557%86%83%174$0.646622611510%164125124
81Central College (IA)5525%62%63%131$0.009816412012218%651214
82Rust College (MS)5577%20%23%105$0.009820220812210%14711552
83Juniata College (PA)5416%73%79%60$0.3884626812210%1536593
84Linfield College (OR)5417%62%74%14$0.00981412511212%1295345
85Cornell College (IA)5418%72%71%159$0.0098396012219%5283108
86Gettysburg College (PA)549%83%83%138$0.4776101218910%1588255
87Bennett College (NC)5464%22%48%2$0.00981712081228%190125124
88Millikin University (IL)5430%55%63%44$0.00981781811227%217518
89Washington and Jefferson College (PA)5421%65%73%35$0.8755150736619%4566114
90Skidmore College (NY)5412%78%85%45$0.7858826611911%1419972
91St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)*5318%76%79%94$0.288972111166%240120111
92New College of Florida (FL)*5316%82%60%242$0.00981820812270%1125124
93Lindsey Wilson College (KY)5355%37%33%179$0.009822420812211%132337
94California State University—Monterey Bay (CA)*5328%51%42%211$5.78322420012221%355615
95Salem College (NC)5336%57%60%100$0.0098981126727%20125124
96Huston-Tillotson University (TX)5372%29%29%139$0.00982132081910%151125124
97Dickinson College (PA)539%81%84%96$1.314074522210%155125124
98University of Mount Union (OH)5329%54%63%27$0.0098133208347%2293728
99Lawrence University (WI)5214%81%76%190$0.3087466912210%1549366
100Whittier College (CA)5224%57%61%90$0.00981301295832%1011449