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
101Houghton College (NY)5234%65%70%71$0.0098861554210%160125124
102Maryville College (TN)5133%60%56%180$0.009816010412210%1522523
103Union College (NY)5112%81%86%76$2.5620112162597%223102113
104Wabash College (IN)5125%65%67%119$0.616920431220%244125124
105Drew University (NJ)5120%65%76%16$0.0098771527217%72109101
106Paine College (GA)5176%19%28%23$0.0098194208638%192125124
107Calvin College (MI)5117%71%75%80$3.341165139567%225125124
108McDaniel College (MD)5120%64%70%66$0.0098107149610%149125124
109Coe College (IA)5119%68%70%124$0.4479173912315%858098
110Bethel College (KS)5131%64%69%75$0.00981232081228%2077640
111St. Norbert College (WI)5117%62%71%31$0.00981161793018%647086
112Lycoming College (PA)5124%57%76%4$0.00981311878414%1069196
113Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)5027%63%62%157$0.0098125441228%1896153
114St. Vincent College (PA)5026%59%73%11$0.00981351961228%2103871
115Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)5015%71%60%221$0.2494755912226%222274
116College of Idaho (ID)5028%63%61%167$0.0098199389640%7125124
117Virginia Military Institute (VA)*5014%67%73%63$0.985114019315%241125124
118Scripps College (CA)508%87%87%143$0.0098423312213%111125124
119Hollins University (VA)5038%57%65%42$0.009821111612211%14590102
120Sewanee—University of the South (TN)5012%78%82%84$0.0098433612212%121125124
121Bloomfield College (NJ)4972%27%27%135$0.009822420812212%130110107
122Transylvania University (KY)4919%70%75%77$0.0098531475418%61125124
123Clarke University (IA)4932%57%65%33$0.009822417412218%544985
124St. Michael's College (VT)4911%68%77%24$0.009815192388%2092648
125College of Wooster (OH)4914%73%76%102$0.616831481229%179125124
126Guilford College (NC)4922%58%61%97$0.00981741328730%1111125
127Stonehill College (MA)4811%73%82%32$0.0098175153528%1953634
128Johnson C. Smith University (NC)4856%32%38%59$0.0098210208467%22074100
129University of Puget Sound (WA)4812%76%78%121$0.34855615828%204125124
130Doane College (NE)4829%57%64%57$0.00981201357515%8611897
131Asbury University (KY)4735%54%65%18$0.00981271924712%124125124
132St. Mary's College (IN)4715%69%79%22$0.0098146831714%97125124
133Huntingdon College (AL)4730%52%46%196$0.00981842084547%311681
134West Virginia Wesleyan College (WV)4731%53%54%134$0.009816218512211%1442726
135Albion College (MI)4615%68%74%61$0.009897501229%1868991
136Ursinus College (PA)4615%76%83%54$0.55731191231227%23412168
137Hope College (MI)4614%71%79%41$2.202391801217%228125124
138Oglethorpe University (GA)4632%65%54%222$0.009812420812214%997816
139Birmingham-Southern College (AL)4616%69%72%101$0.00981491655716%836261
140Trinity College (CT)4613%80%86%69$0.6763641121228%193125124
141St. Lawrence University (NY)4516%73%81%43$0.009812258439%181125124
142St. John's College (MD)4516%83%60%244$0.009828312210%162125124
143Eckerd College (FL)4516%66%65%156$0.547410072777%2304376
144Hiram College (OH)4533%53%69%9$0.00981101861067%219125124
145William Jewell College (MO)4518%70%63%206$0.0098962085317%684165
146Lake Forest College (IL)4426%67%67%136$0.27901116112214%101125124
147Lafayette College (PA)446%81%90%30$1.7933991677412%131125124
148Randolph College (VA)4428%61%63%123$0.00988013712219%44125124
149Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY)4440%49%52%109$0.009817917112227%19125124
150Pikeville College (KY)4450%42%35%200$0.00982242081523%28125124
151Pine Manor College (MA)4365%24%35%19$0.00982242081229%178125124
152Warren Wilson College (NC)4317%68%43%245$0.009818141223%242313
153St. Anselm College (NH)4311%64%73%25$0.00981431149210%1484246
154Goshen College (IN)4323%63%70%50$0.009879671229%177125124
155Simpson University (CA)4341%46%43%172$0.009822413478%201125124
156Gordon College (MA)4317%68%72%83$0.009810979279%176125124
157Franklin and Marshall College (PA)435%84%85%128$2.1125591461229%185125124
158Russell Sage College (NY)4333%62%70%34$0.00981471641227%232125124
159Hastings College (NE)4327%60%62%114$0.00981861481228%2064064
160Concordia College—Moorhead (MN)4320%67%66%154$0.745983875013%119125124
161McPherson College (KS)4336%50%45%191$0.009815720812218%565760
162St. Andrews Presbyterian College (NC)4229%49%43%197$0.00982245312253%2125124
163Texas Lutheran University (TX)4231%52%49%173$0.00981632088645%5125124
164Moravian College (PA)4220%61%75%10$0.0098180128617%23197119
165Cedar Crest College (PA)4232%57%55%168$0.009815817012213%1139687
166Hampshire College (MA)4212%78%64%226$1.0250551912214%102125124
167Austin College (TX)4123%74%74%144$0.00981021251228%199125124
168Westminster College (MO)4121%65%58%201$0.00982151456519%483943
169Thomas Aquinas College (CA)4117%78%82%81$0.009870971220%244125124
170SUNY College—Old Westbury (NY)*4142%48%37%219$1.44352222051138%2007131
171Hendrix College (AR)4016%83%66%234$0.68625410111017%71125124
172Westmont College (CA)4016%70%80%21$0.00981131836412%128125124
173University of Minnesota—Morris (MN)*4027%65%59%194$0.00981089612219%46125124
174St. John's College (NM)4023%78%53%246$0.009819571227%214125124
175Luther College (IA)4016%71%76%74$0.41817814012210%165125124
176Carroll College (MT)4016%64%64%151$0.00981561021012%123125124
177Muhlenberg College (PA)395%76%85%26$0.51751342081189%1759278
178College of the Atlantic (ME)3928%71%61%217$0.00982243912218%57125124
179Siena College (NY)3916%66%73%46$0.57711821942813%110125124
180Sweet Briar College (VA)3922%57%60%98$0.00986010712213%118125124
181Hanover College (IN)3820%63%63%142$0.00986913012217%67125124
182Wittenberg University (OH)3813%72%66%192$0.00981421331229%1704742
183Monmouth College (IL)3825%57%64%47$0.00981761613612%127125124
184University of North Carolina—Asheville (NC)*3820%68%59%210$4.04816516612211%136125124
185Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)3826%65%66%130$0.0098154106739%183125124
186Jarvis Christian College (TX)3868%18%11%203$0.009822420812226%21125124
187University of Virginia—Wise (VA)*3840%44%50%67$0.00981902086915%91125124
188University of Hawaii—Hilo (HI)*3830%46%31%230$6.9222031506814%103125124
189Wheaton College (MA)3718%75%75%148$0.009815311912212%122125124
190Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA)*3630%52%50%164$0.009822416912215%8810838
191Hampden-Sydney College (VA)3611%65%66%132$0.00981181441817%73125124
192Wingate University (NC)3628%52%55%106$0.00982091881088%2057762
193Georgetown College (KY)3623%61%61%140$0.00981611253211%146125124
194Goucher College (MD)3617%67%69%125$0.2988105105768%202125124
195Marlboro College (VT)3616%75%60%228$0.0098933412218%63125124
196Wells College (NY)3530%60%59%163$0.0098224491229%180125124
197College of St. Thomas More (TX)3550%59%50%212$0.00982242081220%244125124
198Wesleyan College (GA)3531%55%41%227$0.009822420812213%1093517
199Augustana College (IL)3512%70%78%39$0.009814412112212%120125124
200Lyon College (AR)3531%62%46%233$0.00985220812216%80125124
201Coastal Carolina University (SC)*3523%55%46%209$1.97282052074918%6245124
202Roanoke College (VA)3415%63%64%129$0.408217215912211%1338494
203Bard College (NY)3413%88%78%218$0.00981061361227%224125124
204University of Maine—Machias (ME)*3445%39%35%184$0.009822420812227%18125124
205Thiel College (PA)3444%44%40%183$0.00981691381227%215125124
206University of Wisconsin—Green Bay (WI)*3321%58%52%193$1.064820118210032%9125124
207Berry College (GA)3221%66%59%198$0.009812612412217%69125124
208Baker University (KS)3232%58%54%185$0.00981831999914%104125124
209Hartwick College (NY)3224%60%57%176$0.009813819112218%66125124
210Mesa State College (CO)*3228%49%29%240$0.666521820212225%241757
211University of Maine—Presque Isle (ME)*3248%38%33%188$0.009818520812213%115125124
212Albright College (PA)3128%56%62%65$0.00981952011228%197125124
213Washington College (MD)3110%67%79%15$0.0098191781227%218125124
214Northland College (WI)3119%60%60%147$0.00981525412210%156125124
215Eastern Mennonite University (VA)3123%59%62%108$0.00981321801228%196125124
216Burlington College (VT)3148%45%38%205$0.009822420812210%167125124
217Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)3025%60%64%88$0.009818720812210%159125124
218Green Mountain College (VT)3028%57%44%225$0.009822411012233%8125124
219Meredith College (NC)3019%57%57%146$0.00981661751227%2359583
220Randolph-Macon College (VA)3019%60%63%99$0.0098168122556%239125124
221Peace College (NC)2938%42%35%199$0.009822420812213%11710577
222Bridgewater College (VA)2924%53%57%91$0.0098200891229%182125124
223Ferrum College (VA)2845%38%36%165$0.00982241891227%233125124
224Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)2726%50%45%187$0.0098192184218%188125124
225Atlantic Union College (MA)2739%32%39%53$0.00981962081228%191125124
226University of Wisconsin—Parkside (WI)*2634%46%27%238$0.219521620610417%707273
227Sterling College (KS)2635%51%41%216$0.009822410012211%134125124
228Christopher Newport University (VA)*2610%74%58%232$0.8157189117316%23712499
229Albertus Magnus College (CT)2635%38%46%37$0.00982192081227%211125124
230Bennington College (VT)2614%79%58%241$0.00986815712211%143125124
231Stephens College (MO)2628%54%52%169$0.009819820812211%139125124
232Concordia College (NY)2534%40%41%133$0.009822416012213%112125124
233North Greenville University (SC)2531%60%52%207$0.0098224208410%243125124
234Purchase College—SUNY (NY)*2425%62%49%224$0.009819315812215%95125124
235Greensboro College (NC)2425%49%45%178$0.0098188208819%169103121
236Evangel University (MO)2228%56%45%220$0.0098167195716%238125124
237Lambuth University (TN)2231%48%41%204$0.0098208154838%208125124
238Franklin Pierce University (NH)2220%52%45%202$0.009821420812230%12125124
239Colorado State University—Pueblo (CO)*2136%45%27%237$0.32862121733910%161125124
240Western State College of Colorado (CO)*2021%54%39%229$0.009817710812220%41125124
241Fort Lewis College (CO)*2020%56%34%243$0.26931978812218%5887122
242Marymount Manhattan College (NY)1921%59%49%215$0.00982201779712%126125124
243American Jewish University (CA)1836%45%28%236$0.009822420812219%51125124
244Brevard College (NC)1625%50%30%239$0.009822415612210%15054118
245Shimer College (IL)1531%74%28%249$0.0098902081229%184125124
246Sierra Nevada College (NV)1117%53%38%231$0.009822410912215%84125124
247Brigham Young University—Hawaii (HI)1115%64%52%223$0.0098207203900%244125124
248Metropolitan State College of Denver (CO)*527%48%21%247$0.0098217204708%194125124
249Bryn Athyn College of the New Church (PA)016%63%33%248$0.0098224208480%244125124