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