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