College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2011 master’s universities 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
1Creighton University (NE)10017%70%75%175$26.87913652914%22419102
2St. Mary's University of San Antonio (TX)9852%46%57%80$0.79159113922220%1021633
3Truman State University (MO)*9516%73%71%340$0.761614191210%35529137
4Trinity University (TX)938%80%79%313$1.531211520014%22660217
5University of Portland (OR)8716%68%75%145$0.72165632526%50113108
6John Carroll University (OH)8328%57%75%19$0.411911496787%4968011
7Hamline University (MN)8326%59%66%144$0.00221151024017%1523184
8Alfred University (NY)8232%57%69%57$5.485631283818%427253246
9Seattle University (WA)8015%67%74%141$1.2613351143315%197582
10SUNY—Geneseo (NY)*8014%80%78%326$2.14103105737825%5549134
11Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)7861%39%46%131$5.25589290842%544263259
12Villanova University (PA)789%80%87%129$9.482929683012%26179175
13Valparaiso University (IN)7822%65%76%77$0.8715416266115%20264242
14Xavier University (OH)7713%68%77%99$0.0022120414513%2415017
15California State University—Fresno (CA)*7750%37%48%79$7.973819928711248%710126
16Mount St. Mary's College (CA)7653%34%77%1$0.3120713624024215%1994287
17Santa Clara University (CA)7511%73%85%61$3.99671849809%40212149
18Gonzaga University (WA)7412%70%83%47$0.841567363914%2089878
19Alcorn State University (MS)*7470%25%39%40$11.6723682932614%231263259
20University of Redlands (CA)7315%66%68%246$1.1913647436725%628448
21Whitworth University (WA)7217%68%73%184$0.00221502111611%298776
22Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)7126%67%66%310$24.02101493236211%30455204
23Providence College (RI)7110%69%88%14$0.56181491812914%22147112
24College of New Jersey (NJ)*7113%75%86%65$0.77160258919814%2159774
25King's College (PA)7125%52%68%28$0.0022142269719%379235
26Loyola University New Orleans (LA)7025%67%59%443$0.831585401607%484263259
27Mills College (CA)7033%60%62%236$0.56180711832711%292263259
28Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)7015%63%73%84$0.2221312442825%60263259
29University of Evansville (IN)7028%60%64%208$0.0022137113027%50333153
30Mississippi University for Women (MS)*7058%40%40%292$0.002217526631427%4214128
31Mercer University (GA)7023%66%63%353$19.6216301177314%223263259
32Pacific Lutheran University (WA)6919%61%68%130$0.44188248108%418263259
33University of Dallas (TX)6917%71%73%249$0.0022161759113%240263259
34Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)6967%30%38%118$0.002218720627213%2384353
35Loyola University Maryland (MD)689%69%83%46$0.152201998758%4079440
36University of Scranton (PA)6816%64%81%20$0.38195482463512%2804567
37Hampton University (VA)6823%57%52%394$21.0913273561416%153263259
38James Madison University (VA)*678%69%81%56$5.245960377720%10823165
39North Carolina Central University (NC)*6766%25%44%16$6.324626837620921%914896
40Mary Baldwin College (VA)6635%46%49%231$0.0022124051637%14199100
41College of New Rochelle (NY)6684%32%34%238$0.002215143924277%5152731
42Nazareth College (NY)6626%63%72%96$0.002219739239225%541185
43Converse College (SC)6634%53%64%76$0.00221399342717%13621744
44San Francisco State University (CA)*6628%51%48%354$21.19122528737524%68994
45Mississippi Valley State University (MS)*6581%19%35%29$0.951481793921097%500108123
46Western Washington University (WA)*6414%64%69%176$6.2450140742720%11118146
47University of Mary Washington (VA)*648%69%75%162$0.0022122336612%275213186
48Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville (IL)*6422%56%46%459$30.3362703327499%1130208
49Loyola Marymount University (CA)6315%68%80%63$1.71112763920117%1486897
50Prairie View A&M University (TX)*6366%23%32%112$10.79272803921916%163227187
51New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM)*6216%67%47%532$79.44121793598%414263259
52Otterbein College (OH)6229%55%62%140$0.002212413523918%1302114
53Union College (KY)6257%34%27%418$0.002211710916827%46263259
54Augsburg College (MN)6234%50%59%110$0.7316417210134116%159852
55Rollins College (FL)6214%70%66%383$0.00221542242714%2333830
56University of Northern Iowa (IA)*6120%60%67%127$2.96858512426127%4311920
57Niagara University (NY)6125%56%65%97$0.0022174324117%46911450
58Harding University (AR)6119%63%61%338$0.00221356142710%3161188
59St. John Fisher College (NY)6030%56%74%18$0.002218029723114%22559143
60California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo (CA)*6010%72%72%300$14.87191024617818%126132220
61Grambling State University (LA)*6068%25%30%190$0.6417312935410010%3379666
62California State University—San Bernardino (CA)*6053%34%45%70$9.702826736015831%25231139
63Rosemont College (PA)6060%32%62%3$0.002219639242711%287263259
64Ithaca College (NY)5916%67%77%88$1.4612623632257%517180240
65MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS)5928%55%57%259$0.0022156831769%3688127
66Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA)5945%43%64%9$0.0022120225442715%20311569
67Southern University and A&M College (LA)*5966%29%30%287$6.704481322767%530236247
68William Carey University (MS)5862%50%48%328$0.002211063922468%464243241
69Simmons College (MA)5820%60%70%81$0.54182718133424%7310990
70St. Mary's College of California (CA)5826%57%59%254$0.00221772824720%10615673
71Butler University (IN)5810%75%76%272$0.0022134952068%41235192
72Fairfield University (CT)5813%67%85%17$2.659010713130026%52139160
73Capital University (OH)5827%59%62%223$0.00221641782712%281120191
74Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Camden (NJ)*5832%56%62%152$6.25495939238715%189201117
75Virginia State University (VA)*5754%29%44%31$8.28361802801810%325263259
76CUNY—City College (NY)*5755%43%35%431$34.4533253753997%470258148
77Wheelock College (MA)5730%48%62%36$0.002213391342756%3263259
78Lipscomb University (TN)5718%62%60%329$0.002214416912512%2576122
79University of North Carolina—Wilmington (NC)*5714%67%69%250$20.10151759942715%193175155
80Mercyhurst College (PA)5735%51%62%78$0.611783573388528%367470
81University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth (MA)*5724%55%48%429$20.431428718034627%418257
82CUNY—Hunter College (NY)*5742%53%44%450$30.4051502644267%470263259
83Abilene Christian University (TX)5621%60%61%263$0.29209287942710%3437591
84Wagner College (NY)5614%68%68%298$0.002212247242714%213133
85SUNY College—Potsdam (NY)*5631%52%56%201$0.00221892277939%12235195
86Seattle Pacific University (WA)5620%62%74%62$0.00221931513817%134263259
87California State University—Los Angeles (CA)*5662%27%34%138$8.963223226835514%217135135
88Westminster College (UT)5618%63%56%425$0.0022133034712%2596354
89Norwich University (VT)5622%56%54%347$0.002211525329%366142114
90Concordia University Chicago (IL)5533%49%48%315$0.0022112517242786%2245110
91Albany State University (GA)*5569%27%42%34$2.44954093375916%160263259
92Bethel University (MN)5526%61%72%71$0.002216711112620%113263259
93Grand Valley State University (MI)*5520%61%61%299$6.1851374714079%373518
94Waynesburg University (PA)5534%48%59%69$0.002211972133227%502447
95California State University—Northridge (CA)*5545%38%44%165$12.792034024727132%21228164
96La Roche College (PA)5462%30%59%5$0.002211833924279%371263259
97Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)5426%54%56%258$1.1313983924277%526263259
98Rockhurst University (MO)5420%64%68%207$0.00221869030710%32610060
99Stetson University (FL)5424%59%62%217$0.0022115454698%42237119
100Manhattan College (NY)5419%60%76%26$0.38194941399217%147193196