College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2011 national 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
Science &
engineering
PhD's
awarded
Rank
Faculty
receiving
significant
awards
Rank
Faculty in
national
academies
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
1University of California—San Diego (CA)*10035%72%84%19$842542365231.6%64.5%84021420%664124
2University of California—Los Angeles (CA)*9926%75%89%12$87143254661.0%272.5%172616019%79352
3University of California—Berkeley (CA)*9824%81%90%40$592161867812.0%39.5%22119423%489289
4Stanford University (CA)9315%94%95%118$688104499121.2%188.8%45120130%196046
5University of California—Riverside (CA)*8542%49%65%7$13099163142791.1%220.6%7420021058%31154
6Harvard University (MA)8313%98%98%133$453309465163.2%19.0%37220729%27155155
7Case Western Reserve University (OH)8319%83%81%166$4163419173651.3%151.3%381620635%101416
8University of California—Davis (CA)*8130%65%80%8$6431357426190.9%361.1%434617727%3052115
9Jackson State University (MS)*7872%27%47%3$43154165202070.2%1690.0%1542505011%1767232
10University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (MI)*7712%81%89%42$87632765220.9%451.5%332210712%1644260
11Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)7617%96%91%195$66012256440.9%445.5%61724216%109155155
12University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (NC)*7613%80%85%73$5262241335281.1%241.1%46512710%196922
13University of California—Santa Barbara (CA)*7628%66%80%9$2047445244440.7%634.7%74419012%1621299
14Syracuse University (NY)7420%65%83%5$38159154891080.6%880.4%874712420%69371
15Texas A&M University—College Station (TX)*7418%68%80%20$5821897463170.8%540.9%51128132%14155155
16University of Notre Dame (IN)748%96%96%126$9711321128891.4%100.3%9638720%656220
17Cornell University (NY)7411%90%92%108$4592911447180.9%382.2%211215121%576495
18South Carolina State University (SC)*6872%23%36%17$821417502440.0%2110.0%1542291019%78155155
19University of Texas—Austin (TX)*6823%71%81%30$4932654513111.1%262.5%166715828%29155155
20Johns Hopkins University (MD)6711%91%91%131$1,681117382221.2%172.3%19181178%221155155
21University of Pennsylvania (PA)6610%95%95%135$708824362240.6%802.2%2210519139%597130
22Rice University (TX)6612%93%93%139$741263142791.5%81.9%231317311%1798762
23University of Washington (WA)*6618%71%81%29$765771480131.5%72.9%114211613%154155155
24College of William and Mary (VA)*658%86%91%68$5514414291890.6%870.0%154313013%1602239
25University of Chicago (IL)6515%96%92%187$357408247420.7%611.6%28922631%18155155
26Columbia University (NY)6513%96%93%175$5492023340261.2%193.1%105022017%9385120
27Duke University (NC)659%95%95%140$767612246430.6%931.6%3035467%2468098
28University of Florida (FL)*6522%74%82%43$584174952570.5%1030.5%75417514%13399153
29University of Wisconsin—Madison (WI)*6510%77%81%85$88223857931.0%312.3%203614515%11784102
30Georgetown University (DC)6310%91%93%101$1439328821140.5%1010.5%8161439%2052023
31Princeton University (NJ)6310%99%97%170$195797255402.4%27.5%523617413%159155155
32Emory University (GA)6315%91%88%171$4413130136840.6%770.8%58822113%1514827
33Michigan State University (MI)*6319%64%77%14$3574194303310.6%780.3%1015511520%685134
34Brown University (RI)6312%93%95%105$158846141811.3%161.6%29282488%2306851
35Tufts University (MA)6110%96%91%194$1409525115950.8%581.1%441417214%139886
36Wake Forest University (NC)619%80%90%26$2007531601340.4%1390.2%119327310%1913314
37Fordham University (NY)6119%73%79%62$721796511490.1%1950.3%971336914%14165
38University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign (IL)*6015%78%83%70$501254456051.3%132.4%186410517%94155155
39Yale University (CT)6012%100%98%156$487275261390.9%392.7%14332328%231155155
40Tennessee State University (TN)*5961%29%40%21$12201200112180.0%2110.0%1542449313%14615518
41George Washington University (DC)5910%79%81%102$1578588138830.7%650.6%6846026%3113890
42Ohio State University—Columbus (OH)*5915%74%75%122$703911752080.4%1300.8%57848731%1586127
43Virginia Tech (VA)*5910%72%80%46$3733864327300.4%1340.6%6490412%1695584
44New York University (NY)5916%82%86%79$3114891194560.7%741.0%487523429%254459
45University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (MN)*5919%70%68%160$6831182470140.6%921.0%507015729%2458118
46Brandeis University (MA)5915%87%87%137$5014610601341.6%52.7%133124410%199102108
47Pennsylvania State University—University Park (PA)*5812%71%85%10$6201460514100.7%750.8%59974024%40155155
48University of San Francisco (CA)5820%61%70%35$123615832351.0%280.0%1541034115%1262412
49Marquette University (WI)5713%71%80%38$1020472451580.1%1930.0%1544997%2511528
50University of Southern California (CA)5714%86%88%106$5202477392210.8%541.6%318711930%22155155
51North Carolina State University—Raleigh (NC)*5617%68%73%64$36639102351250.7%711.0%491423819%744974
52Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick (NJ)*5624%67%77%28$2984970269361.1%251.5%3212316215%121135107
53University of Virginia (VA)*568%85%93%45$2586229211521.0%321.3%3775714%136155155
54Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)*5610%84%79%196$5222339470141.9%42.9%12855212%165122151
55Widener University (PA)5627%48%57%37$024625642320.0%2110.0%1541864335%111921
56Clark University (MA)5615%69%78%34$522037321830.5%1101.4%3522007%2479037
57University of Rochester (NY)5617%82%80%158$3753715176620.5%1001.3%392511812%16798126
58Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Newark (NJ)*5538%52%65%16$19187187451580.2%1790.0%15424522215%1221199
59Vanderbilt University (TN)558%94%91%173$4233326212510.8%530.7%63637016%11231150
60University of California—Irvine (CA)*5524%66%82%6$3254783328291.3%121.7%2613420311%174155155
61Tulane University (LA)556%84%73%233$1538643811170.8%480.1%141393319%77118
62St. John's University (NY)5538%54%58%76$2231233311860.1%1930.0%15424616518%884710
63Boston College (MA)5510%85%91%61$4115847601340.4%1290.3%951915321%584377
64University of San Diego (CA)5411%72%74%97$1243106102190.5%1020.0%154201715%127545
65Mississippi State University (MS)*5426%57%61%81$21172134631330.2%1860.1%1432278126%33737
66SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)*5432%63%64%125$2617485172100.0%2110.0%1541522910%1861041
67Northwestern University (IL)537%96%95%150$4842820301331.4%91.7%272921713%147155155
68Iowa State University (IA)*5318%64%69%72$2247167269360.4%1420.4%881396655%4155155
69California Institute of Technology (CA)539%100%89%235$273541193571.3%1411.2%11292505%256155155
70University of California—Santa Cruz (CA)*5225%63%73%31$1359833125921.3%111.1%453024916%108155155
71Miami University—Oxford (OH)*5210%70%83%13$2517755421680.6%860.0%154349216%1102680
72Carnegie Mellon University (PA)529%91%84%202$2117316220480.3%1482.6%156013223%4753139
73Howard University (DC)5236%57%62%71$3616468711260.3%1640.7%61822120%71155155
74Dartmouth College (NH)5212%95%94%145$1878113771211.1%201.8%25112058%219155155
75Stony Brook University—SUNY (NY)*5130%67%67%130$25365125197541.0%300.7%6020523310%18810024
76University at Albany—SUNY (NY)*5129%57%65%50$27057100811170.5%1110.2%12912619814%1372397
77Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)5013%86%82%185$7712434119940.7%641.4%34149810%19791121
78Indiana State University (IN)*5035%39%41%110$2230198212060.2%1780.0%1542188315%120324
79Purdue University—West Lafayette (IN)*5014%66%69%93$4303210751790.9%370.9%541184818%89106137
80Baylor University (TX)4918%68%70%103$1020559421680.1%2020.0%1541462633%125673
81Colorado State University (CO)*4915%63%64%117$29550116177610.9%350.5%79233417%929683
82Florida A&M University (FL)*4958%33%39%63$2417912692210.3%1510.0%154224237%245155155
83Spalding University (KY)4842%40%64%1$02471192440.0%2110.0%15415321119%81155155
84Duquesne University (PA)4816%62%76%11$1020790341810.2%1760.0%1541529519%751675
85University of Connecticut (CT)*4813%72%78%60$110108135197540.7%690.1%15010614624%3839101
86Clarkson University (NY)4821%65%70%74$1818935222020.8%470.0%15412426%255155155
87University of Southern Mississippi (MS)*4848%43%45%98$4715189401710.3%1600.0%1541835816%105143142
88Loyola University Chicago (IL)4821%69%68%153$35165103451580.0%2110.0%1547713324%392136
89University of Georgia (GA)*4812%73%80%53$3504299264380.3%1450.3%91761269%2172794
90University of La Verne (CA)4841%44%67%2$02472012440.0%2110.0%15425025025%35155155
91University of Pittsburgh (PA)*4714%76%78%107$5961561296340.8%520.6%665610816%106155155
92University of Maryland—College Park (MD)*4711%80%82%109$3953665401200.7%600.9%537113811%18278140
93Auburn University (AL)*479%70%67%172$14791129158720.5%1060.1%1451971236%94581
94St. Louis University (MO)4616%76%73%174$57143114591370.3%1660.1%1461471428%220230
95Pepperdine University (CA)4611%74%80%58$12444632350.0%2110.0%1541719521%594044
96Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)4626%74%66%212$2318262661320.2%1730.7%6216659%21415067
97Clark Atlanta University (GA)4657%30%43%15$7216162102190.0%2110.5%781841799%212155155
98North Carolina A&T State University (NC)*4656%33%37%87$2916919972290.2%1820.0%154220208%226155155
99University of Idaho (ID)*4627%55%56%115$82120133551420.3%1590.0%1541142218%838148
100University of Oregon (OR)*4615%60%70%32$671291301021001.0%290.6%732414713%14977105