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
101University of St. Thomas (MN)4614%67%72%66$123911312390.2%1700.0%154140119%2081353
102American University (DC)468%78%77%152$920979431650.8%560.0%154111010%189113141
103University of South Carolina (SC)*4513%69%69%136$17283132150751.0%340.2%1181163617%1033491
104Wright State University (OH)*4533%46%45%146$48149210391720.0%2110.0%1541794421%608117
105University of Dayton (OH)4511%67%78%22$8112169142130.0%2110.0%15458248%2383563
106Florida State University (FL)*4518%69%71%113$18282127174640.4%1370.4%86104987%2537025
107Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NY)4547%63%55%213$13198148301870.6%813.2%925023614%131155155
108Indiana University—Bloomington (IN)*4414%68%73%65$15188121254410.6%820.5%809113621%6212061
109Pace University (NY)4434%54%58%80$22332242440.0%2110.0%1541652468%2331726
110Boston University (MA)4411%78%82%78$2556351291350.4%1410.6%712710611%175148155
111Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)4411%79%80%121$1519340251910.7%650.4%89102316%116155155
112Washington University in St. Louis (MO)446%98%93%191$5641922215490.7%681.4%365918212%168155155
113University of Missouri (MO)*4314%67%68%114$2456778169670.3%1470.2%1211007830%20121111
114Trinity International University (IL)4335%49%47%168$02472202440.0%2110.0%15414125013%1522513
115Adelphi University (NY)4322%57%62%67$0245235122170.6%760.0%15420923013%155743
116University of Arizona (AZ)*4319%59%58%147$54621110338270.7%721.0%47547617%99155155
117Washington State University (WA)*4316%58%69%23$27753142126910.5%1040.5%776910113%15313282
118University of Texas—El Paso (TX)*4256%33%32%148$49147179251910.4%1250.0%15424911118%91155155
119Binghamton University—SUNY (NY)*4218%76%80%89$5913852891080.9%460.2%12711019710%18479128
120Utah State University (UT)*4218%61%56%189$1469292681290.1%1980.1%1321682859%2155155
121Florida International University (FL)*4234%56%46%231$96114236811170.8%510.2%11320618614%1385419
122University of Illinois—Chicago (IL)*4239%55%54%144$33545155224470.6%900.2%1171581558%235155155
123Wayne State University (MI)*4147%39%32%205$24966225170660.4%1220.2%12819622813%14311735
124Michigan Technological University (MI)*4121%65%65%143$5913950531470.2%1750.2%11581613%150155155
125University of Vermont (VT)*4114%69%73%77$115105118431650.5%1150.2%1253718517%10010840
126University of Iowa (IA)*4113%67%69%100$2945174206530.6%910.9%528012033%13155155
127University of Denver (CO)4112%71%75%82$11202146351780.2%1890.0%1544318014%1322942
128Clemson University (SC)*4111%73%77%86$19578149132860.5%970.1%142138198%2289376
129Temple University (PA)*4026%58%66%51$92116219104980.3%1520.1%15220818323%41101144
130University of Colorado—Boulder (CO)*4011%71%67%183$2616095240451.1%231.2%40107213%156155155
131University of Alabama (AL)*4014%63%66%94$33167184901070.4%1430.0%15420210930%213685
132Arizona State University (AZ)*3921%57%56%149$26061170302320.6%940.8%5612513115%12311657
133Georgia State University (GA)*3937%53%50%176$78122247891080.4%1210.0%15414818414%13510386
134University of Massachusetts-Amherst (MA)*3918%66%65%155$1538776185600.8%490.6%697317514%13011487
135Morgan State University (MD)*3947%34%32%157$12199124162110.2%1720.0%1542224725%36155155
136University of Mississippi (MS)*3920%56%60%83$42156177501500.1%1970.0%1542152516%10438103
137Lehigh University (PA)3910%81%86%69$3716148671310.5%1091.9%24651507%25495152
138Portland State University (OR)*3931%51%33%254$27173237491520.3%1650.3%104992247%25272
139San Diego State University (CA)*3823%54%66%18$7012818542320.6%960.0%1549814023%45155155
140University of Nebraska—Lincoln (NE)*3816%67%63%179$2307087149780.2%1680.1%1341089017%1027638
141Northern Illinois University (IL)*3833%48%48%129$15192228451580.4%1310.0%15417115229%28107143
142Oregon State University (OR)*3822%57%60%92$18880131150750.5%1080.3%10548309%215155155
143University of Delaware (DE)*388%68%68%142$12510066161700.9%400.8%558812918%906664
144Pacific University (OR)3821%60%59%154$1240532440.0%2110.0%1544525012%1611843
145Oklahoma State University (OK)*3821%62%60%159$121101105121930.2%1870.3%1021559425%34105125
146University of Louisville (KY)*3723%60%48%238$14989191861120.4%1400.1%13321011419%736711
147Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)*3732%45%52%52$1237143192080.0%2110.0%1542071217%2485755
148Colorado School of Mines (CO)*3716%76%67%222$3416656491520.9%421.2%411953731%17155155
149New Mexico State University (NM)*3737%43%45%99$13896221361760.6%950.0%1541995917%95155155
150Catholic University of America (DC)379%63%72%36$20185123361760.5%980.3%991515338%6155155
151Yeshiva University (NY)3611%72%78%59$19777211711260.9%431.2%4225025037%7155155
152University of Kansas (KS)*3613%63%61%165$11210793152740.2%1900.2%10761868%2272854
153Brigham Young University—Provo (UT)369%75%77%112$2617636681290.5%1120.1%148225910%2586917
154University of Nevada—Las Vegas (NV)*3623%50%39%236$51145240451580.3%1460.0%15422810075%1142114
155University of Bridgeport (CT)3652%33%34%119$02472272440.0%2110.0%1542042508%232115116
156University of North Carolina—Greensboro (NC)*3631%50%52%104$8213182381730.8%570.0%1541922158%2237156
157University of Miami (FL)3515%78%80%96$2426973131870.1%2010.2%1106217814%142155155
158University of Memphis (TN)*3539%47%37%223$43152212591370.4%1270.0%154223858%2295072
159University of Massachusetts-Lowell (MA)*3524%55%53%161$36162206371750.0%2110.0%15421416420%6711815
160University at Buffalo—SUNY (NY)*3524%63%63%141$3304698213500.6%790.5%821602129%211153132
161University of Wyoming (WY)*3517%61%55%199$7512584551420.7%590.2%1231225530%23104146
162Bowling Green State University (OH)*3527%49%59%27$11203128471550.5%1070.0%154101808%224155155
163West Virginia University (WV)*3420%58%59%120$14094181107970.3%1580.1%151159627%2496170
164Texas A&M University—Commerce (TX)*3444%38%42%75$223216652310.0%2110.0%15423924725%37155155
165University of Montana (MT)*3428%55%44%232$58141153491520.7%700.0%1545216619%8012965
166New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)*3429%60%55%192$90117254581390.7%730.4%8321913511%17812393
167Biola University (CA)3425%77%71%200$024717862300.0%2110.0%154787914%129155155
168University of New Hampshire (NH)*3314%64%72%44$114106108471550.7%620.0%154838213%158155155
169University of Utah (UT)*3314%61%58%177$2546486239460.5%990.6%7012113718%8413079
170East Carolina University (NC)*3320%51%57%57$1619024682260.1%2090.0%1542267122%527596
171University of North Carolina—Charlotte (NC)*3327%53%54%124$22183217471550.3%1530.0%1541945610%195125110
172Texas Christian University (TX)3311%67%74%54$4223109142130.0%2110.0%154891818%82155155
173DePaul University (IL)3225%59%63%84$3225239222020.2%1740.0%1549221814%140127130
174University of Maine (ME)*3226%56%58%95$95115140451580.3%1490.3%9311112815%119155155
175Southern Illinois University—Carbondale (IL)*3232%48%44%182$67130101741240.3%1560.0%154203549%207131100
176Drexel University (PA)3213%71%66%193$101112208961020.6%830.5%76157969%2096350
177Seton Hall University (NJ)3221%53%63%33$222722982260.4%1250.0%154933910%183155155
178University of Tennessee (TN)*3218%70%61%220$24268111189590.4%1200.0%1531097722%55155155
179University of New Mexico (NM)*3228%51%43%208$19876151160710.5%1140.2%1121356323%44155155
180Texas A&M University—Kingsville (TX)*3149%33%25%210$1419718842320.0%2110.0%1542506422%51155155
181Central Michigan University (MI)*3123%54%57%90$522124292210.5%1050.0%15418814110%1928968
182University of North Texas (TX)*3123%57%47%225$16191218821140.1%2050.1%13913616113%1483029
183South Dakota State University (SD)*3126%55%53%163$48150172241960.0%2110.0%1541822711%181126133
184Ohio University (OH)*3118%59%69%24$38160122521480.2%1770.0%15496657%244155155
185University of Rhode Island (RI)*3121%53%60%55$77123152571400.1%1960.3%9817615411%173109106
186University of Central Florida (FL)*3117%68%63%190$108109222131870.2%1710.1%14718512510%19841119
187University of Oklahoma (OK)*3019%68%64%181$88118120153730.4%1230.1%1491453111%180155155
188Missouri University of Science & Technology (MO)*3018%75%63%241$3616375501500.3%1610.3%1002121319%76155155
189Kansas State University (KS)*3019%60%63%91$13897115110960.1%2080.0%154107329%202155155
190Kent State University (OH)*3028%49%49%127$23180186751230.1%2030.1%1361871139%20313749
191University of Cincinnati (OH)*3020%62%46%250$34443180163680.4%1190.4%841569718%868266
192Northeastern University (MA)3010%79%75%188$60135216931050.8%500.1%13817416319%7214688
193Andrews University (MI)3032%53%57%88$123814412390.0%2110.0%1549425014%134155155
194University of Massachusetts—Boston (MA)*3035%47%38%217$30168190301870.2%1800.2%12023724122%5413431
195New School (NY)3023%58%66%41$3224248431650.0%2110.0%15413024522%53155155
196George Fox University (OR)2922%58%66%48$02471452440.0%2110.0%1546623817%101155155
197Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge (LA)*2915%67%61%198$27355104176620.2%1910.1%13717313915%11812471
198University of South Dakota (SD)*2925%53%47%201$23181176222020.0%2110.0%15415414431%16144109
199George Mason University (VA)*2919%63%64%123$73127214162690.5%1170.2%11412710212%171155155
200Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)*2921%57%50%207$14990234961020.2%1830.2%10919318920%636558
201University of West Florida (FL)*2825%53%45%214$422215722380.0%2110.0%1541621626%32155155
202University of South Florida (FL)*2826%63%48%247$27852173150750.7%670.2%116181848%237152104
203Samford University (AL)2812%64%74%25$02471502440.0%2110.0%1541315115%124155155
204Western Michigan University (MI)*2822%54%54%132$15194174561410.5%1150.0%1541618910%19014792
205Montana State University (MT)*2821%60%52%211$120103159351780.4%1350.0%154572912%172155155
206Florida Institute of Technology (FL)2719%65%58%204$921081241960.4%1330.0%1542343510%187112112
207Louisiana Tech University (LA)*2729%54%46%215$19188164241960.4%1240.0%15424711218%85128138
208Illinois State University (IL)*2714%61%69%47$621817192210.0%2110.0%15413717015%128136113
209University of North Dakota (ND)*2715%55%54%151$65134161251910.3%1550.0%1541901423%49155155
210Barry University (FL)2747%35%35%138$124120712390.3%1540.0%1542352357%250155155
211University of Toledo (OH)*2731%46%44%164$60136204721250.3%1620.0%15418010316%111155155
212University of Kentucky (KY)*2718%62%60%167$33744138192580.3%1570.1%131191618%225155155
213Old Dominion University (VA)*2720%55%51%180$67132213551420.4%1320.0%1541701515%125155155
214Hofstra University (NY)2717%68%56%239$1242223132150.2%1850.0%15416416823%464678
215Texas Tech University (TX)*2719%59%60%116$58142147911060.4%1280.1%1441899910%200141148
216Texas Woman's University (TX)*2642%46%44%162$2228245691280.0%2110.0%1542132317%243155155
217Azusa Pacific University (CA)2616%58%66%49$024724102440.0%2110.0%1541174513%157155155
218Oral Roberts University (OK)2633%52%52%128$0247632440.0%2110.0%1541202047%242155155
219University of Alabama—Birmingham (AL)*2625%59%40%255$40535169134850.1%2040.2%1061446823%42149149
220Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)2616%76%74%169$27171112381730.3%1440.3%9025015616%113155155
221Ball State University (IN)*2621%53%60%55$8211215192080.0%2110.0%15416718811%17794145
222University of Texas—Dallas (TX)*2519%71%63%209$59137193851130.9%400.2%12613224018%87155155
223University of Tulsa (OK)2517%78%62%248$1419558162110.3%1500.6%658620210%19459134
224University of the Pacific (CA)2529%66%57%219$621913782260.0%2110.0%1546823712%166155155
225East Tennessee State University (TN)*2531%50%43%206$821219592210.0%2110.0%15417514816%107133129
226University of Maryland—Baltimore County (MD)*2515%69%59%224$67131136811170.4%1380.0%1549516912%17013947
227University of Texas—Arlington (TX)*2433%53%36%253$43153232951040.6%850.0%1542311047%24083123
228University of Arkansas (AR)*2418%68%59%221$103110168103990.0%2110.2%1221197417%96155155
229University of Akron (OH)*2435%45%34%237$27172231761220.1%1990.3%1032011227%23914069
230University of Hartford (CT)2420%50%59%39$22261892440.0%2110.0%1541152259%204151122
231Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis (IN)*2327%48%34%245$261592572440.2%1810.2%11123818120%6411133
232University of Northern Colorado (CO)*2318%55%49%197$2229139241960.4%1360.0%1545313421%56155155
233University of Hawaii—Manoa (HI)*2217%58%48%226$27256141127900.2%1670.4%851124916%115155155
234Northern Arizona University (AZ)*2221%54%50%186$26175160251910.6%840.0%15474678%234155155
235University of Nevada—Reno (NV)*2213%56%46%229$102111156991010.6%890.1%1357914937%8155155
236Cleveland State University (OH)*2144%42%29%242$14196251232000.2%1840.0%1541632139%210155155
237University of Houston (TX)*2035%54%41%244$84119209140820.1%2070.6%672161594%257155155
238Southern Methodist University (TX)208%75%77%111$20186167411700.2%1920.6%7211322713%144155155
239Nova Southeastern University (FL)2041%46%36%227$8215253541460.0%2110.0%15425025012%163155155
240University of Missouri—St. Louis (MO)*2032%54%41%243$12200183351781.1%210.0%1542112199%216155155
241Idaho State University (ID)*1940%44%34%230$21184249132150.0%2110.0%15424018710%185155155
242University of Alabama—Huntsville (AL)*1920%64%48%249$65133203321831.0%330.3%9424316723%43155155
243Georgia Southern University (GA)*1824%59%47%240$223420512390.3%1630.0%1542178817%98155155
244Immaculata University (PA)1819%43%62%4$02472552440.0%2110.0%1542502438%236155155
245University of Missouri—Kansas City (MO)*1828%61%44%252$28170230232000.1%2060.0%15423322317%97110147
246North Dakota State University (ND)*1719%56%52%184$116104192551420.4%1180.0%1542211239%213155155
247Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)1729%50%47%178$0247802440.0%2110.0%1542501969%218155155
248University of Louisiana—Lafayette (LA)*1627%51%42%218$59140250222020.2%1880.0%15424821621%61155155
249Florida Atlantic University (FL)*1525%54%38%251$42155194441640.1%2000.2%10824120822%50145136
250University of Colorado—Denver (CO)*1525%53%43%228$26758244821140.0%2100.3%921771929%201155155
251University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (WI)*1422%52%43%216$41157226881110.5%1130.1%14017820913%145155155
252University of Arkansas—Little Rock (AR)*1442%42%17%257$1020625292210.0%2110.2%12419817620%70155155
253St. Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)1216%55%55%134$024719732350.0%2110.0%1541431938%222155155
254Wichita State University (KS)*1025%57%42%246$48148202321830.0%2110.0%15424225016%114155155
255Oakland University (MI)*722%52%41%234$9208243291890.0%2110.0%15416923910%193155155
256Long Island University—C.W. Post Campus (NY)722%48%41%203$123525812390.0%2110.0%1542302427%241154135
257University of Alaska—Fairbanks (AK)*519%53%28%256$121102238331820.0%2110.2%13015017129%26155155
258University of New Orleans (LA)*031%50%21%258$25178196251910.0%2110.0%1542321999%206155155