College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2012 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
Net pricePredicted 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)*10044%1220982%86%64943639378231.2%124.1%83322032%2910117
2Texas A&M University (TX)*9121%1180867%80%236901987425150.6%500.8%53119137%1653120
3Stanford University (CA)9015%2035890%95%1688408655951.2%147.4%44622129%367849
4Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NC)*8918%901381%88%137551438387211.0%250.9%48813319%104821
5University of California-Berkeley (CA)*8726%1582590%91%139694181667811.4%88.6%23420518%105125109
6University of California-Los Angeles (CA)*8530%1379684%90%8093772954571.0%272.4%162515620%9211105
7Case Western Reserve University (OH)8420%2556084%82%2464184014177611.0%261.3%36719747%61398
8University of Washington-Seattle (WA)*8422%892169%80%61023453489131.0%202.6%122310818%11215092
9University of California-Riverside (CA)*8246%1145566%68%68130107121144801.2%110.6%6316323257%21145
10Georgia Institute of Technology-Main (GA)*8114%816779%80%216162441390202.0%32.7%101586212%18551114
11Harvard University (MA)8115%1645990%97%1065832912425151.6%58.4%310221728%41150149
12University of Texas at El Paso (TX)*7964%246630%35%169145183471540.3%1590.0%15724613422%72150149
13University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (MI)*7915%1435581%90%66118423361330.8%371.4%322910511%2014354
14University of California-Santa Barbara (CA)*7734%1331072%79%602267847209511.2%104.7%72720316%1242094
15Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)7719%1864495%93%19267722254960.6%625.2%61775115%138150149
16University of Notre Dame (IN)7612%2344599%96%238110117261141001.1%160.3%9217729%377519
17University of California-Davis (CA)*7538%1285377%82%676802143417190.6%571.2%404718026%4567112
18University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)*7213%1406378%83%87102933653881.0%212.0%213014217%12197100
19Cornell University (NY)7215%2253792%93%2057501611423170.6%522.3%181616211%2138034
20Princeton University (NJ)7110%1756897%96%179243713235442.2%27.3%513812613%164150149
21University of Florida (FL)*7128%1047675%84%22682204463220.5%860.5%7138829%243150149
22Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (IL)*7118%1502480%84%105515324057541.4%72.4%176510124%52150149
23University of Texas at Austin (TX)*7025%1343573%80%595902752484141.1%152.5%157316939%12150149
24College of William and Mary (VA)*709%1116384%90%345715013311880.6%690.0%157410919%951838
25Tufts University (MA)6910%2475492%91%23115698201051030.9%290.9%49518722%74926
26Duke University (NC)6913%2084595%94%207983510259360.7%421.7%26354712%1919899
27University of Pennsylvania (PA)6713%2173194%96%191836924316280.7%482.0%2210620237%189391
28University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (MN)*6720%1499070%70%1377861280503110.8%400.9%507116534%2261128
29University of Chicago (IL)6618%2432191%93%214438377242410.6%651.7%271223529%38150149
30Vanderbilt University (TN)6512%1877590%91%1765053332196560.6%630.7%61678933%2414106
31Syracuse University (NY)6526%2430670%82%151107120122961080.7%430.3%875311023%57371
32Dartmouth College (NH)6514%1935394%95%184194865751240.9%301.6%291420911%2115467
33North Carolina A&T State University (NC)*6561%472836%38%235177179152200.4%1190.0%1572422312%188150149
34Michigan State University (MI)*6525%1472268%77%6943138111323270.6%680.3%1014912418%1075240
35Carnegie Mellon University (PA)6414%3017891%86%2712237919219480.9%332.7%115813938%1476137
36Columbia Univ. in the City of NY (NY)6416%1825390%93%1488071115352240.7%452.9%94824120%90150149
37Ohio State University-Main (OH)*6418%1825370%78%12675515101517100.6%710.7%57829823%6283119
38Rice University (TX)6315%1782394%92%189981229145790.6%561.8%241021610%2169469
39Washington University-St. Louis (MO)637%3139195%94%2626961721197540.8%341.3%353220613%167585
40Brandeis University (MA)6219%2531288%91%2117114118561452.3%12.6%146225911%20410987
41Yale University (CT)6212%1763494%96%154624234268341.0%232.6%135125413%179150149
42North Carolina State Univ.-Raleigh (NC)*6220%881667%73%163615093345250.6%601.0%441253614%14964134
43Utah State University (UT)*6222%970253%55%31149101109561451.1%170.1%1332082858%1150149
44Virginia Poly. Institute & State Univ. (VA)*6113%1593775%80%1113984357304300.5%840.6%657839%24757111
45Arizona State University (AZ)*6131%878450%59%732957185279320.3%1290.8%5512213121%76133139
46Johns Hopkins University (MD)619%2746193%90%2552004123382221.0%192.2%191812312%181150149
47Jackson State University (MS)*6078%922534%40%174516592271970.0%2170.0%1572475313%173150149
48University of Virginia-Main (VA)*6011%1175285%93%362766725205530.5%821.3%33115220%85150149
49California Institute of Technology (CA)606%21627100%90%267362491179591.6%411.6%11342596%270150149
50University of Southern California (CA)6016%2816794%89%26659326104343260.4%1071.3%3711013747%410672
51University of Memphis (TN)*6046%939835%36%3850161207481520.2%1820.0%157210639%225685
52George Washington University (DC)6012%2709584%81%2531978569123960.9%320.5%7326131%3211744
53Florida International University (FL)*6041%833349%46%43110118237881111.0%240.2%12122420040%108247
54Indiana State University (IN)*5941%1101139%44%392245243112260.2%1810.0%1572438712%19333
55Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)5931%2010064%64%1963717489611400.4%1230.5%70123613%17813139
56Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)*5959%500636%37%31720525432420.0%2170.0%15725211918%113150149
57South Carolina State University (SC)*5872%1461029%39%57722512502530.0%2170.0%1571921026%47150149
58Purdue University-Main (IN)*5820%1212864%69%55549308652190.5%770.9%461114132%26150149
59University of Georgia (GA)*5618%931577%80%262317698231450.4%1180.3%956012713%1633677
60Auburn University (AL)*5611%1304269%66%130145103146143810.4%1080.2%1251981238%156042
61University of Louisville (KY)*5629%1102254%49%12218989196951090.3%1310.1%14016411324%552225
62Trinity International University (IL)5646%1751753%58%129025225802530.0%2170.0%15713925914%1553311
63Michigan Technological University (MI)*5527%1590759%66%936314856481520.6%640.2%11761412%180150149
64University of Illinois-Chicago (IL)*5546%817156%53%4236348129237430.5%890.2%1091861549%229150149
65University of Idaho (ID)*5533%1344754%55%10387129113431600.1%1970.0%157772119%965528
66University of Connecticut (CT)*5516%1447675%81%882387394227460.8%390.1%1549611821%772166
67University of California-Santa Cruz (CA)*5532%1382271%74%9214410442128921.5%61.0%432025914%144150149
68Loyola University-Chicago (IL)5527%2849181%67%27944167134521480.0%2170.0%1574211641%82532
69University of Southern Mississippi (MS)*5456%904642%47%194216997561450.1%1980.0%1571897613%177124148
70Florida State University (FL)*5423%1177565%74%2923874105169640.5%870.4%85105887%25810833
71Missouri Univ. of Science and Tech. (MO)*5424%1378659%66%7042168128521480.2%1610.2%1031901415%136150149
72Colorado State University (CO)*5419%1166965%64%9530362119164670.3%1480.2%112374914%1433584
73SUNY at Albany (NY)*5431%1294859%67%4935952741141000.9%310.1%13510120119%9930121
74Iowa State University (IA)*5421%1368465%70%812507067256370.5%950.4%801275641%9150149
75Northwestern University (IL)5412%2791998%94%2636042522289311.0%221.7%254323314%150150149
76Emory University (GA)5321%2483191%89%2375293127160710.5%740.8%54622913%159150149
77New York University (NY)5322%3328689%86%26936647110197540.4%1050.7%597224228%426364
78University of Arizona (AZ)*5325%1268552%60%465872875306290.4%991.0%45559919%103148122
79Georgetown University (DC)5312%2707893%93%2431599635821170.3%1300.4%77913616%1254171
80Florida Agricultural & Mechanical Univ. (FL)*5364%764639%41%145315616242390.3%1430.0%157252297%260150149
81Adelphi University (NY)5232%2335558%68%1630250241321850.0%2170.0%15720924723%63132
82Howard University (DC)5243%1640367%69%1364017151461560.0%2170.6%64503529%34150149
83University of Missouri-Columbia (MO)*5218%1520272%69%1652397290174620.2%1760.2%1131189351%3121126
84Indiana University-Bloomington (IN)*5218%1021970%71%5217890114249380.3%1370.4%839514521%818748
85Rutgers University-New Brunswick (NJ)*5227%1477675%77%1174283984245400.7%491.3%3413515514%147137101
86Tulane University of Louisiana (LA)5211%2615381%70%2751669359801210.5%900.2%126367917%11599
87Tennessee State University (TN)*5262%614538%33%1812213147192080.2%1750.0%1572481359%23114330
88Fordham University (NY)5220%3138381%80%25619199149321850.3%1350.2%1101756816%122167
89Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro (NC)*5240%660253%53%822195222361760.1%2060.0%1571732159%2424859
90Western Michigan University (MI)*5234%1370848%52%9026190184571430.3%1510.0%157115818%2525914
91West Virginia University (WV)*5226%746958%59%1515599155126940.1%2110.0%155166587%2596257
92Georgia State University (GA)*5145%1205446%48%77811342341021050.6%530.0%15715419513%16810389
93Brown University (RI)5113%2307791%96%188336568154761.1%181.4%30222467%264150149
94Stony Brook University (NY)*5134%1146971%65%13420583139208520.4%1090.7%6022923013%15811224
95Wayne State University (MI)*5156%903531%31%3725469216142820.2%1670.1%13121324912%195150149
96Mississippi State University (MS)*5128%1237555%58%762327576851150.2%1830.1%1432026029%409012
97Marquette University (WI)5118%2771479%81%2291421078281940.4%1210.0%1575489%2452929
98Pennsylvania State University-Main (PA)*5114%1981673%85%1127701346498120.4%1130.7%56833124%54150149
99University of West Florida (FL)*5133%842751%47%501820424622440.0%2170.0%1571241839%13150149
100Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)5113%3261688%82%2748413231137851.2%131.4%31143513%175150149