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2013 Liberal Arts College Rankings - Research

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About the 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).

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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
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
4Harvey Mudd College (CA)8412%$30,17199%84%2503.86241709120%64118119
5Swarthmore College (PA)8214%$20,42797%95%1462.99312351208%2059269
2Carleton College (MN)8613%$28,81896%93%2275.3894812012%1466129
7Pomona College (CA)8015%$18,25597%95%1033.64253651089%1909074
10Reed College (OR)7418%$19,76790%80%2061.84495710715%110118119
9Grinnell College (IA)7424%$21,85586%88%1201.3459641209%184118119
1Bryn Mawr College (PA)10018%$25,79188%87%1998.395111412066%1411
11Haverford College (PA)7316%$21,44993%92%1552.773475412012%15325105
18Wesleyan University (CT)6616%$21,85492%92%15310.372195912019%72101101
15Williams College (MA)7021%$16,49393%95%584.5119103612018%84118119
13Macalester College (MN)7318%$22,37693%87%2054.651512188521%5911831
8New College of Florida (FL)* 7626%$11,06981%68%781.0566816212064%2118119
14Oberlin College (OH)7010%$34,79793%88%2421.715592412025%313046
33Smith College (MA)5820%$22,58683%85%1334.5318143212025%32118119
20Amherst College (MA)6523%$17,57493%96%664.62161510310924%35118119
26Wellesley College (MA)6219%$18,40092%92%947.24722867924%37118119
36Bowdoin College (ME)5717%$22,52595%92%1772.8832135212012%149118119
79University of Hawaii-Hilo (HI)* 4741%$8,07932%36%742.9811861725312%152118119
48Barnard College (NY)5422%$22,86890%92%1514.05232011610122%52118119
27Vassar College (NY)6227%$18,43892%91%961.8450164712019%73118119
19Whitman College (WA)6614%$29,29385%86%2191.146418312023%4356110
49Lawrence University (WI)5320%$26,22975%77%1830.24119174912023%427097
52Mount Holyoke College (MA)5221%$23,91086%85%1813.322726299023%45118119
23Davidson College (NC)6313%$23,62387%92%1231.984521692524%361638
140Bucknell University (PA)3911%$28,43187%91%1895.041243632711%166118119
65Colby College (ME)5010%$19,69988%91%881.7753231711122%50118119
6Bates College (ME)8013%$21,40292%92%1391.9048256712018%7512
28Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)6166%$18,12750%55%579.853128183418%2017994
66Drew University (NJ)5036%$28,36161%68%1725.0811526112023%44118119
44Spelman College (GA)5551%$27,64856%77%772.274031120389%1851181
32Colorado College (CO)5812%$22,43089%88%1651.2062271011518%863365
72Kenyon College (OH)4810%$30,77988%87%2310.4310328512021%57118119
38St. Olaf College (MN)5717%$26,27688%85%2201.136530191208%2007472
53St. John's College (MD)5221%$25,30279%69%2380.00130242612015%109118119
51Colgate University (NY)5211%$18,64788%92%692.2939345512036%11102113
161Lafayette College (PA)368%$25,96384%88%1692.4337351136618%81118119
69Franklin and Marshall College (PA)4913%$24,00588%85%1983.44264916312012%1404260
100Claremont McKenna College (CA)4415%$23,06489%91%1525.321072841214%124118119
40Hamilton College (NY)5617%$20,35591%89%1403.1130471212027%29118119
145Millsaps College (MS)3821%$18,80869%66%1140.40106291346118%78118119
135Hampshire College (MA)3922%$29,77075%61%2491.5358331098714%119118119
24Allegheny College (PA)6229%$25,14073%80%1210.7184322811330%222875
60Fisk University (TN)5053%$18,71841%45%724.851373742014%120118119
31Occidental College (CA)6025%$27,84683%83%2121.8151429611230%204857
74Dillard University (LA)4887%$12,35535%24%909.264171153290%235118119
94Albion College (MI)4425%$21,03968%68%1220.808036681208%1996977
54Agnes Scott College (GA)5243%$19,04466%65%1060.947339876734%1595112
113Sewanee-University of the South (TN)4116%$23,85175%86%891.0269413312017%93118119
29Morehouse College (GA)6154%$23,32447%55%1008.06615490718%857145
34Kalamazoo College (MI)5818%$26,34777%80%1790.4994372312016%975520
59Hendrix College (AR)5021%$19,78883%73%2150.9771467810617%89118119
21Lewis & Clark College (OR)6520%$27,22978%73%2282.783365118420%65355
158Goshen College (IN)3637%$18,76060%73%360.0013038931207%217118119
42College of the Atlantic (ME)5543%$15,95865%71%370.00130403812031%19118119
137Hope College (MI)3922%$23,66075%79%1354.192088911197%227118119
82Earlham College (IN)4731%$19,66566%66%1070.479745612015%107118119
138College of Wooster (OH)3919%$23,66874%75%1641.2361533712015%116118119
12Knox College (IL)7327%$22,20182%78%1820.00130442712044%42082
162University of Puget Sound (WA)3621%$30,96475%73%2360.539351311207%219118119
47Illinois Wesleyan University (IL)5420%$27,13479%82%1881.017054517213%1301342
46Washington and Lee University (VA)5511%$20,58593%91%1420.46100501643040%64341
61Calvin College (MI)5029%$24,33471%77%1183.112985143547%2157814
102Middlebury College (VT)4310%$23,36394%90%1972.41387511510022%498998
128Hanover College (IN)4033%$18,46564%71%530.00130485812014%123118119
114University of Richmond (VA)4114%$19,42983%83%1044.0622104142338%1948036
97Connecticut College (CT)4413%$23,80985%84%1781.8052706212029%2310387
130Furman University (SC)4016%$25,87777%87%1132.1841761281713%129109117
39Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)5628%$25,91772%61%2410.7283564311029%253443
35Centre College (KY)5716%$22,46282%82%1560.489555424022%511871
16Rhodes College (TN)6916%$25,54083%75%2330.798159485615%11723
67Wheaton College (IL)4920%$23,64084%87%1471.196363731021%56118119
86Juniata College (PA)4623%$23,81472%76%1360.4798612212010%17272104
43Southwestern University (TX)5524%$23,12074%73%1710.4896629412014%118279
103Austin College (TX)4332%$21,25574%75%1260.22122601191208%20788118
142Union College (NY)3817%$27,00384%86%1911.6256791575010%17473109
210Randolph College (VA)2628%$21,52065%63%1660.00130571951207%229118119
106Sarah Lawrence College (NY)4218%$26,96174%70%2250.00130581538138%910864
87College of the Holy Cross (MA)4620%$22,77883%91%930.9672741331613%1322691
127Skidmore College (NY)4017%$21,82982%84%1152.11429111712013%1318479
50Tougaloo College (MS)5385%$8,21232%48%32.75351071955110%179118119
209Bard College (NY)2620%$25,47578%76%2020.18126661231207%218118119
104Transylvania University (KY)4328%$19,04773%70%1270.00130641389519%71118119
75Wittenberg University (OH)4827%$25,98167%71%1680.241177110812020%663133
169Bethany College (WV)3454%$16,85942%48%450.00130671951208%19676102
132Scripps College (CA)3915%$22,44194%88%2031.02688440699%189118119
197Erskine College and Seminary (SC)2938%$15,85953%55%510.00130681957811%167118119
89Thomas Aquinas College (CA)4537%$19,12176%69%1730.0013069971200%235118119
149Concordia College-Moorhead (MN)3730%$19,94867%69%970.33111771407513%135118119
56Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)5128%$22,59779%82%1240.3311178954511%1554766
107Willamette University (OR)4227%$24,76976%77%1761.9446102218322%48118119
84Ursinus College (PA)4730%$26,85974%80%1630.5990811221207%2267751
91Dickinson College (PA)4512%$27,87183%84%2012.0544111251918%764568
154Luther College (IA)3723%$23,28477%69%2240.43105826012014%122118119
62William Jewell College (MO)5032%$21,46771%63%2080.00130801059721%582244
105DePauw University (IN)4222%$24,03376%85%1020.4410286468833%16118119
108Augustana College (IL)4225%$21,84073%76%1100.66878912112019%696884
121Beloit College (WI)4024%$23,42179%76%1940.00130833912011%159118119
22Claflin University (SC)6485%$10,45335%40%125.4481911951414%121537
196Trinity College (CT)2913%$18,41780%86%591.9347125829813%136118119
124St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)* 4014%$20,52175%79%950.4310493912021%61115115
206Westmont College (CA)2723%$30,49570%77%1870.00130871551058%210118119
30Lyon College (AR)6052%$12,03166%50%1570.181279215112014%1258613
122Birmingham Southern College (AL)4027%$19,53969%62%1750.0013090104707%2166553
58Doane College-Crete (NE)5143%$17,88459%63%621.02671171957339%79459
120Saint Johns University (MN)4119%$23,77666%80%710.8976112107211%15811122
157Virginia Military Institute (VA)* 3716%$13,74566%69%300.371079911811%234118119
123Gettysburg College (PA)4013%$27,59186%85%2180.6785108778010%1713849
88Centenary College of Louisiana (LA)4548%$15,38361%58%700.00130941121208%20411376
180Bennington College (VT)3124%$30,49770%67%2340.00130955012012%138118119
70Hobart William Smith Colleges (NY)4917%$31,54677%75%2351.57571315312028%261452
131Coe College (IA)3926%$20,19973%69%1600.311131001292237%10118119
134Susquehanna University (PA)3923%$25,56465%77%980.61881091313429%245988
81College of Idaho (ID)4736%$16,74265%63%820.0013096647140%5118119
85Pitzer College (CA)4614%$21,63779%81%1170.271151011007413%128236
133Univ. of North Carolina-Asheville (NC)* 3933%$9,13162%61%143.162816415012011%156118119
112University of Minnesota-Morris (MN)* 4235%$13,58160%60%350.907512210612018%83118119
90Hiram College (OH)4554%$21,65253%66%600.00130971821209%1836270
76Whittier College (CA)4834%$25,73358%55%2160.001309818512061%310467
45Emory and Henry College (VA)5548%$18,61350%59%480.0013010313212011%16885
185Randolph-Macon College (VA)3129%$23,58965%60%2090.001301051809911%1627580
116Houghton College (NY)4143%$20,49667%68%1080.0013010672438%203118119
136West Virginia State University (WV)* 3954%$6,63235%25%134.18211901904710%170118119
25Illinois College (IL)6245%$15,07459%57%640.001301108112012%14751
160Kentucky State University (KY)* 3669%$9,08535%21%564.561719419312021%6082116
164Eckerd College (FL)3521%$28,93163%63%2210.3610812144829%1883235
159Cornell College (IA)3633%$20,70271%70%1380.0013011314412015%106106111
184Wabash College (IN)3128%$23,32464%75%802.1043157341200%235118119
96Salem College (NC)4453%$15,24353%53%550.001301141269234%14118119
170Berry College (GA)3429%$20,21072%57%2400.001301157512019%67118119
187Saint Mary's College (IN)3023%$26,39172%79%1480.001301161112116%103118119
3Berea College (KY)8693%$90963%62%10.21124120881207%2124154
64Lake Forest College (IL)5042%$22,73865%68%1320.57911308012016%1001237
78Denison University (OH)4719%$26,90784%79%2290.001301181311416%9650100
150Goucher College (MD)3720%$28,15267%70%1960.17128123158610%17510056
211Muhlenberg College (PA)268%$32,69277%86%1930.668613313711610%1818162
37Central College (IA)5739%$20,78664%63%1290.001301197912026%301015
115Linfield College-McMinnville (OR)4127%$22,48263%73%810.171281295712012%1415434
92McDaniel College (MD)4432%$21,75263%74%680.00130124561116%954993
152Hartwick College (NY)3738%$23,45961%54%2230.001301268512024%38118119
41Wesleyan College (GA)5650%$13,48252%52%340.0013012719512019%68612
71College of Saint Benedict (MN)4825%$24,14175%81%1250.87781414512027%289826
147Washington & Jefferson College (PA)3829%$25,56169%74%1590.93741431022424%3952106
198Allen University (SC)2976%$12,44423%9%1314.6714209195578%195118119
193Wheaton College (MA)2922%$27,45173%77%1840.241201374112012%145118119
109Westminster College (PA)4238%$20,53361%74%500.0013013218612022%553548
183Gordon College (MA)3122%$26,62276%74%2140.00130134110597%22110724
80Marlboro College (VT)4732%$29,56460%66%1900.00130135212018%79118119
111Hollins University (VA)4244%$22,54161%63%1430.0013013611412012%1378390
195Ouachita Baptist University (AR)2930%$14,71362%63%420.221211391603917%92118119
191Wofford College (SC)2925%$20,77269%79%670.0013013815939%192118119
148Saint Michael's College (VT)3819%$27,38170%82%1120.7382156666413%1334440
77Presbyterian College (SC)4729%$16,46562%68%410.0013014083818%801727
63Ripon College (WI)5041%$19,47566%70%790.001301421741815%1145128
246Principia College (IL)150%$14,46766%74%250.00130144161200%235118119
141Wells College (NY)3955%$22,71858%59%1540.0013014513912017%94118119
179Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE)3231%$22,08668%64%1850.2511615317512012%148118119
119Georgetown College (KY)4139%$16,86561%59%870.00130146152469%1869763
55Warren Wilson College (NC)5226%$25,51265%45%2520.00130147301202%233154
143Northland College (WI)3843%$19,39558%48%2110.00130148201209%187118119
178Eastern Nazarene College (MA)3246%$20,70053%52%1280.0013014917112035%13118119
200King's College (NY)2839%$25,36167%51%2480.00130150195440%235118119
199Johnson C. Smith University (NC)2865%$15,02635%37%430.001301511954911%15457107
101Oglethorpe University (GA)4344%$17,64665%48%2370.0013015214812014%1279317
234Washington College (MD)2120%$27,97770%75%1800.001301557612010%178118119
245Hampden-Sydney College (VA)1618%$24,67960%67%1160.001301581951316%98118119
220St. Lawrence University (NY)2419%$25,20880%80%1860.0013015992897%213118119
214Saint Anselm College (NH)2520%$28,08762%73%1450.001301601696812%1444673
139Westminster College (MO)3931%$19,52466%63%1300.001301611797723%416489
215Roanoke College (VA)2522%$25,56662%69%1340.4510117015612011%1616083
95Savannah State University (GA)* 4480%$8,30828%30%102.7036206195618%77118119
216Eastern Mennonite University (VA)2437%$20,49259%66%740.211231631811208%206118119
182Fort Lewis College (CO)* 3130%$12,05126%37%110.618917413612022%53118119
202Sweet Briar College (VA)2834%$23,01661%70%910.34109169701208%198118119
190Saint Vincent College (PA)2937%$16,64559%73%260.0013016218812018%82118119
166Lycoming College (PA)3539%$21,85561%70%750.201251671955218%878786
205Albright College (PA)2845%$25,45363%60%2100.001301651951028%19711692
167Stonehill College (MA)3514%$31,90375%81%2070.001301661354816%105930
156Bennett College for Women (NC)3782%$18,91535%39%730.001301681956310%182118119
239Pacific Union College (CA)1938%$23,79248%45%1920.001301721679322%54118119
163Siena College (NY)3624%$25,73470%74%1671.71541981663720%623923
213Bridgewater College (VA)2530%$19,45960%59%1090.001301731411208%2023778
125Wartburg College (IA)4032%$19,74064%63%1110.001301751951207%224198
110Saint Norbert College (WI)4226%$20,31068%70%990.001301761013222%464058
188Moravian Coll./Moravian Theo. Sem. (PA)3033%$26,10759%76%840.001301771306012%15091108
189Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)3040%$17,01861%63%630.001301781959416%99118119
228Castleton State College (VT)* 2236%$13,57146%47%320.001301791777620%63118119
73Judson College (AL)4852%$17,01651%38%2040.00130180892612%1515810
117Monmouth College (IL)4148%$14,79355%57%400.0013018112410419%7410550
249Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)1331%$23,01946%48%1490.00130182127315%231118119
83Alma College (MI)4736%$19,00165%67%920.001301839812010%1692118
174SUNY College-Old Westbury (NY)* 3346%$8,86748%35%391.27602011951037%2143625
93Simpson College (IA)4435%$19,04458%69%460.001301849912015%1126721
68Maryville College (TN)4946%$16,42565%54%1700.001301851761208%209719
240SUNY-Purchase College (NY)* 1931%$15,31066%56%1370.579219218712015%108118119
172Stillman College (AL)3482%$16,39834%34%650.001301871959610%176118119
126Guilford College (NC)4041%$23,58357%60%1440.0013018812511825%339932
153Univ. of Science & Arts of Okla. (OK)* 3750%$5,46643%39%40.0013018919512015%115118119
175University of Wisconsin-Parkside (WI)* 3345%$11,13644%28%1190.469919719411716%1016361
208Univ. of Virginia's College-Wise (VA)* 2649%$10,77440%39%200.341101961956214%126118119
233Western State Colorado University (CO)* 2130%$12,99850%39%1010.0013019314612015%111118119
168Colorado Mesa University (CO)* 3443%$13,57045%25%2260.807920719212028%272496
194Talladega College (AL)2977%$13,12925%20%520.0013019516140%235118119
236Penn State-Beaver (PA)* 2046%$15,92540%47%330.88772091951200%235118119
224Shorter University (GA)2348%$14,59947%47%440.0013019918912017%91118119
129Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts (MA)* 4047%$11,33850%53%170.0013020017012013%1342939
232Carthage College (WI)2128%$26,31065%59%2300.2411820414712010%173118119
244Marymount Manhattan College (NY)1732%$29,92857%40%2510.0013020217812012%139118119
57Rust College (MS)5188%$6,80832%28%80.001302031951209%1918547
218Univ. of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (PA)* 2441%$14,84150%52%380.00130205195350%2359699
254Bryn Athyn Coll. of the New Church (PA)426%$11,22257%30%2470.2911420919512011%164118119
176Shawnee State University (OH)* 3365%$14,52239%22%2170.0013020819512032%1711795
17Michigan Jewish Institute (MI)6899%$10,13639%83%20.0013020919512019%70118119
98Granite State College (NH)* 4474%$9,07630%45%50.0013020919512017%88118119
99University of Maine-Machias (ME)* 4469%$8,57927%38%60.0013020919512023%40118119
118Sterling College (VT)4144%$18,35949%50%830.0013020911206%230118119
144Lane College (TN)3892%$9,09128%34%90.0013020919112012%143118119
146Bay Path College (MA)3856%$21,27249%65%470.0013020919512016%1046616
151Martin University (IN)3794%$16,4697%8%610.0013020919512022%47118119
155United States University (CA)°37100%NA7%NA280.001302091951200%235118119
165Chester College of New England (NH)3542%$22,63863%96%240.0013020919512025%34118119
171Argosy University-Phoenix Online (AZ)°3496%$36,40736%NA2530.001302091951200%235118119
173Southern Virginia University (VA)3347%$17,69352%25%2540.001302091952330%21118119
177Bloomfield College (NJ)3276%$16,01135%32%760.0013020919512011%160114103
181National Hispanic University (CA)°3175%$10,06620%15%230.001302091951200%235118119
186Clearwater Christian College (FL)3149%$16,98550%54%540.001302091451512%142118119
192Pine Manor College (MA)2978%$17,01529%34%490.001302091951207%222118119
201Green Mountain College (VT)2839%$24,92558%44%2450.0013020915812035%12118119
203Argosy University-Inland Empire (CA)°2880%$19,58617%NA860.001302091951200%235118119
204Bethany Lutheran College (MN)2836%$17,49561%53%1580.001302091495816%102118119
207Life University (GA)2767%$20,87229%52%290.0013020919512010%177118119
212Simpson University (CA)2550%$17,20753%43%1740.00130209173367%228112114
217Huston-Tillotson University (TX)2468%$15,79424%20%850.0013020916857%225118119
219Amridge University (AL)2450%$8,23432%25%160.001302091951200%235118119
221Holy Cross College (IN)2442%$21,00548%13%2550.001302091952839%8118119
222University of Pikeville (KY)2465%$16,74634%26%1500.00130209195910%180118119
223Univ. of NH-Manchester (NH)* 2337%$13,92848%55%220.001302091841200%23511085
225Penn State-Greater Allegheny (PA)* 2362%$16,51534%47%270.00130209195650%235118119
226Louisiana State Univ.-Alexandria (LA)* 2351%$7,05436%12%1620.0013020919512015%113118119
227American Jewish University (CA)2328%$29,14548%44%2320.0013020919512032%18118119
229Harrisburg Univ. of Science and Tech. (PA)2273%$13,24127%9%2130.001302091951207%211118119
230Alice Lloyd College (KY)2249%$10,54652%45%310.0013020919512017%90118119
231Penn State-Abington (PA)* 2152%$11,61837%44%150.00130209195420%235118119
235Soka University of America (CA)2130%$17,06370%87%210.0013020919512011%157118119
237Burlington College (VT)1952%$21,43735%33%1610.0013020919512011%163118119
238Argosy University-Denver (CO)°1964%$21,94321%NA1050.001302091951200%235118119
241San Diego St. Univ.-Imperial Valley (CA)* 18NANA44%66%190.001302091951200%235118119
242Shimer College (IL)1837%$25,53956%63%1410.001302091951209%193118119
243William Peace University (NC)1756%$20,11644%36%1950.00130209165557%220118119
247Ave Maria University (FL)1534%$16,17563%41%2460.001302091951208%208118119
248Virginia Intermont College (VA)1339%$21,45443%26%2430.0013020919512011%165118119
250New Saint Andrews College (ID)100%$14,34267%78%180.001302091951200%235118119
251Brevard College (NC)941%$19,00547%35%2220.001302091951207%223118119
252Beacon College (FL)810%$36,03269%82%2000.001302091951200%235118119
253Argosy University-Los Angeles (CA)°550%$20,68615%0%2390.001302091951200%235118119
255San Diego Christian College (CA)033%$23,53547%31%2440.001302091951204%232118119