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2013 Liberal Arts College Rankings - State

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