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#137 of 1,164

The 2016 Best Colleges ranking calculates millions of statistics and student reviews into one overall college ranking. The top ranked colleges are elite academic institutions that provide a good value, attract a diverse student body, and offer an exceptional college experience. View 2016 vs 2015 College Rankings.

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Factor Value
Academics Grade
Athletics Grade
Campus Quality Grade
Diversity Grade
Local Area Grade
Professors Grade
Safety Grade
Student Life Grade
Student Surveys on Overall Experience 4.0 out of 5 652
Value Grade
The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Academics

    #256 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 80.2 %
    Admissions Yield 40.7 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 1.39 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 59.5 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $6,086
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1455
    ACT: 21
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 1860
    ACT: 27
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.0 out of 5 601
    Student-Faculty Ratio 23 : 1
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Administration

    #657 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.6 out of 5 924
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Athletics

    #49 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 0
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 2
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 1.3 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 1.2 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 3.7 out of 5 893
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $60,762,880
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $682,096,424
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Division $5,496,965,675
    Women's Basketball National Championships 0
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Campus Food

    #161 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $3,640
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.5 out of 5 592
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Campus Housing

    #552 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $10,010
    Housing Capacity 27 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.7 out of 5 747
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Campus Quality

    #100 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $6,086
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.1 out of 5 743
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Diversity

    #154 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 77 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.4 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 33 %
    International Students (%) 10 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 32 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 63 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.3 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.8 out of 5 606
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Largest Colleges
    #6 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 34,989
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences - Conservative 2.7 out of 5 232
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.7 out of 5 283
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Most Liberal Colleges
    #316 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.3 out of 5 232
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.3 out of 5 283
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Drug Safety

    #991 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 5 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 12 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 4 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 4 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 3.1 out of 5 531
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Greek Life

    #164 of 217
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities 6 %
    Percentage of Women in Sororities 7 %
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.2 out of 5 501
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Guys & Girls

    #74 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 59.5 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 3.8 out of 5 407
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Female Peers 4.0 out of 5 190
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Male Peers 3.6 out of 5 188
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Health & Safety

    #1,091 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 7 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 5 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 59.5 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.5 out of 5 1274
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Local Area

    #57 of 1,298
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Access to Coffee Shops
    Access to Restaurants
    Local Crime Grade
    Local Weather Grade
    Median Rent of City/Town $925
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.8 out of 5 1252
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 24.2 %
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Off-Campus Dining

    #186 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.8 out of 5 886
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Off-Campus Housing

    #251 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $912
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.3 out of 5 856
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Parking

    #1,123 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.6 out of 5 880
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Party Scene

    #40 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.8 out of 5 948
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Technology

    #253 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 490
    ACT: 21
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 630
    ACT: 27
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.9 out of 5 915
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
  • Transportation

    #91 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.9 out of 5 992
    The values for this school were current at the time this ranking was calculated and may not represent the most recent available data. For more details, see how these values were used to calculate this ranking.
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