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#76 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.

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 4.4 out of 5 459
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

    #128 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 56.8 %
    Admissions Yield 35.6 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 0.23 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 76.9 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $4,946
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1680
    ACT: 25
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 1920
    ACT: 29
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.2 out of 5 368
    Student-Faculty Ratio 26 : 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

    #129 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.8 out of 5 638
    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

    #6 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 1
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 1
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 1.9 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 1.2 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 4.1 out of 5 638
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $87,944,260
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $913,872,333
    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

    #266 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $4,048
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.4 out of 5 418
    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

    #786 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $10,208
    Housing Capacity 22 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.6 out of 5 517
    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

    #49 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $4,946
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.3 out of 5 505
    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

    #522 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 80 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.6 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 30 %
    International Students (%) 2 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 9 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 68 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 0.8 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 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.
  • Largest Colleges
    #13 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 28,910
    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 2.8 out of 5 155
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.8 out of 5 203
    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
    #470 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.2 out of 5 155
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.2 out of 5 203
    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

    #1,061 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 3 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 5 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 3 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 2.9 out of 5 352
    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

    #15 of 217
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities 16 %
    Percentage of Women in Sororities 22 %
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.9 out of 5 398
    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

    #34 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 76.9 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 4.0 out of 5 326
    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 4.1 out of 5 178
    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 3.9 out of 5 170
    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

    #860 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 5 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 3 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 76.9 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.5 out of 5 876
    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

    #486 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 $915
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.7 out of 5 853
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 31.4 %
    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

    #161 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.8 out of 5 597
    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

    #37 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $907
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.5 out of 5 619
    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

    #904 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.9 out of 5 629
    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

    #22 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 4.0 out of 5 694
    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

    #159 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 560
    ACT: N/A
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 640
    ACT: N/A
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.9 out of 5 586
    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

    #100 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.9 out of 5 682
    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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