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#249 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 4.1 out of 5 33
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

    #159 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 64.0 %
    Admissions Yield 19.9 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 1.32 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 87 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 84.3 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $759
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1680
    ACT: 25
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 1980
    ACT: 29
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.2 out of 5 36
    Student-Faculty Ratio 11 : 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

    #1,093 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.2 out of 5 51
    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

    #255 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 0
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 0
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 23.1 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 9.1 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 3.3 out of 5 44
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $20,170,163
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $127,769,298
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Division $1,456,281,040
    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

    #734 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $5,182
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.2 out of 5 34
    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

    #499 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $11,204
    Housing Capacity 92 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.7 out of 5 49
    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

    #603 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $759
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 3.7 out of 5 44
    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

    #899 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 89 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.9 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 39 %
    International Students (%) 5 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 68 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 86 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 0.7 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.0 out of 5 37
    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
    #644 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 2,677
    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 3.4 out of 5 20
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.8 out of 5 20
    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
    #559 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 2.6 out of 5 20
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.2 out of 5 20
    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

    #676 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 87 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 11 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 3.3 out of 5 23
    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

    Unranked Why?
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities Not available
    Percentage of Women in Sororities Not available
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.4 out of 5 33
    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

    #498 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 87 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 84.3 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 3.6 out of 5 25
    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 13
    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 3.8 out of 5 13
    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

    #920 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 1 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 87 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 84.3 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.6 out of 5 57
    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

    #297 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 $749
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.6 out of 5 61
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 14.1 %
    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.
  • Off-Campus Dining

    #191 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.9 out of 5 45
    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

    #1,114 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $697
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 2.3 out of 5 44
    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

    #353 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 3.4 out of 5 31
    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

    #588 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.2 out of 5 51
    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

    #187 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 560
    ACT: 24
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 670
    ACT: 28
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.9 out of 5 40
    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

    #605 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.3 out of 5 36
    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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