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#294 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 3.7 out of 5 34
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

    #147 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 49.4 %
    Admissions Yield 29.7 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 0.00 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 88 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 79.0 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $884
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1680
    ACT: 26
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 1940
    ACT: 29
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.0 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

    #626 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.6 out of 5 47
    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

    #316 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 0
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 1
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 30.2 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 18.7 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 3.4 out of 5 49
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $3,382,588
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $38,057,645
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Division $484,099,704
    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

    #924 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $5,585
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.0 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.
  • Campus Housing

    #1,200 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $12,126
    Housing Capacity 88 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 1 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.4 out of 5 41
    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

    #840 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $884
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 3.8 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

    #952 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 83 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.2 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 46 %
    International Students (%) 4 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 56 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 84 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 0.9 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 2.8 out of 5 47
    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
    #722 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 2,324
    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 2.9 out of 5 22
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.7 out of 5 24
    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
    #322 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.1 out of 5 22
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.3 out of 5 24
    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

    #1,148 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 137 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 27 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 2.3 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.
  • 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 3.5 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

    #772 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 88 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 79.0 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 3.5 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.
  • Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Female Peers 4.1 out of 5 18
    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 4.3 out of 5 16
    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

    #1,213 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 88 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 79.0 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.1 out of 5 62
    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

    #1,142 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 $677
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 2.9 out of 5 69
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 24.1 %
    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

    #1,031 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.1 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

    #538 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $703
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.1 out of 5 43
    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

    #562 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 3.2 out of 5 50
    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

    #432 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.3 out of 5 59
    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

    #390 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 3.7 out of 5 50
    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

    #725 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.2 out of 5 53
    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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