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#117 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 4.3 out of 5 175
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

    #255 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 63.6 %
    Admissions Yield 30.0 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 0.02 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 81.5 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $414
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1570
    ACT: 23
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 1850
    ACT: 27
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.1 out of 5 150
    Student-Faculty Ratio 16 : 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

    #292 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.7 out of 5 241
    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

    #82 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 1
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 0
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 2.7 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 2.3 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 3.8 out of 5 262
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $23,082,367
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $137,863,573
    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

    #5 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $4,632
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 4.2 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.
  • Campus Housing

    #198 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $9,196
    Housing Capacity 35 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.8 out of 5 219
    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

    #14 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $414
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.3 out of 5 219
    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

    #953 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 89 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.1 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 37 %
    International Students (%) 2 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 31 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 82 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 0.7 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.3 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.
  • Largest Colleges
    #85 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 17,526
    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 73
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.6 out of 5 89
    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
    #157 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.2 out of 5 73
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.4 out of 5 89
    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

    #1,107 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 2 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 56 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 2 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 6 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 2.8 out of 5 147
    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 5 161
    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

    #60 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 81.5 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 4.1 out of 5 143
    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 4.5 out of 5 74
    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 72
    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

    #702 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 3 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 4 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 92 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 81.5 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.6 out of 5 330
    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

    #658 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 $852
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.4 out of 5 340
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 41.8 %
    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

    #96 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.9 out of 5 213
    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

    #2 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $815
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.9 out of 5 217
    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

    #1,101 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.6 out of 5 212
    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

    #102 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.8 out of 5 275
    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

    #298 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 530
    ACT: N/A
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 620
    ACT: N/A
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.8 out of 5 243
    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

    #57 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 4.0 out of 5 259
    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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