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#37 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 5 493
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

    #84 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 46.6 %
    Admissions Yield 50.3 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 2.31 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 86.5 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $14,667
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1740
    ACT: 26
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 2030
    ACT: 31
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.1 out of 5 437
    Student-Faculty Ratio 21 : 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

    #249 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.6 out of 5 678
    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

    #2 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 2
    Men's Basketball National Championships 2
    Other Sports National Championships 2
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 1.9 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 1.1 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 4.1 out of 5 639
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $82,765,593
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $1,098,928,951
    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

    #272 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $4,290
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.4 out of 5 399
    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

    #774 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $9,630
    Housing Capacity 36 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.6 out of 5 540
    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

    #59 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $14,667
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.2 out of 5 520
    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

    #307 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 77 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 2.0 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 40 %
    International Students (%) 4 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 7 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 60 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 0.8 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.9 out of 5 401
    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
    #11 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 30,314
    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 2.6 out of 5 177
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.8 out of 5 200
    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
    #461 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.4 out of 5 177
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.2 out of 5 200
    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

    #923 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 5 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 1 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 3.0 out of 5 367
    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

    #34 of 217
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities 20 %
    Percentage of Women in Sororities 21 %
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.7 out of 5 417
    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

    #21 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 86.5 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 4.0 out of 5 310
    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 3.9 out of 5 146
    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 5 145
    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

    #559 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 1 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 86.5 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.6 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.
  • Local Area

    #270 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 $854
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.7 out of 5 897
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 38.9 %
    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

    #99 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.9 out of 5 643
    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

    #18 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $838
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.6 out of 5 639
    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

    #1,131 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.5 out of 5 632
    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

    #37 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.9 out of 5 706
    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

    #73 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 590
    ACT: 25
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 690
    ACT: 31
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.9 out of 5 704
    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

    #90 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.9 out of 5 711
    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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