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#21 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 4.4 out of 5 237
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

    #46 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 33.3 %
    Admissions Yield 39.7 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 0.86 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 97 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 90.0 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $20,673
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1880
    ACT: 28
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 2180
    ACT: 32
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.2 out of 5 235
    Student-Faculty Ratio 12 : 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

    #68 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.8 out of 5 322
    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

    #10 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 3.1 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 2.9 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 4.0 out of 5 341
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $110,571,649
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $872,551,874
    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

    #49 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $3,926
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.8 out of 5 227
    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

    #501 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $10,246
    Housing Capacity 39 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.7 out of 5 278
    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

    #34 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $20,673
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.2 out of 5 272
    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

    #241 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 74 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.7 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 35 %
    International Students (%) 4 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 36 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 72 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.0 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.8 out of 5 223
    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
    #19 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 27,316
    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 2.3 out of 5 98
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.6 out of 5 99
    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
    #124 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.7 out of 5 98
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.4 out of 5 99
    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

    #1,141 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 6 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 22 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 3 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 5 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 2.7 out of 5 194
    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

    #60 of 217
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities 17 %
    Percentage of Women in Sororities 22 %
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.7 out of 5 197
    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

    #2 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 97 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 90.0 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 4.3 out of 5 176
    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 3.8 out of 5 86
    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 86
    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

    #784 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 97 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 90.0 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.4 out of 5 462
    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

    #46 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 $1,008
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 4.1 out of 5 509
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 31.0 %
    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.
  • Off-Campus Dining

    #11 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 4.2 out of 5 350
    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

    #479 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $959
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.2 out of 5 342
    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

    #1,170 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.4 out of 5 319
    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

    #21 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 4.0 out of 5 382
    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

    #30 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 650
    ACT: 27
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 760
    ACT: 33
    Student Surveys on Technology 4.0 out of 5 340
    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

    #8 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 4.1 out of 5 380
    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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