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#156 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 4.0 out of 5 126
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

    #202 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 64.0 %
    Admissions Yield 62.8 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 1.05 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 66.8 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $9,645
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1575
    ACT: 22
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 2010
    ACT: 29
    Student Surveys on Academics 3.9 out of 5 126
    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

    #306 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.7 out of 5 207
    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

    #27 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 3.6 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 2.7 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 4.0 out of 5 201
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $76,184,834
    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

    #223 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $4,250
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.5 out of 5 134
    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

    #204 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $9,962
    Housing Capacity 45 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.8 out of 5 191
    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

    #73 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $9,645
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.1 out of 5 152
    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

    #852 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 83 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.9 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 25 %
    International Students (%) 4 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 22 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 87 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.2 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.4 out of 5 149
    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
    #75 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 18,102
    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 3.2 out of 5 55
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 3.0 out of 5 63
    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
    #753 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 2.8 out of 5 55
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.0 out of 5 63
    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

    #1,012 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 11 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 10 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 4 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 3.0 out of 5 112
    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

    #41 of 217
    Factor Value
    Percentage of Men in Fraternities 18 %
    Percentage of Women in Sororities 22 %
    Student Surveys on Greek Housing 3.7 out of 5 152
    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

    #102 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 66.8 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 3.9 out of 5 93
    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 42
    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 3.7 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.
  • Health & Safety

    #873 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 13 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 4 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 84 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 66.8 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.6 out of 5 281
    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

    #219 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 $714
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.8 out of 5 301
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 16.2 %
    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

    #143 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.8 out of 5 198
    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

    #266 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $689
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.3 out of 5 180
    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

    #1,032 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.7 out of 5 207
    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

    #108 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.6 out of 5 220
    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

    #278 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 540
    ACT: 22
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 680
    ACT: 28
    Student Surveys on Technology 3.8 out of 5 177
    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

    #242 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.7 out of 5 204
    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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