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#10 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 4.5 out of 5 224
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

    #26 of 709
    Factor Value
    Acceptance Rate 19.8 %
    Admissions Yield 31.1 %
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman National Merit Scholars 9.25 %
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 91.2 %
    Professors Grade
    Research Expenditures $9,601
    SAT/ACT 25th Percentile SAT: 1910
    ACT: 29
    SAT/ACT 75th Percentile SAT: 2220
    ACT: 33
    Student Surveys on Academics 4.2 out of 5 220
    Student-Faculty Ratio 9 : 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

    #32 of 1,166
    Factor Value
    Overall Experience Grade
    Student Surveys on Administration 3.9 out of 5 289
    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

    #18 of 726
    Factor Value
    Football National Championships 2
    Men's Basketball National Championships 0
    Other Sports National Championships 0
    Percentage of Men in Varsity Sports 3.3 %
    Percentage of Women in Varsity Sports 3.5 %
    Student Surveys on Athletics 4.1 out of 5 309
    Total Athletic Department Revenue $73,836,883
    Total Athletic Department Revenue by Conference $682,096,424
    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

    #246 of 1,071
    Factor Value
    Average Meal Plan Cost $5,300
    Student Surveys on Campus Dining 3.5 out of 5 192
    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

    #352 of 1,356
    Factor Value
    Average Housing Cost $13,334
    Housing Capacity 34 %
    Student Housing Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Campus Housing 3.8 out of 5 273
    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

    #35 of 1,189
    Factor Value
    Campus Food Grade
    Campus Housing Grade
    Local Area Grade
    Research Expenditures $9,601
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Campus Quality 4.3 out of 5 255
    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

    #47 of 1,355
    Factor Value
    Faculty Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 75 %
    Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.9 : 1
    Income Diversity - Most Represented Income Bracket 28 %
    International Students (%) 16 %
    Out-of-State Students (%) 35 %
    Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity 45 %
    Student Gender Ratio (M-F) 1.0 : 1
    Student Surveys on Diversity 3.9 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.
  • Largest Colleges
    #81 of 1,713
    Factor Value
    Full-Time Undergrads 17,729
    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 2.7 out of 5 100
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference - Conservative 2.6 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.
  • Most Liberal Colleges
    #182 of 880
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Campus Political Preferences 3.3 out of 5 100
    Student Surveys on Personal Political Preference 3.4 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.
  • Drug Safety

    #927 of 1,177
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Alcohol-Related Referrals 4 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Referrals 2 per 1000
    Student Surveys on Drug Safety 2.9 out of 5 192
    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 3.9 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.
  • Guys & Girls

    #6 of 1,143
    Factor Value
    Athletics Grade
    Campus Quality Grade
    Diversity Grade
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 91.2 %
    Local Area Grade
    Party Scene Grade
    Safety Grade
    Student Surveys on Student Life 4.1 out of 5 157
    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 4.4 out of 5 83
    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 4.1 out of 5 80
    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

    #455 of 1,261
    Factor Value
    Alcohol-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Campus Crime Rate 0 per 1000
    Drug-Related Arrests 0 per 1000
    Freshman Retention Rate 96 %
    Graduation Rate (6-year) 91.2 %
    Local Crime Grade
    Student Surveys on Safety 3.5 out of 5 452
    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

    #150 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 $1,175
    Outdoor Activities Grade
    Student Surveys on Local Area 3.7 out of 5 463
    Town Residents Age 18-24 (%) 11.2 %
    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

    #304 of 1,195
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Dining 3.6 out of 5 309
    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

    #655 of 1,144
    Factor Value
    Median Rent of City/Town $1,127
    Student Surveys on Off-Campus Housing 3.1 out of 5 311
    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

    #988 of 1,197
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Parking 2.8 out of 5 290
    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

    #44 of 1,475
    Factor Value
    Access to Bars
    Student Surveys on Party Scene 3.8 out of 5 366
    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

    #21 of 1,056
    Factor Value
    Academics Grade
    SAT/ACT Math 25th Percentile SAT: 650
    ACT: 28
    SAT/ACT Math 75th Percentile SAT: 760
    ACT: 34
    Student Surveys on Technology 4.0 out of 5 313
    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

    #342 of 1,204
    Factor Value
    Student Surveys on Transportation 3.6 out of 5 320
    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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