College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2012 master’s universities rankings. We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). For an explanation of each category, click here. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Net pricePredicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
101University of Texas-Brownsville (TX)*6277%597019%20%226.895953442526412%35220043
102East Central University (OK)*6245%862918%31%340.0025434226444829%79111108
103Lesley University (MA)6232%2810663%53%6620.002543867439914%277171
104SUNY College at Oswego (NY)*6233%1384967%60%3380.7819412730324316%2242583
105Marshall University (WV)*6133%790948%46%6724.501420326616811%394234236
106California State University-Long Beach (CA)*6141%643552%54%2515.49252938727911%390234236
107Mount St. Mary's College (CA)6166%2430369%62%6190.6521133542544824%1215763
108Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ. (OK)*6152%816315%29%280.192511952564487%555223128
109University of Tennessee-Martin (TN)*6146%742046%45%471.1616625240711016%23476185
110Samford University (AL)6115%2162465%73%4010.00254201038510%418234236
111Texas State University-San Marcos (TX)*6131%975252%55%9830.5674012261638%518234236
112Waynesburg University (PA)6146%1331154%52%2690.0025426913529311%3773220
113Hampton University (VA)6037%1949147%54%36114.462821204157%562234236
114Elon University (NC)609%2726169%81%4940.002541301419324%11688101
115Henderson State University (AR)*6051%804243%33%1340.00254644257126%101234236
116CUNY Queens College (NY)*6041%598048%51%2016.85202573934240%592234236
117Alcorn State University (MS)*6058%923529%37%5810.284159425915%259234236
118Chatham University (PA)6035%2251058%60%4900.002542615444818%191178231
119CUNY John Jay College of Crim. Justice (NY)*6060%495225%40%85.92694814003130%592234236
120Seattle Pacific University (WA)6032%2258769%71%4960.682051231013316%211234236
121Northern Michigan University (MI)*6041%1061349%45%1860.9118312214611555%7234236
122CA State Polytechnic Univ.-Pomona (CA)*6033%613557%57%246.49663532172188%50191179
123California State University-Stanislaus (CA)*6047%705937%49%210.0025437229544837%42161122
124Southern Arkansas Univ.-Main (AR)*5955%832937%32%1030.0025452542544816%2364220
125Saint Xavier University (IL)5947%1654462%56%4100.0025413742538648%14189199
126Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI)5928%2438472%61%6493.9486464255620%154234236
127College of Saint Rose (NY)5938%2152958%71%3540.0025411442534719%1712218
128SUNY College-Buffalo (NY)*5943%1398147%47%2751.94131371263829%478130203
129Salem International University (WV)°5979%1454236%54%1460.00254242664487%558234236
130Monroe College-Main (NY)°5993%1645629%72%830.0025454142544835%50234236
131Concordia University (OR)5938%1822153%44%5060.00254278773679%479556
132Hood College (MD)5929%1928259%77%2740.00254355310210%432234236
133Lipscomb University (TN)5925%1908264%55%5290.00254921922748%4976625
134Loyola University-Maryland (MD)5812%2704071%82%5020.65210441858814%29711270
135Mercyhurst College (PA)5840%2048355%70%3192.041284521957541%317973
136Winthrop University (SC)*5839%1414457%54%3110.002541439621711%38511584
137Saint Cloud State University (MN)*5830%1058346%47%1414.188325621323211%4028189
138King's College (PA)5833%2065357%67%3600.00254112425898%5301138
139Alaska Pacific University (AK)5837%2246949%27%6690.43228395744832%58234236
140Palm Beach Atl. Univ.-W. Palm Beach (FL)5739%2005853%54%4340.002541579817616%22938107
141Missouri State University (MO)*5730%1068759%54%2047.775322527819110%40713296
142University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN)*5721%1653962%54%45021.15172459716437%41234236
143Tusculum College (TN)5759%1681745%37%4550.0025454142544838%395068
144College of Notre Dame of Maryland (MD)5750%1655940%64%1660.002542964637110%44718695
145Upper Iowa University (IA)5785%1117946%38%2630.0025453639144816%215234236
146Southwestern College (KS)5747%1770337%52%2590.0025446610944840%3622559
147Saint Bonaventure University (NY)5736%1832156%68%2981.731404385287%561234236
148Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)*5724%1057048%47%15913.913254131544844%244292
149St. Catherine University (MN)5750%2194266%67%4920.0025417025833916%231147132
150Morehead State University (KY)*5648%892649%34%2452.1512520240413426%97232115
151San Jose State University (CA)*5631%955452%48%14038.24532025918115%241234236
152Aquinas College (MI)5640%1588862%61%3420.00254106354489%453234236
153Univ. of North Carolina-Pembroke (NC)*5654%622027%38%130.412335274258226%105228161
154Lindsey Wilson College (KY)5667%1384034%23%3890.0025454142544829%781416
155Embry Riddle Aero. Univ.-Daytona Bch. (FL)5625%3392459%54%66712.1934247289424%115234236
156George Fox University (OR)5638%2236361%67%4380.002546315541023%125234236
157Oklahoma Christian University (OK)5529%1655658%44%5310.002548014114423%13092198
158Freed-Hardeman University (TN)5537%1543553%54%3090.002549510644828%84234236
159Arkansas State University-Main (AR)*5552%1006439%33%17811.123730741310916%220234236
160Southern University and A&M College (LA)*5572%739436%21%1526.8762144396402%590234236
161CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (NY)*5544%615260%61%232.621154793784350%592234236
162Simmons College (MA)5529%3397871%68%6630.442261457829927%9212179
163Youngstown State University (OH)*5553%1214436%37%2034.527923042521623%129153215
164University of Nebraska at Kearney (NE)*5536%1179258%58%2011.6614415518913937%40234236
165California State University-Chico (CA)*5527%1075140%62%452.881101688644829%73219162
166Albany State University (GA)*5576%772234%45%290.741985023735420%159234236
167Capital University (OH)5532%2009171%59%5960.0025484198307%541204151
168Georgia College & State University (GA)*5519%1097761%59%1750.002542889940221%14710093
169University of Detroit-Mercy (MI)5434%1950257%51%5041.151691163363897%554124117
170Murray State University (KY)*5439%1040049%54%1083.40972482351989%49082194
171North Georgia College & State Univ. (GA)*5426%805554%49%900.20250377316321%141234236
172University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)*5426%878658%60%746.77651058222611%380234236
173Western Kentucky University (KY)*5444%1043346%49%1219.944217728517014%295234236
174Niagara University (NY)5430%1712359%68%2851.09172241233168%5146245
175Emporia State University (KS)*5441%1043442%40%1570.0025413426944813%322120223
176University of Wisconsin-Superior (WI)*5435%891440%43%715.89709031137213%328234236
177Union University (TN)5430%2004265%60%5090.0025412642525411%36169220
178SUNY Empire State College (NY)*5479%1130321%33%910.0025447242544423%127234236
179Manhattan College (NY)5423%2375564%73%4440.502218321224129%75134147
180Drury University (MO)5450%2038957%52%5200.002541482373108%535234236
181Midwestern State University (TX)*5434%753848%26%2800.3524018242530721%14660205
182Angelo State University (TX)*5444%1066443%31%2951.091731032683546%19234236
183Alabama State University (AL)*5473%764321%24%4116.3424234425747%568234236
184CUNY College of Staten Island (NY)*5448%667533%48%143.29983854184270%592234236
185Mississippi College (MS)5329%1372757%55%2930.00254753418439%37234236
186Towson University (MD)*5319%1219359%68%1353.0510223724322020%1563548
187University of Scranton (PA)5318%2861265%77%5130.24246911973114%2676355
188Graceland University-Lamoni (IA)5338%1241648%49%2110.002545242544814%27618086
189Prairie View A&M University (TX)*5368%993633%32%13112.5733283425278%520227197
190University of Dubuque (IA)5355%1826748%46%4170.00254365128178%521118173
191University of Montevallo (AL)*5335%970852%41%2380.002545812741911%360234236
192Southern Oregon University (OR)*5336%1309339%31%3290.831912206816611%3888462
193Lincoln University-Missouri (MO)*5367%830134%23%1508.48512844252519%177234236
194Lincoln University-California (CA)5241%1351153%100%350.002545414254480%592234236
195Boise State University (ID)*5236%1208846%28%43718.731939716915122%132234236
196Arcadia University (PA)5233%2351168%62%5941.651451756244813%305166160
197Auburn University-Montgomery (AL)*5245%929522%25%860.352392703015332%60234236
198University of Baltimore (MD)*5254%1419827%NA2504.238252822544818%1899887
199Woodbury University (CA)5249%2091368%53%6360.0025454118744830%65234236
200University of North Florida (FL)*5226%1131648%47%1878.045247015819210%44619332