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2019 Bachelor’s College Rankings

Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige. We rank baccalaureate colleges—four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees—based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

Click here for detailed methodology, here for the rest of our rankings, and here to download the full data set.

RankName8-year graduation rateNumber of Pell graduatesMedian earningsPredicted median earningsNet priceLoan repayment rateSocial mobility rankResearch rankService rank
1Cooper Un. Advance. of Science & Art (NY)83%28 $60,465 $62,395 $9,776 76%71146
2Goshen College (IN)69%36 $38,533 $38,300 $14,920 83%17250
3College of the Ozarks (MO)68%131 $33,174 $31,126 $11,322 100%*15191
4Hiram College (OH)59%82 $40,617 $40,517 $21,381 69%4687
5Brigham Young University–Idaho (ID)64%209 $41,554 $39,687 $6,838 79%2146101
6University of Maine–Farmington (ME)*57%125 $35,340 $32,033 $12,404 73%16463
7Elizabeth City State University (NC)*44%137 $30,561 $28,496 $1,881 29%112327
8MacMurray College (IL)57%36 $37,523 $37,025 $16,582 70%3149142
9University of South Carolina–Upstate (SC)*50%182 $37,092 $39,764 $13,187 58%191212
10University of Evansville (IN)65%122 $42,041 $44,044 $16,983 83%511319
11CA State University–Maritime Academy (CA)*60%21 $82,796 $63,312 $11,108 83%416977
12Bethel College (KS)58%23 $40,136 $41,458 $20,859 77%85343
13Loras College (IA)66%60 $44,171 $45,280 $15,155 87%442211
14University of Hawaii–West Oahu (HI)*53%4 $39,608 $46,154 $7,290 63%616930
15Cazenovia College (NY)62%62 $35,265 $27,897 $12,705 71%916926
16Maryville College (TN)55%67 $37,569 $37,444 $15,381 76%412918
17Elmira College (NY)53%81 $45,081 $38,248 $22,733 77%731816
18Oregon Institute of Technology (OR)*55%56 $55,378 $53,161 $14,626 76%1321136
19University of Maine–Fort Kent (ME)*57%22 $32,999 $37,960 $11,285 69%1016035
20Maine Maritime Academy (ME)*62%45 $88,833 $62,379 $20,251 88%862140
21Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MA)*71%34 $79,230 $70,401 $7,944 85%5169117
22CUNY York College (NY)*37%221 $40,552 $41,694 $4,500 51%128369
23William Jewell College (MO)60%46 $44,877 $50,214 $18,606 81%167412
24University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff (AR)*30%133 $27,764 $28,248 $7,898 35%811060
25Keene State College (NH)*66%182 $41,769 $45,860 $16,377 81%76578
26University of Maine–Presque Isle (ME)*56%26 $30,989 $25,658 $8,861 57%1413855
27Millikin University (IL)63%106 $43,321 $37,246 $18,326 74%214385
28Carroll College (MT)63%48 $46,643 $49,348 $21,227 87%171171
29Northland College (WI)55%31 $33,774 $44,417 $15,639 78%16899
30Tennessee Wesleyan University (TN)55%34 $38,100 $36,387 $8,259 67%357734
31Eastern Nazarene College (MA)54%26 $44,531 $41,110 $16,185 69%682842
32York College of Pennsylvania (PA)60%161 $49,935 $45,016 $18,138 82%227068
33Lincoln University (MO)*28%53 $31,061 $30,019 $10,636 37%1641410
34University of Minnesota–Crookston (MN)*49%47 $42,760 $42,909 $8,860 74%5315614
35Texas Lutheran University (TX)47%79 $45,660 $44,600 $16,917 71%982424
36University of South Carolina–Aiken (SC)*45%110 $37,192 $37,015 $13,003 60%673536
37Embry-Riddle Aero. University–Prescott (AZ)63%58 $65,125 $60,740 $29,982 74%97714
38Alma College (MI)61%70 $43,595 $42,586 $18,057 77%1211533
39Farmingdale State College (NY)*52%44 $50,116 $55,098 $5,941 71%4511132
40Castleton University (VT)*56%72 $37,123 $41,591 $14,749 80%658925
41Voorhees College (SC)34%47 $25,476 $23,194 $15,642 21%5016917
42Taylor University (IN)75%78 $38,007 $39,658 $20,371 87%906164
43Lake Superior State University (MI)*56%60 $37,180 $39,379 $8,895 62%721998
44Erskine College and Seminary (SC)64%32 $38,279 $39,151 $22,023 80%125596
45Marietta College (OH)66%65 $43,469 $49,228 $19,690 77%1471248
46Tabor College (KS)59%36 $40,969 $40,992 $19,718 73%2981108
47Florida Memorial University (FL)40%130 $27,443 $31,692 $16,881 22%5213737
48University of Pittsburgh–Bradford (PA)*51%53 $52,361 $41,967 $15,902 80%3287105
49University of Mount Union (OH)62%129 $43,268 $44,785 $20,154 79%963346
50York College (NE)43%22 $36,759 $35,720 $14,643 66%1092056
51Trinity Christian College (IL)60%43 $42,814 $38,981 $19,051 75%3379120
52Hastings College (NE)60%58 $43,446 $42,254 $17,883 78%6027149
53Grand View University (IA)58%66 $42,533 $41,608 $15,946 71%4912252
54Flagler College–St. Augustine (FL)65%120 $38,665 $36,388 $18,858 66%706554
55Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY)34%34 $36,523 $36,712 $15,360 65%149786
56Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)52%87 $38,944 $36,853 $14,679 75%803184
57Bluefield State College (WV)*46%20 $28,037 $31,572 $7,816 38%1301065
58St. Francis College (NY)48%118 $47,428 $45,820 $12,342 59%28102133
59Penn State–Schuylkill (PA)*48%67 $49,889 $38,815 $12,953 76%15169188
60Penn State–Altoona (PA)*69%244 $49,889 $49,291 $20,201 76%429195
61Rochester College (MI)58%21 $35,667 $31,154 $14,749 55%31133108
62Colby-Sawyer College (NH)52%83 $42,004 $41,483 $22,229 81%1271166
63William Jessup University (CA)66%33 $38,750 $39,720 $17,713 73%3016989
64Central State University (OH)*27%116 $25,704 $27,615 $12,162 20%1523415
65Wiley College (TX)^30%36 $27,045 $20,748 $13,934 31%2373204
66Claflin University (SC)48%183 $28,622 $25,522 $20,073 31%883283
67Wisconsin Lutheran College (WI)63%56 $40,542 $43,523 $15,735 82%3861168
68Warner University (FL)55%31 $40,285 $36,249 $15,495 50%18145205
69Penn State–Scranton (PA)*51%52 $49,889 $44,743 $12,339 76%25147160
70Central Christian College of Kansas (KS)48%25 $32,305 $34,533 $18,207 65%20169180
71Penn State–Greater Allegheny (PA)*45%52 $49,889 $40,991 $13,797 76%24159171
72Penn State Fayette–Eberly (PA)*55%23 $49,889 $47,846 $11,703 76%26123188
73Warner Pacific University (OR)61%19 $38,569 $38,452 $19,691 59%4316981
74Brescia University (KY)34%15 $39,577 $25,352 $10,784 62%39148107
75Penn State–Abington (PA)*53%184 $49,889 $50,422 $11,356 76%27144172
76Dordt University (IA)66%92 $40,690 $44,018 $21,530 93%6455121
77Benedictine College (KS)64%84 $40,671 $42,622 $21,036 80%1075947
78Missouri Southern State University (MO)*39%108 $33,834 $35,968 $8,248 57%7112067
79Bluefield College (VA)56%14 $41,279 $35,660 $20,338 60%34169127
80Averett University (VA)40%42 $42,979 $36,564 $20,411 58%9510140
81Indiana University–Kokomo (IN)*37%55 $35,857 $37,787 $7,288 55%11812922
82Brigham Young University–Hawaii (HI)62%25 $42,710 $38,678 $9,186 76%5442203
83Northwestern College (IA)65%68 $38,779 $40,847 $19,793 89%11525112
84Valley City State University (ND)*49%21 $39,386 $34,733 $9,906 77%37167163
85Howard Payne University (TX)44%51 $36,817 $37,106 $17,926 60%1294451
86Schreiner University (TX)45%53 $39,054 $43,446 $16,058 63%13113623
87Carthage College (WI)60%122 $44,845 $44,940 $26,117 78%1463939
88McPherson College (KS)62%27 $38,969 $41,748 $18,741 70%6616982
89Penn State–York (PA)*53%50 $49,889 $48,624 $12,379 76%36162188
90Philander Smith College (AR)43%45 $24,854 $29,599 $15,847 46%1175864
91Dickinson State University (ND)*39%22 $41,054 $42,364 $9,778 81%6280152
92University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown (PA)*52%108 $52,361 $48,246 $17,076 80%9256110
93Wilberforce University (OH)20%26 $33,347 $29,466 $14,611 39%5672197
94Central Baptist College (AR)41%11 $33,949 $36,818 $14,954 60%14416913
95Oral Roberts University (OK)45%87 $37,077 $37,172 $18,423 67%7860159
96University of Maine–Augusta (ME)*27%21 $28,066 $28,214 $10,040 44%10516344
97Ouachita Baptist University (AR)60%77 $40,075 $39,351 $16,048 73%1333678
98Point University (GA)58%26 $31,664 $39,002 $15,999 49%48169142
99College of St. Joseph (VT)46%7 $36,419 $32,129 $16,529 58%40169180
100Mars Hill University (NC)40%58 $32,309 $37,083 $15,206 60%1597820
101Eureka College (IL)61%32 $36,486 $36,604 $16,615 72%8415487
102Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OK)*37%12 $36,471 $43,010 $11,233 57%10415153
103Penn State–Lehigh Valley (PA)*57%55 $49,889 $54,918 $11,203 76%47161179
104Hannibal-LaGrange University (MO)48%24 $34,542 $30,875 $17,688 71%61124161
105Briar Cliff University (IA)52%39 $40,790 $39,464 $17,663 75%8297135
106Penn State–Wilkes-Barre (PA)*55%36 $49,889 $51,955 $11,650 76%55164169
107William Penn University (IA)42%47 $42,348 $38,474 $19,025 60%7916999
108Penn State–Beaver (PA)*47%47 $49,889 $45,938 $13,846 76%57139188
109Barton College (NC)48%52 $37,796 $31,651 $20,156 62%11367106
110Harris-Stowe State University (MO)*17%15 $28,034 $26,029 $8,758 24%11414158
111Blue Mountain College (MS)59%23 $30,905 $31,378 $10,322 60%5884208
112Greensboro College (NC)34%34 $36,623 $34,247 $25,477 62%1357459
113Lander University (SC)*49%116 $34,596 $31,492 $12,497 54%86115126
114LeMoyne-Owen College (TN)22%21 $27,531 $23,802 $9,132 20%75103187
115Penn State–New Kensington (PA)*56%31 $49,889 $52,196 $12,057 76%63153173
116Penn State–Berks (PA)*62%127 $49,889 $49,556 $19,148 76%74132174
117Manchester University (IN)53%75 $39,929 $42,798 $18,042 73%1633076
118University of Mobile (AL)49%38 $35,825 $32,737 $16,554 52%1386374
119Catawba College (NC)54%58 $38,967 $39,912 $18,248 69%1269079
120Quincy University (IL)57%51 $39,694 $38,791 $16,020 71%11268129
121Cogswell Polytechnic College (CA)46%6 $52,342 $51,085 $21,102 78%59169192
122Wesley College (DE)28%56 $43,112 $36,565 $21,879 54%10398119
123Hilbert College (NY)53%55 $42,025 $36,196 $14,116 60%69169178
124Heidelberg University (OH)46%59 $38,500 $41,546 $19,379 72%18016114
125North Carolina Wesleyan College (NC)11%36 $38,150 $33,399 $15,339 47%11012797
126Adrian College (MI)49%115 $38,619 $42,411 $22,901 71%1654161
127Bluffton University (OH)61%50 $39,079 $39,567 $21,317 75%12250150
128Defiance College (OH)47%50 $40,183 $39,941 $22,897 65%1754845
129Wilmington College (OH)50%68 $39,840 $41,343 $19,791 72%9475185
130LaGrange College (GA)50%29 $40,421 $39,838 $19,361 63%1544092
131Mayville State University (ND)*42%11 $38,188 $32,423 $10,148 68%89125155
132Kentucky State University (KY)*24%70 $29,139 $28,096 $7,888 30%11993104
133San Diego Christian College (CA)50%18 $36,003 $40,135 $26,184 67%91158134
134Southwestern Christian University (OK)36%15 $29,491 $33,534 $10,447 54%87155155
135Nevada State College (NV)*30%15N/A $36,043 $12,271 53%102168118
136Toccoa Falls College (GA)50%47 $27,716 $29,023 $18,511 72%106107165
137East Texas Baptist University (TX)43%44 $39,569 $35,051 $18,460 62%11692155
138John Paul the Great Catholic University (CA)59%2N/A $36,420 $24,714 N/A93169148
139Olivet College (MI)43%56 $37,530 $43,410 $19,246 57%18611221
140Benedict College (SC)38%182 $23,844 $30,286 $17,091 17%1734570
141Martin Methodist College (TN)38%58 $31,347 $29,761 $19,616 47%13216972
142Huntingdon College (AL)50%32 $38,957 $39,893 $18,256 61%1605493
143Central Methodist University–Liberal Arts & Sciences (MO)56%65 $35,248 $40,850 $19,597 66%100113186
144Iowa Wesleyan College (IA)38%16 $37,298 $35,951 $24,487 61%1888629
145Maranatha Baptist Bible College (WI)49%47 $31,601 $30,909 $16,912 88%111169124
146Bethany College (KS)44%31 $39,940 $42,450 $21,126 69%14849132
147Paine College (GA)22%29 $27,899 $25,348 $16,968 21%17826128
148University of Phoenix–Pennsylvania (PA)°21%18 $47,100 $37,814 $16,335 32%77169208
149Union College (NE)53%28 $40,136 $43,099 $19,060 73%1709457
150Sterling College (KS)49%23 $33,472 $34,578 $17,583 68%145104102
151Culver-Stockton College (MO)48%47 $36,942 $36,196 $17,485 64%13685139
152Ottawa University–Ottawa (KS)40%25 $41,735 $39,940 $18,831 54%1559990
153University of Phoenix–Albuquerque (NM)°39%30 $50,159 $43,370 $18,181 32%10876208
154Ferrum College (VA)32%94 $37,604 $38,755 $17,867 56%142110111
155Davis & Elkins College (WV)36%41 $36,925 $35,056 $16,535 58%16211471
156McMurry University (TX)41%48 $40,027 $39,483 $19,821 61%151100100
157University of Phoenix–Atlanta (GA)°24%77 $47,100 $40,325 $17,887 32%83169208
158Georgia Gwinnett College (GA)*34%145N/A $43,882 $12,444 44%15315275
159Texas College (TX)31%26 $24,822 $31,585 $14,407 24%99169180
160West Virginia State University (WV)*30%36 $30,157 $33,214 $8,064 40%17212649
161Morris College (SC)39%57 $23,725 $26,520 $15,526 19%139131113
162Keystone College (PA)45%67 $32,484 $33,411 $17,934 62%124157142
163Lees-McRae College (NC)62%28 $34,201 $38,000 $18,838 65%140108131
164West Virginia University Inst. of Tech. (WV)*22%20 $45,500 $40,700 $6,922 66%13496177
165University of the Ozarks (AR)47%35 $36,009 $37,767 $14,039 66%13769196
166Kuyper College (MI)50%9 $29,505 $32,323 $13,395 72%101169197
167Kentucky Christian University (KY)33%25 $32,297 $35,270 $17,873 63%18438102
168Shaw University (NC)33%86 $28,347 $28,938 $20,016 21%17647122
169Ohio Valley University (WV)40%20 $35,576 $37,237 $15,198 61%15716973
170Martin University (IN)6%4 $23,389 $21,294 $15,844 15%128169152
171Newberry College (SC)44%55 $34,228 $40,059 $18,131 59%19511738
172North Central University (MN)45%49 $33,859 $35,395 $17,357 74%16913088
173Jarvis Christian College (TX)19%18 $25,710 $24,450 $16,354 25%120169192
174Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)54%33 $36,565 $43,445 $18,503 69%156150115
175Livingstone College (NC)25%80 $24,250 $28,503 $16,831 17%1879566
176Becker College (MA)40%45 $41,063 $37,883 $26,268 62%19716928
177Limestone College (SC)44%24 $37,654 $34,011 $22,485 47%143142180
178Alderson Broaddus University (WV)37%27 $44,153 $42,979 $15,019 68%17466152
179University of Providence (MT)38%25 $32,236 $35,924 $18,341 60%19316941
180Oakland City University (IN)60%11 $34,505 $31,447 $18,171 61%123165208
181DigiPen Institute of Tech. (WA)°52%13 $81,446 $67,839 $34,012 87%141169175
182Corban University (OR)62%54 $37,077 $40,606 $20,396 75%161169123
183University of Jamestown (ND)45%22 $42,521 $44,344 $14,800 83%18188137
184Glenville State College (WV)*32%37 $32,157 $31,464 $14,378 40%177119130
185Kansas Wesleyan University (KS)44%23 $39,104 $42,266 $22,376 62%18382161
186Paul Quinn College (TX)11%7 $27,962 $26,927 $13,585 27%158140195
187Five Towns College (NY)°40%41 $34,644 $42,379 $16,707 53%150169197
188Unity College (ME)60%36 $35,171 $51,168 $21,376 75%20510531
189Southwestern Adventist University (TX)26%28 $40,850 $37,802 $18,613 59%166134202
190Oakwood University (AL)45%70 $32,503 $35,043 $24,109 33%21211142
191Huston-Tillotson University (TX)35%34 $31,386 $35,547 $16,696 33%182169166
192Brevard College (NC)47%29 $30,797 $37,439 $17,158 65%194128138
193Bacone College (OK)^23%10 $32,716 $29,484 $24,984 40%179169180
194Mitchell College (CT)42%33 $31,830 $40,335 $20,664 61%185169151
195St. Andrews University (NC)38%18 $36,721 $36,524 $21,948 51%19652208
196Miles College (AL)25%59 $26,633 $29,257 $15,855 19%189166147
197Belmont Abbey College (NC)46%43 $37,846 $38,667 $20,480 50%20410963
198Finlandia University (MI)45%15 $30,260 $32,377 $21,907 58%192143170
199Valley Forge Christian College (PA)44%26 $30,547 $36,109 $20,917 66%190135197
200Thiel College (PA)36%68 $38,067 $41,398 $21,111 68%20137192
201Paul Smith's College (NY)47%42 $34,626 $50,477 $22,215 73%20316965
202Missouri Valley College (MO)34%42 $35,069 $37,379 $18,708 50%200169141
203Emmanuel College (GA)45%23 $33,047 $35,612 $15,307 53%20616980
204University of Phoenix–Colorado (CO)°38%21 $47,100 $48,902 $18,250 32%191169208
205Holy Cross College (IN)20%21 $38,644 $40,895 $18,699 69%202169158
206Warner Pacific University Adult Program (OR)69%5 $38,569 $42,133 $19,496 59%198169208
207Beacon College (FL)71%3N/A $49,288 $32,927 58%199169208
208Mt. Sierra College (CA)°30%11 $42,931 $44,876 $19,422 42%208169115
209Truett McConnell University (GA)30%22 $33,328 $35,077 $16,356 56%207169175
210Concordia University–Ann Arbor (MI)45%16 $40,408 $43,257 $21,430 59%209118201
211Free Will Baptist Bible College (TN)36%6 $30,776 $33,552 $19,470 53%21053206
212Saint Augustine's University (NC)30%55 $26,824 $31,010 $25,941 33%2156462
213Edward Waters College (FL)22%35 $25,395 $29,933 $13,097 22%211169167
214Webber International University (FL)42%16 $36,721 $47,522 $22,832 51%214169125
215DeVry University–Ft. Washington (PA)°23%9 $44,100 $43,693 $26,007 42%213169207
216Arizona Christian University (AZ)47%7 $33,544 $44,741 $24,055 64%21616994
Definitions:
Median earnings: median annual earnings 10 years after entering college.
Predicted median earnings: expected median annual earnings based on student demographic data, adjusted for institutions’ location and academic mission.
Net price: actual cost of attendance for first-time, full-time, in-state students with family incomes below $75,000 per year over the last three years.
Loan repayment rate: percent of students who pay back at least $1 in loan principal within 5 years of leaving college.
* = public
° = for-profit