Quality of Life -- Ranking and Data

Quality of Life is sort of a hodgepodge category intended to capture how much students want to go to a particular school, how much they want to stay there, and how good the school is at keeping them there once they are in.  It also measures the relative prestige of the school in terms of wealth, as well as the job opportunities available to students once they graduate by the number of companies recruiting on campus (both in terms of absolute numbers and per student).  Relative acreage per campus was also taken into account, although there wasn't room to include that data below.  The categories are:

        RR        Retention Rate is the percentage of freshman coming back for sophomore year

       GR         Graduation Rate in four years

       Yield    The percentage of applicants attending out of the pool who were accepted

       E             Endowment of the school, in millions

       E/S        Endowment per student (counting undergrads and graduate students)

       CR         Companies recruiting on campus

Schools

RR

GR

Yield

E

E/S

CR

Rank

Princeton Univ.

98%

92%

73%

$8,359

$1,231,075

300

1

Williams College

97%

92%

48%

$1,207

$592,829

100

2

Amherst College

97%

85%

43%

$890

$545,677

51

3

Stanford Univ.

98%

77%

69%

$8,249

$450,839

500

4

Duke Univ.

97%

87%

44%

$3,131

$276,688

200

5

Univ. of Notre Dame

98%

88%

58%

$2,829

$250,111

351

6

Davidson College

96%

87%

40%

$318

$190,078

229

7

Wellesley College

96%

87%

44%

$1,135

$494,769

124

8

Pomona College

99%

84%

39%

$1,099

$703,585

165

9

Swarthmore

96%

86%

40%

$949

$641,650

49

10

Dartmouth College

96%

87%

51%

$2,414

$442,287

300

11

Harvard Univ.

97%

86%

79%

$17,950

$1,056,069

373

12

Haverford College

95%

86%

37%

$311

$273,286

172

13

Yale Univ.

98%

88%

65%

$10,700

$858,748

300

14

Washington & Lee

94%

85%

46%

$438

$205,827

66

15

Bowdoin College

95%

83%

41%

$433

$267,119

325

16

Cal. Tech.

96%

72%

45%

$1,365

$663,265

130

17

MIT

98%

82%

57%

$6,134

$605,050

950

18

Rice Univ.

96%

75%

42%

$3,243

$677,743

272

19

Carleton College

95%

82%

35%

$543

$281,056

49

19

Middlebury College

96%

82%

41%

$627

$276,211

50

21

Brown Univ.

97%

83%

59%

$1,436

$192,700

400

22

Cornell Univ.

96%

82%

49%

$3,151

$162,255

830

23

Univ. of Virginia

97%

83%

54%

$1,708

$73,799

450

24

Univ. of Penn.

97%

86%

62%

$3,381

$166,593

626

25

Vassar College

94%

81%

36%

$616

$249,191

14

26

Bucknell Univ.

94%

84%

31%

$428

$120,360

256

27

U.S. Naval Acad.

95%

85%

83%

$0

$0

0

28

U.S. Air Force Acad.

88%

80%

79%

$0

$0

0

29

Mount Holyoke

91%

76%

38%

$388

$197,255

50

30

Kenyon College

91%

80%

30%

$127

$81,515

65

31

Bates College

94%

82%

37%

$173

$97,906

70

32

Columbia Univ.

98%

83%

63%

$4,292

$228,031

370

33

Bryn Mawr College

91%

77%

35%

$433

$254,407

159

34

Georgetown Univ.

97%

89%

46%

$685

$54,989

627

35

Wesleyan Univ.

95%

86%

40%

$520

$162,907

60

36

Grinnell College

92%

77%

28%

$1,024

$787,087

113

37

Univ. of Michigan

96%

64%

42%

$3,469

$89,013

999

38

Cooper Union

92%

42%

70%

$138

$155,405

80

39

Northwestern Univ.

96%

84%

43%

$3,256

$225,798

375

40

Wake Forest Univ.

93%

76%

41%

$812

$126,677

160

41

Emory Univ.

93%

83%

32%

$4,315

$381,285

210

42

Johns Hopkins

95%

81%

36%

$1,822

$341,839

268

43

Coll.of New Jersey

94%

64%

41%

$518

$79,680

518

44

Oberlin College

89%

63%

38%

$595

$207,245

49

45

Univ. of North Carolina

95%

67%

57%

$1,045

$40,149

200

46

Juilliard School

94%

63%

83%

$0

$0

0

47

Vanderbilt Univ.

94%

78%

35%

$2,159

$201,550

250

48

Smith College

90%

76%

42%

$917

$293,816

58

49

Univ. of California

95%

51%

42%

$1,953

$58,923

630

50

Hollins Univ.

80%

65%

37%

$84

$80,000

14

51

RISD

93%

82%

49%

$224

$101,633

0

52

Univ. of Chicago

95%

83%

33%

$3,516

$266,829

300

53

Macalaster College

92%

77%

27%

$500

$282,646

97

54

Wheaton College

94%

76%

53%

$260

$90,529

30

55

Tufts Univ.

97%

81%

34%

$548

$58,100

150

56

Wash. U. in St. Louis

96%

79%

29%

$3,951

$309,470

250

57

Boston College

95%

82%

34%

$1,003

$74,241

300

58

Brandeis Univ.

93%

80%

33%

$397

$81,822

60

59

Culinary Inst. of America

0%

0%

93%

$37

$16,129

75

60

Tuskegee Univ.

72%

22%

49%

$0

$0

75

61

Villanova Univ.

94%

80%

31%

$169

$16,112

325

62

Univ. of Mississippi

76%

33%

44%

$240

$18,983

150

63

Sarah Lawrence

91%

65%

30%

$47

$30,206

40

64

Trinity Univ.

87%

64%

31%

$649

$247,615

100

65

Abilene Christian Univ.

76%

28%

50%

$135

$31,056

165

66

UCLA

97%

47%

41%

$1,390

$36,969

396

67

Univ. of Illinois

92%

56%

49%

$601

$15,025

999

68

Penn State Univ.

92%

44%

38%

$750

$18,096

300

69

Carnegie Mellon

94%

65%

25%

$756

$92,004

956

69

Univ. of Florida

92%

50%

56%

$635

$13,404

300

71

Florida Southern

71%

48%

38%

$62

$34,444

68

72

Georgia Tech.

89%

23%

43%

$1,093

$74,369

800

73

Lincoln Univ.

64%

30%

26%

$0

$0

48

74

Louisiana State Univ.

83%

23%

66%

$184

$6,401

513

75

Univ. of Missouri

84%

35%

49%

$381

$16,847

475

76

Univ. of Oklahoma

82%

20%

60%

$424

$17,369

209

77

Univ. of Alabama

83%

36%

43%

$349

$17,821

596

78

Reed College

86%

0%

29%

$295

$220,478

12

79

Univ. of Georgia

91%

42%

51%

$396

$12,021

687

80

Univ. of Wisconsin

91%

41%

43%

$1,120

$27,395

900

81

Rutgers

88%

44%

35%

$373

$13,925

125

82

St. Augustine's College

63%

13%

53%

$18

$11,984

0

83

USC

94%

57%

32%

$2,086

$67,988

664

84

Univ. of Kansas

79%

26%

63%

$665

$23,585

200

85

Michigan State Univ.

89%

36%

41%

$448

$10,058

250

86

Methodist College

63%

18%

29%

$9

$4,165

180

87

Univ. of Tennessee

77%

28%

65%

$385

$13,764

533

88

Brigham Young Univ.

92%

31%

79%

$44

$1,492

500

89

Univ. of Minnesota

83%

26%

47%

$1,501

$41,225

200

90

Univ. of Maryland

91%

41%

39%

$324

$9,326

331

91

Gonzaga Univ.

90%

62%

36%

$111

$22,470

97

92

North Dakota State

75%

14%

87%

$50

$4,552

185

93

College of the Atlantic

71%

0%

43%

$9

$34,351

0

94

New School Univ.

78%

36%

33%

$93

$137,371

0

95

Iowa State Univ.

84%

28%

46%

$368

$14,378

230

96

Univ. of Washington

90%

40%

44%

$927

$23,620

600

97

New York Univ.

91%

70%

42%

$1,118

$29,737

700

98

Indiana Univ.

88%

46%

41%

$479

$13,770

100

99

Case Western Reserve Univ.

91%

52%

24%

$1,434

$160,188

175

100

Purdue Univ.

88%

29%

36%

$1,217

$31,558

800

101

Oklahoma State

83%

22%

63%

$168

$7,307

460

101

Univ. of Iowa

84%

38%

38%

$635

$21,383

272

103

Univ. of Kentucky

79%

27%

51%

$419

$16,770

200

104

Univ. of Nebraska

81%

18%

61%

$629

$27,362

261

105

Univ. of Texas

91%

39%

59%

$1,463

$27,994

300

106

Univ. of Miami

84%

53%

30%

$457

$30,511

99

107

Univ. of Arkansas

81%

22%

52%

$500

$31,260

200

108

St. John's College (Md)

0%

0%

31%

$52

$93,190

11

109

Texas A&M Univ.

89%

30%

59%

$3,764

$83,490

150

110

Illinois Inst. of Tech.

86%

34%

24%

$204

$35,953

58

111

Ohio State Univ.

85%

25%

42%

$956

$19,245

300

112

Florida State Univ.

86%

40%

43%

$329

$10,700

125

113

North Central College

77%

57%

33%

$48

$18,721

18

114

Adams State College

0%

0%

39%

$8

$3,735

78

115

Tulane Univ.

85%

63%

21%

$638

$50,004

125

116

Univ. of South Carolina

82%

33%

42%

$302

$12,013

125

117

Boston Univ.

87%

62%

29%

$585

$22,137

500

118

Univ. of Cincinnati

73%

14%

45%

$909

$41,724

125

119

Univ. of Oregon

83%

38%

39%

$246

$11,994

180

120

Univ. of Colorado

83%

39%

35%

$204

$6,584

400

121

Arizona State Univ.

76%

26%

41%

$207

$5,381

100

122

DePaul Univ.

83%

43%

33%

$198

$11,112

100

123

Univ. of Arizona

77%

29%

34%

$310

$8,413

250

124

Temple Univ.

79%

20%

29%

$141

$4,358

500

125

San Diego State

77%

7%

26%

$59

$2,121

125

126