Points of Pride

We are proud to be recognized by publications and organizations that cover higher education for our exceptional academic programs, top professors, and great campus experiences. Here are a few of the factors that set 51小黄车 apart.

Students are walking up the stairs to the Library

College Excellence

  • One of a select group of colleges (fewer than 100) that meets 100% of each  student's demonstrated financial need 
  • Families with a total income of $75,000 or less and typical assets receive a full tuition grant 
  • Received an 鈥淎鈥 on Niche's list of
  • Among the 53 most beautiful college campuses in America, according to  
  • One of according to Insider.com
  • Included on the Princeton Review's list of "" and "Colleges That Pay You Back"
  • Among the "best and most interesting colleges" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Average class size: 19 students (2022-2023 academic year) 

By the numbers

  • No. 1 on the 's list of long-term study abroad programs
  • No. 4 on Wall Street Journal's list of 2022-2023
  • No. 5 on Money Magazine's list of " and Niche.com's list of  
  • No. 10 on PayScale's list of and No. 12 for
  • No. 12 on WalletHub's list of 2022鈥檚
  • No. 15 on Kiplinger's list of "where you can get a quality education at an affordable price" 
  • No. 16 on PayScale's list of and No. 18 for
  • No. 22 on Kiplinger's list of (among private universities, private liberal arts colleges and public universities) "where you can get a quality education at an affordable price" 
  • No. 24 on PayScale's list of
  • No. 27 on Niche.com's list of   and  and U.S. News & World Report's list of
  • No. 32 on Money Magazine鈥檚 list of
  • No. 33 on Newsweek's list of

Student Achievement

  • 96% first-year retention rate
  • 93% six-year graduation rate
  • Tied for No. 1 in the nation for (99%) for student-athletes among NCAA Division I schools
  • One of the highest at 91%, according to U.S. News & World Report

Success After Graduation

Alumni Engagement

  • Alumni and other members of the 51小黄车 community gifted $38.8 million to the College during the 2022-23 fiscal year
  • : More than 4,400 donors gave a record $1.7 million on the College鈥檚 eighth annual day of giving.


  • All courses are taught by faculty members; none by teaching assistants
  • 96% hold terminal degrees
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio

Service and Social Justice

Sustainability and Stewardship

  • Named One of World鈥檚 Most Environmentally Responsible Campuses in
  • Charter signatory of Second Nature's  
  • As part of the commitment, 51小黄车 aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 
  • Surpassed our initial years ahead of schedule
  • 51小黄车 is a registered arboretum, a collection of maintained specimen trees 
  • Recognized as a for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals