Current Undergraduate Peers

Washington and Lee University - Current Undergraduate Peers

The University's undergraduate peers are the top rated liberal arts institutions in America as ranked by various publications. Although a ranking scheme may have many flaws, the metrics that undergird those schemes have merit when helping to assess and compare institutional inputs, outputs, and efficiencies.

College/University US News Rank 2018 Edition US News Rank 2019 Edition US News Rank 2020 Edition US News Rank 2021 Edition US News Rank 2022 Edition
Amherst College* 2 2 2 2 2
Barnard College 26 25 25 22 17
Bowdoin College* 3 5 6 6 6
Carleton College* 8 5 7 9 9
Claremont McKenna College* 8 9 7 6 8
Colby College* 12 18 11 15 17
Colgate University 12 16 17 20 17
Davidson College* 10 10 17 15 13
Grinnell College* 18 11 14 13 13
Hamilton College* 18 16 14 9 13
Haverford College* 18 11 11 15 16
Middlebury College* 6 5 7 9 9
Pomona College* 6 5 5 4 4
Smith College* 12 11 11 15 17
Swarthmore College* 3 3 3 3 3
University of Richmond 23 25 23 22 22
Vassar College* 12 11 14 13 22
Washington & Lee University* 10 11 10 9 11
Wellesley College* 3 3 3 4 5
Wesleyan University 21 18 17 20 17
Williams College* 1 1 1 1 1

*Represents institution typically ranked in the top 15.

Note: Top 21 List Excludes Military Academies ranked 6th , 11th , and 22nd(2022 Edition); includes three Women’s Institutions; Ranking indicates the actual US News Best Colleges rank.

Other institutions that may be considered peers for various comparisons:

College/University U.S. News - 2020 Edition U.S. News - 2021 Edition US News Rank 2022 Edition
Bates College 21 22 25
Colorado College 27 25 26
Macalaster College 25 27 27
Harvey Mudd 23 25 28
Kenyon College 27 28 30
Bryn Mawr College 27 28 30
Scripps College 33 28 30