Baccalaureate Origins of Ph.D.s

St. Olaf ranks high among liberal arts colleges in the number of its graduates who earn doctoral degrees. The data below is based on the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates and compares St. Olaf College to the other Baccalaureate-Arts & Sciences Colleges in the Carnegie 2010 classification.

Total Number of Doctorates Earned in Different Periods

Institution 2011-2015
(5 years)
2002-2011 1994-2003 1984-1993 1966-2011
1. Oberlin College 468 927 1,107 955 4,612
2. Carleton College 449 781 766 578 2,939
3. Swarthmore College 420 731 770 548 2,979
4. Williams College 388 654 644 357 2,176
5. Wesleyan University 382 758 780 492 2,618
6. Smith College 353 617 634 526 2,565
7. Vassar College 322 560 503 406 2,081
8. Wellesley College 319 597 608 544 2,597
9. Bucknell University 297 427 445 404 1,880
9. Reed College  297 543 517 437 2,145
11. Pomona College 291 474 492 413 2,178
12. St. Olaf College 289 517
(rank 12th)
599 
(rank 8th)
454 
(rank 8th)
2,126
(rank 12th)
13. Grinnell College 288 521 454 314 1,821
14. Barnard College 279 419 459 534 2,463
15. Mount Holyoke College 274 425 440 411 1,869
16. Macalester College 271 452 366 294 1,510
17. Amherst College 263 537 517 336 2,154
18. Harvey Mudd College  256 366 (missing) (missing) 1,196
19. Colgate University 248 411 377 329 1,630
20. Middlebury College 241 397 383 451 1,426

St. Olaf Graduates, Degrees Earned by Discipline

Looking at specific disciplines, the following table shows the number of Ph.D.s awarded to St. Olaf graduates during the period 2006-2015 and the rank of St. Olaf among Bac-A&S colleges as a source of Ph.D.s in those disciplines.

Discipline Number Rank
Arts & Music 27 11
Biological Science 116 9
Chemistry 36 6
Education 50 6
Life Sciences 11 5
Math & Computer Sciences
(broad)
43 5
Math & Statistics
(detailed)
42 2
Medical Sciences 14 11
Physical Sciences 49 9
Psychology 46 18
Religion & Theology
(ranked 12th among ALL institution types)
27 2
Social Service Professions 4 17

Note: We have selected disciplines or groups of disciplines where St. Olaf ranks among the top 20; please contact the IR&E Office for other disciplines.

Sources:
Classification of Institutions: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2010 Edition, as recorded in WebCASPAR database. (270 Baccalaureate Arts & Sciences colleges listed)

Doctorates earned: Data compiled from the National Science Foundation, Survey of Earned Doctorates/Doctorate Records File, WebCASPAR database. Note that professional degrees, including Psy.D., D.Min., Pharm.D., M.D., etc. are not included.

Definition of rankings:
Rank assigned by total sum of doctorates earned by institutions’ alumni during each time period noted.

Ranked positions of ties were skipped in order to reflect the total number of institutions with valid values for the given time period in the ranks.

NSF’s Grouping of Academic Disciplines:
Sciences and Engineering

* Engineering
* Physical Sciences: Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Other Physical Sciences
* Geosciences: Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Other Geosciences
* Math and Computer Sciences: Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, Other Math Sciences
* Life Sciences: Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences (not M.D.s), Other Life Sciences
* Psychology
* Social Sciences: Economics, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, History of Science, Area and Ethnic Studies, Other Social Sciences
* Science and Engineering Technologies
* Interdisciplinary or Other Sciences

Non-sciences

* Humanities: History, English and Literature, Foreign Languages, Other Humanities
* Religion and Theology
* Arts and Music
* Architecture and Environmental Design
* Education
* Business and Management
* Communication and Librarianship
* Law (but not J.D.)
* Social Service Professions
* Vocational Studies and Home Economics
* Other Non-sciences or Unknown Disciplines

NSF data accessed via WebCaspar 1/6/2017 and 6/9/2017; 1966-2011 data provided via HEDS 8/14/13