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 2015 classification.

Total Number of Doctorates Earned in Different Periods

rank* Institution 2014-2018 2004-2013 1994-2003 1984-1993
1 Carleton College 452 836 766 578
2 Oberlin College 448 883 1,107 955
3 Swarthmore College 433 732 770 548
4 Wesleyan University 409 770 780 492
5 Williams College 374 668 644 357
6 Vassar College 357 595 503 406
7 Wellesley College 337 603 608 544
8 Smith College 328 640 634 526
9 Grinnell College 322 533 454 314
10 Reed College 311 570 517 437
11 St. Olaf College 304 533
(rank 10th)
599
(rank 8th)
454
(rank 8th)
12 Wheaton College (IL) 294 423 (missing) (missing)
13 Mount Holyoke College 290 438 440 411
14 Macalester College 275 475 366 294
15 Middlebury College 272 433 383 451
16 Barnard College 267 442 459 534
17 Pomona College 266 499 492 413
18 Bucknell University 265 453 445 404
19 Amherst College 263 532 517 336
20 Harvey Mudd College 262 406 (missing) (missing)

* rank in most recent five years

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 2009-2018 and the rank of St. Olaf among Bac-A&S colleges as a source of Ph.D.s in those disciplines.

Discipline – broad category
Number
Rank
Discipline – detailed category
Life Sciences 193 3
Agricultural sciences and natural resources 16 3
Biological and biomedical sciences 154 3
Health sciences 23 5
Physical sciences and earth sciences
Chemistry 36 10
Math & Computer Sciences 46 5
Math & Statistics 45 3
Education 49 7
Education administration 16 3
Teaching fields 14 3
Engineering
Bioengineering and biomedical engineering 5 6
Other non-Science & Engineering
Business management and administration 7 8

Note: We have selected disciplines or groups of disciplines where St. Olaf ranks among the top 10; please contact the IE&A Office for other disciplines. Not all detailed disciplines are available in the NCSES Interactive Data Tool

Sources:
Classification of Institutions: The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Doctorates earned: Data compiled from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF),  Survey of Earned Doctorates. 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.

Documentation for NCSES Survey of Earned Doctorates Discipline Grouping

2014-2018 and 2009-2018 data accessed 8/18/2020, earlier data accessed via former WebCaspar database 1/6/2017 and 6/9/2017