National Liberal Arts College Rankings

National Liberal Arts College Methodology

Among the National Liberal Arts Colleges are schools like Pomona College and Bowdoin College, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

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U.S. News rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Fall 2012 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate Classes with fewer than 20 students SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#35 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

$43,402 1,084 15.7% 92% 87%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Pomona College

Claremont, CA

$43,580 1,607 13.0% 98% 96%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Principia College

Elsah, IL

$25,980 489 86.7% 84% 8 76% 8
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Purchase College—​SUNY

Purchase, NY

in-state: $7,573, out-of-state: $17,023 4,267 33.4% 82% 63%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

$33,260 645 83.2% 76% 57%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

$34,850 1,312 54.0% 78% 56%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Reed College 1

Portland, OR

$44,460 N/A 39.9% 4 90% 8 79% 6
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

$39,794 1,927 54.6% 90% 81%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

$31,602 931 77.5% 84% 72%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Roanoke College

Salem, VA

$36,222 2,060 69.4% 79% 65%
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Rust College

Holly Springs, MS

$8,900 934 32.8% 57% 32%
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SUNY College—​Old Westbury

Old Westbury, NY

in-state: $6,624, out-of-state: $15,874 4,422 52.0% 77% 35%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

$24,566 1,165 73.2% 79% 8 62%
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San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

$25,108 742 42.6% 60% 43%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Sarah Lawrence College 1

Bronxville, NY

$46,924 N/A N/A 82% 8 74% 6
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Savannah State University 1

Savannah, GA

in-state: $5,290, out-of-state: $14,812 N/A 71.2% 4 72% 8 31% 8
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Scripps College

Claremont, CA

$45,564 962 32.4% 92% 90%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

$35,756 1,557 58.8% 88% 78%
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Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

in-state: $7,177, out-of-state: $12,291 4,652 82.2% 52% 20%
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Shimer College 1

Chicago, IL

$30,780 N/A 46.3% 4 84% 8 38% 6
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Shorter University 1

Rome, GA

$18,830 N/A 65.0% 4 71% 8 51% 6
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

$31,368 3,267 57.5% 88% 73%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
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Simpson University

Redding, CA

$23,300 1,297 61.6% 69% 41%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

$45,724 2,689 41.9% 94% 88%
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Smith College

Northampton, MA

$43,114 3,212 42.4% 92% 85%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

$29,092 438 45.8% 95% 92%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

$35,240 1,394 60.5% 86% 75%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

$35,204 1,954 74.7% 86% 74%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. St. John's College 1

Annapolis, MD

$45,004 N/A 78.1% 4 90% 8 67% 6
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

$37,167 1,983 74.8% 91% 77%
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

$46,040 2,488 48.2% 92% 80%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

$34,600 1,469 84.8% 87% 78%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

in-state: $14,865, out-of-state: $28,665 1,933 72.0% 88% 81%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

$39,015 2,410 78.0% 89% 82%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

$31,866 2,287 80.4% 83% 75%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

$40,700 3,176 60.4% 93% 86%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Sterling College

Craftsbury Common, VT

$28,760 94 90.1% 65% 8 49% 6
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Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL

$14,910 1,019 41.0% 58% 25%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Stonehill College

Easton, MA

$36,160 2,602 79.9% 89% 80%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

$38,780 2,215 75.5% 85% 74%
#3 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

$44,718 1,552 14.2% 97% 92%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

$33,605 739 79.3% 77% 62%
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Talladega College 1

Talladega, AL

$11,492 N/A N/A 55% 8 20% 6
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$24,500 370 80.6% 85% 76%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Merrimack, NH

$19,800 94 N/A N/A 59% 6
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Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

$10,210 972 37.4% 75% 52%

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