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
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

$31,560 1,074 84.9% 86% 74%
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Trinity College

Hartford, CT

$47,510 2,387 33.7% 91% 83%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Union College

Schenectady, NY

$46,785 2,241 38.2% 93% 83%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

$0 4,120 9.9% 90% 80%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

$0 4,592 9.0% 94% 83%
#12 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

$0 4,536 6.8% 97% 87%
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University of Hawaii—​Hilo

Hilo, HI

in-state: $6,496, out-of-state: $18,256 4,157 75.2% 70% 8 33% 6
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University of Maine—​Machias

Machias, ME

in-state: $7,480, out-of-state: $19,300 925 82.6% 67% 30%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

$12,584 1,896 60.0% 82% 60%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Asheville

Asheville, NC

in-state: $6,241, out-of-state: $20,063 3,751 63.8% 81% 55%
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University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY

$17,750 2,031 100.0% 52% 28%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

$41,868 2,857 82.7% 87% 77%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

$45,320 3,626 30.3% 93% 83%
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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK

in-state: $5,820, out-of-state: $13,860 983 38.5% 65% 40%
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University of Virginia—​Wise

Wise, VA

in-state: $8,508, out-of-state: $22,932 2,420 82.9% 68% 42%
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University of Wisconsin—​Parkside

Kenosha, WI

in-state: $7,316, out-of-state: $14,889 4,769 57.1% 63% 30%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

$44,530 1,680 69.8% 90% 74%
#13 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

$47,890 2,406 22.8% 97% 91%
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Virginia Intermont College

Bristol, VA

$24,642 496 99.0% 63% 17%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

in-state: $14,404, out-of-state: $35,392 1,664 46.3% 84% 71%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA

$32,182 1,431 85.8% 66% 48%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

$35,650 906 67.0% 86% 73%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Warren Wilson College

Asheville, NC

$29,540 924 72.0% 68% 57%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

$41,120 1,557 66.4% 84% 69%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

$44,507 2,302 19.5% 94% 90%
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

$43,554 2,481 30.1% 96% 92%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Wells College 1

Aurora, NY

$35,900 N/A 62.7% 4 71% 8 59% 8
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Wesleyan College

Macon, GA

$19,750 709 50.2% 81% 48%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

$46,944 3,262 20.9% 96% 91%
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West Virginia State University

Institute, WV

in-state: $5,932, out-of-state: $13,864 2,644 89.7% 54% 8 21%
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Western State Colorado University

Gunnison, CO

in-state: $7,343, out-of-state: $17,284 2,301 95.6% 62% 38%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

$21,680 1,084 71.9% 81% 70%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

$32,445 1,518 56.3% 86% 78%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$38,510 1,355 66.0% 87% 78%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

$30,880 3,034 68.7% 96% 90%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wheaton College

Norton, MA

$45,074 1,616 64.3% 87% 82%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

$43,500 1,539 48.6% 94% 87%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$40,096 2,448 63.6% 82% 67%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Willamette University

Salem, OR

$42,305 2,933 60.4% 88% 77%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%
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William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

$23,900 791 61.0% 67% 45%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Williams College

Williamstown, MA

$46,600 2,106 17.0% 97% 96%
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI

$24,770 1,090 67.7% 77% 58%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

$38,030 1,894 91.2% 78% 65%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

$35,515 1,588 62.7% 89% 84%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%

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