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
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College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More 1

Fort Worth, TX

N/A N/A 100.0% 4 33% 8 33% 6
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Granite State College

Concord, NH

in-state: $9,075, out-of-state: $9,375 2,018 100.0% 57% 52% 6
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University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY

$17,750 2,031 100.0% 52% 28%
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Virginia Intermont College

Bristol, VA

$24,642 496 99.0% 63% 17%
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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%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. American Jewish University 1

Bel-Air, CA

$28,496 N/A 94.9% 4 90% 8 42% 6
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

$38,030 1,894 91.2% 78% 65%
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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Huston-​Tillotson University 1

Austin, TX

$11,020 N/A 90.0% 4 52% 8 24% 6
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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%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

in-state: $6,922, out-of-state: $17,762 3,891 87.3% 62% 38%
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Marlboro College 1

Marlboro, VT

$37,640 N/A 87.3% 4 64% 8 59% 6
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Principia College

Elsah, IL

$25,980 489 86.7% 84% 8 76% 8
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Burlington College

Burlington, VT

$22,860 226 86.1% 61% 23%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA

$32,182 1,431 85.8% 66% 48%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Hope College

Holland, MI

$28,720 3,343 85.1% 89% 77%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Drew University

Madison, NJ

$43,918 2,447 85.1% 80% 69%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

$31,560 1,074 84.9% 86% 74%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

$34,600 1,469 84.8% 87% 78%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

$38,930 1,558 84.7% 75% 58%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Grove City College

Grove City, PA

$14,880 2,506 84.2% 91% 82%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

$33,260 645 83.2% 76% 57%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hendrix College

Conway, AR

$37,816 1,388 83.0% 85% 72%
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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%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

$36,240 1,663 82.8% 83% 67%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

$31,280 1,079 82.7% 77% 55%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

$41,868 2,857 82.7% 87% 77%
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University of Maine—​Machias

Machias, ME

in-state: $7,480, out-of-state: $19,300 925 82.6% 67% 30%
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Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

in-state: $7,206, out-of-state: $17,944 9,482 82.4% 65% 29%
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Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

in-state: $7,177, out-of-state: $12,291 4,652 82.2% 52% 20%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

$32,310 1,543 82.2% 76% 60%
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Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

$23,900 450 81.3% 49% 19%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

$30,690 1,231 80.6% 81% 65%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$24,500 370 80.6% 85% 76%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

$31,866 2,287 80.4% 83% 75%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

$32,470 2,462 80.0% 76% 57%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Stonehill College

Easton, MA

$36,160 2,602 79.9% 89% 80%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

$33,605 739 79.3% 77% 62%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

$35,518 1,909 78.5% 78% 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
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Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, MN

$23,950 600 78.0% 72% 51%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

$39,015 2,410 78.0% 89% 82%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

$32,814 2,631 77.7% 83% 68%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Knox College

Galesburg, IL

$38,952 1,430 77.6% 89% 79%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

$31,602 931 77.5% 84% 72%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Furman University

Greenville, SC

$43,164 2,915 77.5% 90% 83%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

$37,926 2,070 76.7% 89% 81%

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