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
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

$41,120 1,557 66.4% 84% 69%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Northland College

Ashland, WI

$29,990 600 66.3% 71% 54%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

$29,090 2,166 66.1% 77% 62%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$38,510 1,355 66.0% 87% 78%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

$33,320 794 66.0% 72% 56%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Maryville College

Maryville, TN

$31,132 1,093 65.7% 73% 53%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

$30,700 1,486 65.4% 80% 69%
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Shorter University 1

Rome, GA

$18,830 N/A 65.0% 4 71% 8 51% 6
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wheaton College

Norton, MA

$45,074 1,616 64.3% 87% 82%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

$36,960 3,284 64.1% 82% 74%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

$30,740 776 64.1% N/A 56%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

$41,928 3,703 64.0% 86% 76%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Hanover College

Hanover, IN

$31,760 1,123 63.9% 81% 65%
#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%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

$46,625 1,461 63.7% 83% 64%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$40,096 2,448 63.6% 82% 67%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

$39,060 2,524 63.4% 92% 83%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

$39,100 2,140 63.3% 87% 78%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Bennington College

Bennington, VT

$45,680 826 63.0% 86% 64%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

$35,515 1,588 62.7% 89% 84%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Wells College 1

Aurora, NY

$35,900 N/A 62.7% 4 71% 8 59% 8
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

$34,788 885 62.0% 83% 64%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

$30,290 1,324 61.9% 76% 63%
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Simpson University

Redding, CA

$23,300 1,297 61.6% 69% 41%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

$40,640 2,336 61.5% 90% 78%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

$31,500 1,247 61.5% 75% 58%
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Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA

$29,960 2,370 61.4% 74% 50%
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Louisiana State University—​Alexandria

Alexandria, LA

in-state: $4,617, out-of-state: $9,400 2,430 61.1% 57% 14%
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Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL

$23,000 976 61.0% 68% 60%
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William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

$23,900 791 61.0% 67% 45%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

$35,240 1,394 60.5% 86% 75%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Willamette University

Salem, OR

$42,305 2,933 60.4% 88% 77%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

$40,700 3,176 60.4% 93% 86%
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Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

$27,922 1,459 60.1% 67% 48%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Goshen College

Goshen, IN

$28,500 928 60.0% 81% 70%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

$12,584 1,896 60.0% 82% 60%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

in-state: $6,783, out-of-state: $29,812 832 59.6% 84% 69%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

$39,316 2,013 59.5% 91% 82%
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Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$24,930 345 59.2% 60% 38%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

$33,830 1,260 59.1% 83% 77%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

$35,756 1,557 58.8% 88% 78%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

$27,800 987 58.1% 81% 62%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

$41,680 2,080 58.1% 89% 76%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
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Allen University

Columbia, SC

$11,940 672 57.7% 51% 21%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

$31,368 3,267 57.5% 88% 73%

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