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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University of Wisconsin—​Parkside

Kenosha, WI

in-state: $7,316, out-of-state: $14,889 4,769 57.1% 63% 30%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

$38,300 1,570 56.9% 84% 70%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

$32,445 1,518 56.3% 86% 78%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Hampden-​Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

$37,352 1,080 55.6% 79% 68%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

$32,520 915 54.8% 81% 72%
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Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ

$25,880 2,036 54.6% 69% 37%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

$39,794 1,927 54.6% 90% 81%
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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

$29,090 1,760 54.3% 74% 57%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

$34,850 1,312 54.0% 78% 56%
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Brevard College

Brevard, NC

$25,200 633 53.7% 58% 32%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

$46,165 2,300 53.1% 88% 76%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

$36,430 1,180 52.9% 81% 71%
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Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

$15,210 1,946 52.6% 73% 44%
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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%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Wesleyan College

Macon, GA

$19,750 709 50.2% 81% 48%
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Denison University

Granville, OH

$43,910 2,336 49.5% 90% 86%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

$22,890 1,447 49.0% 96% 77%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

$43,500 1,539 48.6% 94% 87%
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

$46,040 2,488 48.2% 92% 80%
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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Harrisburg, PA

$23,900 354 47.4% 60% 8 18%
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Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

$26,850 1,564 47.3% 73% 40%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Albright College

Reading, PA

$36,660 2,264 46.7% 74% 53%
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Shimer College 1

Chicago, IL

$30,780 N/A 46.3% 4 84% 8 38% 6
#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%
#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. Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

$42,755 2,422 45.7% 92% 87%
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Bryn Athyn College of the New Church

Bryn Athyn, PA

$17,722 257 45.4% 72% 38%
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Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY

in-state: $6,858, out-of-state: $16,458 2,524 44.7% 51% 14%
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Bethany College

Bethany, WV

$25,735 842 43.0% 62% 48%
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San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

$25,108 742 42.6% 60% 43%
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Smith College

Northampton, MA

$43,114 3,212 42.4% 92% 85%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

$41,456 2,344 42.1% 91% 81%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

$45,724 2,689 41.9% 94% 88%
#30 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

$43,900 1,774 41.4% 92% 82%
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Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL

$14,910 1,019 41.0% 58% 25%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Gordon College

Wenham, MA

$33,230 1,909 40.3% 84% 74%
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

$45,870 2,597 40.3% 91% 84%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

$46,094 2,386 40.2% 91% 85%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Reed College 1

Portland, OR

$44,460 N/A 39.9% 4 90% 8 79% 6
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

$46,270 2,178 39.4% 92% 84%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

$46,285 2,365 39.3% 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%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Union College

Schenectady, NY

$46,785 2,241 38.2% 93% 83%
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Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

$18,236 1,669 38.1% 71% 42%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
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Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

$10,210 972 37.4% 75% 52%
#24 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

$45,388 2,070 36.7% 95% 90%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

$43,656 1,674 36.3% 94% 90%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

$45,640 1,667 36.0% 93% 90%

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