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
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

$41,226 1,525 76.2% 89% 73%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

$31,368 3,267 57.5% 88% 73%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

$35,650 906 67.0% 86% 73%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

$35,866 1,382 70.2% 80% 72%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Beacon College

Leesburg, FL

$29,910 186 N/A N/A 72% 6
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hendrix College

Conway, AR

$37,816 1,388 83.0% 85% 72%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

$32,520 915 54.8% 81% 72%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

$31,602 931 77.5% 84% 72%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

$36,430 1,180 52.9% 81% 71%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Earlham College

Richmond, IN

$41,450 1,211 74.9% 83% 71%
#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%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

$35,730 1,367 66.7% 80% 70%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Goshen College

Goshen, IN

$28,500 928 60.0% 81% 70%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

$38,300 1,570 56.9% 84% 70%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

$21,680 1,084 71.9% 81% 70%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

$30,700 1,486 65.4% 80% 69%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Drew University

Madison, NJ

$43,918 2,447 85.1% 80% 69%
#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%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

$41,120 1,557 66.4% 84% 69%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

$32,814 2,631 77.7% 83% 68%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Hampden-​Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

$37,352 1,080 55.6% 79% 68%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

$40,510 1,821 73.6% 83% 68%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Houghton College

Houghton, NY

$27,728 1,165 73.4% 86% 67%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

$36,240 1,663 82.8% 83% 67%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
#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
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$40,096 2,448 63.6% 82% 67%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Alma College

Alma, MI

$32,785 1,464 71.9% 80% 66%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Berea College

Berea, KY

$1,070 1,658 31.8% 81% 66%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

$39,084 2,254 71.7% 81% 66%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

$30,690 1,231 80.6% 81% 65%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Hanover College

Hanover, IN

$31,760 1,123 63.9% 81% 65%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

$33,756 1,365 71.6% 81% 65%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Roanoke College

Salem, VA

$36,222 2,060 69.4% 79% 65%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

$38,030 1,894 91.2% 78% 65%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

$34,788 885 62.0% 83% 64%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Bennington College

Bennington, VT

$45,680 826 63.0% 86% 64%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
#93 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

$38,952 340 70.6% 85% 64%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Doane College

Crete, NE

$26,180 1,149 76.5% 76% 64%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

$46,625 1,461 63.7% 83% 64%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

$30,290 1,324 61.9% 76% 63%
#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%

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