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
#93 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

$38,952 340 70.6% 85% 64%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hendrix College

Conway, AR

$37,816 1,388 83.0% 85% 72%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

$38,780 2,215 75.5% 85% 74%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Principia College

Elsah, IL

$25,980 489 86.7% 84% 8 76% 8
#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%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Gordon College

Wenham, MA

$33,230 1,909 40.3% 84% 74%
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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%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

$41,120 1,557 66.4% 84% 69%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

$38,300 1,570 56.9% 84% 70%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

$31,602 931 77.5% 84% 72%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

$32,814 2,631 77.7% 83% 68%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Earlham College

Richmond, IN

$41,450 1,211 74.9% 83% 71%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

$40,510 1,821 73.6% 83% 68%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

$36,240 1,663 82.8% 83% 67%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

$34,788 885 62.0% 83% 64%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

$33,830 1,260 59.1% 83% 77%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
#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. Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

$31,866 2,287 80.4% 83% 75%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

$12,584 1,896 60.0% 82% 60%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Sarah Lawrence College 1

Bronxville, NY

$46,924 N/A N/A 82% 8 74% 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. McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

$36,960 3,284 64.1% 82% 74%
#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%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

$30,690 1,231 80.6% 81% 65%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Wesleyan College

Macon, GA

$19,750 709 50.2% 81% 48%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Hanover College

Hanover, IN

$31,760 1,123 63.9% 81% 65%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

$27,800 987 58.1% 81% 62%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

$36,430 1,180 52.9% 81% 71%
#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. Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

$39,084 2,254 71.7% 81% 66%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

$32,520 915 54.8% 81% 72%
#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%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Berea College

Berea, KY

$1,070 1,658 31.8% 81% 66%
#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. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

$21,680 1,084 71.9% 81% 70%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

$35,866 1,382 70.2% 80% 72%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

$30,700 1,486 65.4% 80% 69%
#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. Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

$37,362 1,893 71.0% 80% 60%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Drew University

Madison, NJ

$43,918 2,447 85.1% 80% 69%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Alma College

Alma, MI

$32,785 1,464 71.9% 80% 66%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%

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