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
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

$22,340 1,532 69.1% 78% 59%
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Castleton State College

Castleton, VT

in-state: $9,864, out-of-state: $22,464 2,156 76.1% 70% 41%
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Burlington College

Burlington, VT

$22,860 226 86.1% 61% 23%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

$22,890 1,447 49.0% 96% 77%
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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%
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Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL

$23,000 976 61.0% 68% 60%
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Simpson University

Redding, CA

$23,300 1,297 61.6% 69% 41%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Lyon College

Batesville, AR

$23,594 600 68.6% 65% 49%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Harrisburg, PA

$23,900 354 47.4% 60% 8 18%
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Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

$23,900 450 81.3% 49% 19%
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William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

$23,900 791 61.0% 67% 45%
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Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, MN

$23,950 600 78.0% 72% 51%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$24,500 370 80.6% 85% 76%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

$24,566 1,165 73.2% 79% 8 62%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
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Virginia Intermont College

Bristol, VA

$24,642 496 99.0% 63% 17%
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI

$24,770 1,090 67.7% 77% 58%
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Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$24,930 345 59.2% 60% 38%
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San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

$25,108 742 42.6% 60% 43%
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Brevard College

Brevard, NC

$25,200 633 53.7% 58% 32%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
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Bethany College

Bethany, WV

$25,735 842 43.0% 62% 48%
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Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ

$25,880 2,036 54.6% 69% 37%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Principia College

Elsah, IL

$25,980 489 86.7% 84% 8 76% 8
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Doane College

Crete, NE

$26,180 1,149 76.5% 76% 64%
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Marymount Manhattan College

New York, NY

$26,640 1,952 71.8% 65% 40%
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Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

$26,850 1,564 47.3% 73% 40%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Houghton College

Houghton, NY

$27,728 1,165 73.4% 86% 67%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

$27,800 987 58.1% 81% 62%
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Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

$27,922 1,459 60.1% 67% 48%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

$27,970 1,519 70.2% 78% 59%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

$28,250 4,008 75.6% 87% 77%
#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
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Goshen College

Goshen, IN

$28,500 928 60.0% 81% 70%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

in-state: $14,865, out-of-state: $28,665 1,933 72.0% 88% 81%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Hope College

Holland, MI

$28,720 3,343 85.1% 89% 77%
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
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Emory and Henry College

Emory, VA

$28,966 945 72.3% 73% 46%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

$29,090 2,166 66.1% 77% 62%
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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

$29,090 1,760 54.3% 74% 57%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

$29,092 438 45.8% 95% 92%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Erskine College 1

Due West, SC

$29,301 N/A 66.8% 4 73% 8 62% 6
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Warren Wilson College

Asheville, NC

$29,540 924 72.0% 68% 57%
#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%
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
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Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA

$29,960 2,370 61.4% 74% 50%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Northland College

Ashland, WI

$29,990 600 66.3% 71% 54%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

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

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