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
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

$30,690 1,231 80.6% 81% 65%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

$30,700 1,486 65.4% 80% 69%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

$30,740 776 64.1% N/A 56%
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Shimer College 1

Chicago, IL

$30,780 N/A 46.3% 4 84% 8 38% 6
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

$30,880 3,034 68.7% 96% 90%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Maryville College

Maryville, TN

$31,132 1,093 65.7% 73% 53%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

$31,280 1,079 82.7% 77% 55%
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King's College

New York, NY

$31,300 582 70.9% 66% 8 58%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

$31,368 3,267 57.5% 88% 73%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

$31,500 1,247 61.5% 75% 58%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

$31,560 1,074 84.9% 86% 74%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

$31,602 931 77.5% 84% 72%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Hanover College

Hanover, IN

$31,760 1,123 63.9% 81% 65%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

$31,866 2,287 80.4% 83% 75%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA

$32,182 1,431 85.8% 66% 48%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

$32,310 1,543 82.2% 76% 60%
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Green Mountain College

Poultney, VT

$32,436 811 68.6% 70% 8 42%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

$32,445 1,518 56.3% 86% 78%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

$32,470 2,462 80.0% 76% 57%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

$32,520 915 54.8% 81% 72%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Alma College

Alma, MI

$32,785 1,464 71.9% 80% 66%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

$32,814 2,631 77.7% 83% 68%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Gordon College

Wenham, MA

$33,230 1,909 40.3% 84% 74%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

$33,260 645 83.2% 76% 57%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

$33,320 794 66.0% 72% 56%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

$33,605 739 79.3% 77% 62%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

$33,756 1,365 71.6% 81% 65%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

$33,830 1,260 59.1% 83% 77%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

$34,600 1,469 84.8% 87% 78%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

$34,788 885 62.0% 83% 64%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

$34,850 3,047 70.1% 75% 60%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

$34,850 1,312 54.0% 78% 56%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

$35,204 1,954 74.7% 86% 74%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

$35,240 1,394 60.5% 86% 75%
#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%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

$35,515 1,588 62.7% 89% 84%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

$35,518 1,909 78.5% 78% 74%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

$35,650 906 67.0% 86% 73%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

$35,730 1,367 66.7% 80% 70%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

$35,756 1,557 58.8% 88% 78%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

$35,835 2,551 68.8% 85% 78%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

$35,866 1,382 70.2% 80% 72%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Wells College 1

Aurora, NY

$35,900 N/A 62.7% 4 71% 8 59% 8
#49 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Centre College

Danville, KY

$36,000 1,344 69.6% 91% 87%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Stonehill College

Easton, MA

$36,160 2,602 79.9% 89% 80%

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