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. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

$31,560 1,074 84.9% 86% 74%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

$31,280 1,079 82.7% 77% 55%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Hampden-​Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

$37,352 1,080 55.6% 79% 68%
#35 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

$43,402 1,084 15.7% 92% 87%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

$21,680 1,084 71.9% 81% 70%
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI

$24,770 1,090 67.7% 77% 58%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Maryville College

Maryville, TN

$31,132 1,093 65.7% 73% 53%
#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. Doane College

Crete, NE

$26,180 1,149 76.5% 76% 64%
#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. Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

$24,566 1,165 73.2% 79% 8 62%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

$36,430 1,180 52.9% 81% 71%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Haverford College

Haverford, PA

$45,426 1,205 22.9% 96% 93%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Earlham College

Richmond, IN

$41,450 1,211 74.9% 83% 71%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

$30,690 1,231 80.6% 81% 65%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

$31,500 1,247 61.5% 75% 58%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

$33,830 1,260 59.1% 83% 77%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

$45,625 1,295 13.6% 95% 92%
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Simpson University

Redding, CA

$23,300 1,297 61.6% 69% 41%
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Dillard University

New Orleans, LA

$16,191 1,307 33.4% 67% 8 31%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

$34,850 1,312 54.0% 78% 56%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

$30,290 1,324 61.9% 76% 63%
#49 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Centre College

Danville, KY

$36,000 1,344 69.6% 91% 87%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$38,510 1,355 66.0% 87% 78%
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Beloit College

Beloit, WI

$41,250 1,359 67.1% 89% 78%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

$33,756 1,365 71.6% 81% 65%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

$35,730 1,367 66.7% 80% 70%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

$37,810 1,379 69.0% 91% 80%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

$35,866 1,382 70.2% 80% 72%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hendrix College

Conway, AR

$37,816 1,388 83.0% 85% 72%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

$35,240 1,394 60.5% 86% 75%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

$33,650 1,403 57.8% 83% 68%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Knox College

Galesburg, IL

$38,952 1,430 77.6% 89% 79%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA

$32,182 1,431 85.8% 66% 48%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

$22,890 1,447 49.0% 96% 77%
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Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

$27,922 1,459 60.1% 67% 48%
#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. Alma College

Alma, MI

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

Notre Dame, IN

$34,600 1,469 84.8% 87% 78%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

$30,700 1,486 65.4% 80% 69%
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Lane College

Jackson, TN

$9,180 1,512 33.4% 57% 8 38%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

$32,445 1,518 56.3% 86% 78%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

$27,970 1,519 70.2% 78% 59%
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

$41,226 1,525 76.2% 89% 73%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

$22,340 1,532 69.1% 78% 59%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

$43,500 1,539 48.6% 94% 87%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

$32,310 1,543 82.2% 76% 60%

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