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
#3 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

$44,718 1,552 14.2% 97% 92%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

$35,756 1,557 58.8% 88% 78%
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

$41,120 1,557 66.4% 84% 69%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

$38,930 1,558 84.7% 75% 58%
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Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

$26,850 1,564 47.3% 73% 40%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

$37,170 1,565 66.4% 86% 75%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

$38,300 1,570 56.9% 84% 70%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

$35,515 1,588 62.7% 89% 84%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Pomona College

Claremont, CA

$43,580 1,607 13.0% 98% 96%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wheaton College

Norton, MA

$45,074 1,616 64.3% 87% 82%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

in-state: $8,100, out-of-state: $10,530 1,644 N/A N/A N/A
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Berea College

Berea, KY

$1,070 1,658 31.8% 81% 66%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

$36,240 1,663 82.8% 83% 67%
#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%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

$45,640 1,667 36.0% 93% 90%
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Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

$18,236 1,669 38.1% 71% 42%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

$43,656 1,674 36.3% 94% 90%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

$44,530 1,680 69.8% 90% 74%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Bates College

Lewiston, ME

$45,650 1,753 26.6% 94% 88%
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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

$29,090 1,760 54.3% 74% 57%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#30 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

$43,900 1,774 41.4% 92% 82%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Davidson College

Davidson, NC

$42,849 1,790 24.8% 97% 93%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

in-state: $8,525, out-of-state: $17,470 1,799 67.2% 74% 47%
#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. Amherst College

Amherst, MA

$46,574 1,817 13.0% 98% 95%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

$40,510 1,821 73.6% 83% 68%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

$45,446 1,839 15.8% 96% 95%
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Colby College

Waterville, ME

$45,760 1,863 29.0% 95% 90%
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

$46,080 1,884 27.2% 95% 91%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

$37,362 1,893 71.0% 80% 60%
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

$38,030 1,894 91.2% 78% 65%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

$12,584 1,896 60.0% 82% 60%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Gordon College

Wenham, MA

$33,230 1,909 40.3% 84% 74%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

$35,518 1,909 78.5% 78% 74%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

$39,794 1,927 54.6% 90% 81%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Connecticut College

New London, CT

$46,085 1,933 35.9% 90% 85%
#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%
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Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

$15,210 1,946 52.6% 73% 44%
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Marymount Manhattan College

New York, NY

$26,640 1,952 71.8% 65% 40%
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

$35,204 1,954 74.7% 86% 74%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

$37,167 1,983 74.8% 91% 77%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

$39,316 2,013 59.5% 91% 82%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Granite State College

Concord, NH

in-state: $9,075, out-of-state: $9,375 2,018 100.0% 57% 52% 6
#31 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

$44,222 2,026 23.0% 95% 90%
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University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY

$17,750 2,031 100.0% 52% 28%
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Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ

$25,880 2,036 54.6% 69% 37%
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Carleton College

Northfield, MN

$46,167 2,055 25.6% 97% 94%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Roanoke College

Salem, VA

$36,222 2,060 69.4% 79% 65%

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