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
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

$37,926 2,070 76.7% 89% 81%
#24 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

$45,388 2,070 36.7% 95% 90%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

$41,680 2,080 58.1% 89% 76%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Williams College

Williamstown, MA

$46,600 2,106 17.0% 97% 96%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

$39,100 2,140 63.3% 87% 78%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
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Castleton State College

Castleton, VT

in-state: $9,864, out-of-state: $22,464 2,156 76.1% 70% 41%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

$29,090 2,166 66.1% 77% 62%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

$46,270 2,178 39.4% 92% 84%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

$38,780 2,215 75.5% 85% 74%
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Union College

Schenectady, NY

$46,785 2,241 38.2% 93% 83%
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

$39,084 2,254 71.7% 81% 66%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Albright College

Reading, PA

$36,660 2,264 46.7% 74% 53%
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

$31,866 2,287 80.4% 83% 75%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

$46,165 2,300 53.1% 88% 76%
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Western State Colorado University

Gunnison, CO

in-state: $7,343, out-of-state: $17,284 2,301 95.6% 62% 38%
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

$44,507 2,302 19.5% 94% 90%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Bard College

Annandale on Hudson, NY

$46,370 2,322 35.2% 88% 79%
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Denison University

Granville, OH

$43,910 2,336 49.5% 90% 86%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

$40,640 2,336 61.5% 90% 78%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

$41,456 2,344 42.1% 91% 81%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

$46,285 2,365 39.3% 93% 83%
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Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA

$29,960 2,370 61.4% 74% 50%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

$25,460 2,377 66.4% 83% 56%
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

$46,094 2,386 40.2% 91% 85%
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Trinity College

Hartford, CT

$47,510 2,387 33.7% 91% 83%
#13 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

$47,890 2,406 22.8% 97% 91%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

$39,015 2,410 78.0% 89% 82%
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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%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

$42,755 2,422 45.7% 92% 87%
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Louisiana State University—​Alexandria

Alexandria, LA

in-state: $4,617, out-of-state: $9,400 2,430 61.1% 57% 14%
#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. Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$40,096 2,448 63.6% 82% 67%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

$32,470 2,462 80.0% 76% 57%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Luther College

Decorah, IA

$37,450 2,473 70.2% 88% 77%
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

$43,554 2,481 30.1% 96% 92%
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Lafayette College

Easton, PA

$43,970 2,488 34.5% 95% 91%
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

$46,040 2,488 48.2% 92% 80%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Barnard College

New York, NY

$44,790 2,504 22.6% 95% 90%
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Grove City College

Grove City, PA

$14,880 2,506 84.2% 91% 82%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

$45,314 2,516 17.2% 96% 94%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

$39,060 2,524 63.4% 92% 83%
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Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY

in-state: $6,858, out-of-state: $16,458 2,524 44.7% 51% 14%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

$35,835 2,551 68.8% 85% 78%
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

$45,870 2,597 40.3% 91% 84%
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Stonehill College

Easton, MA

$36,160 2,602 79.9% 89% 80%
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

$32,814 2,631 77.7% 83% 68%
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West Virginia State University

Institute, WV

in-state: $5,932, out-of-state: $13,864 2,644 89.7% 54% 8 21%
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Life University

Marietta, GA

$9,747 2,647 70.2% 4 72% 41%

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