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
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

$45,724 2,689 41.9% 94% 88%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

$41,868 2,857 82.7% 87% 77%
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

$46,380 2,886 29.4% 95% 90%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Furman University

Greenville, SC

$43,164 2,915 77.5% 90% 83%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

$44,272 2,926 33.5% 95% 93%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Willamette University

Salem, OR

$42,305 2,933 60.4% 88% 77%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

$46,870 2,944 31.3% 94% 85%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

$30,880 3,034 68.7% 96% 90%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

$34,850 3,047 70.1% 75% 60%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

$40,700 3,176 60.4% 93% 86%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Smith College

Northampton, MA

$43,114 3,212 42.4% 92% 85%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

$46,944 3,262 20.9% 96% 91%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

$31,368 3,267 57.5% 88% 73%
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

$36,960 3,284 64.1% 82% 74%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Hope College

Holland, MI

$28,720 3,343 85.1% 89% 77%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

$46,902 3,618 27.0% 94% 90%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

$45,320 3,626 30.3% 93% 83%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

$41,928 3,703 64.0% 86% 76%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Asheville

Asheville, NC

in-state: $6,241, out-of-state: $20,063 3,751 63.8% 81% 55%
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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

in-state: $6,922, out-of-state: $17,762 3,891 87.3% 62% 38%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

$28,250 4,008 75.6% 87% 77%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

$0 4,120 9.9% 90% 80%
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University of Hawaii—​Hilo

Hilo, HI

in-state: $6,496, out-of-state: $18,256 4,157 75.2% 70% 8 33% 6
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Purchase College—​SUNY

Purchase, NY

in-state: $7,573, out-of-state: $17,023 4,267 33.4% 82% 63%
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SUNY College—​Old Westbury

Old Westbury, NY

in-state: $6,624, out-of-state: $15,874 4,422 52.0% 77% 35%
#12 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

$0 4,536 6.8% 97% 87%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

$0 4,592 9.0% 94% 83%
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Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

in-state: $7,177, out-of-state: $12,291 4,652 82.2% 52% 20%
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University of Wisconsin—​Parkside

Kenosha, WI

in-state: $7,316, out-of-state: $14,889 4,769 57.1% 63% 30%
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Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

in-state: $7,206, out-of-state: $17,944 9,482 82.4% 65% 29%
#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
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College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More 1

Fort Worth, TX

N/A N/A 100.0% 4 33% 8 33% 6
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Erskine College 1

Due West, SC

$29,301 N/A 66.8% 4 73% 8 62% 6
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 6
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Huston-​Tillotson University 1

Austin, TX

$11,020 N/A 90.0% 4 52% 8 24% 6
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Judson College 1

Marion, AL

$15,100 N/A 74.4% 4 65% 8 38% 6
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Marlboro College 1

Marlboro, VT

$37,640 N/A 87.3% 4 64% 8 59% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Martin University 1

Indianapolis, IN

$14,180 N/A N/A N/A 16% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. National Hispanic University 1

San Jose, CA

$8,196 N/A N/A N/A 20% 6
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Reed College 1

Portland, OR

$44,460 N/A 39.9% 4 90% 8 79% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Sarah Lawrence College 1

Bronxville, NY

$46,924 N/A N/A 82% 8 74% 6
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Savannah State University 1

Savannah, GA

in-state: $5,290, out-of-state: $14,812 N/A 71.2% 4 72% 8 31% 8
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Shimer College 1

Chicago, IL

$30,780 N/A 46.3% 4 84% 8 38% 6
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Shorter University 1

Rome, GA

$18,830 N/A 65.0% 4 71% 8 51% 6
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. St. John's College 1

Annapolis, MD

$45,004 N/A 78.1% 4 90% 8 67% 6
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Talladega College 1

Talladega, AL

$11,492 N/A N/A 55% 8 20% 6
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Wells College 1

Aurora, NY

$35,900 N/A 62.7% 4 71% 8 59% 8

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