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
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Simpson University

Redding, CA

$23,300 1,297 61.6% 69% 41%
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Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL

$14,910 1,019 41.0% 58% 25%
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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%
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Talladega College 1

Talladega, AL

$11,492 N/A N/A 55% 8 20% 6
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Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

$10,210 972 37.4% 75% 52%
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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
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University of Maine—​Machias

Machias, ME

in-state: $7,480, out-of-state: $19,300 925 82.6% 67% 30%
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University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY

$17,750 2,031 100.0% 52% 28%
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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK

in-state: $5,820, out-of-state: $13,860 983 38.5% 65% 40%
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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%
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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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Virginia Intermont College

Bristol, VA

$24,642 496 99.0% 63% 17%
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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%
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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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William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

$23,900 791 61.0% 67% 45%
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI

$24,770 1,090 67.7% 77% 58%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

$27,970 1,519 70.2% 78% 59%
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Erskine College 1

Due West, SC

$29,301 N/A 66.8% 4 73% 8 62% 6
#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Northland College

Ashland, WI

$29,990 600 66.3% 71% 54%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Albright College

Reading, PA

$36,660 2,264 46.7% 74% 53%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Maryville College

Maryville, TN

$31,132 1,093 65.7% 73% 53%
#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%
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Virginia Wesleyan College

Norfolk, VA

$32,182 1,431 85.8% 66% 48%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Emory and Henry College

Emory, VA

$28,966 945 72.3% 73% 46%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

$32,470 2,462 80.0% 76% 57%
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

$22,340 1,532 69.1% 78% 59%
#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
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

$34,850 3,047 70.1% 75% 60%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

$30,740 776 64.1% N/A 56%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

$23,725 1,059 64.9% 81% 64%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Lyon College

Batesville, AR

$23,594 600 68.6% 65% 49%
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Warren Wilson College

Asheville, NC

$29,540 924 72.0% 68% 57%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

$31,500 1,247 61.5% 75% 58%
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

$31,280 1,079 82.7% 77% 55%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

$38,930 1,558 84.7% 75% 58%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

$33,756 1,365 71.6% 81% 65%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Wesleyan College

Macon, GA

$19,750 709 50.2% 81% 48%
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

$20,560 3,178 63.5% 67% 47%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Doane College

Crete, NE

$26,180 1,149 76.5% 76% 64%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

$30,290 1,324 61.9% 76% 63%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

$27,800 987 58.1% 81% 62%
#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%
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

$24,566 1,165 73.2% 79% 8 62%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

$30,999 1,897 88.7% 81% 67%
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

$12,584 1,896 60.0% 82% 60%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Fisk University 1

Nashville, TN

$20,391 N/A 100.0% 4 73% 8 54% 6
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

$32,310 1,543 82.2% 76% 60%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

$27,240 2,071 79.0% 80% 65%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

$30,351 1,766 65.8% 83% 73%
#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%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

$34,250 1,747 70.4% 80% 65%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

$21,680 1,084 71.9% 81% 70%
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

$31,000 1,052 60.9% 76% 69%

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