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
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Bard College

Annandale on Hudson, NY

$46,370 2,322 35.2% 88% 79%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

$41,456 2,344 42.1% 91% 81%
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

$35,756 1,557 58.8% 88% 78%
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Lafayette College

Easton, PA

$43,970 2,488 34.5% 95% 91%
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Trinity College

Hartford, CT

$47,510 2,387 33.7% 91% 83%
#35 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

$43,402 1,084 15.7% 92% 87%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Barnard College

New York, NY

$44,790 2,504 22.6% 95% 90%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

$46,902 3,618 27.0% 94% 90%
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

$45,640 1,667 36.0% 93% 90%
#31 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

$44,222 2,026 23.0% 95% 90%
#30 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

$43,900 1,774 41.4% 92% 82%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

$44,272 2,926 33.5% 95% 93%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

$46,870 2,944 31.3% 94% 85%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Scripps College

Claremont, CA

$45,564 962 32.4% 92% 90%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

$0 4,120 9.9% 90% 80%
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

$45,320 3,626 30.3% 93% 83%
#24 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

$45,388 2,070 36.7% 95% 90%
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Bates College

Lewiston, ME

$45,650 1,753 26.6% 94% 88%
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Colby College

Waterville, ME

$45,760 1,863 29.0% 95% 90%
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

$46,380 2,886 29.4% 95% 90%
#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. Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

$43,656 1,674 36.3% 94% 90%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

$0 4,592 9.0% 94% 83%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

$46,944 3,262 20.9% 96% 91%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

$46,509 783 19.2% 98% 88%
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

$46,080 1,884 27.2% 95% 91%
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

$44,507 2,302 19.5% 94% 90%
#13 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

$47,890 2,406 22.8% 97% 91%
#12 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

$0 4,536 6.8% 97% 87%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

$45,625 1,295 13.6% 95% 92%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Davidson College

Davidson, NC

$42,849 1,790 24.8% 97% 93%
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Haverford College

Haverford, PA

$45,426 1,205 22.9% 96% 93%
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Carleton College

Northfield, MN

$46,167 2,055 25.6% 97% 94%
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

$43,554 2,481 30.1% 96% 92%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

$45,446 1,839 15.8% 96% 95%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

$45,314 2,516 17.2% 96% 94%
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Pomona College

Claremont, CA

$43,580 1,607 13.0% 98% 96%
#3 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

$44,718 1,552 14.2% 97% 92%
#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. Amherst College

Amherst, MA

$46,574 1,817 13.0% 98% 95%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Williams College

Williamstown, MA

$46,600 2,106 17.0% 97% 96%

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