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
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Furman University

Greenville, SC

$43,164 2,915 77.5% 90% 83%
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

$40,700 3,176 60.4% 93% 86%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

$40,640 2,336 61.5% 90% 78%
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

$39,794 1,927 54.6% 90% 81%
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

$46,040 2,488 48.2% 92% 80%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

$35,650 906 67.0% 86% 73%
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

$30,880 3,034 68.7% 96% 90%
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Beloit College

Beloit, WI

$41,250 1,359 67.1% 89% 78%
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

$41,226 1,525 76.2% 89% 73%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

$46,165 2,300 53.1% 88% 76%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

$37,810 1,379 69.0% 91% 80%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$24,500 370 80.6% 85% 76%
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Willamette University

Salem, OR

$42,305 2,933 60.4% 88% 77%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

$41,680 2,080 58.1% 89% 76%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Earlham College

Richmond, IN

$41,450 1,211 74.9% 83% 71%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

$39,316 2,013 59.5% 91% 82%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

$42,755 2,422 45.7% 92% 87%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

$35,240 1,394 60.5% 86% 75%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

$24,634 2,145 38.0% 88% 73%
#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%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wheaton College

Norton, MA

$45,074 1,616 64.3% 87% 82%
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

$35,515 1,588 62.7% 89% 84%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

$41,928 3,703 64.0% 86% 76%
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Reed College 1

Portland, OR

$44,460 N/A 39.9% 4 90% 8 79% 6
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Berea College

Berea, KY

$1,070 1,658 31.8% 81% 66%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

$39,060 2,524 63.4% 92% 83%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

$37,167 1,983 74.8% 91% 77%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

$34,600 1,469 84.8% 87% 78%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

$31,560 1,074 84.9% 86% 74%
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

$41,868 2,857 82.7% 87% 77%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

$39,100 2,140 63.3% 87% 78%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

$33,830 1,260 59.1% 83% 77%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hendrix College

Conway, AR

$37,816 1,388 83.0% 85% 72%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

$22,890 1,447 49.0% 96% 77%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Knox College

Galesburg, IL

$38,952 1,430 77.6% 89% 79%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

$32,520 915 54.8% 81% 72%
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

$44,530 1,680 69.8% 90% 74%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

$34,788 885 62.0% 83% 64%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

in-state: $6,783, out-of-state: $29,812 832 59.6% 84% 69%
#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%
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

$39,015 2,410 78.0% 89% 82%
#93 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

$38,952 340 70.6% 85% 64%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

$37,926 2,070 76.7% 89% 81%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Luther College

Decorah, IA

$37,450 2,473 70.2% 88% 77%
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$38,510 1,355 66.0% 87% 78%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

$36,430 1,180 52.9% 81% 71%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Hampden-​Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

$37,352 1,080 55.6% 79% 68%
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

$39,710 1,429 40.8% 85% 8 74%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

$35,866 1,382 70.2% 80% 72%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

$35,835 2,551 68.8% 85% 78%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Bennington College

Bennington, VT

$45,680 826 63.0% 86% 64%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

$28,250 4,008 75.6% 87% 77%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Hope College

Holland, MI

$28,720 3,343 85.1% 89% 77%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

$37,170 1,565 66.4% 86% 75%
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

$40,510 1,821 73.6% 83% 68%

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