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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In-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
4,536
Setting:
city
#12 Overall Score: 88 out of 100.

The United States Naval Academy is a public school located in the waterfront town of Annapolis, Md. Students, known as midshipmen, are officers in training, and tuition is fully funded by the U.S. Navy in return for active-duty service after graduation.

Tuition and fees:
$47,890 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,406
Setting:
suburban
#13 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College is a private liberal arts institution in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Though Vassar was a women’s college until 1969, males now make up more than 40 percent of the student body.

Tuition and fees:
$46,080 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,884
Setting:
rural
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100.

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Hamilton College is a private institution located in Clinton, N.Y. The school stresses effective writing skills, and students must pass at least three writing-intensive courses before graduation.

Tuition and fees:
$44,507 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,838
Setting:
rural
#14 Overall Score: 86 out of 100.

Washington and Lee University is a private institution named for George Washington, who gave a generous endowment to the school, and Robert E. Lee, a former president of the college. The school is located in historic Lexington, Va., where about 80 percent of the student body is involved in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$46,509 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
783
Setting:
suburban
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100.

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College is a private liberal arts school known for its strong programs in math, science, and engineering. Harvey Mudd is located in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Tuition and fees:
$43,656 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,674
Setting:
rural
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Students at Grinnell College, a private school in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa, are known for their social activism. Grinnell ranks top among schools of its size in sending volunteers to the Peace Corps.

In-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,592
Setting:
suburban
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, is the oldest of the country’s five federal service academies. The public school is located in West Point, N.Y., where graduates earn a bachelor of science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Tuition and fees:
$46,944 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,940
Setting:
city
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University is located in Middletown, Conn., overlooking the Connecticut River. The private institution’s sports teams compete in the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference, as well as in the unofficial Little Three athletic conference with Amherst College and Williams College.

Tuition and fees:
$46,380 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,871
Setting:
rural
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University is a private institution located in Hamilton, N.Y., a small town with a population about equal to the size of the student body. Students can explore the surrounding region and beyond through the Colgate’s unique Outdoor Education Program, which includes winter camping, kayaking, and skiing trips.

Tuition and fees:
$43,114 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,664
Setting:
city
#20 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Smith College, a private school in Northampton, Mass., is one of the largest liberal arts schools for women in the country. Students live in group houses, not dormitories, at Smith.

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