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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Tuition and fees:
$46,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,052
Setting:
rural
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100.

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College, a private institution in Williamstown, Mass., has three undergraduate academic branches: humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Classes at Williams are small and use an Oxford-style teaching method that relies heavily on student participation.

Tuition and fees:
$46,574 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,817
Setting:
rural
#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100.

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College, a private school in Amherst, Mass., is known for its rigorous academic climate. Because Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges consortium, students can also take courses at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts--Amherst.

Tuition and fees:
$44,718 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,552
Setting:
suburban
#3 Overall Score: 94 out of 100.

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

About 10 miles outside of Philadelphia, Penn. is Swarthmore College, a private liberal arts institution that also offers a unique engineering degree program. Because Swarthmore is part of the Tri-College Consortium, students can also take courses at nearby Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College.

Tuition and fees:
$45,446 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,839
Setting:
suburban
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Submitting SAT and ACT scores is optional for admission to Bowdoin College, a private institution located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. The college is home to many organizations including the Peucinian Society, one of the oldest literary and intellectual societies in the country.

Tuition and fees:
$45,314 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,516
Setting:
rural
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Among the academic focuses at Middlebury College are programs in environmental studies, international studies, the sciences, and literature. The private institution is located in Middlebury, Vt. in a valley between the Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains.

Tuition and fees:
$43,580 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,607
Setting:
suburban
#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Pomona College is located in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Students can take advantage of this private institution's unique location during the annual Ski Beach Day, a morning of skiing at a local resort before an afternoon on a beach in Orange County.

Tuition and fees:
$46,167 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,055
Setting:
rural
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100.

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Carleton College is a private school in the historic river town of Northfield, Minn. Carls, as its students are known, have about 35 majors to choose from and more than 170 organizations to check out.

Tuition and fees:
$43,554 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,481
Setting:
suburban
#7 Overall Score: 91 out of 100.

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley is a private liberal arts college for women about 10 miles from Boston in Wellesley, Mass. Students at Wellesley have more than 1,000 courses and more than 50 majors to choose from and can also cross-register for classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tuition and fees:
$45,625 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,264
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which include Scripps College, Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. Claremont McKenna students can take classes, play sports, and attend social functions at the other member schools.

Tuition and fees:
$42,849 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,790
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Davidson College, a private institution about 20 miles from Charlotte, N.C., has a need-blind admissions policy. Through the Davidson Trust, the school aims to graduate students without debt by meeting all demonstrated need with a combination of grants and work-study programs rather than loans.

Tuition and fees:
$45,426 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,205
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

About 10 miles outside Philadelphia is Haverford College, a private liberal arts school in Haverford, Pa. Students have more than 150 organizations and sports teams to get involved in, including the only varsity cricket team in the country.

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.

Tuition and fees:
$45,650 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,753
Setting:
city
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100.

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Bates College is located in Lewiston, Maine and was the first coeducational college in New England. The private school’s unique academic calendar includes a five-week spring term, during which students can study a single subject or partake in an off-campus program.

Tuition and fees:
$45,760 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,863
Setting:
rural
#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100.

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Colby College’s campus in Waterville, Maine is a State Wildlife Management Area and is home to a wildlife refuge. The private school operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, which includes a four-week January term for internships, study abroad trips, and research projects.

Tuition and fees:
$45,388 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,070
Setting:
urban
#24 Overall Score: 81 out of 100.

Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

A private institution, Macalester College was founded in 1874.

Tuition and fees:
$44,272 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,926
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100.

College of the Holy Cross has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,926, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$46,870 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,930
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100.

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

Students at Oberlin College can study in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music, a renowned undergraduate music school. The private school, located in Oberlin, Ohio, is also home to the largest student cooperative housing organization in the country.

Tuition and fees:
$45,564 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
945
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100.

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Scripps College is a liberal arts college for women in Claremont, Calif. Because Scripps is a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, students can also take classes and participate in extracurricular activities at Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Pitzer College, and Harvey Mudd College.

In-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$0 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,120
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100.

United States Air Force Academy was established in 1954 as a public institution. United States Air Force Academy follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$45,320 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,074
Setting:
suburban
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100.

University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

A private institution, University of Richmond was founded in 1830. University of Richmond offers a Greek system, where 27 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 13 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$43,900 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,322
Setting:
suburban
#30 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,322, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 93.8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6.2 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$44,222 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,008
Setting:
city
#31 Overall Score: 78 out of 100.

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

Founded in 1874, Colorado College is a private institution. Colorado College follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$44,790 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,504
Setting:
urban
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100.

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. The school has 70.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Barnard College is 10:1.

Tuition and fees:
$46,902 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,536
Setting:
rural
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100.

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University was established in 1846 as a private institution. Bucknell University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$45,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,667
Setting:
rural
#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100.

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

A private institution, Kenyon College was founded in 1824. Kenyon College offers a Greek system, where 16 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 14 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$43,402 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,084
Setting:
suburban
#35 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Pitzer College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,084, with a gender distribution of 38.7 percent male students and 61.3 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$43,970 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,488
Setting:
city
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Founded in 1826, Lafayette College is a private institution. Lafayette College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$47,510 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,301
Setting:
urban
#36 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

Trinity College is a private institution that was founded in 1823. The school has 62.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Trinity College is 10:1.

Tuition and fees:
$46,370 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,051
Setting:
rural
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100.

Bard College

Annandale on Hudson, NY

Bard College was established in 1860 as a private institution. Bard College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$41,456 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,322
Setting:
suburban
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100.

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

A private institution, Mount Holyoke College was founded in 1837.

Tuition and fees:
$35,756 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,478
Setting:
rural
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100.

Sewanee--University of the South has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,478, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 percent female students. At this school, 96 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 4 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$46,270 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,176
Setting:
urban
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100.

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 1887, Occidental College is a private institution. Occidental College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$29,092 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
436
Setting:
suburban
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100.

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

Soka University of America is a private institution that was founded in 1987. The school has 96.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Soka University of America is 9:1.

Tuition and fees:
$46,785 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,241
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100.

Union College

Schenectady, NY

Union College was established in 1795 as a private institution. Union College follows a trimester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$43,500 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,539
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100.

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

A private institution, Whitman College was founded in 1883. Whitman College offers a Greek system, where 37 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 51 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$46,085 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,926
Setting:
city
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

Connecticut College

New London, CT

Connecticut College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,926, with a gender distribution of 40.4 percent male students and 59.6 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$46,094 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,386
Setting:
suburban
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Founded in 1783, Dickinson College is a private institution. Dickinson College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$46,285 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,365
Setting:
city
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

Franklin and Marshall College is a private institution that was founded in 1787. The school has 56.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Franklin and Marshall College is 9:1.

Tuition and fees:
$45,724 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,660
Setting:
suburban
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College was established in 1903 as a private institution. Skidmore College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$36,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,344
Setting:
city
#49 Overall Score: 71 out of 100.

Centre College

Danville, KY

A private institution, Centre College was founded in 1819. Centre College offers a Greek system, where 38 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 41 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$43,910 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,336
Setting:
suburban
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100.

Denison University

Granville, OH

Denison University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,336, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$45,870 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,597
Setting:
suburban
#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100.

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a private institution. Gettysburg College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$43,164 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,753
Setting:
suburban
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Furman University is a private institution that was founded in 1826. The school has 56.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Furman University is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$40,700 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,176
Setting:
rural
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

St. Olaf College was established in 1874 as a private institution. St. Olaf College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$40,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,336
Setting:
rural
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

A private institution, DePauw University was founded in 1837. DePauw University offers a Greek system, where 65 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 76 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$39,794 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,915
Setting:
urban
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Rhodes College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,915, with a gender distribution of 41 percent male students and 59 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$46,040 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,398
Setting:
rural
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100.

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private institution. St. Lawrence University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,650 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
906
Setting:
city
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College is a private institution that was founded in 1832. The school has 73.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Wabash College is 10:1.

Tuition and fees:
$30,880 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,508
Setting:
suburban
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College was established in 1860 as a private institution. Wheaton College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$41,250 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,359
Setting:
city
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Beloit College

Beloit, WI

A private institution, Beloit College was founded in 1846. Beloit College offers a Greek system, where 6 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$41,226 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,525
Setting:
city
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

Lawrence University is comprised of both a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music, which about one fourth of all students attend. All students must live in university housing.

Tuition and fees:
$46,165 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,292
Setting:
city
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Founded in 1822, Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a private institution. Hobart and William Smith Colleges follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$37,810 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,379
Setting:
city
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo College is a private liberal arts school in southwest Michigan. Students at Kalamazoo can join more than 80 campus clubs and drive about 35 miles to the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Tuition and fees:
$24,500 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
370
Setting:
rural
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Thomas Aquinas College was established in 1971 as a private institution. Thomas Aquinas College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$42,305 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,103
Setting:
city
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

A private institution, Willamette University was founded in 1842. Willamette University offers a Greek system, where 20 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 18 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$41,680 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,080
Setting:
suburban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

College of Wooster has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,080, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 99.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 0.7 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$41,450 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,087
Setting:
city
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Earlham College

Richmond, IN

A Quaker school in Richmond, Ind., Earlam College offers unique academic opportunities in environmental studies and Japanese culture. Notable Earlham alumni include actor Michael C. Hall, who stars in the television show Dexter.

Tuition and fees:
$39,316 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,013
Setting:
suburban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Illinois Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1850. The school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Illinois Wesleyan University is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$42,755 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,422
Setting:
suburban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College was established in 1848 as a private institution. Muhlenberg College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,240 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,394
Setting:
city
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

A private institution, Southwestern University was founded in 1840. Southwestern University offers a Greek system, where 20 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 29 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$24,634 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,145
Setting:
urban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

Spelman College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,145, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 65 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$14,404 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,392 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,664
Setting:
city
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Founded in 1839, Virginia Military Institute is a public institution. Virginia Military Institute follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$45,074 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,616
Setting:
suburban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Wheaton College

Norton, MA

Wheaton College is a private institution that was founded in 1834. The school has 65.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Wheaton College is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$35,515 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,588
Setting:
city
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

Wofford College was established in 1854 as a private institution. Wofford College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$41,928 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,150
Setting:
urban
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

A private institution, Lewis & Clark College was founded in 1867.

Tuition and fees:
$44,460 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
#74 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Reed College

Portland, OR

Founded in 1911, Reed College is a private institution. Reed College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$1,070 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,658
Setting:
rural
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. The school has 68.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Berea College is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$39,060 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,524
Setting:
rural
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

Gustavus Adolphus College was established in 1862 as a private institution. Gustavus Adolphus College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$37,167 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,854
Setting:
rural
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

A private institution, St. John's University was founded in 1857.

Tuition and fees:
$34,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,469
Setting:
suburban
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

St. Mary's College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,469, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$31,560 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,074
Setting:
city
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

Founded in 1780, Transylvania University is a private institution. Transylvania University follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$41,868 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,578
Setting:
city
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

University of Puget Sound is a private institution that was founded in 1888. The school has 55.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Puget Sound is 12:1.

Tuition and fees:
$39,100 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,140
Setting:
suburban
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

At Allegheny College in northwest Pennsylvania, students can choose from more than 30 majors and must complete and present a capstone project their senior year. William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, attended Allegheny College in the 1800s, but legend has it that he was expelled for shoving a cow into the school’s bell tower.

Tuition and fees:
$33,830 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,242
Setting:
city
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Austin College

Sherman, TX

A small, private school in Sherman, Texas, Austin College pairs each new student with a faculty mentor. Austin College students enroll in just one class during the month of January and study it in depth on or off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$37,816 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,373
Setting:
suburban
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Hendrix College

Conway, AR

Hendrix College is a small liberal arts school in Conway, Ark. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Tuition and fees:
$22,890 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,434
Setting:
rural
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is a private institution. Hillsdale College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$38,952 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,430
Setting:
city
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Knox College is a private institution that was founded in 1837. The school has 64.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Knox College is 12:1.

Tuition and fees:
$32,520 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
849
Setting:
city
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

Millsaps College was established in 1890 as a private institution. Millsaps College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$44,530 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,680
Setting:
suburban
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

Ursinus College (UC) is a private, selective school located in the Philadelphia suburb of Collegeville, Pa. Famous author J.D. Salinger attended UC for about a semester before eventually writing The Catcher in the Rye, and scientist Gerald Edelman graduated to later win a Nobel Prize for his studies of the immune system.

Tuition and fees:
$34,788 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
885
Setting:
urban
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

Agnes Scott College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 885, with a gender distribution of 0.9 percent male students and 99.1 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,783 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,812 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
832
Setting:
suburban
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

Founded in 2001, New College of Florida is a public institution. New College of Florida follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$14,865 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,665 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,901
Setting:
rural
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

St. Mary's College of Maryland is a public institution that was founded in 1840. The school has 65.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's College of Maryland is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$39,015 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,971
Setting:
suburban
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

St. Michael's College was established in 1904 as a private institution. St. Michael's College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$38,952 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
330
Setting:
rural
#93 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

A private institution, College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969.

Tuition and fees:
$37,926 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,070
Setting:
suburban
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

College of St. Benedict has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,070, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$37,450 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,473
Setting:
rural
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Founded in 1861, Luther College is a private institution. Luther College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$38,510 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,346
Setting:
suburban
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Westmont College is a private institution that was founded in 1937. The school has 58.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Westmont College is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$36,430 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,180
Setting:
rural
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

A small school in Iowa, Cornell College utilizes a block schedule. Students attend one course for several hours each weekday for a block of about three weeks.

Tuition and fees:
$37,352 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,080
Setting:
rural
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

A private institution, Hampden-Sydney College was founded in 1775.

Tuition and fees:
$39,710 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,429
Setting:
suburban
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

Washington and Jefferson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,429, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$35,866 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,382
Setting:
suburban
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Albion College

Albion, MI

Founded in 1835, Albion College is a private institution. Albion College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,835 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,551
Setting:
city
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Located at the border of Iowa on the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private school in Rock Island, Ill. Students at Augustana can explore several groups and events, including River Readings, which brings literary artists to campus.

Tuition and fees:
$45,680 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
688
Setting:
rural
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Bennington College

Bennington, VT

Bennington College was established in 1925 as a private institution. Bennington College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$28,250 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,930
Setting:
suburban
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

A private institution, Calvin College was founded in 1876.

Tuition and fees:
$28,720 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,343
Setting:
city
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Hope College

Holland, MI

Located in Holland, Mich., Hope College is a private school that offers about 80 bachelor’s degree programs. Founded by settlers from the Netherlands in 1866, Hope College’s sports teams are named the “Flying Dutchmen.”

Tuition and fees:
$37,170 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,558
Setting:
rural
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

Located in Huntingdon, Pa., Juniata College is a small, private institution where 95 percent of students graduate in four years. Students at Juniata College participate in many school traditions, such as the Mr. Juniata Pageant and the All Class Night talent show.

Tuition and fees:
$40,510 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,821
Setting:
suburban
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Students at Ohio Wesleyan University can choose from more than 90 majors in the fields of arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Outside the classroom, more than 80 percent of Ohio Wesleyan students volunteer through programs such as Buckeye Valley Reads, which tutors rural children in the county.

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