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

A private institution, St. Lawrence University was founded in 1856. St. Lawrence University offers a Greek system, where 17 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 906, with 100 percent male 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:
$30,880 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,508
Setting:
suburban
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

Founded in 1860, Wheaton College is 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

Beloit College is a private institution that was founded in 1846. The school has 75.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Beloit College is 12:1.

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.

A private institution, Hobart and William Smith Colleges was founded in 1822.

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

Founded in 1971, Thomas Aquinas College is 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.

Willamette University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. The school has 71.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Willamette University is 10:1.

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 was established in 1866 as a private institution. College of Wooster follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,013, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 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:
$42,755 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,422
Setting:
suburban
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is 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

Southwestern University is a private institution that was founded in 1840. The school has 79.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Southwestern University is 10:1.

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 was established in 1881 as a private institution. Spelman College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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.

A public institution, Virginia Military Institute was founded in 1839.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,616, with a gender distribution of 36 percent male students and 64 percent female students. At this school, 95 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 5 percent of students live off campus.

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

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

Founded in 1854, Wofford College is 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

Lewis & Clark College is a private institution that was founded in 1867. The school has 67 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Lewis & Clark College is 12:1.

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

Reed College

Portland, OR

Reed College was established in 1911 as 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

A private institution, Berea College was founded in 1855.

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

Gustavus Adolphus College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,524, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 86 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1857, St. John's University is a private institution. St. John's University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1844. The school has 63.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's College is 10:1.

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

Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

Transylvania University was established in 1780 as 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.

A private institution, University of Puget Sound was founded in 1888. University of Puget Sound offers a Greek system, where 30 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 21 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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