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:
$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

Hillsdale College was established in 1844 as 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

A private institution, Knox College was founded in 1837. Knox College offers a Greek system, where 16 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 21 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

Millsaps College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 849, with a gender distribution of 50.4 percent male students and 49.6 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1889. The school has 63.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Agnes Scott College is 11:1.

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

New College of Florida was established in 2001 as 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

A public institution, St. Mary's College of Maryland was founded in 1840.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,971, with a gender distribution of 46.5 percent male students and 53.5 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:
$38,952 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
330
Setting:
rural
#93 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic is a private institution. College of the Atlantic follows a trimester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1913. The school has 56.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at College of St. Benedict is 12:1.

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

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College was established in 1861 as 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

A private institution, Westmont College was founded in 1937.

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

Founded in 1775, Hampden-Sydney College is a private institution. Hampden-Sydney College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Washington and Jefferson College is a private institution that was founded in 1781. The school has 70.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Washington and Jefferson College is 11:1.

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

Albion College

Albion, MI

Albion College was established in 1835 as 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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 688, with a gender distribution of 35.6 percent male students and 64.4 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:
$28,250 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,930
Setting:
suburban
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a private institution. Calvin College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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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