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

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Furman University was established in 1826 as a private institution. Furman University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

A private institution, St. Olaf College was founded in 1874.

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

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,336, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 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:
$39,794 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,915
Setting:
urban
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a private institution. Rhodes College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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

St. Lawrence University is a private institution that was founded in 1856. The school has 61.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. Lawrence University is 12:1.

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

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

Wabash College was established in 1832 as a private institution. Wabash College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

A private institution, Wheaton College was founded in 1860.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus.

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.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a private institution that was founded in 1822. The school has 64.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is 11:1.

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

A private institution, Thomas Aquinas College was founded in 1971.

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

Willamette University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,103, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus.

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

College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

Founded in 1866, College of Wooster is 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 was established in 1850 as a private institution. Illinois Wesleyan University follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

A private institution, Muhlenberg College was founded in 1848. Muhlenberg College offers a Greek system, where 17 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 16 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,394, with a gender distribution of 39.2 percent male students and 60.8 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus.

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

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is 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.

Virginia Military Institute is a public institution that was founded in 1839. The school has 60.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Virginia Military Institute is 12:1.

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 was established in 1834 as a private institution. Wheaton College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

A private institution, Wofford College was founded in 1854. Wofford College offers a Greek system, where 55 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 43 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,150, with a gender distribution of 40.5 percent male students and 59.5 percent female students. At this school, 70 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus.

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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