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:
$43,918 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,636
Setting:
suburban
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Drew University

Madison, NJ

Drew University is located in Madison, New Jersey, not far from New York City. Students can take advantage of the school's location through intensive semester-long programs on Wall Street and more.

Tuition and fees:
$25,980 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
489
Setting:
rural
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Principia College

Elsah, IL

Principia College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 489, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 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:
$41,120 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,512
Setting:
rural
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Washington College

Chestertown, MD

Washington College, located in Chestertown, Maryland, was the first college chartered after American independence from the British. Students today can get involved in more than 80 clubs on campus or travel to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, which are each about 90 minutes away.

Tuition and fees:
$39,084 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,484
Setting:
suburban
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Goucher College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. The school has 75 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Goucher College is 9:1.

Tuition and fees:
$46,625 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,461
Setting:
rural
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

Hampshire College was established in 1965 as a private institution. Hampshire College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$33,320 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
613
Setting:
suburban
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

A private institution, Hollins University was founded in 1842.

Tuition and fees:
$38,300 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,552
Setting:
suburban
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,552, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$33,605 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
723
Setting:
rural
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

Located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, Sweet Briar College is private liberal arts institution for women. Horseback riding is often a big part of student life at Sweet Briar College, which has a 100-acre riding center on campus.

Tuition and fees:
$30,690 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,231
Setting:
urban
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Birmingham-Southern College is a private institution that was founded in 1856. The school has 64.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Birmingham-Southern College is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$31,760 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,123
Setting:
rural
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Hanover College

Hanover, IN

Hanover College was established in 1827 as a private institution. Hanover College follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$36,160 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,602
Setting:
suburban
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

A private institution, Stonehill College was founded in 1948.

Tuition and fees:
$38,780 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,197
Setting:
rural
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

Susquehanna University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,197, with a gender distribution of 45.5 percent male students and 54.5 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$32,445 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,468
Setting:
suburban
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

Founded in 1852, Westminster College is a private institution. Westminster College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,730 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,364
Setting:
city
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College is a private institution that was founded in 1851. The school has 68.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Coe College is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$31,602 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
931
Setting:
rural
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

Ripon College was established in 1851 as a private institution. Ripon College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,204 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,954
Setting:
suburban
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

A private institution, St. Anselm College was founded in 1889.

Tuition and fees:
$36,240 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,663
Setting:
rural
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

Linfield College has a residential campus in McMinnville, Ore. All students study a variety of subjects through what’s known as the “Linfield Curriculum.”

Tuition and fees:
$45,004 (2012-13)
Setting:
city
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

St. John's College

Annapolis, MD

Founded in 1696, St. John's College is a private institution. St. John's College admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$38,030 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,881
Setting:
city
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

Wittenberg University is a private institution that was founded in 1845. The school has 63.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Wittenberg University is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$32,785 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,464
Setting:
rural
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Alma College

Alma, MI

Alma College was established in 1886 as a private institution. Alma College follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$29,090 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,041
Setting:
suburban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

A private institution, Berry College was founded in 1902.

Tuition and fees:
$36,960 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,650
Setting:
suburban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

McDaniel College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,650, with a gender distribution of 45.8 percent male students and 54.2 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:
$25,460 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,377
Setting:
urban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

Founded in 1867, Morehouse College is a private institution. Morehouse College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$33,650 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,172
Setting:
rural
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

Presbyterian College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. The school has 59.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Presbyterian College is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$36,222 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,060
Setting:
suburban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Roanoke College

Salem, VA

Roanoke College was established in 1842 as a private institution. Roanoke College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$31,368 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,214
Setting:
suburban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Siena College

Loudonville, NY

A private institution, Siena College was founded in 1937.

Tuition and fees:
$40,096 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,670
Setting:
suburban
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Whittier College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,670, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$30,700 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,486
Setting:
rural
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

Central College

Pella, IA

Founded in 1853, Central College is a private institution. Central College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$33,260 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
623
Setting:
city
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

Randolph College is a private institution that was founded in 1891. The school has 87.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Randolph College is 9:1.

Tuition and fees:
$34,850 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,312
Setting:
suburban
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

Randolph-Macon College is located in Ashland, Virginia. The college operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar.

Tuition and fees:
$31,866 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,229
Setting:
suburban
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

A private institution, St. Norbert College was founded in 1898. St. Norbert College offers a Greek system, where 10 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$32,814 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,603
Setting:
suburban
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

Concordia College--Moorhead has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,603, with a gender distribution of 38.3 percent male students and 61.7 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$33,230 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,580
Setting:
suburban
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Founded in 1889, Gordon College is a private institution. Gordon College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,518 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,582
Setting:
suburban
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, campus of Moravian College is home to the small liberal arts college and the Moravian Theological Seminary. About 20 percent of students get involved in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$37,362 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,893
Setting:
suburban
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

Located near the Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd College offers various art exhibitions, poetry slams and guest lectures. Students can also get involved in the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR), which works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and responds to distress calls in the area.

Tuition and fees:
$28,500 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
884
Setting:
city
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Goshen College

Goshen, IN

A private institution, Goshen College was founded in 1894.

Tuition and fees:
$14,880 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,506
Setting:
rural
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Grove City College

Grove City, PA

Located in northwestern Pennsylvania, Grove City College is a Christian liberal arts school that offers about 20 fields of undergraduate study. More than 90 percent of students at Grove City College live on campus.

Tuition and fees:
$27,728 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,147
Setting:
rural
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Houghton College

Houghton, NY

Founded in 1883, Houghton College is a private institution. Houghton College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,900 (2013-14)
Setting:
rural
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Wells College

Aurora, NY

Wells College is a small liberal arts school in Aurora, New York. Through a collegiate affiliation, students can cross-register for courses at Cornell University.

Tuition and fees:
$20,391 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

Fisk University

Nashville, TN

Fisk University was established in 1866 as a private institution. Fisk University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$32,310 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,116
Setting:
suburban
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

A private institution, Georgetown College was founded in 1787. Georgetown College offers a Greek system, where 45 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 35 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$27,240 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,814
Setting:
city
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

Nebraska Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,814, with a gender distribution of 39.4 percent male students and 60.6 percent female students. At this school, 73 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$30,351 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,566
Setting:
suburban
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Founded in 1846, St. Vincent College is a private institution. St. Vincent College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,241 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,063 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,693
Setting:
city
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

University of North Carolina--Asheville is a public institution that was founded in 1927. The school has 54.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Asheville is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$34,250 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,747
Setting:
rural
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College was established in 1852 as a private institution. Wartburg College follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$21,680 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,084
Setting:
rural
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

Westminster College

Fulton, MO

A private institution, Westminster College was founded in 1851. Westminster College offers a Greek system, where 33 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 46 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$31,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,052
Setting:
suburban
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

William Jewell College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,052, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 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:
$30,999 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,844
Setting:
suburban
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Founded in 1860, Simpson College is a private institution. Simpson College follows a other-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,584 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$12,584 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,896
Setting:
rural
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

University of Minnesota--Morris is a public institution that was founded in 1959. The school has 64.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Minnesota--Morris is 15:1.

Tuition and fees:
$26,180 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,149
Setting:
rural
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Doane College

Crete, NE

Doane College was established in 1872 as a private institution. Doane College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$30,290 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,293
Setting:
rural
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Hiram College

Hiram, OH

A private institution, Hiram College was founded in 1850.

Tuition and fees:
$27,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
970
Setting:
rural
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 970, with a gender distribution of 50.7 percent male students and 49.3 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.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,023 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,155
Setting:
suburban
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Purchase College--SUNY

Purchase, NY

Founded in 1967, Purchase College--SUNY is a public institution. Purchase College--SUNY follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$24,566 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
945
Setting:
city
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

Salem College is a private institution that was founded in 1772. The school has 88.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Salem College is 11:1.

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