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The following table compares the basic academic information between Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges. By school type, there are 8 public and 92 private schools in Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges. By school level, all 100 schools are 4 years or high institutes.
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Academic Comparison - Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges
RankNameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
1 Pomona CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
2 Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
3 Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
4 Williams CollegeWilliamstown, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
5 Barnard CollegeNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
6 Amherst CollegeAmherst, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
7 Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
8 Washington and Lee UniversityLexington, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Doctorate
9 Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
10 Davidson CollegeDavidson, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
11 Wellesley CollegeWellesley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
12 Soka University of AmericaAliso Viejo, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
13 Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
14 Colby CollegeWaterville, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
15 Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury, VTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
16 Thomas Aquinas CollegeSanta Paula, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
17 United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, MDPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
18 Haverford CollegeHaverford, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
19 Hamilton CollegeClinton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
20 Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
21 Scripps CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor, Post-Graduate
22 Pitzer CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
23 Colgate UniversityHamilton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
24 Wesleyan UniversityMiddletown, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
25 Colorado CollegeColorado Springs, COPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
26 Principia CollegeElsah, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
27 University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
28 Lafayette CollegeEaston, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
29 Oberlin CollegeOberlin, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
30 University of New Hampshire at ManchesterManchester, NHPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor
31 Berea CollegeBerea, KYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
32 Bucknell UniversityLewisburg, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
33 United States Military AcademyWest Point, NYPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
34 Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, IAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
35 Macalester CollegeSaint Paul, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
36 Bates CollegeLewiston, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
37 United States Air Force AcademyUSAF Academy, COPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
38 Trinity CollegeHartford, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
39 Smith CollegeNorthampton, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
40 Wheaton CollegeWheaton, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
41 Connecticut CollegeNew London, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
42 St. John's CollegeAnnapolis, MDPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
43 Occidental CollegeLos Angeles, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
44 Skidmore CollegeSaratoga Springs, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
45 Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Kenyon CollegeGambier, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
47 Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth Hadley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
48 Denison UniversityGranville, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
49 St Olaf CollegeNorthfield, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
50 College of the Holy CrossWorcester, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
51 St. John's CollegeSanta Fe, NMPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
52 Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale, MIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
53 Whitman CollegeWalla Walla, WAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
54 Reed CollegePortland, ORPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
55 Union CollegeSchenectady, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
56 Sarah Lawrence CollegeBronxville, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
57 Wabash CollegeCrawfordsville, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
58 Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancaster, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
59 Wheaton CollegeNorton, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
60 Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master
61 Virginia Military InstituteLexington, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
62 Hobart William Smith CollegesGeneva, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
63 Saint Johns UniversityCollegeville, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
64 Muhlenberg CollegeAllentown, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor
65 Hope CollegeHolland, MIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
66 Centre CollegeDanville, KYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
67 Hendrix CollegeConway, ARPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
68 St Lawrence UniversityCanton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
69 Illinois Wesleyan UniversityBloomington, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
70 Ursinus CollegeCollegeville, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
71 Wofford CollegeSpartanburg, SCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
72 Furman UniversityGreenville, SCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
73 Lawrence UniversityAppleton, WIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
74 College of Saint BenedictSaint Joseph, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
75 DePauw UniversityGreencastle, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
76 Saint Anselm CollegeManchester, NHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
77 The University of Virginia's College at WiseWise, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
78 Saint Mary's CollegeNotre Dame, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
79 Bennington CollegeBennington, VTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
80 Centenary College of LouisianaShreveport, LAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
81 Wesleyan CollegeMacon, GAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
82 Allegheny CollegeMeadville, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
83 Gettysburg CollegeGettysburg, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
84 The King's CollegeNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
85 Dickinson CollegeCarlisle, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
86 The College of WoosterWooster, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State BrandywineMedia, PAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor
88 Earlham CollegeRichmond, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
89 Luther CollegeDecorah, IAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
90 Meredith CollegeRaleigh, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
91 Rhodes CollegeMemphis, TNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
92 Agnes Scott CollegeDecatur, GAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
93 Austin CollegeSherman, TXPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth Adams, MAPublic, 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
95 Thomas More College of Liberal ArtsMerrimack, NHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
96 Gordon CollegeWenham, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
97 Sweet Briar CollegeSweet Briar, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
98 Bard CollegeAnnandale-On-Hudson, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
99 Concordia College at MoorheadMoorhead, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
100 Emmanuel CollegeBoston, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
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Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges is $45,214 for State residents and $49,633 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 47.94% and graduation rate is 80.53%. The following table compares key facts for each schools including acceptance rate, graduation rate, tuition, student to faculty ratio, and student population.
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Key Facts Comparison Between Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges
RankNameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
1 Pomona College $54,774 9% 94% 7:11,475
2 Claremont McKenna College $56,475 13% 92% 8:11,264
3 Swarthmore College $54,456 9% 97% 8:11,437
4 Williams College $50,450 15% 96% 6:11,987
5 Barnard College $57,479 14% 90% 9:12,744
6 Amherst College $60,890 12% 95% 7:11,745
7 Harvey Mudd College $58,660 18% 93% 8:1854
8 Washington and Lee University $57,285 25% 93% 8:12,183
9 Bowdoin College $56,350 9% 95% 9:11,777
10 Davidson College $55,175 20% 93% 9:11,983
11 Wellesley College $58,448 20% 94% 8:12,280
12 Soka University of America $33,962 52% 87% 8:1403
13 Carleton College $59,352 21% 94% 9:11,940
14 Colby College $59,430 10% 90% 10:12,155
15 Middlebury College $58,316 22% 94% 8:12,669
16 Thomas Aquinas College $26,000 86% 84% 11:1462
17 United States Naval Academy -$1 / - 9% 90% 8:14,594
18 Haverford College $59,162 18% 93% 8:11,307
19 Hamilton College $58,510 18% 91% 9:11,902
20 Vassar College $60,930 25% 88% 8:12,435
21 Scripps College $57,188 35% 88% 10:1958
22 Pitzer College $55,878 17% 83% 10:1922
23 Colgate University $60,015 27% 91% 9:13,054
24 Wesleyan University $59,686 21% 91% 8:13,053
25 Colorado College $60,864 14% 88% 10:12,050
26 Principia College $30,720 93% 75% 6:1340
27 University of Richmond $56,860 31% 88% 8:14,056
28 Lafayette College $55,742 36% 90% 10:12,514
29 Oberlin College $58,554 35% 86% 9:12,658
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester $15,778 / $33,088 85% 58% 10:1717
31 Berea College $45,092 33% 67% 10:11,432
32 Bucknell University $58,202 38% 88% 9:13,726
33 United States Military Academy $0 / - 9% 85% 7:14,536
34 Grinnell College $56,680 19% 87% 9:11,493
35 Macalester College $58,478 39% 93% 10:12,049
36 Bates College $57,353 14% 92% 10:11,876
37 United States Air Force Academy $0 / - 13% 87% 8:14,307
38 Trinity College $59,050 36% 82% 9:12,241
39 Smith College $54,224 37% 87% 9:12,504
40 Wheaton College $39,100 87% 88% 10:12,908
41 Connecticut College $59,025 38% 82% 9:11,737
42 St. John's College $35,935 61% 66% 7:1446
43 Occidental College $56,576 41% 84% 9:11,839
44 Skidmore College $56,322 32% 86% 8:12,582
45 Bryn Mawr College $54,440 38% 85% 9:11,634
46 Kenyon College $55,020 37% 89% 10:11,615
47 Mount Holyoke College $54,618 52% 84% 9:12,040
48 Denison University $56,680 28% 80% 9:12,258
49 St Olaf College $51,450 51% 85% 12:12,953
50 College of the Holy Cross $54,770 38% 93% 10:12,970
51 St. John's College $35,760 69% 73% 7:1355
52 Hillsdale College $29,482 36% 88% 9:11,543
53 Whitman College $50,408 54% 86% 9:11,360
54 Reed College $60,620 42% 77% 9:11,385
55 Union College $59,502 41% 86% 10:12,047
56 Sarah Lawrence College $57,520 55% 72% 9:11,506
57 Wabash College $45,850 63% 75% 10:1868
58 Franklin and Marshall College $61,062 37% 85% 9:12,254
59 Wheaton College $56,366 77% 78% 11:11,670
60 Elizabethtown College $32,960 86% 72% 11:11,881
61 Virginia Military Institute $19,210 / $47,220 60% 85% 10:11,698
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges $58,650 62% 77% 10:11,833
63 Saint Johns University $48,166 81% 74% 12:11,668
64 Muhlenberg College $54,600 62% 81% 10:12,067
65 Hope College $36,650 78% 76% 11:13,061
66 Centre College $44,300 72% 83% 11:11,333
67 Hendrix College $49,490 71% 65% 10:11,077
68 St Lawrence University $58,750 47% 80% 11:12,319
69 Illinois Wesleyan University $51,336 57% 82% 11:11,636
70 Ursinus College $55,210 80% 74% 10:11,493
71 Wofford College $47,650 53% 80% 11:11,764
72 Furman University $52,092 65% 81% 10:12,567
73 Lawrence University $50,958 69% 79% 8:11,430
74 College of Saint Benedict $48,444 84% 85% 12:11,668
75 DePauw University $52,710 68% 87% 9:11,752
76 Saint Anselm College $42,840 76% 84% 11:12,019
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise $10,836 / $29,798 83% 52% 11:11,905
78 Saint Mary's College $45,720 82% 81% 9:11,581
79 Bennington College $58,124 60% 71% 9:1799
80 Centenary College of Louisiana $38,060 64% 56% 9:1563
81 Wesleyan College $25,190 60% 51% 8:1779
82 Allegheny College $50,980 73% 73% 10:11,667
83 Gettysburg College $58,500 48% 84% 9:12,507
84 The King's College $37,690 39% 50% 15:1442
85 Dickinson College $56,523 52% 84% 9:11,932
86 The College of Wooster $54,000 65% 74% 11:11,924
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine $14,476 / $23,466 87% 71% 13:11,351
88 Earlham College $48,091 59% 67% 10:1815
89 Luther College $45,610 64% 77% 11:11,802
90 Meredith College $39,952 72% 64% 11:11,802
91 Rhodes College $50,910 51% 82% 10:11,875
92 Agnes Scott College $44,250 68% 72% 10:11,080
93 Austin College $42,590 49% 71% 13:11,302
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts $11,306 / $20,251 88% 53% 11:11,202
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts $24,600 90% 76% 9:180
96 Gordon College $39,230 68% 72% 11:11,816
97 Sweet Briar College $22,700 76% 32% 7:1362
98 Bard College $56,036 57% 74% 9:12,465
99 Concordia College at Moorhead $43,266 58% 68% 12:11,973
100 Emmanuel College $42,516 76% 62% 13:11,946
Average$45,214 / $49,63347.94%80.53%9.50:11,833
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