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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 45.94% and graduation rate is 80.49%. 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 7% 93% 7:11,573
2 Claremont McKenna College $56,475 10% 91% 8:11,327
3 Swarthmore College $54,456 9% 94% 8:11,559
4 Williams College $50,450 13% 95% 6:12,149
5 Barnard College $57,479 12% 92% 9:12,562
6 Amherst College $60,890 11% 95% 7:11,855
7 Harvey Mudd College $58,660 14% 92% 8:1902
8 Washington and Lee University $57,285 19% 94% 8:12,223
9 Bowdoin College $56,350 9% 95% 9:11,828
10 Davidson College $55,175 18% 91% 9:11,843
11 Wellesley College $58,448 22% 91% 8:12,534
12 Soka University of America $33,962 40% 89% 8:1442
13 Carleton College $59,352 19% 92% 9:12,097
14 Colby College $59,430 10% 89% 10:12,000
15 Middlebury College $58,316 15% 93% 8:12,611
16 Thomas Aquinas College $26,000 79% 84% 11:1407
17 United States Naval Academy -$1 / - 8% 92% 8:14,512
18 Haverford College $59,162 16% 90% 8:11,310
19 Hamilton College $58,510 16% 93% 9:12,005
20 Vassar College $60,930 24% 91% 8:12,456
21 Scripps College $57,188 32% 90% 10:11,071
22 Pitzer College $55,878 14% 85% 10:11,072
23 Colgate University $60,015 23% 91% 9:12,969
24 Wesleyan University $59,686 16% 92% 8:13,217
25 Colorado College $60,864 14% 83% 10:12,144
26 Principia College $30,720 91% 80% 6:1447
27 University of Richmond $56,860 28% 89% 8:14,002
28 Lafayette College $55,742 31% 88% 10:12,642
29 Oberlin College $58,554 36% 86% 9:12,812
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester $15,778 / $33,088 91% 48% 10:1750
31 Berea College $45,092 30% 68% 10:11,673
32 Bucknell University $58,202 34% 90% 9:13,668
33 United States Military Academy $0 / - 12% 85% 7:14,589
34 Grinnell College $56,680 23% 89% 9:11,716
35 Macalester College $58,478 32% 91% 10:12,174
36 Bates College $57,353 12% 91% 10:11,832
37 United States Air Force Academy $0 / - 11% 85% 8:14,336
38 Trinity College $59,050 33% 83% 9:12,235
39 Smith College $54,224 32% 89% 9:12,903
40 Wheaton College $39,100 85% 89% 10:12,944
41 Connecticut College $59,025 37% 84% 9:11,844
42 St. John's College $35,935 60% 69% 7:1527
43 Occidental College $56,576 37% 86% 9:11,930
44 Skidmore College $56,322 30% 88% 8:12,613
45 Bryn Mawr College $54,440 33% 84% 9:11,690
46 Kenyon College $55,020 34% 91% 10:11,730
47 Mount Holyoke College $54,618 38% 83% 9:12,335
48 Denison University $56,680 29% 82% 9:12,394
49 St Olaf College $51,450 48% 86% 12:13,048
50 College of the Holy Cross $54,770 34% 90% 10:12,939
51 St. John's College $35,760 66% 61% 7:1371
52 Hillsdale College $29,482 48% 86% 9:11,521
53 Whitman College $50,408 56% 90% 9:11,475
54 Reed College $60,620 39% 76% 9:11,503
55 Union College $59,502 43% 82% 10:12,197
56 Sarah Lawrence College $57,520 53% 78% 9:11,709
57 Wabash College $45,850 64% 74% 10:1882
58 Franklin and Marshall College $61,062 30% 85% 9:12,309
59 Wheaton College $56,366 74% 75% 11:11,760
60 Elizabethtown College $32,960 81% 69% 11:11,687
61 Virginia Military Institute $19,210 / $47,220 60% 79% 10:11,685
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges $58,650 66% 77% 10:12,241
63 Saint Johns University $48,166 78% 75% 12:11,777
64 Muhlenberg College $54,600 66% 84% 10:12,340
65 Hope College $36,650 86% 81% 11:13,149
66 Centre College $44,300 76% 84% 11:11,434
67 Hendrix College $49,490 70% 71% 10:11,208
68 St Lawrence University $58,750 42% 84% 11:12,522
69 Illinois Wesleyan University $51,336 61% 77% 11:11,693
70 Ursinus College $55,210 79% 81% 10:11,435
71 Wofford College $47,650 60% 85% 11:11,666
72 Furman University $52,092 57% 83% 10:12,947
73 Lawrence University $50,958 62% 79% 8:11,463
74 College of Saint Benedict $48,444 80% 80% 12:11,782
75 DePauw University $52,710 64% 84% 9:12,156
76 Saint Anselm College $42,840 75% 78% 11:12,024
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise $10,836 / $29,798 59% 44% 11:12,065
78 Saint Mary's College $45,720 81% 79% 9:11,611
79 Bennington College $58,124 61% 76% 9:1811
80 Centenary College of Louisiana $38,060 60% 59% 9:1585
81 Wesleyan College $25,190 44% 50% 8:1765
82 Allegheny College $50,980 62% 74% 10:11,771
83 Gettysburg College $58,500 48% 81% 9:12,441
84 The King's College $37,690 42% 53% 15:1554
85 Dickinson College $56,523 40% 83% 9:12,399
86 The College of Wooster $54,000 55% 77% 11:12,004
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine $14,476 / $23,466 87% 71% 13:11,351
88 Earlham College $48,091 63% 64% 10:11,104
89 Luther College $45,610 62% 75% 11:12,005
90 Meredith College $39,952 65% 66% 11:11,905
91 Rhodes College $50,910 45% 80% 10:12,036
92 Agnes Scott College $44,250 65% 73% 10:11,030
93 Austin College $42,590 51% 72% 13:11,299
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts $11,306 / $20,251 82% 61% 11:11,452
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts $24,600 94% 64% 9:190
96 Gordon College $39,230 74% 69% 11:11,955
97 Sweet Briar College $22,700 76% 34% 7:1337
98 Bard College $56,036 65% 77% 9:12,207
99 Concordia College at Moorhead $43,266 68% 72% 12:12,129
100 Emmanuel College $42,516 78% 66% 13:12,209
Average$45,214 / $49,63345.94%80.49%9.50:11,915
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