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Next 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 FurmanGreenville, 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 $45,202 for State residents and $48,545 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 45.94% and graduation rate is 79.72%. Next 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 $54,762 7% 94% 7:11,573
2 Claremont McKenna College $56,475 10% 93% 8:11,327
3 Swarthmore College $54,656 9% 94% 8:11,559
4 Williams College $57,280 13% 95% 6:12,149
5 Barnard College $57,668 12% 92% 9:12,562
6 Amherst College $58,640 11% 93% 7:11,855
7 Harvey Mudd College $58,660 14% 92% 8:1902
8 Washington and Lee University $54,830 19% 95% 8:12,223
9 Bowdoin College $56,350 9% 95% 9:11,828
10 Davidson College $53,166 18% 90% 9:11,843
11 Wellesley College $56,052 22% 92% 8:12,534
12 Soka University of America $33,982 40% 90% 8:1442
13 Carleton College $57,111 19% 93% 9:12,097
14 Colby College $57,280 10% 90% 10:12,000
15 Middlebury College $56,216 15% 91% 8:12,611
16 Thomas Aquinas College $25,600 79% 86% 11:1407
17 United States Naval Academy -$1 / - 8% 91% 8:14,512
18 Haverford College $56,952 16% 92% 8:11,310
19 Hamilton College $56,530 16% 93% 9:12,005
20 Vassar College $58,770 24% 92% 8:12,456
21 Scripps College $57,188 32% 88% 10:11,071
22 Pitzer College $56,018 14% 84% 10:11,072
23 Colgate University $58,045 23% 89% 9:12,969
24 Wesleyan University $57,334 16% 89% 8:13,217
25 Colorado College $58,086 14% 89% 10:12,144
26 Principia College $30,190 91% 75% 6:1447
27 University of Richmond $54,690 28% 87% 8:14,002
28 Lafayette College $55,752 31% 87% 10:12,642
29 Oberlin College $56,822 36% 86% 9:12,812
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester $15,685 / $32,195 91% 41% 10:1750
31 Berea College $44,700 30% 63% 10:11,673
32 Bucknell University $58,196 34% 88% 9:13,668
33 United States Military Academy $0 / - 12% 85% 7:14,589
34 Grinnell College $54,354 23% 84% 9:11,716
35 Macalester College $56,292 32% 90% 10:12,174
36 Bates College $55,683 12% 89% 10:11,832
37 United States Air Force Academy $0 / - 11% 83% 8:14,336
38 Trinity College $59,050 33% 84% 9:12,235
39 Smith College $54,224 32% 89% 9:12,903
40 Wheaton College $37,700 85% 87% 10:12,944
41 Connecticut College $56,890 37% 81% 9:11,844
42 St. John's College $35,635 60% 76% 7:1527
43 Occidental College $56,576 37% 85% 9:11,930
44 Skidmore College $52,446 30% 86% 8:12,613
45 Bryn Mawr College $54,440 33% 87% 9:11,690
46 Kenyon College $58,570 34% 87% 10:11,730
47 Mount Holyoke College $52,258 38% 83% 9:12,335
48 Denison University $53,830 29% 85% 9:12,394
49 St Olaf College $49,710 48% 86% 12:13,048
50 College of the Holy Cross $54,740 34% 92% 10:12,939
51 St. John's College $35,755 66% 64% 7:1371
52 Hillsdale College $28,368 48% 87% 9:11,521
53 Whitman College $53,820 56% 87% 9:11,475
54 Reed College $58,440 39% 81% 9:11,503
55 Union College $57,324 43% 88% 10:12,197
56 Sarah Lawrence College $57,520 53% 73% 9:11,709
57 Wabash College $44,720 64% 71% 10:1882
58 Franklin and Marshall College $58,800 30% 83% 9:12,309
59 Wheaton College $54,568 74% 78% 11:11,760
60 Elizabethtown College $32,000 81% 73% 11:11,687
61 Virginia Military Institute $19,118 / $45,962 60% 78% 10:11,685
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges $57,030 66% 78% 10:12,241
63 Saint Johns University $46,546 78% 76% 12:11,777
64 Muhlenberg College $54,600 66% 82% 10:12,340
65 Hope College $35,330 86% 79% 11:13,149
66 Centre College $43,000 76% 81% 11:11,434
67 Hendrix College $47,600 70% 71% 10:11,208
68 St Lawrence University $56,765 42% 82% 11:12,522
69 Illinois Wesleyan University $50,028 61% 79% 11:11,693
70 Ursinus College $53,610 79% 79% 10:11,435
71 Wofford College $45,710 60% 81% 11:11,666
72 Furman $50,844 57% 80% 10:12,947
73 Lawrence University $49,122 62% 80% 8:11,463
74 College of Saint Benedict $46,460 80% 80% 12:11,782
75 DePauw University $51,146 64% 85% 9:12,156
76 Saint Anselm College $41,800 75% 77% 11:12,024
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise $10,252 / $28,661 59% 48% 11:12,065
78 Saint Mary's College $43,900 81% 78% 9:11,611
79 Bennington College $55,950 61% 74% 9:1811
80 Centenary College of Louisiana $37,310 60% 60% 9:1585
81 Wesleyan College $23,970 44% 52% 8:1765
82 Allegheny College $49,260 62% 74% 10:11,771
83 Gettysburg College $56,390 48% 82% 9:12,441
84 The King's College $37,690 42% 51% 15:1554
85 Dickinson College $56,523 40% 84% 9:12,399
86 The College of Wooster $52,000 55% 75% 11:12,004
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine $14,476 / $23,466 87% 47% 13:11,351
88 Earlham College $47,380 63% 64% 10:11,104
89 Luther College $44,070 62% 79% 11:12,005
90 Meredith College $38,620 65% 61% 11:11,905
91 Rhodes College $49,198 45% 85% 10:12,036
92 Agnes Scott College $42,690 65% 69% 10:11,030
93 Austin College $41,155 51% 70% 13:11,299
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts $10,930 / $19,875 82% 56% 11:11,452
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts $21,600 94% 30% 9:190
96 Gordon College $38,650 74% 70% 11:11,955
97 Sweet Briar College $22,020 76% 46% 7:1337
98 Bard College $56,036 65% 75% 9:12,207
99 Concordia College at Moorhead $41,566 68% 75% 12:12,129
100 Emmanuel College $41,448 78% 66% 13:12,209
Average$45,202 / $48,54545.94%79.72%9.50:11,915
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