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Top Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison

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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 College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
2 Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
3 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
4 Williams College Williamstown, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
5 Barnard College New York, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
6 Amherst College Amherst, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
7 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
8 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Doctorate
9 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
10 Davidson College Davidson, NC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
11 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
12 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
13 Carleton College Northfield, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
14 Colby College Waterville, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
15 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
16 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
17 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
18 Haverford College Haverford, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
19 Hamilton College Clinton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
20 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
21 Scripps College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor, Post-Graduate
22 Pitzer College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
23 Colgate University Hamilton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
24 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
25 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
26 Principia College Elsah, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
27 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
28 Lafayette College Easton, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
29 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Associate, Bachelor
31 Berea College Berea, KY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
32 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
33 United States Military Academy West Point, NY Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
34 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
35 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
36 Bates College Lewiston, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
37 United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
38 Trinity College Hartford, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
39 Smith College Northampton, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
40 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
41 Connecticut College New London, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
42 St. John's College Annapolis, MD Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
43 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
44 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
45 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Kenyon College Gambier, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
47 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
48 Denison University Granville, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
49 St Olaf College Northfield, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
50 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
51 St. John's College Santa Fe, NM Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
52 Hillsdale College Hillsdale, MI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
53 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
54 Reed College Portland, OR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
55 Union College Schenectady, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
56 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
57 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
58 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
59 Wheaton College Norton, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
60 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master
61 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
63 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
64 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor
65 Hope College Holland, MI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
66 Centre College Danville, KY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
67 Hendrix College Conway, AR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
68 St Lawrence University Canton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
69 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
70 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
71 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
72 Furman Greenville, SC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
73 Lawrence University Appleton, WI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
74 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
75 DePauw University Greencastle, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
76 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, VA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
78 Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
79 Bennington College Bennington, VT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
80 Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
81 Wesleyan College Macon, GA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
82 Allegheny College Meadville, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
83 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
84 The King's College New York, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
85 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
86 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine Media, PA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor
88 Earlham College Richmond, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
89 Luther College Decorah, IA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
90 Meredith College Raleigh, NC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
91 Rhodes College Memphis, TN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
92 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
93 Austin College Sherman, TX Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA Public, 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack, NH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
96 Gordon College Wenham, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
97 Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, VA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
98 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
99 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
100 Emmanuel College Boston, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
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Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges is $45,202 for in-state students and $48,545 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 45.69% 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$54,7628%94%7:11,573
2 Claremont McKenna College$56,4759%93%8:11,327
3 Swarthmore College$54,6569%94%8:11,559
4 Williams College$57,28013%95%6:12,149
5 Barnard College$57,66814%92%9:12,562
6 Amherst College$58,64013%93%7:11,855
7 Harvey Mudd College$58,66014%92%8:1902
8 Washington and Lee University$54,83021%95%8:12,223
9 Bowdoin College$56,35010%95%9:11,828
10 Davidson College$53,16619%90%9:11,843
11 Wellesley College$56,05220%92%8:12,534
12 Soka University of America$33,98239%90%8:1442
13 Carleton College$57,11120%93%9:12,097
14 Colby College$57,28013%90%10:12,000
15 Middlebury College$56,21617%91%8:12,611
16 Thomas Aquinas College$25,60078%86%11:1407
17 United States Naval Academy-$1 / -9%91%8:14,512
18 Haverford College$56,95219%92%8:11,310
19 Hamilton College$56,53021%93%9:12,005
20 Vassar College$58,77025%92%8:12,456
21 Scripps College$57,18824%88%10:11,071
22 Pitzer College$56,01813%84%10:11,072
23 Colgate University$58,04525%89%9:12,969
24 Wesleyan University$57,33417%89%8:13,217
25 Colorado College$58,08615%89%10:12,144
26 Principia College$30,19092%75%6:1447
27 University of Richmond$54,69030%87%8:14,002
28 Lafayette College$55,75229%87%10:12,642
29 Oberlin College$56,82236%86%9:12,812
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester$15,685 / $32,19568%41%10:1750
31 Berea College$44,70038%63%10:11,673
32 Bucknell University$58,19633%88%9:13,668
33 United States Military Academy$0 / -11%85%7:14,589
34 Grinnell College$54,35424%84%9:11,716
35 Macalester College$56,29241%90%10:12,174
36 Bates College$55,68318%89%10:11,832
37 United States Air Force Academy$0 / -11%83%8:14,336
38 Trinity College$59,05034%84%9:12,235
39 Smith College$54,22431%89%9:12,903
40 Wheaton College$37,70083%87%10:12,944
41 Connecticut College$56,89038%81%9:11,844
42 St. John's College$35,63558%76%7:1527
43 Occidental College$56,57637%85%9:11,930
44 Skidmore College$52,44627%86%8:12,613
45 Bryn Mawr College$54,44034%87%9:11,690
46 Kenyon College$58,57036%87%10:11,730
47 Mount Holyoke College$52,25851%83%9:12,335
48 Denison University$53,83034%85%9:12,394
49 St Olaf College$49,71050%86%12:13,048
50 College of the Holy Cross$54,74038%92%10:12,939
51 St. John's College$35,75567%64%7:1371
52 Hillsdale College$28,36836%87%9:11,521
53 Whitman College$53,82050%87%9:11,475
54 Reed College$58,44035%81%9:11,503
55 Union College$57,32439%88%10:12,197
56 Sarah Lawrence College$57,52056%73%9:11,709
57 Wabash College$44,72065%71%10:1882
58 Franklin and Marshall College$58,80035%83%9:12,309
59 Wheaton College$54,56870%78%11:11,760
60 Elizabethtown College$32,00076%73%11:11,687
61 Virginia Military Institute$19,118 / $45,96251%78%10:11,685
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges$57,03057%78%10:12,241
63 Saint Johns University$46,54680%76%12:11,777
64 Muhlenberg College$54,60062%82%10:12,340
65 Hope College$35,33076%79%11:13,149
66 Centre College$43,00073%81%11:11,434
67 Hendrix College$47,60072%71%10:11,208
68 St Lawrence University$56,76546%82%11:12,522
69 Illinois Wesleyan University$50,02859%79%11:11,693
70 Ursinus College$53,61071%79%10:11,435
71 Wofford College$45,71064%81%11:11,666
72 Furman$50,84461%80%10:12,947
73 Lawrence University$49,12262%80%8:11,463
74 College of Saint Benedict$46,46083%80%12:11,782
75 DePauw University$51,14663%85%9:12,156
76 Saint Anselm College$41,80077%77%11:12,024
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise$10,252 / $28,66177%48%11:12,065
78 Saint Mary's College$43,90082%78%9:11,611
79 Bennington College$55,95057%74%9:1811
80 Centenary College of Louisiana$37,31060%60%9:1585
81 Wesleyan College$23,97048%52%8:1765
82 Allegheny College$49,26064%74%10:11,771
83 Gettysburg College$56,39045%82%9:12,441
84 The King's College$37,69054%51%15:1554
85 Dickinson College$56,52349%84%9:12,399
86 The College of Wooster$52,00054%75%11:12,004
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine$14,476 / $23,46687%47%13:11,351
88 Earlham College$47,38065%64%10:11,104
89 Luther College$44,07063%79%11:12,005
90 Meredith College$38,62063%61%11:11,905
91 Rhodes College$49,19845%85%10:12,036
92 Agnes Scott College$42,69070%69%10:11,030
93 Austin College$41,15555%70%13:11,299
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts$10,930 / $19,87574%56%11:11,452
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts$21,60050%30%9:190
96 Gordon College$38,65075%70%11:11,955
97 Sweet Briar College$22,02076%46%7:1337
98 Bard College$56,03665%75%9:12,207
99 Concordia College at Moorhead$41,56661%75%12:12,129
100 Emmanuel College$41,44877%66%13:12,209
Average$45,202 / $48,54545.69%79.72%9.50:11,915
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