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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 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
5 Williams College Williamstown, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
6 Amherst College Amherst, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
7 Barnard College New York, NY 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 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
13 Pitzer College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
14 Carleton College Northfield, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
15 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
16 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
17 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
18 Haverford College Haverford, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
19 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
20 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
21 Hamilton College Clinton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
22 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
23 Colby College Waterville, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
24 Principia College Elsah, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
25 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
26 Colgate University Hamilton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
27 Scripps College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor, Post-Graduate
28 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
29 Bates College Lewiston, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
30 Smith College Northampton, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
31 United States Military Academy West Point, NY Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
32 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
33 Lafayette College Easton, PA Private (not-for-profit), 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 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
36 Berea College Berea, KY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
37 St. John's College Annapolis, MD Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
38 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
39 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
40 Kenyon College Gambier, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
41 Union College Schenectady, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
42 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
43 Trinity College Hartford, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
44 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
45 Bard College at Simon's Rock Great Barrington, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Associate, Bachelor
46 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
47 Connecticut College New London, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
48 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
49 Bennington College Bennington, VT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
50 St Olaf College Northfield, MN 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 United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
53 Reed College Portland, OR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
54 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
55 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
56 Denison University Granville, OH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
57 Hillsdale College Hillsdale, MI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
58 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
59 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Associate, Bachelor
60 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
61 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
62 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
63 American Jewish University Los Angeles, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
64 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
65 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor
66 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
67 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
68 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
69 Wheaton College Norton, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
70 The University of the South Sewanee, TN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
71 Centre College Danville, KY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
72 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack, NH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
73 Hobart William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
74 Hampshire College Amherst, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
75 Willamette University Salem, OR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
76 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
77 St Lawrence University Canton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
78 Drew University Madison, NJ Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
79 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
80 DePauw University Greencastle, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
81 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
82 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master
83 Hope College Holland, MI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
84 Stonehill College Easton, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
85 Lawrence University Appleton, WI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
86 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks Reading, PA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor
88 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny McKeesport, PA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor
89 Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
90 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver Monaca, PA Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Certificate, Bachelor
91 College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
92 Juniata College Huntingdon, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
93 Marlboro College Marlboro, VT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
94 Allegheny College Meadville, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
95 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
96 Hendrix College Conway, AR Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's Degree Bachelor, Master
97 The King's College New York, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
98 Ave Maria University Ave Maria, FL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's Degree Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
99 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's Degree Bachelor
100 Furman Greenville, SC 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 $45,663 for in-state students and $47,999 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 47.08% and graduation rate is 80.15%. 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$52,7808%93%7:11,599
2 Claremont McKenna College$54,4059%90%8:11,345
3 Swarthmore College$52,5889%94%8:11,577
4 Harvey Mudd College$56,62014%96%8:1861
5 Williams College$55,45013%94%6:12,134
6 Amherst College$56,42613%95%8:11,836
7 Barnard College$55,03214%93%10:12,544
8 Washington and Lee University$52,45521%92%8:12,220
9 Bowdoin College$53,92210%95%9:11,816
10 Davidson College$51,44719%91%9:11,810
11 Wellesley College$53,73220%89%7:12,508
12 Middlebury College$54,45017%95%8:12,591
13 Pitzer College$54,05613%83%11:11,074
14 Carleton College$54,75920%94%9:12,078
15 Wesleyan University$54,94417%90%8:13,213
16 Colorado College$55,47015%88%10:12,118
17 Soka University of America$33,14639%94%8:1427
18 Haverford College$54,83819%93%8:11,296
19 Vassar College$56,96025%91%8:12,353
20 United States Naval Academy-$1 / -9%91%8:14,495
21 Hamilton College$54,62021%94%9:11,901
22 Thomas Aquinas College$25,00078%79%10:1369
23 Colby College$55,21013%92%10:11,917
24 Principia College$29,47092%84%6:1455
25 University of Richmond$52,61030%88%8:14,023
26 Colgate University$55,87025%91%9:12,894
27 Scripps College$55,02424%88%10:11,083
28 Oberlin College$55,05236%86%9:12,853
29 Bates College$53,79418%92%10:11,787
30 Smith College$52,40431%88%9:12,918
31 United States Military Academy$0 / -11%86%7:14,491
32 Bryn Mawr College$52,36034%83%8:11,640
33 Lafayette College$53,63029%90%10:12,594
34 Grinnell College$52,39224%87%9:11,712
35 Bucknell University$56,09233%90%9:13,678
36 Berea College$39,99038%66%10:11,670
37 St. John's College$53,34358%67%7:1513
38 Macalester College$54,34441%87%10:12,136
39 College of the Holy Cross$52,77038%92%10:12,855
40 Kenyon College$55,93036%91%9:11,677
41 Union College$55,29039%85%10:12,267
42 Wheaton College$36,42083%89%10:12,900
43 Trinity College$56,91034%81%9:12,282
44 Franklin and Marshall College$56,55035%86%9:12,283
45 Bard College at Simon's Rock$55,08281%60%6:1401
46 Skidmore College$52,44627%87%8:12,684
47 Connecticut College$54,82038%85%9:11,817
48 Whitman College$52,76450%88%9:11,510
49 Bennington College$53,86057%67%10:1851
50 St Olaf College$47,84050%88%12:13,035
51 St. John's College$54,11867%65%8:1386
52 United States Air Force Academy$0 / -11%78%8:14,276
53 Reed College$56,34035%80%9:11,470
54 Occidental College$54,68637%84%9:11,972
55 Sarah Lawrence College$55,90056%79%9:11,696
56 Denison University$51,96034%86%9:12,341
57 Hillsdale College$27,57836%85%9:11,556
58 Dickinson College$54,66149%83%9:12,382
59 University of New Hampshire at Manchester$15,265 / $30,63568%40%11:1758
60 Mount Holyoke College$49,99851%86%9:12,334
61 Agnes Scott College$41,16070%66%10:1921
62 Gettysburg College$54,48045%84%9:12,411
63 American Jewish University$31,94696%29%7:1153
64 Wabash College$43,65065%77%10:1864
65 Muhlenberg College$52,59562%86%10:12,367
66 Bard College$54,68065%74%9:12,293
67 Saint Johns University$44,99080%74%12:11,815
68 Lewis & Clark College$50,93474%80%11:13,339
69 Wheaton College$52,62670%78%11:11,688
70 The University of the South$45,12065%77%10:11,778
71 Centre College$41,70073%82%11:11,450
72 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts$21,60050%65%10:190
73 Hobart William Smith Colleges$55,25557%81%10:12,244
74 Hampshire College$51,66863%62%10:11,268
75 Willamette University$50,27984%73%11:12,498
76 Illinois Wesleyan University$47,63659%78%10:11,649
77 St Lawrence University$54,84646%85%11:12,493
78 Drew University$39,80069%62%10:12,117
79 Virginia Military Institute$18,862 / $45,70651%77%11:11,722
80 DePauw University$49,70463%81%9:12,158
81 College of Saint Benedict$45,26483%82%12:11,937
82 Elizabethtown College$46,94076%75%11:11,735
83 Hope College$34,01076%80%11:13,150
84 Stonehill College$42,74670%80%12:12,498
85 Lawrence University$47,47562%80%8:11,467
86 Ursinus College$52,05071%77%11:11,507
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks$15,198 / $24,45087%57%15:12,719
88 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny$13,702 / $21,88687%43%11:1497
89 Saint Mary's College$42,22082%79%9:11,637
90 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver$13,702 / $21,88664%46%13:1655
91 College of the Atlantic$43,54267%66%10:1354
92 Juniata College$45,59770%84%12:11,495
93 Marlboro College$40,84059%52%6:1185
94 Allegheny College$47,54064%75%10:11,802
95 Wofford College$43,98564%81%11:11,678
96 Hendrix College$45,79072%75%11:11,249
97 The King's College$36,45054%52%14:1555
98 Ave Maria University$20,85083%55%14:11,113
99 Saint Anselm College$41,20077%80%11:11,964
100 Furman$49,53261%81%10:12,949
Average$45,663 / $47,99947.08%80.15%9.51:11,887
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