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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, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
2 Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
3 Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
4 Williams College
Williamstown, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
5 Barnard College
New York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
6 Amherst College
Amherst, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
7 Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
8 Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Doctorate
9 Bowdoin College
Brunswick, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
10 Davidson College
Davidson, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
11 Wellesley College
Wellesley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
12 Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
13 Carleton College
Northfield, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
14 Colby College
Waterville, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
15 Middlebury College
Middlebury, VTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
16 Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
17 United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MDPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
18 Haverford College
Haverford, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
19 Hamilton College
Clinton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
20 Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
21 Scripps College
Claremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor, Post-Graduate
22 Pitzer College
Claremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
23 Colgate University
Hamilton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
24 Wesleyan University
Middletown, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
25 Colorado College
Colorado Springs, COPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
26 Principia College
Elsah, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
27 University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
28 Lafayette College
Easton, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
29 Oberlin College
Oberlin, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Manchester, NHPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor
31 Berea College
Berea, KYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
32 Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
33 United States Military Academy
West Point, NYPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
34 Grinnell College
Grinnell, IAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
35 Macalester College
Saint Paul, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
36 Bates College
Lewiston, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
37 United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, COPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
38 Trinity College
Hartford, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
39 Smith College
Northampton, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
40 Wheaton College
Wheaton, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
41 Connecticut College
New London, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
42 St. John's College
Annapolis, MDPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
43 Occidental College
Los Angeles, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
44 Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
45 Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Kenyon College
Gambier, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
47 Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
48 Denison University
Granville, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
49 St Olaf College
Northfield, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
50 College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
51 St. John's College
Santa 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 College
Walla Walla, WAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
54 Reed College
Portland, ORPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
55 Union College
Schenectady, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
56 Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
57 Wabash College
Crawfordsville, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
58 Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
59 Wheaton College
Norton, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
60 Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master
61 Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
63 Saint Johns University
Collegeville, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
64 Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor
65 Hope College
Holland, MIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
66 Centre College
Danville, KYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
67 Hendrix College
Conway, ARPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
68 St Lawrence University
Canton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
69 Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
70 Ursinus College
Collegeville, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
71 Wofford College
Spartanburg, SCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
72 Furman
Greenville, SCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
73 Lawrence University
Appleton, WIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
74 College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
75 DePauw University
Greencastle, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
76 Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise
Wise, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
78 Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
79 Bennington College
Bennington, VTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
80 Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, LAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
81 Wesleyan College
Macon, GAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
82 Allegheny College
Meadville, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
83 Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, 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 College
Carlisle, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
86 The College of Wooster
Wooster, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine
Media, PAPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor
88 Earlham College
Richmond, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
89 Luther College
Decorah, IAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
90 Meredith College
Raleigh, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
91 Rhodes College
Memphis, TNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
92 Agnes Scott College
Decatur, GAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
93 Austin College
Sherman, TXPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North 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 College
Wenham, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
97 Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
98 Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
99 Concordia College at Moorhead
Moorhead, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
100 Emmanuel College
Boston, 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 $48,567 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 45.94% and graduation rate is 80.49%. 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% 93% 7:16,106
2 Claremont McKenna College
$56,475 10% 91% 8:16,106
3 Swarthmore College
$54,656 9% 94% 8:16,106
4 Williams College
$57,280 13% 95% 6:16,106
5 Barnard College
$57,668 12% 92% 9:16,106
6 Amherst College
$58,640 11% 95% 7:16,106
7 Harvey Mudd College
$58,660 14% 92% 8:16,106
8 Washington and Lee University
$54,830 19% 94% 8:16,106
9 Bowdoin College
$56,350 9% 95% 9:16,106
10 Davidson College
$52,991 18% 91% 9:16,106
11 Wellesley College
$56,052 22% 91% 8:16,106
12 Soka University of America
$33,982 40% 89% 8:16,106
13 Carleton College
$57,111 19% 92% 9:16,106
14 Colby College
$57,280 10% 89% 10:16,106
15 Middlebury College
$56,216 15% 93% 8:16,106
16 Thomas Aquinas College
$25,600 79% 84% 11:16,106
17 United States Naval Academy
-$1 / - 8% 92% 8:16,106
18 Haverford College
$56,698 16% 90% 8:16,106
19 Hamilton College
$56,530 16% 93% 9:16,106
20 Vassar College
$58,770 24% 91% 8:16,106
21 Scripps College
$57,188 32% 90% 10:16,106
22 Pitzer College
$56,018 14% 85% 10:16,106
23 Colgate University
$58,045 23% 91% 9:16,106
24 Wesleyan University
$57,034 16% 92% 8:16,106
25 Colorado College
$58,086 14% 83% 10:16,106
26 Principia College
$30,190 91% 80% 6:16,106
27 University of Richmond
$54,690 28% 89% 8:16,106
28 Lafayette College
$55,002 31% 88% 10:16,106
29 Oberlin College
$56,818 36% 86% 9:16,106
30 University of New Hampshire at Manchester
$15,685 / $32,195 91% 48% 10:16,106
31 Berea College
$44,700 30% 68% 10:16,106
32 Bucknell University
$58,196 34% 90% 9:16,106
33 United States Military Academy
$0 / - 12% 85% 7:16,106
34 Grinnell College
$54,354 23% 89% 9:16,106
35 Macalester College
$56,292 32% 91% 10:16,106
36 Bates College
$55,683 12% 91% 10:16,106
37 United States Air Force Academy
$0 / - 11% 85% 8:16,106
38 Trinity College
$59,050 33% 83% 9:16,106
39 Smith College
$54,224 32% 89% 9:16,106
40 Wheaton College
$37,700 85% 89% 10:16,106
41 Connecticut College
$56,890 37% 84% 9:16,106
42 St. John's College
$35,635 60% 69% 7:16,106
43 Occidental College
$56,576 37% 86% 9:16,106
44 Skidmore College
$56,322 30% 88% 8:16,106
45 Bryn Mawr College
$54,440 33% 84% 9:16,106
46 Kenyon College
$58,480 34% 91% 10:16,106
47 Mount Holyoke College
$52,258 38% 83% 9:16,106
48 Denison University
$53,830 29% 82% 9:16,106
49 St Olaf College
$49,710 48% 86% 12:16,106
50 College of the Holy Cross
$54,740 34% 90% 10:16,106
51 St. John's College
$35,755 66% 61% 7:16,106
52 Hillsdale College $28,368 48% 86% 9:16,106
53 Whitman College
$53,820 56% 90% 9:16,106
54 Reed College
$58,440 39% 76% 9:16,106
55 Union College
$57,324 43% 82% 10:16,106
56 Sarah Lawrence College
$57,520 53% 78% 9:16,106
57 Wabash College
$44,720 64% 74% 10:16,106
58 Franklin and Marshall College
$58,800 30% 85% 9:16,106
59 Wheaton College
$54,568 74% 75% 11:16,106
60 Elizabethtown College
$32,000 81% 69% 11:16,106
61 Virginia Military Institute
$19,118 / $45,962 60% 79% 10:16,106
62 Hobart William Smith Colleges
$57,030 66% 77% 10:16,106
63 Saint Johns University
$46,546 78% 75% 12:16,106
64 Muhlenberg College
$54,600 66% 84% 10:16,106
65 Hope College
$35,330 86% 81% 11:16,106
66 Centre College
$43,000 76% 84% 11:16,106
67 Hendrix College
$47,600 70% 71% 10:16,106
68 St Lawrence University
$56,765 42% 84% 11:16,106
69 Illinois Wesleyan University
$49,488 61% 77% 11:16,106
70 Ursinus College
$53,610 79% 81% 10:16,106
71 Wofford College
$45,710 60% 85% 11:16,106
72 Furman
$50,844 57% 83% 10:16,106
73 Lawrence University
$49,122 62% 79% 8:16,106
74 College of Saint Benedict
$46,820 80% 80% 12:16,106
75 DePauw University
$51,146 64% 84% 9:16,106
76 Saint Anselm College
$41,800 75% 78% 11:16,106
77 The University of Virginia's College at Wise
$10,252 / $28,661 59% 44% 11:16,106
78 Saint Mary's College
$43,900 81% 79% 9:16,106
79 Bennington College
$55,950 61% 76% 9:16,106
80 Centenary College of Louisiana
$37,310 60% 59% 9:16,106
81 Wesleyan College
$23,970 44% 50% 8:16,106
82 Allegheny College
$49,260 62% 74% 10:16,106
83 Gettysburg College
$56,390 48% 81% 9:16,106
84 The King's College $37,690 42% 53% 15:16,106
85 Dickinson College
$56,498 40% 83% 9:16,106
86 The College of Wooster
$52,000 55% 77% 11:16,106
87 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine
$14,476 / $23,466 87% 71% 13:16,106
88 Earlham College
$47,380 63% 64% 10:16,106
89 Luther College
$44,070 62% 75% 11:16,106
90 Meredith College
$38,620 65% 66% 11:16,106
91 Rhodes College
$49,198 45% 80% 10:16,106
92 Agnes Scott College
$42,690 65% 73% 10:16,106
93 Austin College
$41,155 51% 72% 13:16,106
94 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
$10,930 / $19,875 82% 61% 11:16,106
95 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts $21,600 94% 64% 9:16,106
96 Gordon College
$38,650 74% 69% 11:16,106
97 Sweet Briar College
$22,020 76% 34% 7:16,106
98 Bard College
$56,036 65% 77% 9:16,106
99 Concordia College at Moorhead
$41,566 68% 72% 12:16,106
100 Emmanuel College
$41,448 78% 66% 13:16,106
Average$45,202 / $48,56745.94%80.49%9.50:16,106
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