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U.S. News Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

Liberal arts colleges, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as National Liberal Arts Colleges, confer only undergraduate degrees. At least half of the degrees awarded at these institutions are in a liberal arts field. Search below to find the top-ranked liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation. To locate bachelor degree programs or online master's degrees in liberal arts be sure to search our listings of accredited degree programs.

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Albright College

Reading, PA

Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1856 and now resides on 118 suburban acres just east of beautiful Hampden Park. Albright College sports teams – known as the Lions – are part of the NCAA division III athletic conference.

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Maryville College

Maryville, TN

Maryville College, located in Maryville, Tenn., is a private institution founded in 1819. Hands-on field studies, eye-opening study abroad, challenging internships, rewarding service-learning, and dynamic leadership opportunities are all part of the total learning experience offered at Maryville. Incoming freshmen will form lifelong friendships through a nationally recognized First-Year program.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, located in North Adams, Mass., is a public institution founded in 1894. MCLA delivers a high-quality, affordable education that provides students with the critical thinking and communication skills of greatest value to their community and their future employers. More than 40 clubs and organizations offer students many chances to further their development.

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Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA

Christian liberal arts institution Eastern Mennonite University is located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Guided by the Anabaptist peace-oriented tradition, all university coursework emphasizes faith, ethics and values, and community service and study abroad are required of every student.

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Erskine College

Due West, SC

Christian-affiliated Erskine College, located in Due West, North Carolina, is a private institution founded in 1839. The college believes a Christian-based environment allows it to focus on students’ intellectual and spiritual formation. Students can join a variety of clubs and organizations, plus participate in many activities, including a disc golf course and the Galloway Activities Center.

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Northland College

Ashland, WI

Northland College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1892. It is located in Ashland, Wisconsin on 130 rural acres just south of the Lake Superior shore. Northland College is an environmentally conscious school, one in which the natural world and humanity's place in it are recognized as intrinsic to success.

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