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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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Berea College

Berea, KY

Located in Berea, Kentucky, Berea College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1855 as is located on 140 acres of land near the center of town. Unlike most colleges, Berea does not charge tuition; it instead relies on contributions, endowment income and financial aid to cover the cost of teaching students. All students are required to work 10 hours per week at a campus-approved job.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minn., is a private Lutheran institution founded in 1862. Students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. The college is fully accredited and known for its academic excellence and strong music, science, writing, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs.

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St. John’s University

Collegeville, MN

St. John's University, located in Collegeville, Minn., is a private institution founded in 1857. Saint John’s and the College of Saint Benedict are leading liberal arts colleges whose unique partnership offers students the educational choices of a large university and the individual attention of a premier small college. Students attend classes and activities together on both campuses.

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St. Mary’s College

Notre Dame, IN

St. Mary's College, located in Notre Dame, Indiana, is a private institution founded in 1844. This Catholic college for women is located across the street from Notre Dame University, and many of Notre Dame’s resources and events are open to Saint Mary’s students. Graduates of women’s colleges tend to be remarkable achievers, so alumni excel in all fields – from politics to art to business.

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Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

Transylvania University, located in Lexington, Kentucky, is a private institution founded in 1780. Transylvania offers a high quality liberal arts education through a personal approach to learning characterized by small classes, a caring faculty, and a supportive campus community. Its location in Lexington creates numerous student internship opportunities.

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University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

Located in beautiful Tacoma, WA, the University of Puget Sound offers a small-college residential experience with an emphasis on student-faculty interaction, civics, research and practical experience. Popular majors include Business Administration, Literature and Psychology.

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Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

Allegheny College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1815. It is located in Meadville, Pennsylvania on 565 acres of suburban land about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. There are more than 30 majors available at Allegheny College, and a creative, independent senior project is part of every student’s curriculum.

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Austin College

Sherman, TX

Located in Sherman, Texas, Austin College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1849 and now resides on 70 urban acres about 60 miles north of Dallas. For the entire month of January, all Austin College students take only one course, which they study in depth both on and off campus.

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Hendrix College

Conway, AR

Hendrix College, located in Conway, Ark., is a private institution founded in 1876. It’s a small school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Students can take advantage of many special initiatives, including the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics & Calling. Alumni include Sarah Caldwell, the first female conductor of the NYC Metropolitan Opera.

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, MI

Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is a private institution located in Hillsdale, Michigan. Its campus has a rural setting stretching across 220 acres. The most popular majors at the college are Business, Management, Marketing, Social Sciences, History, English Language and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The school has a high freshman retention rate which is an indicator of student satisfaction.

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Knox College

Galesburg, IL

Knox College, located in Galesburg, Illinois, is a private institution founded in 1837. Students develop competencies in writing, oral presentation, quantitative literacy, information literacy and a second language. The school provides unusual support for students’ independent scholarly and creative work, a senior Honors research program, scores of off-campus study opportunities and internships.

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Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Miss., is a private institution founded in 1890. Millsaps is one of the few liberal arts schools in the U.S. to hold both a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and accreditation at both undergraduate and graduate level by AASCB International. Many opportunities exist for professional research, internships, study abroad, and community service.

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Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

Ursinus College, founded in 1869, is a private institution about 20 miles from Philadelphia. Students who study at Ursinus have outstanding records of placement into graduate, law and medical schools, and the college is one of 50 nationwide whose seniors can compete for Watson fellowships.

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Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

A private women’s institution founded in 1889, Agnes Scott College is located in Decatur, Georgia. It is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, but is open to students of all faiths. Agnes Scott College shows its dedication to educating women by delivering on its promise: “The World for Women.”

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New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

A public liberal arts institution founded in 2001, New College of Florida is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is situated on 119 suburban acres just a few miles from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. New College of Florida is one of 11 members of the State University System and is widely considered a national leader in the arts and sciences.

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

St. Mary's College of Maryland, located in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, is a public institution founded in 1840. As Maryland’s public honors college, St. Mary’s College of Maryland offers an undergraduate, liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. It features a spectacular waterfront setting in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region.

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St. Michael’s College

Colchester, VT

St. Michael's College, located in Colchester, Vermont, is a private institution founded in 1904. Situated three minutes from Burlington, St. Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that contribute to peace and justice in the world. Recreation includes hiking and skiing in the nearby Green Mountains.

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College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, ME

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic is a private institution in rural Bar Harbor, ME. The college focuses on one undergraduate and one graduate degree, both in Human Ecology. Instead of following established curriculum, students work with faculty to build highly individualized coursework based on personal interests and career goals.

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College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

College of St. Benedict is a private women's institution in St. Joseph, MN, that is committed to academics, leadership and art. Through a partnership with Saint John's University, St. Benedict students have access to both campuses' resources and facilities, totaling 3,300 acres of woods and lakes.

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Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College, located in Decorah, Iowa, is a private institution founded in 1861. Luther is an undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran church. One of the outstanding undergraduate institutions in the Midwest, Luther offers more than 60 majors, minors, pre-professional and special programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree.

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Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Westmont College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1937 and resides on 130 suburban acres just south of beautiful Gould Park. Westmont College is a Christian institution that seeks to create thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders.

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Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

Cornell College, located in Mount Vernon, IA, has a rich history that dates back to 1837. Along with renowned academics, Cornell offers a wide variety of campus clubs; intramural and NCAA Division III sports; and distinct classroom, internships and international learning experiences. Nearly two-thirds of Cornell graduates pursue advanced degrees.

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Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

Hampden-Sydney College, located in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, is a private institution founded in 1775. Challenged by the curriculum and guided by professors, students can get help when they need it because classes are small. The greatest advantage of small-college life is that everyone can be involved. Athletics, debating, publications, fraternity life – are all part of the education process.

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Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

Washington and Jefferson College, located in Washington, PA, offers a top-notch liberal arts education with small class sizes and high student-to-faculty interaction. The school has a reputation for producing a high number of attorneys, physicians and medical researchers, as well as placing seniors with employment upon graduation.

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Albion College

Albion, MI

Albion College is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1835. It is located in Albion, Michigan on 574 acres of suburban land. Albion college is committed to high academic performance, combining a liberal arts curriculum with opportunities to specialize in business, education, law, medicine and the sciences.

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