Best Liberal Arts Schools
U.S. News Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings 2016

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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University of North Carolina--Asheville

Asheville, NC

University of North Carolina- Asheville, founded in 1927, sits on 265 acres in beautiful Asheville, NC. Students benefit from top academics, award-winning faculty and internships while enjoying the City of Asheville's arts, music, and year-round outdoor recreation.

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Westminster College

Fulton, MO

Westminster College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1851. It is located in Fulton, Missouri on 86 rural acres just east of the University of Missouri Ashland Wildlife Research Area. Westminster College is known for valuing the traditions it was founded on: integrity, respect, fairness and responsibility.

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Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

Located in Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg University is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1845 and resides on 114 urban acres not far from the center of town. Wittenberg University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and offers students 23 varsity sports, a vibrant study abroad program, and more than 125 student activities.

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Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Carthage College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1847. It is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 95 suburban acres near the shore of Lake Michigan. Carthage College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is known for hiring faculty from the top graduate schools in their disciplines.

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Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

Georgetown College, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, is a private institution founded in 1787. Georgetown distinguishes itself from many other small liberal arts colleges by offering a combination of rigorous and respected academic programs, a wealth of opportunities for leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities, and a strong commitment to Christian values and principles.

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Hiram College

Hiram, OH

Hiram College, located in Hiram, Ohio, is a private institution founded in 1850. Hiram is a small liberal arts school with distinctive programs. About half of Hiram’s students study abroad at some point during their four years. Because students receive credits for the courses taught by Hiram faculty on these trips, studying abroad will not impede progress in their majors or delay graduation.

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Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

St. Vincent College, located in Latrobe, Penn., is a private institution founded in 1846. St. Vincent is a friendly and supportive educational community rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition that provides contemporary programs through which students can integrate their professional goals with the broader purpose of human life.

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Doane College

Crete, NE

Doane College promotes a family-oriented approach to living and learning on its rural 300-acre campus in Crete, NE. Along with a quality education and the opportunity to study abroad, the college guarantees students will graduate in four years and also promises job placement for its teaching majors.

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Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Gordon College, located in Wenham, Mass., is a private institution founded in 1889. Gordon is a distinctive blend: a multidenominational Christian liberal arts college, with a strong residential community and a great location near the intellectual hub of Boston and the shoreline of Cape Ann. Gordon’s Christian identity is broadly evangelical; more than 40 denominations are represented on campus.

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Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

Guilford College, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a private institution founded in 1837. Guilford draws on Quaker and liberal arts traditions to produce lifelong learners and agents of change in the world. Because of its scheduling flexibility – classes are held Monday through Saturday, from early morning to 10 at night, Guilford attracts both traditional residential students and adults.

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Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

A private liberal arts institution founded in 1891, Randolph College is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is situated on 100 urban acres near the banks of the James River. Randolph College is known for welcoming students who value originality, independent thought, new ideas, and the exploration of issues that fascinate them.

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Wesleyan College

Macon, GA

Located in Macon, Georgia, Wesleyan College is a private, women’s liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1836 and resides on 200 suburban acres not far from the city’s downtown area. Wesleyan College was the first college for women in the world, and to this day stands by its four cornerstones: academics, women, faith and community.

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William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

Located in Liberty, Missouri, William Jewell College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1849 and resides on 200 suburban acres just west of Martha Lafite Thompson National Sanctuary. William Jewell College is dedicated to enhancing students’ ability to apply learning to complex ethical, scientific and cultural problems.

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Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

Hartwick College, located in Oneonta, New York, is a private institution founded in 1797. As a small liberal arts college, it focuses on fostering student-faculty relationships – Hartwick’s faculty bring the latest insights from the world into the classroom to deepen student learning. Hartwick offers a Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree that dramatically reduces the cost of a private college education.

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Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

Lycoming College, located in Williamsport, Penn., is a private institution founded in 1812. The College has established a teaching effectiveness program to focus on new strategies for the classroom, including those involving cutting-edge technology. Students will have the opportunity to bring their academic work together in some sort of major research or artistic presentation.

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Warren Wilson College

Asheville, NC

Warren Wilson, located in Asheville, NC, is one of six work colleges in the United States. The school's holistic approach to education allows students to focus on service-learning, work and community service, enhancing their cultural experiences and preparing them to make a difference in the world.

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Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

Monmouth College, located in Monmouth Illinois, is a private institution founded in 1853. It has earned respect among its peers for the impressive percentage of graduates who attend top graduate and professional schools, and form successful careers in science, education, business and the arts. The campus is acclaimed for its beauty and for facilities that surpass those of comparable schools.

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Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

Oglethorpe University is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1835. It is located in Atlanta, Georgia on 100 suburban acres in the city’s Brookhaven area. Oglethorpe University is dedicated to teaching students how to become community leaders who are distinctive in their ability to think, communicate and contribute.

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College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

College of Idaho, a private institution founded in 1891, is affiliated with the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. Its distinct PEAK curriculum (Professional, Ethical, Articulate and Knowledgeable) lets students design personal major and minor programs across four areas.

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Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

A private liberal arts institution founded in 1886, Ouachita Baptist University is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It is situated on 85 rural acres and is affiliated with the Arkansas State Baptist Convention. The sports teams of Ouachita Baptist University – known as the Tigers – compete in the NCAA Division II conference.

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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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Fisk University

Nashville, TN

Fisk University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private institution founded in 1866. Fisk is one of America’s premier Historically Black Universities. From its earliest days, Fisk faculty and alumni have been among the country’s intellectual leaders. Famous alumni include: co-founder of the NAACP, Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois; poet, Nikki Giovanni; and congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis.

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Purchase College--SUNY

Purchase, NY

Located in Purchase, New York, Purchase College – SUNY is a public liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1967 and resides on 550 suburban acres about 25 miles north of Manhattan. Purchase College – SUNY claims excellent programs in the School of the Arts, the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education.

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Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC

Founded in 1869, Claflin is a private, historically African American institution in Orangeburg, SC. The school is affiliated with The United Methodist Church and offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs that focus on liberal arts and global perspectives.

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Emory and Henry College

Emory, VA

Emory and Henry College, located on a rural setting in Emory, Virginia, is a private institution founded in 1836. Many of its professors have been named Virginia Professor of the Year of the Carnegie Foundation. Each year, Emory & Henry features close to 100 concerts, theater and dance performances, films, exhibits and poetry readings to complement its students’ academic experience.

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