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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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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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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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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

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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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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1973. It is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 54 suburban acres and is affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Wisconsin Lutheran College offers students the chance to participate in undergraduate research projects, NCAA Division III athletics, and a variety of clubs and organizations.

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Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Founded in 1915, Xavier University of Louisiana is a private institution occupying 27 acres campus in urban New Orleans, La. Xavier University of Louisiana is Catholic and historically Black. The university is part of the NAIA athletic conference and offers a wide array of clubs, organizations and teams to suit the needs and interests of the student body.

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