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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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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American Jewish University

Bel-Air, CA

American Jewish University was founded in 1947 as a private institution in Bel-Air, California. The school's 22 acre campus is classified as an urban setting. The most popular majors at AJU include Business, Management, Marketing, Pschology, Communication, Journalism and Health Professions.

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Amridge University

Montgomery, AL

A private institution, Amridge University started offering online bachelor's degree courses in 1999. Programs are divided into four schools: the College of Business and Leadership, College of General Studies, School of Human Services and Turner School of Theology. Amridge University also offers online students an extensive library of financial aid resources and a 24/7 live chat feature.

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Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL

A private institution rooted in Catholic tradition, Ave Maria University is located in Ave Maria, Florida. The school offers 21 undergraduate majors and three graduate programs. The Ave Marina Gyrenes are members of the NAIA and compete in The Sun Conference.

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Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Bay Path College, founded in 1897, is a private institution residing on 48 suburban acres in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and minors , including business, forensic science and occupational therapy. Bay Path College is exclusively a women's college.

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Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

Founded in 1873, Bennett College is a private institution residing on 55 urban acres in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is a historically black school for women rooted in the United Methodist tradition. Bennett College promotes morally grounded maturation, intellectual honesty, purposeful public service and responsible civic action.

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Bethany College

Bethany, WV

Bethany College is a private liberal arts institution that was founded in 1840. It is located in Bethany, West Virginia, on 1,300 rural acres in the state’s northern panhandle. Bethany College is affiliated with the Christian Church and has a long history of excellence in the arts and sciences, with particular emphasis on leadership.

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Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, MN

Located in Mankato, Minnesota, Bethany Lutheran College is a private liberal arts institution. The school was founded in 1927, and has an urban campus that overlooks the Minnesota River valley. Bethany Lutheran College is Christian and coeducational, and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (which is also based in Mankato).

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Bloomfield College

Bloomfield, NJ

A private institution founded in 1868, Bloomfield College resides on 12 suburban acres in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Bloomfield College offers a variety of undergraduate programs that lead to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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Brevard College

Brevard, NC

Brevard College, founded in 1853, is a private institution residing on 120 rural acres in Brevard, North Carolina. The school offers close to 40 majors and minors and awards undergraduate degrees. The Brevard College Tornados compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Bryn Athyn College of the New Church

Bryn Athyn, PA

Founded in 1877, Bryn Athyn College of the New Church is a private institution residing on 130 suburban acres in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. The school is affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem. Experiential learning - through service learning, internships and international experiences - is important at Bryn Athyn.

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Castleton State College

Castleton, VT

A public institution founded in 1787, Castleton State College resides on 165 rural acres in Castleton, Vermont. The school offers more than 30 academic programs and awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Castleton State College students can also participate in 20 intercollegiate sports and more than 40 clubs and organizations.

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Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

A public institution founded in 1925, Colorado Mesa University resides on 70 urban acres in Grand Junction, Colorado. The school offers 60 majors and grants both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Colorado Mesa University Mavericks compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Dillard University

New Orleans, LA

Dillard University, founded in 1869, is a private institution residing on 55 urban acres in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a historically black school, African American history and culture are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Though Dillard University offers degrees in many disciplines, it has a special commitment to teaching business, education and nursing.

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East-West University

Chicago, IL

Founded in 1980, East-West University is a private institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school offers certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in a wide variety of majors. East-West University students can also participate in many clubs, organizations and intramural sports.

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Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

Founded in 1918, Eastern Nazarene is a private liberal arts college on a 20-acre suburban campus south of Boston. Located in historic Quincy, Massachusetts, it combines high academic standards with a serious Christian perspective. Eastern Nazarene offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and master’s degrees in education, management, and marriage and family therapy.

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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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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Founded in 1911, Fort Lewis College is a public institution residing on 362 rural acres in Durango, Colorado. The school offers 98 academic options, including a wide variety of exceptional bachelor's degree programs. The Fort Lewis College Skyhawks compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

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Green Mountain College

Poultney, VT

Green Mountain College, founded in 1834, is a private institution residing on 155 rural acres in Poultney, Vermont. All students at the school complete the 37-credit Environmental Liberal Arts General Education Program, which combines strong liberal arts content with a focus on the environment. The Green Mountain College Eagles compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

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Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

A private institution founded in 1966, Holy Cross College resides on 150 suburban acres in Notre Dame, Indiana. The school is rooted in Catholic tradition, and is located across the street from the University of Notre Dame. All Holy Cross students share four core experiences while earning their bachelor's degree: service learning, global immersion, professional internship and a senior capstone project.

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Huston-Tillotson University

Austin, TX

Founded in 1875, Huston-Tillotson University is a private institution residing on 35 urban acres in Austin, Texas. The school is rooted in Methodist tradition, and offers 16 majors and five minors. Huston-Tillotson University sports teams - known as the Rams - compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Red River Conference.

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