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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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Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Charter Oak State College is a public institution located in New Britain, Conn. The college has offered online courses since before 1994. The school offers degree completion programs in more than a dozen majors, as well as a bachelor's of science degree in health information management.

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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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Granite State College

Concord, NH

Granite State College’s online programs include associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, minors and teacher certification. Credits can be transferred from accredited colleges and earned through students’ work and life experience. Accelerated undergraduate degree programs allow for students to reach educational goals faster and programs can be customized to meet preferred learning styles.

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Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

Hampshire College, located in Amherst, Mass., is a private institution founded in 1965. Hampshire is an innovative liberal arts college with a multidisciplinary approach that develops well-educated lifelong learners with the capacity to go beyond received knowledge and conventional beliefs. Students will pursue self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors.

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Martin University

Indianapolis, IN

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Shimer College

Chicago, IL

A private institution founded in 1853, Shimer College resides on 120 urban acres just minutes from downtown Chicago. A liberal arts college, Shimer is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered college. Students read original sources, not textbooks, and discuss them in classes no larger than 12. Students are not lectured; instead, faculty members guide meaningful discussions.

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Sterling College

Craftsbury Common, VT

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Talladega College

Talladega, AL

Founded in 1867, Talladega College resides in an urban setting on 50 acres in Talladega, Alabama. The private college was the first in its state to admit all persons regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality, and it continues to instill in each student an understanding of all cultures. The small campus provides a family-like atmosphere and exposure to art, politics, business and science.

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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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