Top Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking

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Liberal Arts Colleges Statistics

A liberal arts college is a undergraduate institution that focuses on a liberal arts education in general. It mainly offer bachelor degrees, but some schools offer master's and doctorate degrees in limited areas. The size of school is relative small comparing to national universities and regional universities.
There are 237 Liberal Arts Colleges - 26 public and 211 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $38,608 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $22,244. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,201 and the average acceptance rate is 60% for Top Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all Liberal Arts Colleges. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Liberal Arts Colleges at Liberal Arts Colleges Statistics page.
2019-2020 Liberal Arts Colleges Statistics
Top 20 Liberal Arts CollegesAll Liberal Arts Colleges
Number of Schools20 schools
(1 public, 19 private)
237 schools
(26 public, 211 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$53,713$10,501 (in-state)
$38,608 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$51,751$12,131 (in-state)
$22,244 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$41,572$25,135
Test Scores1,428 SAT, 96 ACT 1,201 SAT, 75 ACT
Acceptance Rate18.55% 59.64%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)48.20% 27.11%
Population38,195374,478
Undergraduate37,683358,365
Graduate51216,113
Graduation Rate91.80%66.80%
Transfer-out Rate4.10%20.16%
Students to Faculty Ratio8.30 to 110.89 to 1

Top Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges for academic year 2019-2020. Pomona College ranked top in the Top Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking and Claremont McKenna College and Swarthmore College follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $53,713 for undergraduate programs $51,751 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top Liberal Arts Colleges is 1,428 and the acceptance rate is 18.55%. The average students to faculty ratio is 8.30 to 1 for top Liberal Arts Colleges. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Pomona College
Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$54,762 $49,900 1,5737% 1,465 SAT
101 ACT
7 to 1
2 Claremont McKenna College
Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$56,475 $41,960 1,32710% 1,435 SAT
98 ACT
8 to 1
3 Swarthmore College
Private, 4 yearsSwarthmore, PA
$54,656 $46,289 1,5599% 1,460 SAT
99 ACT
8 to 1
4 Williams College
Private, 4 yearsWilliamstown, MA
$57,280 $48,763 2,14913% 1,480 SAT
101 ACT
6 to 1
5 Barnard College
Private, 4 yearsNew York, NY
$57,668 $41,886 2,56212% 1,430 SAT
97 ACT
9 to 1
6 Amherst College
Private, 4 yearsAmherst, MA
$58,640 $50,424 1,85511% 1,415 SAT
96 ACT
7 to 1
7 Harvey Mudd College
Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$58,660 $34,661 90214% 1,530 SAT
105 ACT
8 to 1
8 Washington and Lee University
Private, 4 yearsLexington, VA
$54,830 $40,813 2,22319% 1,430 SAT
99 ACT
8 to 1
9 Bowdoin College
Private, 4 yearsBrunswick, ME
$56,350 $41,967 1,8289% - 9 to 1
10 Davidson College
Private, 4 yearsDavidson, NC
$52,991 $39,122 1,84318% 1,398 SAT 9 to 1
11 Wellesley College
Private, 4 yearsWellesley, MA
$56,052 $47,105 2,53422% 1,445 SAT
97 ACT
8 to 1
12 Soka University of America
Private, 4 yearsAliso Viejo, CA
$33,982 $34,570 44240% 1,335 SAT
87 ACT
8 to 1
13 Carleton College
Private, 4 yearsNorthfield, MN
$57,111 $36,313 2,09719% 1,450 SAT 9 to 1
14 Colby College
Private, 4 yearsWaterville, ME
$57,280 $43,218 2,00010% 1,450 SAT
97 ACT
10 to 1
15 Middlebury College
Private, 4 yearsMiddlebury, VT
$56,216 $45,099 2,61115% 1,445 SAT 8 to 1
16 Thomas Aquinas College
Private, 4 yearsSanta Paula, CA
$25,600 $13,303 40779% 1,270 SAT
85 ACT
11 to 1
17 United States Naval Academy
Public, 4 yearsAnnapolis, MD
- - 4,5128% 1,350 SAT
89 ACT
8 to 1
18 Haverford College
Private, 4 yearsHaverford, PA
$56,698 $47,100 1,31016% 1,460 SAT
99 ACT
8 to 1
19 Hamilton College
Private, 4 yearsClinton, NY
$56,530 $41,283 2,00516% 1,445 SAT 9 to 1
20 Vassar College
Private, 4 yearsPoughkeepsie, NY
$58,770 $46,084 2,45624% 1,445 SAT
97 ACT
8 to 1
Average$53,713
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$41,572 38,19518.55% 1,428 SAT
96.4667 ACT
8.30 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020