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 2023 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $41,031 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $22,318. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,265 and the average acceptance rate is 61% for Top Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking.
The 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.
2022-2023 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$58,671$10,801 (in-state)
$41,031 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$48,280$12,369 (in-state)
$22,318 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$48,620$29,033
Test Scores1,473 SAT, 33 ACT 1,265 SAT, 28 ACT
Acceptance Rate17.63% 60.90%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)49.18% 23.74%
Population40,320356,816
Undergraduate39,808336,829
Graduate51219,987
Graduation Rate91.65%66.44%
Transfer-out Rate5.80%18.13%
Students to Faculty Ratio8.15 to 110.44 to 1

Top Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison

The next table lists the top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges for academic year 2022-2023. Pomona College ranked top in the Top Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking and Claremont McKenna College and Swarthmore College follows it. The 2023 average tuition & fees is $58,671 for undergraduate programs $48,280 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top Liberal Arts Colleges is 1,473 and the acceptance rate is 17.63%. The average students to faculty ratio is 8.15 to 1 for top Liberal Arts Colleges. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2022-2023 Top Liberal Arts Colleges Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Pomona College
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Private, 4-yearsClaremont, CA
$59,238 $55,218 1,7167% 1,520 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
2 Claremont McKenna College
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Private, 4-yearsClaremont, CA
$60,715 $50,689 1,38910% 1,510 SAT
34 ACT
8 to 1
3 Swarthmore College
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Private, 4-yearsSwarthmore, PA
$59,328 $51,095 1,6257% 1,520 SAT
33 ACT
8 to 1
4 Williams College
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Private, 4-yearsWilliamstown, MA
$61,770 $57,850 2,2229% 1,530 SAT
35 ACT
6 to 1
5 Barnard College
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Private, 4-yearsNew York, NY
$62,525 $49,484 3,4429% 1,505 SAT
33 ACT
10 to 1
6 Amherst College
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Private, 4-yearsAmherst, MA
$64,100 $58,328 1,8987% 1,510 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
7 Harvey Mudd College
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Private, 4-yearsClaremont, CA
$62,817 $39,264 92213% 1,530 SAT
35 ACT
8 to 1
8 Washington and Lee University
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Private, 4-yearsLexington, VA
$61,750 $50,487 2,24317% 1,480 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
9 Bowdoin College
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Private, 4-yearsBrunswick, ME
$61,528 $50,865 1,9159% 1,520 SAT
34 ACT
9 to 1
10 Davidson College
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Private, 4-yearsDavidson, NC
$57,090 $45,583 1,92717% 1,430 SAT
32 ACT
9 to 1
11 Wellesley College
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Private, 4-yearsWellesley, MA
$61,920 $56,816 2,44714% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
12 Soka University of America
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Private, 4-yearsAliso Viejo, CA
$35,544 $37,023 45557% 1,350 SAT 7 to 1
13 Carleton College
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Private, 4-yearsNorthfield, MN
$62,634 $45,284 2,05917% 1,490 SAT
33 ACT
8 to 1
14 Colby College
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Private, 4-yearsWaterville, ME
$63,520 $54,700 2,2998% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
10 to 1
15 Middlebury College
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Private, 4-yearsMiddlebury, VT
$62,460 $54,427 2,84313% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
9 to 1
16 Thomas Aquinas College
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Private, 4-yearsSanta Paula, CA
$27,000 $13,457 51685% 1,310 SAT
30 ACT
11 to 1
17 United States Naval Academy
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Public, 4-yearsAnnapolis, MD
- - 4,45011% 1,310 SAT
29 ACT
8 to 1
18 Haverford College
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Private, 4-yearsHaverford, PA
$63,348 $55,489 1,42114% 1,500 SAT
34 ACT
8 to 1
19 Hamilton College
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Private, 4-yearsClinton, NY
$62,670 $48,241 2,07212% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
9 to 1
20 Vassar College
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Private, 4-yearsPoughkeepsie, NY
$64,800 $49,475 2,45919% 1,490 SAT
33 ACT
7 to 1
Average$58,671
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$48,620 40,32017.63% 1,473 SAT
33.3158 ACT
8.15 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 2022-2023