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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #90. Roanoke College

    - Location: Salem, VA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,956
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 72%
    - Graduation rate: 67%
    - Six year median earnings: $44,700
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    Roanoke College has developed a core Intellectual Inquiry Curriculum known as INQ. The classes focus on topics like critical thinking and writing, ethical reasoning and oral skills, decision-making, and problem-solving. Before graduating, students also must take an Intensive Learning Term, a three-week immersion term in May that can be on or off campus.

  • #89. Hampden-Sydney College

    - Location: Hampden-Sydney, VA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,070
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 59%
    - Graduation rate: 66%
    - Six year median earnings: $52,200
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    One of the oldest schools in the country, founded in 1775, Hampden-Sydney College is a men’s school about 60 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia. One of its unique features is its required Rhetoric Program that teaches writing and speaking skills. All graduates must pass a Rhetoric Proficiency Exam, a three-hour essay that tests their ability to write a logical and well-supported thesis and argument.

  • #88. Eckerd College

    - Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,940
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 68%
    - Graduation rate: 68%
    - Six year median earnings: $42,200
    - Two year employment rate: 89%

    The Eckerd College campus features a mile-long waterfront and sandy beach along the Gulf Coast, and it has long used the outdoors for study, research, and as a backdrop for student life. In fall 2020 it is making the most of its setting, and the warm Florida climate, to offer its classes outdoors to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

  • #87. Millsaps College

    - Location: Jackson, MS
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 792
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 59%
    - Graduation rate: 64%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,100
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Millsaps has the highest graduation rate of any four-year college or university in the state, and last year it had a 100% acceptance rate among its graduates applying to medical school. Its alumni have the highest average salary 10 years after graduation among all the four-year colleges and universities in Mississippi. Students say it is demanding but that they benefit from personal attention due to its small size.

     

  • #86. Juniata College

    - Location: Huntingdon, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,339
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 70%
    - Graduation rate: 79%
    - Six year median earnings: $49,200
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Juniata College is known for its science programs, including a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on central Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake. Many students design individualized course plans with the school’s flexible “programs of emphasis” instead of traditional majors and minors. Faculty involvement is high, and students have two academic advisers.

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  • #85. Westmont College

    - Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,266
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 62%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,400
    - Two year employment rate: 89%

    Westmont College is a Christian school that integrates faith with academics. Much of student life revolves around campus ministries and worship, and chapel attendance is mandatory three times a week. It was founded in 1937 as the Bible Missionary Institute, later renamed Westmont College, and accredited in 1958. It is known for its science courses, particularly its cellular and molecular biology program.

  • #84. Wheaton College - Massachusetts

    - Location: Norton, MA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,751
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 70%
    - Graduation rate: 78%
    - Six year median earnings: $47,600
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Founded in 1834 as a female seminary, Wheaton College went coed in 1988. It is located about halfway between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and features a required Connections program for students to combine studies across disciplines, and Wheaton guarantees funding for every student to undertake a research project or internship.

  • #83. University of New Hampshire at Manchester

    - Location: Manchester, NH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 589
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 68%
    - Graduation rate: 41%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,400
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Attending the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, students can take advantage of opportunities in the region’s high-tech companies, start-ups, and incubators. The school offers an analytics and data science program and majors in such topics as homeland security, biotechnology, neuropsychology, and public service and nonprofit leadership. In-state tuition at the public university is about $15,000 a year and about twice that amount for out-of-state students.

  • #82. Willamette University

    - Location: Salem, OR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,759
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 84%
    - Graduation rate: 74%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,100
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Willamette University is strong in international studies. It has an established Spanish and liberal arts study abroad program in Granada, Spain. It also has an extensive global partnership with the Tokyo International University of America under which Japanese students study with Willamette students in specially designed joint and linked courses in Salem, and Willamette students can study for a semester or a year in Japan’s Kawagoe region.

  • #81. University of Puget Sound

    - Location: Tacoma, WA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,348
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 88%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $52,700
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    The University of Puget Sound campus is set on the scenic Washington coast in the port town of Tacoma, not far from the Olympic Mountains, and many of its students are outdoors enthusiasts. The university has a highly regarded School of Music and a School of Business and Leadership, and it offers a cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Music degree with Elective Studies in Business. It also offers interdisciplinary programs in environmental policy and decision making, gender studies, global development, and Asian studies, and it has a nine-month Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program.

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