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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #80. St. Mary's College of Maryland

    - Location: St. Mary's City, MD
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,503
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 80%
    - Graduation rate: 80%
    - Six year median earnings: $52,200
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, St. Mary’s College of Maryland has the benefits of a liberal arts school with small classes and rigorous standards and is a state school with in-state tuition and fees that amount to about $15,000 a year. Its curriculum, called Learning through Experiential and Applied Discovery, or LEAD, combines academics with professional skill development. Each student has a career and leadership development plan and a guaranteed internship or research opportunity.

  • #79. Spelman College

    - Location: Atlanta, GA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,123
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 39%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $47,000
    - Two year employment rate: 94%

    At Spelman College, an historically Black school for women, first-year students take topical seminars called Interdisciplinary Big Questions Colloquia as an introduction to liberal arts and intellectual thinking. Recent colloquia topics have included the role of women in the Black Panther Party, the aesthetics of activism, and the influence of white supremacy in Western thought. Spelman emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and it has been recognized as a leading school in the number of Black women who proceed to earn doctorates in science. It also is consistently among the U.S. colleges that produce the most students who are awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships for international study.

     

  • #78. St. Norbert College

    - Location: De Pere, WI
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,083
    - Student to faculty ratio: 14:1
    - Acceptance rate: 78%
    - Graduation rate: 71%
    - Six year median earnings: $46,400
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    St. Norbert College is a Catholic school that follows the teachings of the 12th-century Norbertine religious order that values community, reflection, and the liberal arts. The school offers a guarantee that students who meet the right requirements will graduate in four years, or tuition will be waived until their degree is completed.

  • #77. Earlham College

    - Location: Richmond, IN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,043
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 65%
    - Graduation rate: 64%
    - Six year median earnings: $35,000
    - Two year employment rate: 90%

    Education at Earlham College is guided by principles of the Quaker tradition such as truth-seeking, rigorous intellectual integrity, the instilling of lifelong learning habits, and the just and peaceful resolution of conflicts. It was founded by Quakers who moved to the Midwest from the East in the early 19th century. About 11% of faculty and 12% of students consider themselves Quakers today.

  • #76. Centre College

    - Location: Danville, KY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,433
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 73%
    - Graduation rate: 81%
    - Six year median earnings: $45,500
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Centre College places an emphasis on international learning, and almost 85% of its students study abroad before they graduate. It also has a tradition of alumni joining the Peace Corps, where several dozen are deployed around the world. The school values faculty involvement, and there are no teaching assistants.

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  • #75. Lake Forest College

    - Location: Lake Forest, IL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,472
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 58%
    - Graduation rate: 69%
    - Six year median earnings: $50,900
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Students at Lake Forest College can enjoy the benefits of a collegial residential college and the opportunities provided by its proximity to Chicago. The school puts an emphasis on academics and innovative coursework and on career preparation as well. Every incoming student is assigned a career adviser as well as an academic adviser.

  • #74. Augustana College - Illinois

    - Location: Rock Island, IL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,534
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 64%
    - Graduation rate: 74%
    - Six year median earnings: $52,000
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Augustana College places importance on guiding and coaching its students, providing each one with a first-year adviser, a first-year peer group, and an adviser in each major and minor concentration. It offers the Augie Choice—$2,000 for each student to use for a research project, an internship, or study abroad.

  • #73. Cornell College

    - Location: Mount Vernon, IA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,019
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 61%
    - Graduation rate: 76%
    - Six year median earnings: $43,000
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Cornell College this fall is starting the first official year of its new Ingenuity core curriculum, aimed at fusing interdisciplinary studies with real-world experiences. The core curriculum includes a structured series of courses in writing, quantitative reasoning, intercultural literacy, and a foreign language, and each student takes at least one course in fine arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. It includes experiential learning such as internships or community projects, and each student produces a curated portfolio of work that can be shown to potential employers.

  • #72. Allegheny College

    - Location: Meadville, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,724
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 64%
    - Graduation rate: 74%
    - Six year median earnings: $50,900
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    At Allegheny College, every student must complete a senior project in order to graduate. The projects are substantial such as a creative work or an independent research project, under the supervision of one or more faculty members, and they are presented to faculty and classmates. The projects might range from exhibits and performances to written and oral research presentations.

  • #71. Concordia College

    - Location: Moorhead, MN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,041
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 61%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $44,500
    - Two year employment rate: 97%

    The Lutheran Concordia College was founded by Norwegian settlers in 1891. Its studies are rooted in the value of “Becoming Responsibly Engaged in the World” which it calls BREW. With a mission of instilling dedication to Christian life, incoming students participate in an array of volunteer projects in the local Fargo-Moorhead community.

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