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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #70. Wofford College

    - Location: Spartanburg, SC
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,653
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 64%
    - Graduation rate: 81%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,500
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Seeking to prepare students for life beyond college, Wofford offers a workshop series called Rocket Fuel for them to learn about developing a business, with access to seed funding at its conclusion. It also offers a certificate program in entrepreneurial thinking and how to put ideas into action, an annual pitch competition that provides funding for student ventures, and a paid summer incubator program for students to start and grow their businesses.

     

  • #69. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    - Location: Geneva, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,208
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 57%
    - Graduation rate: 78%
    - Six year median earnings: $53,500
    - Two year employment rate: 94%

    Hobart and William Smith were founded as two separate colleges on the same campus, Hobart for men and William Smith for women. The schools share faculty, curriculum, and administration but have kept their own deans, traditions, student government, and athletic departments. Students are required to complete first-year seminars that build a foundation in critical thinking, communication, and intellectual skills. In 2020, seminar topics range from British pop music and golf-course architecture to genocide, sustainable living, and hunger.

  • #68. Southwestern University

    - Location: Georgetown, TX
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,416
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 45%
    - Graduation rate: 74%
    - Six year median earnings: $54,000
    - Two year employment rate: 90%

    The oldest university in Texas, Southwestern emphasizes holistic, interconnected learning among majors and disciplines in and out of the classroom. It encourages students to undertake immersive programs away from campus such as internships, community-based learning, and study abroad to learn independence and an open world view. Undergraduates have many opportunities to participate in research in collaboration with faculty.

  • #67. Muhlenberg College

    - Location: Allentown, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,248
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 62%
    - Graduation rate: 82%
    - Six year median earnings: $59,400
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Hundreds of Muhlenberg College students study abroad each year. The school has four well-established, discipline-specific programs—a theater program at the University of London, accounting, business, and economics at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, media and communication and film studies in Dublin, and dance in Arezzo, Italy.

  • #66. Ouachita Baptist University

    - Location: Arkadelphia, AR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,529
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 64%
    - Graduation rate: 64%
    - Six year median earnings: $41,200
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    The Christian Ouachita Baptist University describes itself as committed to a love of God and a love of learning. It offers a host of community service projects, weekly student-led worship, and international campus ministry trips.

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  • #65. Illinois Wesleyan University

    - Location: Bloomington, IL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,689
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 59%
    - Graduation rate: 79%
    - Six year median earnings: $59,100
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington encourages liberal arts education and experiential learning, and about two-thirds of students complete internships. It also offers a dedicated May term for students to focus on a single topic or course. In terms of diversity, about one in three students is a person of color.

     

  • #64. Connecticut College

    - Location: New London, CT
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,798
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 38%
    - Graduation rate: 81%
    - Six year median earnings: $54,900
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    At Connecticut College, the curriculum features a variety of small first-year seminars that concentrate on research, writing, and presentation skills. Students move on to interdisciplinary programs that meld coursework with off-campus learning, and seniors present the results of their studies to the college community before graduating. Students get a team of faculty, staff, and student advisers.

  • #63. Rollins College

    - Location: Winter Park, FL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,433
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 67%
    - Graduation rate: 74%
    - Six year median earnings: $45,700
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Located in central Florida on Lake Virginia, Rollins College provides a natural setting not far from busy Orlando. The school offers innovative programs such as a five-year bachelor of arts and master of business administration degree, a four-year dual bachelor degree in international business including a semester internship in Germany, and a dual bachelor degree engineering program of three years study at Rollins and two years of engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Auburn University, or Case Western Reserve University.

  • #62. St. Lawrence University

    - Location: Canton, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,407
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 46%
    - Graduation rate: 82%
    - Six year median earnings: $50,100
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    St. Lawrence University takes a special interest in helping incoming freshmen adjust to college life. It offers a first-year living-learning program in which students study and live together with a team of faculty, learning research, writing, and speaking skills and taking a specialized first-year seminar as well.

  • #61. Luther College

    - Location: Decorah, IA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,977
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 63%
    - Graduation rate: 79%
    - Six year median earnings: $47,400
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    At Luther College, all first-year students take a common immersive liberal arts curriculum, studying culture and history. It is strong in the arts, sponsoring a half dozen choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands, and a theatre and dance program. More than two-thirds of students are involved in recreational and intramural sports, and Luther has extensive trails for cross-country running and skiing.

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