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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #60. Kalamazoo College

    - Location: Kalamazoo, MI
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,457
    - Student to faculty ratio: 13:1
    - Acceptance rate: 73%
    - Graduation rate: 79%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,700
    - Two year employment rate: 89%

    Students at Kalamazoo College learn through its personalized K-Plan, in which majors are designed with the help of faculty and mentors. Students can study abroad for as many as three terms and complete a career development internship. An in-depth, individualized senior study project is mandatory for graduation.

  • #59. College of Wooster

    - Location: Wooster, OH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,996
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 54%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $46,300
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    College of Wooster students and faculty work together one-on-one to design and complete a demanding senior project of mentored research. According to the school, 94% of its graduates are accepted to their first choice in graduate schools.

  • #58. Dickinson College

    - Location: Carlisle, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,361
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 49%
    - Graduation rate: 84%
    - Six year median earnings: $57,400
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Dickinson College encourages off-campus learning, and two-thirds of its students study abroad in more than 40 programs, in locations like Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, and New Zealand. The school is recognized for offering studies in 13 foreign languages including Arabic and Latin.

  • #57. Lewis & Clark College

    - Location: Portland, OR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,058
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 74%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six year median earnings: $46,200
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Lewis & Clark College prides itself on being environmentally aware, and it has a Sustainability Council of students, faculty, and staff to look at learning, policies, and decision-making on campus. Along with its environmental studies major, it offers an environmental and natural resources law program and a graduate level ecopsychology in counseling program. The school also has policies for reducing its carbon emissions footprint, promotes alternative transportation, and has food services that use local sourcing.

  • #56. Lawrence University

    - Location: Appleton, WI
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,420
    - Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
    - Acceptance rate: 62%
    - Graduation rate: 80%
    - Six year median earnings: $44,100
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Lawrence University has a highly respected conservatory of music that emphasizes core musicianship, theory and technique, creativity, collaboration, improvisation, deep listening, and social engagement. Half of conservatory students are enrolled in a five-year program leading to a bachelor of music and bachelor of arts degrees. Lawrence has an unusually low student-to-faculty ratio of eight to one.

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  • #55. Trinity College - Connecticut

    - Location: Hartford, CT
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,112
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 34%
    - Graduation rate: 84%
    - Six year median earnings: $66,100
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Located in Connecticut’s state capital, Trinity College has a respected political science department as well as popular economics and history courses. It offers specialized studies in human rights and highly selective concentrations for students interested in such areas as global cities and health care.

  • #54. Hope College

    - Location: Holland, MI
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 3,032
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 76%
    - Graduation rate: 79%
    - Six year median earnings: $46,200
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Hope College is a Christian school historically affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The school hosts annual days of service for students to participate in volunteer projects. Students are required to live on campus for the first three years of college.

  • #53. DePauw University

    - Location: Greencastle, IN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,139
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 63%
    - Graduation rate: 85%
    - Six year median earnings: $54,000
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    DePauw University has one of the oldest music schools in the country. It offers degrees in music performance, music education, and musical arts as well as five-year double-degree programs. Every DePauw student completes at least two extended study programs such as internships, independent study, or research and creative projects with faculty.

  • #52. Oberlin College

    - Location: Oberlin, OH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,758
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 36%
    - Graduation rate: 86%
    - Six year median earnings: $40,800
    - Two year employment rate: 90%

    Oberlin College was the first U.S. college that offered undergraduate degrees to women, and it continues to have a reputation for being progressive and innovative. It has a department called the Experimental College, or ExCo, that sponsors for-credit courses taught by students, administrators, and townspeople. Fall semester ExCo courses include the study of trees, conflict and resistance in Guatemala, animal rights, radical environmentalism, death, and the science of food.

  • #51. Wabash College

    - Location: Crawfordsville, IN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 881
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 65%
    - Graduation rate: 71%
    - Six year median earnings: $56,300
    - Two year employment rate: 94%

    Wabash College is a men’s school, founded by a group of ministers in 1832. Wabash has a Center for Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship for students interested in start-ups, finance, social enterprises, or corporate jobs, and a Democracy and Public Discourse initiative to support discussion, debate, civic leadership, and free speech.

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