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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #50. Gustavus Adolphus College

    - Location: Saint Peter, MN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,213
    - Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 66%
    - Graduation rate: 78%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,700
    - Two year employment rate: 96%

    Gustavus Adolphus College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and takes pride in its religious and Swedish heritages. It offers a unique “Three Crowns Curriculum” of specially designed interdisciplinary courses that emphasize discussion, and it requires students to take three designated writing courses.

  • #49. Hendrix College

    - Location: Conway, AR
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,194
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 72%
    - Graduation rate: 71%
    - Six year median earnings: $39,700
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Students at Hendrix College, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, are required in their first year to take a course on community involvement called the Engaged Citizen. Every student at the school gets financial assistance in some form. It also offers a Tuition Advantage scholarship program, in which Hendrix will match the in-state tuition at the flagship university in the home states of selected students.

  • #48. Sewanee - The University of the South

    - Location: Sewanee, TN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,678
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 65%
    - Graduation rate: 84%
    - Six year median earnings: $45,500
    - Two year employment rate: 93%

    Sewanee, owned by Episcopal Church dioceses in the southeastern United States, has a striking 13,000-acre campus with forests, caves, and lakes on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. The school offers an Integrated Program in the Environment that utilizes its extensive campus for research and applied field projects. It also has a volunteer fire department open to students, with tryouts each spring.

  • #47. Rhodes College

    - Location: Memphis, TN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,992
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 45%
    - Graduation rate: 85%
    - Six year median earnings: $53,600
    - Two year employment rate: 92%

    Incoming students at Rhodes College select one of two curriculum tracks—“Life: Then and Now” and “The Search for Values in the Light of Western Religion and History.” The programs encompass courses on religious studies, Bible studies, ethics, philosophy, histories of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Enlightenment, and other significant eras.

  • #46. Denison University

    - Location: Granville, OH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,365
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 34%
    - Graduation rate: 85%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,800
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    Denison University is planning to open a new Launch Lab to build career readiness and workforce skills for students facing an uncertain economic environment. Using nontraditional and innovative means, the lab is intended to build a talent pipeline for students to reach businesses, entrepreneurs, and enterprises. Denison also has been adding new majors and programs including global commerce, global health, data analytics, and financial economics.

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  • #45. Virginia Military Institute

    - Location: Lexington, VA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,685
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 51%
    - Graduation rate: 78%
    - Six year median earnings: $65,700
    - Two year employment rate: 97%

    Cadets at Virginia Military Institute undergo strenuous military and academic training. They live in sparse barracks, with three to six cadets sharing a room. The rooms are subject to daily inspection. Students declare their majors when they first apply, and the selection is limited to 14 disciplines. Cadets also must participate in four years of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marines.

  • #44. Furman University

    - Location: Greenville, SC
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,665
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 61%
    - Graduation rate: 80%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,200
    - Two year employment rate: 94%

    The curriculum path for Furman University students is called the Furman Advantage. Its focuses move over four years from diversified classroom work to exploration, specialization, out-of-classroom study, and career preparation. All Furman students live on campus for all four years.

  • #43. Union College - New York

    - Location: Schenectady, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,195
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 39%
    - Graduation rate: 88%
    - Six year median earnings: $65,400
    - Two year employment rate: 94%

    Students at Union College follow a Common Curriculum with first-year preceptorial seminars to learn critical reading, analytic writing, and critical thinking skills, and hands-on sophomore research seminars. It also entails classes in literature, natural sciences, quantitative and mathematical reasoning, arts and humanities, social sciences, engineering, technology, language and cultures as well as required writing courses.

  • #42. Wheaton College - Illinois

    - Location: Wheaton, IL
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,326
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 83%
    - Graduation rate: 87%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,400
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Wheaton is a Christian school that blends faith, a biblical perspective, and evangelicalism with a liberal arts education. All students attend chapel services three times a week. Wheaton also offers high school graduates a gap year to live in what it describes as a Christ-centered community to prepare for college.

  • #41. Gettysburg College

    - Location: Gettysburg, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,433
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 45%
    - Graduation rate: 82%
    - Six year median earnings: $56,100
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    First-year students at Gettysburg College can take focused seminars working closely with a faculty member and a small group of classmates. Students in first-year seminars live in the same residence hall, fostering a sense of community as they begin college. First-year seminar class sizes are small and demand active participation.

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