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100 best liberal arts colleges in America

  • #40. Franklin & Marshall College

    - Location: Lancaster, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,290
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 35%
    - Graduation rate: 83%
    - Six year median earnings: $58,900
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    Franklin & Marshall College is known for its government program, and students can participate in off-campus programs in such locations as Washington, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Kenya. The college offers a year-long sophomore leadership seminar to teach communication and public speaking and a Life After College Success program to prepare sophomores and juniors for their post-graduate goals.

     

  • #39. Whitman College

    - Location: Walla Walla, WA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,436
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 50%
    - Graduation rate: 87%
    - Six year median earnings: $51,300
    - Two year employment rate: 86%

    Located in the Pacific Northwest, Whitman College has an extensive outdoor program for students that teach skills, risk management, leadership, and environmental understanding. Weekend trips include hiking, climbing, kayaking, and rafting for all skill levels. Scrambles is an outdoor orienteering program for incoming freshmen.

  • #38. Occidental College

    - Location: Los Angeles, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,907
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 37%
    - Graduation rate: 85%
    - Six year median earnings: $50,600
    - Two year employment rate: 89%

    Occidental College, in the heart of Los Angeles, has Oxy Immersive Semester programs for students to concentrate their coursework and internships around a specific topic, working closely with faculty. It also offers semesters for students to live in New York City and intern at the United Nations. Its Barack Obama Scholars Program, in honor of the former president who attended for two years, provides scholarships to selected students interested in meaningful change and the public good.

     

  • #37. Skidmore College

    - Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,585
    - Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
    - Acceptance rate: 27%
    - Graduation rate: 86%
    - Six year median earnings: $49,700
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    Skidmore College promotes the concept that “Creative Thought Matters,” encouraging students to be innovative, take informed risks, and forge their own paths in education. About half the students take double majors. Skidmore has designed a focused First-Year Experience providing incoming students with specialized seminars and mentoring.

  • #36. Colorado College

    - Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,098
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 15%
    - Graduation rate: 89%
    - Six year median earnings: $45,400
    - Two year employment rate: 91%

    Courses at Colorado College are taught in an intensive block plan of one class at a time for three-and-a-half weeks. Full-time students might take three or four blocks in a semester. The structure allows for travel, concentration, deep research, and focused studies.

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  • #35. St. Olaf College

    - Location: Northfield, MN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 3,023
    - Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
    - Acceptance rate: 50%
    - Graduation rate: 86%
    - Six year median earnings: $50,400
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    St. Olaf College has an acclaimed music program, with choirs, bands, jazz groups, ensembles, handbell players, gospel, an early music ensemble, and two full orchestras. Its music majors include performance, music education, church music with an organ or choral emphasis, and composition. St. Olaf College in 2020 established a $100,000 George Floyd Fellowship for Social Change to support the advancement of Black American students with opportunities, mentoring, and stipends.

  • #34. Pitzer College

    - Location: Claremont, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,050
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 13%
    - Graduation rate: 84%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,700
    - Two year employment rate: 86%

    Pitzer College is one of California’s five Claremont Colleges. Its emphasis lies in environmental and interdisciplinary studies, arts, and humanities. Students can take classes at the other Claremont schools—Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, and Harvey Mudd College. Pitzer students are encouraged to plan their own academic careers and special majors with faculty guidance.

  • #33. College of the Holy Cross

    - Location: Worcester, MA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,913
    - Student to faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 38%
    - Graduation rate: 92%
    - Six year median earnings: $71,000
    - Two year employment rate: 95%

    College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by Jesuits, an order committed to education and service. Its Jesuit tradition includes intellectual, spiritual, and personal education, open inquiry, and ethical values. The school offers alternative spring break programs for students to contribute in communities such as Appalachia, Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans.

  • #32. Mount Holyoke College

    - Location: South Hadley, MA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,177
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 51%
    - Graduation rate: 83%
    - Six year median earnings: $48,600
    - Two year employment rate: 87%

    Mount Holyoke is the oldest of the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, founded in 1837. Among its newer programs, it has been promoting living-learning communities for like-minded students in residence halls. One such program is aimed at incoming students adjusting to their first year, and another is designed for seniors to mentor younger students. Mount Holyoke’s Frances Perkins Program provides financial support to students of nontraditional age who are seeking an undergraduate degree.

  • #31. Bryn Mawr College

    - Location: Bryn Mawr, PA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,350
    - Student to faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 34%
    - Graduation rate: 87%
    - Six year median earnings: $54,600
    - Two year employment rate: 88%

    A prestigious member of the Seven Sisters schools, Bryn Mawr College was founded by Quakers, and the religious society’s commitment to social justice remains paramount. Bryn Mawr offers nontraditional, interdisciplinary 360° course clusters for students to participate in multiple courses focusing on common problems, themes, and experiences.

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