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Best small colleges in America

  • #90. 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 Colleges, located on 320 acres in New York State's Finger Lakes region, have been ranked among the schools producing the most Fulbright scholars for four of the past five years. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s premier international educational exchange. Twenty-five Hobart and William Smith students have won full research grants and English Teaching Assistantships for graduate study and research or for teaching.

  • #89. 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%

    Southwestern University calls its interdisciplinary learning Paideia, a Greek reference to education. Students are encouraged to think critically, to make connections between disciplines, and to draw on knowledge they have gained in and outside of the classroom, whether from community engagement, internships, research, languages, or creative projects they have directed.

  • #88. Rockhurst University

    - Location: Kansas City, MO
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,456
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
    - Acceptance rate: 66%
    - Graduation rate: 75%
    - Six-year median earnings: $50,800
    - Two-year employment rate: 93%

    Rockhurst University is a top regional university in Kansas City offering bachelor’s and graduate programs based on Jesuit philosophy and the liberal arts. A key component of the school is service learning, in which lessons learned in the classroom are extended to the community, and its Center for Service Learning organizes community service projects to help students engage in social action. Its Catholic Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program exploring issues in Catholic beliefs.

  • #87. SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

    - Location: Syracuse, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,776
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
    - Acceptance rate: 61%
    - Graduation rate: 77%
    - Six-year median earnings: $45,600
    - Two-year employment rate: 94%

    SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, part of the New York state university system, is ranked No. 2 on Princeton Review’s list of “green colleges” and No. 3 on Sierra Magazine’s “Cool Schools” list. Earth Day at this school stretches to fill an entire week. It offers undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the environment, from fisheries science and forest health to sustainable energy management, but its students also can take classes, join clubs, and use facilities at Syracuse University.

  • #86. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    - Location: Albany, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 854
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 72%
    - Graduation rate: 66%
    - Six-year median earnings: $124,700
    - Two-year employment rate: 98%

    The Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, with campuses in Albany, New York, and Colchester, Vermont, was named the No. 1 value-added college in the country by the Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institution. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs, and students may enroll in a dual-degree program to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in pharmaceutical science in five years. The school is using its expertise to conduct COVID-19 testing for its students and employees and those at nearby colleges.

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  • #85. Maine Maritime Academy

    - Location: Castine, ME
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 958
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 55%
    - Graduation rate: 76%
    - Six-year median earnings: $95,600
    - Two-year employment rate: 96%

    Students at the Maine Maritime Academy receive a hands-on education with at-sea engineering and deck officer experience aboard the Training Ship State of Maine or the Schooner Bowdoin, as well as work aboard commercial ships and training aboard the tug Pentagoet. Students become mariners, engineers, supply chain managers, and scientists. The Maine Maritime Academy was ranked the No. 1 Best Public College on Money magazine’s Best Colleges list in 2014 and 2015.

  • #84. 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%

    Muhlenberg College honors the founder of the Lutheran Church in America, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, and continues to have a connection with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It offers more than 50 undergraduate and continuing studies programs, and it partners with larger institutions for advanced studies, for example in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, medicine at Temple University, business at American University or Boston University, or engineering at Columbia University.

  • #83. 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%

    Ouachita Baptist University is a liberal arts school that celebrates its students’ academic achievements on an annual Scholars Day. One unique major is Biblical Languages, which includes Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. And if students are unsure of a major, the DISCOVER program offers an assessment to identify careers they might enjoy based on their personality, interests, and values, at which point staff help them match the results with appropriate academic majors.

  • #82. Ohio Northern University

    - Location: Ada, OH
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,118
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 68%
    - Graduation rate: 72%
    - Six-year median earnings: $63,500
    - Two-year employment rate: 97%

    Ohio Northern University is an “independent, comprehensive university” offering 60 programs over five colleges: arts and sciences, business, engineering, pharmacy, and law. Course offerings range from applied robotics and aerospace engineering to forensic biology and construction management. Its honors program brings together students from its undergraduate colleges for small seminars on custom-designed topics.

     

  • #81. 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%

    At Illinois Wesleyan University, all courses are taught by professors, and the average class size is 16 students. Two-thirds of the students conduct research, while 71% have at least one internship. During the May term, students can focus on a single course or topic. Some examples of recent May term classes: Islam from Mecca to Malcolm X, Special Effects Makeup in the Theater, and The Great Vampire Squid that Ate Wall Street. The school is midway between Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri.

     

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