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Best small colleges in America

  • #70. 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%

    Kalamazoo College offers the K-Plan: an approach that integrates liberal arts and sciences and gives students a personalized study path. Students design their own majors rather than taking a fixed set of courses, and can complete a career development internship or get involved in social justice leadership. Those wanting to study abroad can pick from 56 programs in 29 countries across six continents. All students are considered honor students and do a thesis, performance, or creative work.

  • #69. 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%

    At the College of Wooster, students take the first-year seminar, a writing-intensive course of no more than 15 students taught by an academic advisor, in which they analyze a wide range of texts. All students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research project and build a personalized education that enables them to be independent and creative.

  • #68. Union University

    - Location: Jackson, TN
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,778
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    - Acceptance rate: 57%
    - Graduation rate: 71%
    - Six-year median earnings: $43,200
    - Two-year employment rate: 94%

    Union University is a Christian liberal arts school offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It was founded in 1823 and is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. More than 100 programs integrate academics with Christian faith. U.S. News & World Report ranks Union in the top tier of national universities, one of only a handful of Christ-centered universities on the list.

  • #67. Point Loma Nazarene University

    - Location: San Diego, CA
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,595
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
    - Acceptance rate: 69%
    - Graduation rate: 77%
    - Six-year median earnings: $50,900
    - Two-year employment rate: 91%

    Point Loma Nazarene University offers undergraduate and graduate programs and degree completion programs for adults who have some college credits. It stresses convenience so that courses can be taken online, either in one of its classrooms or at the community college a student attends. The Community Classroom brings students to the community of City Heights, where they can take such courses as Christian Formation & Ministry, Christian Tradition, Elementary Spanish, Ethics, Life of Holiness, and Race & Ethnicity.

  • #66. 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 dates to 1783 and was founded by American revolutionary Benjamin Rush. Its students, Dickinsonians, are encouraged to be decisive, useful, curious, and unafraid to take risks. The school provides an interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences in which each student is paired with a professor-advisor for the first year and participates in the first-year seminar, which focuses on critical thinking and analysis, writing, and library research.

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  • #65. 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 has three schools: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the School of Law. It is committed to interdisciplinary learning and community engagement in Portland and around the world. Its undergraduate program is designed to be completed in four years—and if it takes longer, the college will cover an extra semester of tuition.

  • #64. 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 is a conservatory of music and liberal arts college, both focused exclusively on an undergraduate education. It offers a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of music, and a combined five-year double degree of both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of music—50% of incoming conservatory students enroll in the double degree. Besides western classical music, the conservatory offers five world music ensembles: Balinese Gamelan, Ghanaian Ewe Drumming and Dancing, Cuban Drumming and Singing, Brazilian Samba Drumming, and Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu.

  • #63. 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%

    Trinity College is a nearly 200-year-old liberal arts school that was founded in the Episcopal tradition and emphasizes religious and academic freedom. It offers internships, research opportunities, community-based learning, and study-away programs. Trinity has three graduate programs in American Studies, English, and Public Policy, plus students can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American Studies or Neuroscience in five years.

  • #62. LeTourneau University

    - Location: Longview, TX
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,315
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    - Acceptance rate: 46%
    - Graduation rate: 61%
    - Six-year median earnings: $48,200
    - Two-year employment rate: 93%

    LeTourneau University is a Christian polytechnic university that describes itself as a place where its students learn by doing. It is small enough that every student can have a hands-on professional experience. Among its areas of concentration are arts and science, aviation and aeronautical science, business, education, engineering, nursing, and psychology and counseling.

  • #61. 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 promises small classes, innovative teaching, and an emphasis on free thinking and dialogue, and 30% of its students do real-world research with faculty. Students are encouraged to hold two or more internships, while its interdisciplinary approach brings together departments for shared learning, study groups, and off-campus service.

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