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Best small colleges in America

  • #50. 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%

    Rhodes College is a liberal arts and sciences college, and predominantly an undergraduate school. It does offer a master of science in accounting, a master of arts in urban education, and dual-degree programs in which students may earn a master’s degree from another institution, such as an engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • #49. 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 aims to graduate well-rounded students who have been exposed to the broad curriculum of liberal arts and have studied across disciplines. Denison Seminars are taught by teams off campus, and in the past students have traveled to Cuba, Berlin, the Netherlands, and Canada. Students also can pursue individually-designed majors in commerce, media, and the arts or in comparative literature.

  • #48. 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%

    Virginia Military Institute, founded in 1838, is the country’s oldest state-supported military college. Its graduates have won a Nobel Prize, 11 Rhodes Scholarships, seven Medals of Honor, and a Pulitzer Prize. It offers majors in the sciences, engineering, and the humanities and features an honors program that provides access to mini-grants for special projects and a writing program.

  • #47. Rhode Island School of Design

    - Location: Providence, RI
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 1,994
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    - Acceptance rate: 24%
    - Graduation rate: 89%
    - Six-year median earnings: $51,100
    - Two-year employment rate: 89%

    Rhode Island School of Design, or RISD, was founded in 1877, one of the first art and design schools in the United States. It was created by a group of women to support the state’s textile and jewelry industries. Students take liberal arts and studio-based classes, and all first-year students follow the same studio curricula, Experimental and Foundation Studies.

  • #46. 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%

    Furman University is a liberal arts and sciences school that was founded in 1826 with classes in fine arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. It also offers research opportunities and a visual and performing arts program. Its 50-acre campus has a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin plus the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and a Florentine bell tower.

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  • #45. 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%

    In 1795, Union College was the first college chartered in New York and the first liberal arts college in the country to offer engineering. In 2004, the college introduced Minerva Houses to bring the campus community together. All students and faculty belong to one of seven houses, and the school offers first-year preceptorials focusing on critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.

  • #44. 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 College is a Christian liberal arts and graduate school that was established in 1860. Among the school’s academic centers are The Center for Applied Christian Ethics, the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, and the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies. In 2016, Wheaton began offering a new curriculum, Christ at the Core, which provides a Christian view of the liberal arts.

  • #43. Yeshiva University

    - Location: New York, NY
    - Undergraduate enrollment: 2,633
    - Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    - Acceptance rate: 60%
    - Graduation rate: 83%
    - Six-year median earnings: $58,500
    - Two-year employment rate: 82%

    Based in Jewish thought and tradition, Yeshiva University is one of the top Jewish institutions for higher education. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs at Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, among others. A featured program is the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies.

  • #42. 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%

    Gettysburg College offers a liberal arts and sciences degree. In first-year seminars, a faculty member and a small group of students come together to explore a topic and develop their writing, speaking, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning. All of the students live in the same residence hall, and the seminars may include field trips and guest speakers. More than half of the students engage in research while at the college.

  • #41. 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%

    Founded in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a liberal arts college. Academic centers provide resources for the arts, environmental conservation, writing and problem-solving, and survey research. It has a campus in Bath, England, for its Advanced Study in England program, as well as a partnership with the 85-acre Millport Conservancy in Pennsylvania for research, teaching, and field study.

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