2011 Best Liberal Arts Colleges Ranking in United States

Ranking Liberal Colleges City, State Total enrollment Fall 2010 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate Classes with under 20 students
1 Williams College Williamstown, MA $43,190 2,083 19% 97% 95%
2 Amherst College Amherst, MA $42,898 1,795 15% 98% 94%
3 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA $41,150 1,524 16% 97% 93%
4 Pomona College Claremont, CA $39,883 1,560 15% 98% 94%
5 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT $53,800 (total tuition/fees/room/board) 2,532 17% 96% 91%
6 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME $42,816 1,762 20% 97% 93%
6 Carleton College Northfield, MN $42,942 2,020 31% 97% 93%
6 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA $40,660 2,411 34% 95% 90%
9 Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA $42,240 1,278 17% 96% 93%
10 Haverford College Haverford, PA $42,208 1,177 26% 96% 92%
11 Davidson College Davidson, NC $38,866 1,742 29% 96% 91%
12 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA $41,927 2,173 19% 94% 93%
12 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT $43,674 3,215 21% 96% 94%
14 United States Military Academy West Point, NY N/A 4,686 13% 92% 86%
14 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD in-state: $0, out-of-state: $0 4,603 8% 97% 89%
14 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY $44,705 2,446 24% 96% 93%
17 Hamilton College Clinton, NY $42,640 1,861 29% 95% 88%
18 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA $42,410 773 25% 98% 87%
19 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA $39,810 1,655 43% 94% 87%
19 Smith College Northampton, MA $40,070 3,113 47% 91% 83%
21 Bates College Lewiston, ME $55,300 (total tuition/fees/room/board) 1,725 32% 94% 88%
21 Colby College Waterville, ME $53,800 (total tuition/fees/room/board) 1,825 34% 95% 90%
21 Colgate University Hamilton, NY $42,920 2,903 33% 94% 88%
24 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH $43,210 2,974 31% 94% 87%
25 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA $40,824 1,755 48% 93% 87%
25 Macalester College St. Paul, MN $42,021 2,033 43% 94% 88%
27 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO $39,900 2,091 34% 95% 87%
27 University of Richmond Univ. of Richmond, VA $43,170 3,618 33% 92% 87%
29 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA $43,866 3,615 31% 94% 91%
29 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA $41,488 2,899 35% 95% 93%
29 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA $41,456 2,345 52% 92% 82%
29 Scripps College Claremont, CA $41,950 965 39% 94% 82%
33 Barnard College New York, NY $42,184 2,456 28% 94% 87%
33 Kenyon College Gambier, OH $42,630 1,632 39% 93% 86%
33 Sewanee–University of the South Sewanee, TN $32,292 1,536 62% 88% 81%
33 United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO N/A 4,619 13% 88% 81%
37 Connecticut College New London, CT $43,990 1,887 32% 90% 87%
37 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA $42,960 2,102 42% 93% 85%
37 Trinity College Hartford, CT $44,070 2,439 43% 91% 86%
40 Lafayette College Easton, PA $40,658 2,414 42% 95% 89%
40 Union College Schenectady, NY $54,273 (total tuition/fees/room/board) 2,197 42% 92% 83%
42 Centre College Danville, KY $34,000 1,242 74% 92% 86%
42 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA $42,610 2,335 45% 93% 87%
42 Furman University Greenville, SC $39,560 2,996 70% 91% 84%
42 Pitzer College Claremont, CA $42,570 1,080 26% 92% 79%
42 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA $40,492 1,555 47% 93% 85%
47 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA $43,060 2,414 48% 91% 83%
47 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA $42,610 2,485 40% 91% 85%
49 Denison University Granville, OH $40,210 2,275 49% 90% 83%
49 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY $42,380 2,783 47% 94% 84%
51 Bard College Annandale on Hudson, NY $43,306 2,264 35% 87% 76%
51 Rhodes College Memphis, TN $34,580 1,730 45% 89% 82%
53 DePauw University Greencastle, IN $36,970 2,390 57% 89% 85%
53 St. Lawrence University Canton, NY $42,735 2,423 39% 90% 83%
53 St. Olaf College Northfield, MN $38,150 3,156 57% 93% 85%
53 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN $32,450 872 56% 87% 77%
57 Reed College Portland, OR $42,800 N/A 41% 89% 77%
57 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL $28,960 3,026 66% 96% 88%
57 Willamette University Salem, OR $39,012 2,851 42% 88% 78%
60 Beloit College Beloit, WI $36,674 1,397 70% 89% 77%
60 Lawrence University Appleton, WI $38,481 1,566 66% 88% 73%
62 Spelman College Atlanta, GA $23,254 2,177 39% 88% 73%
62 Wheaton College Norton, MA $41,084 1,635 62% 87% 75%
64 Austin College Sherman, TX $30,980 1,314 83% 83% 79%
64 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY $42,915 2,173 62% 87% 75%
64 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA $27,226 441 32% 93% 88%
64 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC $33,190 1,506 62% 90% 82%
68 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA $32,195 917 46% 82% 68%
68 Earlham College Richmond, IN $38,284 1,322 74% 83% 72%
68 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI $35,920 1,369 75% 91% 80%
71 Berea College Berea, KY $910 1,613 17% 81% 64%
71 College of Wooster Wooster, OH $38,290 2,003 67% 87% 76%
71 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL $36,572 2,094 62% 92% 81%
71 Knox College Galesburg, IL $34,464 1,392 75% 89% 76%
71 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR $38,500 3,584 68% 85% 76%
71 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX $33,440 1,372 67% 85% 73%
71 St. John’s University Collegeville, MN $33,606 2,036 80% 90% 75%
71 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA $22,850 355 79% 86% 71%
71 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA $41,820 1,802 55% 89% 81%
71 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA in-state: $13,184, out-of-state: $32,164 1,569 56% 84% 70%
81 Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, MN $35,100 2,424 70% 91% 82%
81 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA $39,915 2,515 49% 93% 86%
81 Transylvania University Lexington, KY $28,250 1,110 84% 85% 76%
81 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA $38,870 2,867 52% 86% 80%
85 Millsaps College Jackson, MS $29,482 1,060 77% 79% 68%
86 Allegheny College Meadville, PA $36,190 2,153 59% 87% 78%
86 Augustana College Rock Island, IL $33,363 2,532 66% 86% 77%
86 Hendrix College Conway, AR $34,230 1,467 83% 86% 60%
86 Luther College Decorah, IA $34,885 2,481 72% 87% 74%
90 College of St. Benedict St. Joseph, MN $34,308 2,082 81% 89% 80%
90 St. Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN $32,000 1,555 81% 84% 82%
90 St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s City, MD in-state: $14,445, out-of-state: $26,522 2,017 65% 90% 77%
90 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA $35,650 1,367 75% 87% 77%
94 Cornell College Mount Vernon, IA $32,920 1,191 39% 82% 66%
94 Drew University Madison, NJ $41,004 2,697 80% 82% 71%
94 Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA $33,870 1,058 54% 78% 68%
94 Hope College Holland, MI $27,020 3,202 80% 88% 78%
94 New College of Florida Sarasota, FL in-state: $6,060, out-of-state: $29,089 801 53% 84% 68%
99 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL $36,920 1,443 56% 81% 70%
99 St. Michael’s College Colchester, VT $36,240 2,456 82% 89% 77%
99 Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, VA $31,095 760 84% 75% 59%