Best Liberal Arts Colleges

If you’re looking to study humanities in small classes and form close relationships with professors, a liberal arts college might be right for you. These 50 schools specialize in the arts and sciences — and they rose to the top of MONEY’s overall rankings.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings for humanities
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Est. price 2018-19 without aid
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings for humanities
24
1
24% $67,500 $25,600 100% $21,500 $53,100
36
2
Williamstown, MA
18% $72,300 $19,500 100% $14,600 $56,700
42
3
38% $67,800 $29,000 82% $27,500 $56,100
42
3
Swarthmore, PA
13% $70,500 $21,100 100% $19,500 $49,200
52
5
Lewiston, ME
23% $70,500 $25,800 100% $14,500 $53,100
53
6
Schenectady, NY
37% $70,300 $41,500 94% $27,000 $60,700
54
7
New York, NY
17% $73,000 $24,500 99% $17,800 $50,100
55
8
Hamilton, NY
29% $71,500 $24,100 99% $16,100 $61,400
63
9
51% $31,300 $17,400 81% $25,000 $56,600
70
10
Amherst, MA
14% $73,000 $20,500 100% $13,000 $55,400
71
11
Claremont, CA
9% $71,400 $19,500 100% $11,000 $51,600
73
12
Davidson, NC
20% $68,300 $30,000 98% $17,000 $46,900
74
13
Haverford, PA
21% $73,300 $22,700 100% $13,000 $51,100
76
14
Clinton, NY
26% $69,300 $26,200 100% $15,800 $53,500
78
15
Brunswick, ME
15% $69,700 $26,700 100% $18,800 $49,200
80
16
Collegeville, MN
88% $57,200 $27,500 98% $27,000 $56,700
82
17
28% $70,300 $28,100 94% $26,000 $55,700
83
18
Poughkeepsie, NY
27% $72,100 $23,600 99% $15,800 $52,800
90
19
Wellesley, MA
29% $70,700 $21,500 97% $8,900 $52,200
92
20
88% $58,200 $28,800 96% $26,300 $45,600
99
21
Greencastle, IN
65% $64,100 $33,100 100% $25,600 $46,100
104
22
32% $66,400 $24,100 98% $21,100 $46,600
106
23
9% $73,500 $32,800 98% $15,000 $51,300
111
24
Middletown, CT
18% $71,600 $22,000 93% $17,500 $53,700
124
25
36% $72,100 $24,900 100% $22,000 $51,500
125
26
Lewisburg, PA
30% $71,800 $36,900 95% $27,000 $53,900
130
27
Waterville, ME
19% $70,200 $22,600 100% $19,300 $56,800
132
28
Claremont, CA
13% $76,200 $38,100 95% $25,500 N/A
133
29
43% $69,900 $33,900 100% $27,000 $47,500
142
30
Loudonville, NY
73% $55,100 $28,800 100% $27,000 $44,100
145
31
65% $57,100 $26,100 99% $27,000 $48,500
146
32
Gettysburg, PA
43% $68,300 $37,200 95% $22,000 $49,900
148
33
Crawfordsville, IN
63% $55,900 $26,000 99% $25,000 $54,200
150
34
Wheaton, IL
79% $48,800 $29,900 99% $22,500 $44,900
152
35
Northfield, MN
45% $59,700 $29,300 100% $27,000 $44,800
156
36
Middlebury, VT
16% $71,100 $23,000 98% $15,900 $52,800
162
37
Notre Dame, IN
82% $56,500 $27,900 100% $27,000 $41,400
173
38
Lake Forest, IL
57% $60,100 $26,300 N/A $27,000 $47,500
186
39
Los Angeles, CA
46% $73,500 $34,300 99% $23,700 $50,900
192
40
Carlisle, PA
43% $70,700 $36,900 98% $21,000 $50,300
205
41
Berea, KY
33% $36,200 $3,100 100% $5,800 $36,900
214
42
Gambier, OH
27% $70,800 $30,300 99% $19,000 $48,500
220
43
Granville, OH
44% $66,500 $34,400 100% $26,000 $48,500
229
44
Saratoga Springs, NY
29% $71,100 $25,700 100% $19,500 $47,600
237
45
Grinnell, IA
20% $67,800 $32,200 100% $13,200 $45,800
239
46
Northampton, MA
37% $71,200 $26,000 98% $19,000 $44,000
241
47
Spartanburg, SC
70% $59,100 $27,500 100% $25,700 $40,200
244
48
Northfield, MN
23% $70,500 $30,700 100% $19,500 $49,500
245
49
New London, CT
35% $71,100 $29,800 94% $23,600 $50,100
248
50
Holland, MI
84% $46,500 $29,800 87% $27,000 $39,400
Rank
1
Clinton, NY
Money rank
76
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
2
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
90
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
3
Richmond, VA
Money rank
104
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
4
Middletown, CT
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
5
Lancaster, PA
Money rank
124
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
6
Lewisburg, PA
Money rank
125
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
7
Canton, NY
Money rank
133
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
8
Carlisle, PA
Money rank
192
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
9
Berea, KY
Money rank
205
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
10
Saratoga Springs, NY
Money rank
229
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
11
Northfield, MN
Money rank
244
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
12
Lewiston, ME
Money rank
52
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
13
Hamilton, NY
Money rank
55
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
14
Lexington, VA
Money rank
63
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
15
Amherst, MA
Money rank
70
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
16
Davidson, NC
Money rank
73
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
17
Greencastle, IN
Money rank
99
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
18
Loudonville, NY
Money rank
142
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
19
Gettysburg, PA
Money rank
146
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
20
Crawfordsville, IN
Money rank
148
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
21
Wheaton, IL
Money rank
150
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
22
Gambier, OH
Money rank
214
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
23
Williamstown, MA
Money rank
36
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
24
Swarthmore, PA
Money rank
42
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
25
Schenectady, NY
Money rank
53
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
26
Brunswick, ME
Money rank
78
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
27
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
92
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
28
Waterville, ME
Money rank
130
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
29
Northfield, MN
Money rank
152
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
30
Middlebury, VT
Money rank
156
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
31
Lake Forest, IL
Money rank
173
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
32
Granville, OH
Money rank
220
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
33
Lexington, VA
Money rank
24
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
34
New York, NY
Money rank
54
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
35
Haverford, PA
Money rank
74
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
36
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
80
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
37
Poughkeepsie, NY
Money rank
83
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
38
Claremont, CA
Money rank
132
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
39
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
186
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
40
Northampton, MA
Money rank
239
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
41
New London, CT
Money rank
245
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
42
Worcester, MA
Money rank
42
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
43
Claremont, CA
Money rank
71
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
44
Easton, PA
Money rank
82
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
45
Claremont, CA
Money rank
106
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
46
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
145
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
47
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
162
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
48
Grinnell, IA
Money rank
237
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
49
Spartanburg, SC
Money rank
241
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
50
Holland, MI
Money rank
248
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
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