Best Colleges in America 2022

Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduate education in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. They offer small classes and the freedom to explore different academic interests. These are the 50 top-scoring liberal arts colleges in Money's analysis.
Published on Aug. 8, 2022. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, Money/Witlytic calculations.
College Name
Overall Score
Acceptance rate
Est. full price 2022-23
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Graduation rate
Early career earnings
Rank College Name Overall Score
1

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

89.71
89.71 13% $68,400 $23,600 57% 95% $71,610
2

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

82.65
82.65 9% $73,900 $27,100 52% 95% $66,860
3

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

80.54
80.54 22% $80,500 $22,800 60% 93% $66,530
4

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

78.35
78.35 16% $76,800 $25,300 56% 93% $74,340
5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

78.07
78.07 34% $74,300 $33,900 64% 92% $84,650
6

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

78.03
78.03 48% $66,800 $29,400 96% 86% $60,240
7

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

77.58
77.58 12% $77,800 $27,900 44% 89% $64,710
8

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

80.24
80.24 9% $75,800 $21,500 60% 94% $72,640
9

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

76.24
76.24 11% $81,800 $19,900 60% 93% $71,570
10

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

76.00
76.00 33% $79,000 $27,700 51% 85% $68,320
11

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

75.98
75.98 16% $80,900 $24,100 42% 89% $68,100
12

Centre College

Danville, KY

74.82
74.82 76% $60,400 $24,000 98% 81% $57,980
13

Colby College

Waterville, ME

74.05
74.05 10% $78,600 $19,600 48% 91% $71,130
14

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

74.62
74.62 18% $75,200 $30,200 73% 89% $71,670
15

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

84.71
84.71 7% $77,200 $32,100 69% 94% $69,150
16

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

72.60
72.60 84% $32,100 $21,400 85% 79% $55,340
17

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

71.04
71.04 64% $61,300 $25,800 100% 71% $63,430
18

Beloit College

Beloit, WI

70.99
70.99 62% $67,300 $25,800 92% 79% $50,500
19

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

70.15
70.15 76% $68,100 $29,100 99% 78% $55,290
20

Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN

69.23
69.23 32% $75,800 $37,600 82% 90% $57,130
21

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

79.64
79.64 10% $78,600 $23,200 47% 93% $86,570
22

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

68.32
68.32 33% $75,600 $39,100 70% 87% $65,770
23

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

67.33
67.33 23% $75,700 $33,900 86% 84% $59,490
24

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

75.65
75.65 48% $76,500 $36,800 96% 82% $65,930
25

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

73.54
73.54 19% $79,300 $32,600 61% 93% $67,130
26

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

67.09
67.09 16% $81,100 $26,600 46% 91% $69,190
27

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

76.15
76.15 40% $76,500 $39,400 80% 85% $69,560
28

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

76.92
76.92 31% $76,100 $30,300 55% 87% $84,940
29

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

69.62
69.62 23% $79,800 $27,400 46% 89% $76,270
30

Smith College

Northampton, MA

71.84
71.84 32% $78,000 $30,000 71% 89% $56,420
31

Connecticut College

New London, CT

64.49
64.49 37% $79,500 $42,700 94% 81% $71,240
32

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

69.53
69.53 24% $80,400 $27,500 62% 92% $62,330
33

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

69.25
69.25 15% $79,100 $25,900 43% 91% $65,930
34

Barnard College

New York, NY

70.82
70.82 12% $80,000 $32,300 42% 92% $71,680
35

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

85.14
85.14 60% $33,300 $20,000 85% 78% $71,910
36

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

62.16
62.16 34% $73,500 $43,200 66% 89% $62,000
37

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

65.77
65.77 37% $78,000 $43,400 72% 86% $67,390
38

Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

60.92
60.92 62% $66,100 $28,100 98% 81% $48,850
39

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

82.39
82.39 19% $79,800 $28,700 61% 95% $86,020
40

Wheaton College

Norton, MA

62.37
62.37 74% $74,800 $30,100 98% 78% $58,730
41

University of Minnesota-Morris

Morris, MN

69.37
69.37 57% $25,600 $11,800 84% 66% $47,370
42

St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

65.93
65.93 42% $77,700 $33,300 97% 81% $58,200
43

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

65.77
65.77 56% $68,300 $41,200 81% 88% $59,340
44

The University of the South

Sewanee, TN

59.94
59.94 67% $66,400 $38,300 94% 84% $56,400
45

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

58.14
58.14 38% $76,700 $32,900 76% 82% $52,740
46

Hobart William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

62.34
62.34 66% $78,700 $40,400 97% 78% $62,980
47

Knox College

Galesburg, IL

66.76
66.76 68% $63,800 $24,600 96% 73% $49,010
48

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

66.19
66.19 30% $78,800 $28,500 52% 86% $63,730
49

Ripon College

Ripon, WI

67.34
67.34 70% $59,800 $22,800 98% 67% $49,100
50

Washington College

Chestertown, MD

62.43
62.43 92% $67,000 $31,200 95% 68% $64,850