Best Small Colleges

The top of Money's rankings is crowded with large campuses, because our analysis favors schools that benefit large numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds—something large colleges simply have more seats to do. But for students looking for a more intimate academic experience, these are the highest-ranking colleges with fewer than 2,500 students.

Published on August 25, 2020. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
Money
Rank
Undergraduate enrollment
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
Money
Rank
Undergraduate enrollment
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
12
1
1820 1420/33 $22,900 59% $19,500 $58,800
25
2
950 1560/36 $27,500 59% $8,700 $81,600
26
3
1690 1210/27 $15,500 71% $21,630 $59,300
32
4
Williamstown, MA
2030 1480/34 $19,800 55% $12,700 $57,900
36
5
1650 1130/23 $16,000 45% $26,650 $63,700
38
6
Claremont, CA
1550 1470/33 $17,700 61% $10,040 $56,600
39
7
850 1400/33 $29,900 100% $15,000 $68,100
42
8
Swarthmore, PA
1540 1470/33 $20,300 59% $20,000 $61,000
50
9
Waterville, ME
2000 1430/32 $21,600 49% $19,450 $55,300
54
10
Clinton, NY
1990 1430/33 $29,000 55% $16,250 $59,000
71
11
Lewiston, ME
1830 NA/NA $26,200 44% $12,730 $54,400
80
12
Amherst, MA
1860 1430/33 $20,100 60% $12,900 $57,000
81
13
Davidson, NC
1840 1370/31 $27,700 75% $18,520 $52,300
82
14
1320 1430/33 $27,700 45% $14,250 $61,400
88
15
Wellesley, MA
2390 1430/32 $21,800 55% $10,600 $52,700
89
16
Greencastle, IN
2140 1230/26 $30,600 97% $26,000 $53,100
90
17
980 1090/24 $21,800 59% $27,000 $70,600
92
18
Brunswick, ME
1830 NA/NA $25,900 50% $15,850 $56,000
99
19
1820 1220/26 $20,400 80% $18,000 $52,800
116
20
1540 1180/26 $21,400 81% $21,500 $50,000
120
21
Collegeville, MN
1670 1150/25 $28,700 100% $27,000 $53,000
124
22
2300 NA/NA $24,000 57% $19,810 $50,100
125
23
Haverford, PA
1310 1450/33 $26,500 48% $15,000 $50,500
128
24
Schenectady, NY
2180 NA/NA $41,300 78% $26,870 $56,900
129
25
Hartford, CT
2160 1380/31 $26,100 49% $21,500 $55,100

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132
26
Wellesley, MA
2360 1360/30 $30,900 46% $23,250 $64,800
138
27
2410 1270/29 $35,100 98% $26,000 $54,400
140
28
1790 1220/27 $30,900 94% $25,000 $52,200
145
29
Poughkeepsie, NY
2440 1440/32 $26,300 71% $17,700 $48,700
152
30
Philadelphia, PA
1900 1010/20 $15,700 75% $25,250 $48,300
159
31
1610 1130/22 $22,100 97% $27,000 $47,300
160
32
Notre Dame, IN
1440 1160/25 $26,700 96% $27,000 $48,700
163
33
Throggs Neck, NY
1580 1170/25 $18,300 54% $23,500 $69,700
165
34
Crawfordsville, IN
880 1220/26 $23,100 99% $27,000 $58,400
171
35
2230 NA/NA $25,000 97% $27,000 $47,800
177
36
800 1170/24 $20,100 76% $19,360 $38,400
178
37
Gambier, OH
1720 1380/31 $33,700 58% $18,000 $48,900
180
38
Albion, MI
1510 1130/23 $18,400 99% $27,000 $49,200
182
39
Claremont, CA
1050 1390/32 $40,800 60% $13,900 $51,000
183
40
Kansas City, MO
1580 1180/25 $23,900 67% $23,000 $50,400
185
41
Gettysburg, PA
2440 NA/NA $36,800 87% $23,250 $52,800
189
42
Beloit, WI
1210 1240/25 $27,100 97% $26,890 $44,600
194
43
2060 1120/24 $26,100 44% $25,000 $59,800
198
44
750 NA/NA $20,700 74% $23,000 $46,200
200
45
Claremont, CA
890 1530/35 $40,500 68% $22,960 $81,800
201
46
San Antonio, TX
2460 1350/30 $30,600 94% $23,750 $48,700
203
47
2460 1160/23 $25,100 82% $20,260 $52,100
207
48
Wheaton, IL
2360 1320/30 $29,400 77% $21,900 $49,400
208
49
Northfield, MN
2050 1440/33 $33,800 61% $13,830 $52,700
209
50
1780 1100/25 $29,200 100% $26,970 $44,800
Rank
1
Claremont, CA
Money rank
82
Est. price after average aid
$27,700
2
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
99
Est. price after average aid
$20,400
3
Lancaster, PA
Money rank
124
Est. price after average aid
$24,000
4
Schenectady, NY
Money rank
128
Est. price after average aid
$41,300
5
Hartford, CT
Money rank
129
Est. price after average aid
$26,100
6
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
132
Est. price after average aid
$30,900
7
Poughkeepsie, NY
Money rank
145
Est. price after average aid
$26,300
8
Kansas City, MO
Money rank
183
Est. price after average aid
$23,900
9
Gettysburg, PA
Money rank
185
Est. price after average aid
$36,800
10
Morristown, NJ
Money rank
198
Est. price after average aid
$20,700
11
Wheaton, IL
Money rank
207
Est. price after average aid
$29,400
12
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
36
Est. price after average aid
$16,000
13
Swarthmore, PA
Money rank
42
Est. price after average aid
$20,300
14
Waterville, ME
Money rank
50
Est. price after average aid
$21,600
15
Clinton, NY
Money rank
54
Est. price after average aid
$29,000
16
Amherst, MA
Money rank
80
Est. price after average aid
$20,100
17
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
120
Est. price after average aid
$28,700
18
Philadelphia, PA
Money rank
152
Est. price after average aid
$15,700
19
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
160
Est. price after average aid
$26,700
20
Throggs Neck, NY
Money rank
163
Est. price after average aid
$18,300
21
Crawfordsville, IN
Money rank
165
Est. price after average aid
$23,100
22
Beloit, WI
Money rank
189
Est. price after average aid
$27,100
23
Pasadena, CA
Money rank
25
Est. price after average aid
$27,500
24
Williamstown, MA
Money rank
32
Est. price after average aid
$19,800
25
Claremont, CA
Money rank
38
Est. price after average aid
$17,700

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26
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
88
Est. price after average aid
$21,800
27
St. Mary's City, MD
Money rank
116
Est. price after average aid
$21,400
28
Canton, NY
Money rank
138
Est. price after average aid
$35,100
29
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
171
Est. price after average aid
$25,000
30
New Ulm, MN
Money rank
177
Est. price after average aid
$20,100
31
Albion, MI
Money rank
180
Est. price after average aid
$18,400
32
Angola, IN
Money rank
194
Est. price after average aid
$26,100
33
Lexington, VA
Money rank
12
Est. price after average aid
$22,900
34
New York, NY
Money rank
39
Est. price after average aid
$29,900
35
Davidson, NC
Money rank
81
Est. price after average aid
$27,700
36
Greencastle, IN
Money rank
89
Est. price after average aid
$30,600
37
Brunswick, ME
Money rank
92
Est. price after average aid
$25,900
38
Boston, MA
Money rank
140
Est. price after average aid
$30,900
39
Claremont, CA
Money rank
182
Est. price after average aid
$40,800
40
San Antonio, TX
Money rank
201
Est. price after average aid
$30,600
41
Northfield, MN
Money rank
208
Est. price after average aid
$33,800
42
Lexington, VA
Money rank
26
Est. price after average aid
$15,500
43
Lewiston, ME
Money rank
71
Est. price after average aid
$26,200
44
Castine, ME
Money rank
90
Est. price after average aid
$21,800
45
Haverford, PA
Money rank
125
Est. price after average aid
$26,500
46
Latrobe, PA
Money rank
159
Est. price after average aid
$22,100
47
Gambier, OH
Money rank
178
Est. price after average aid
$33,700
48
Claremont, CA
Money rank
200
Est. price after average aid
$40,500
49
Duluth, MN
Money rank
203
Est. price after average aid
$25,100
50
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
209
Est. price after average aid
$29,200

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