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 Aug. 12, 2019. 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 2019-20 with avg. 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 2019-20 with avg. grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
16
1
961 1560/35 $26,100 61% $12,180 $83,400
25
2
1627 1120/23 $15,500 48% $26,930 $67,200
26
3
1819 1420/32 $26,700 57% $19,920 $63,200
37
4
Swarthmore, PA
1565 1460/33 $21,800 58% $19,500 $63,800
38
5
Lewiston, ME
1787 NA/NA $24,900 46% $14,120 $57,500
39
6
Williamstown, MA
2033 1480/33 $20,800 54% $14,490 $64,000
49
7
1722 1190/26 $17,200 72% $23,900 $63,900
58
8
Schenectady, NY
2167 NA/NA $39,600 77% $25,830 $60,900
60
9
Claremont, CA
1567 1450/32 $18,800 60% $13,400 $60,500
64
10
Amherst, MA
1835 1480/33 $20,800 59% $13,000 $62,300
66
11
854 1420/31 $30,400 100% $14,750 $65,900
71
12
1790 1230/26 $19,400 76% $19,200 $51,800
80
13
1758 NA/NA $16,400 78% $19,500 $47,300
82
14
Brunswick, ME
1812 NA/NA $26,100 50% $18,650 $59,700
86
15
924 960/20 $17,200 86% $20,010 $45,700
87
16
Davidson, NC
1800 1390/32 $30,300 72% $18,220 $55,000
89
17
Wellesley, MA
2375 1450/32 $21,600 59% $10,000 $56,600
101
18
1334 1430/32 $30,600 46% $14,500 $66,800
106
19
2373 1290/28 $36,500 96% $26,790 $53,800
112
20
1048 NA/NA $15,600 52% $26,000 $67,500
114
21
Huntingdon, PA
1371 NA/NA $27,900 100% $27,000 $50,100
116
22
1937 1120/25 $28,700 100% $27,000 $47,900
123
23
Kansas City, MO
1623 1140/25 $24,900 70% $21,500 $54,600
124
24
Waterville, ME
1917 1420/32 $21,700 46% $19,170 $57,800
126
25
Haverford, PA
1291 1460/33 $25,200 49% $13,000 $56,100
129
26
Boston, MA
1708 1220/27 $31,700 93% $25,000 $52,800
132
27
Lake Forest, IL
1483 NA/NA $27,400 96% $27,000 $53,700
134
28
Poughkeepsie, NY
2323 1420/32 $25,400 68% $16,250 $54,200
136
29
Claremont, CA
844 1520/34 $40,700 71% $23,500 $85,600
146
30
Manchester, NH
1956 1220/26 $33,600 96% $27,000 $54,900
149
31
Notre Dame, IN
1489 1140/26 $28,500 96% $27,000 $49,100
151
32
Wellesley, MA
2342 1320/30 $31,900 47% $26,000 $69,300
154
33
San Antonio, TX
2393 1320/30 $30,500 96% $26,000 $53,400
157
34
2220 1240/28 $45,100 89% $27,000 $53,600
158
35
Collegeville, MN
1720 1080/25 $28,000 100% $27,000 $57,400
160
36
1114 1000/20 $21,900 69% $23,000 $48,400
162
37
Granville, OH
2321 1290/30 $34,500 99% $27,000 $52,400
163
38
Hartford, CT
2174 1340/30 $30,500 51% $21,500 $57,600
164
39
1018 1090/21 $22,400 69% $27,000 $66,700
166
40
2269 NA/NA $26,100 55% $22,000 $54,600
167
41
2170 NA/NA $31,900 97% $27,000 $49,700
169
42
1544 1180/25 $22,100 74% $20,500 $52,300
170
43
Crawfordsville, IN
862 1180/26 $26,300 99% $25,790 $60,200
173
44
Westminster, MD
1562 1150/25 $24,200 96% $27,000 $49,500
174
45
New London, CT
1766 NA/NA $29,200 54% $23,200 $55,700
175
46
Berea, KY
1610 1090/25 $1,800 98% $5,300 $39,600
177
47
Clinton, NY
1885 1440/32 $23,600 53% $17,000 $61,000
182
48
Throggs Neck, NY
1633 1180/24 $17,400 53% $24,000 $73,300
183
49
1441 1340/29 $30,100 97% $27,000 $48,500
192
50
2356 1320/30 $32,000 80% $22,440 $51,500
Rank
1
Brunswick, ME
Money rank
82
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
2
Canton, NY
Money rank
106
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/28
3
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
116
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/25
4
Waterville, ME
Money rank
124
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
5
Haverford, PA
Money rank
126
Median SAT/ACT score
1460/33
6
Boston, MA
Money rank
129
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/27
7
Claremont, CA
Money rank
136
Median SAT/ACT score
1520/34
8
Lancaster, PA
Money rank
166
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
9
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
167
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
10
Westminster, MD
Money rank
173
Median SAT/ACT score
1150/25
11
Throggs Neck, NY
Money rank
182
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/24
12
Lewiston, ME
Money rank
38
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
13
Schenectady, NY
Money rank
58
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
14
Claremont, CA
Money rank
60
Median SAT/ACT score
1450/32
15
Amherst, MA
Money rank
64
Median SAT/ACT score
1480/33
16
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
71
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/26
17
Huntingdon, PA
Money rank
114
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
18
Manchester, NH
Money rank
146
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/26
19
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
151
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
20
San Antonio, TX
Money rank
154
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
21
Geneva, NY
Money rank
157
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/28
22
St. Mary's City, MD
Money rank
169
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/25
23
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
25
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/23
24
Swarthmore, PA
Money rank
37
Median SAT/ACT score
1460/33
25
Williamstown, MA
Money rank
39
Median SAT/ACT score
1480/33
26
Brooklyn, NY
Money rank
86
Median SAT/ACT score
960/20
27
Vallejo, CA
Money rank
112
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
28
Lake Forest, IL
Money rank
132
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
29
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
158
Median SAT/ACT score
1080/25
30
Sparkill, NY
Money rank
160
Median SAT/ACT score
1000/20
31
Hartford, CT
Money rank
163
Median SAT/ACT score
1340/30
32
Crawfordsville, IN
Money rank
170
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/26
33
Pasadena, CA
Money rank
16
Median SAT/ACT score
1560/35
34
Lexington, VA
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/26
35
Chicago, IL
Money rank
80
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
36
Davidson, NC
Money rank
87
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/32
37
Claremont, CA
Money rank
101
Median SAT/ACT score
1430/32
38
Poughkeepsie, NY
Money rank
134
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
39
Castine, ME
Money rank
164
Median SAT/ACT score
1090/21
40
Berea, KY
Money rank
175
Median SAT/ACT score
1090/25
41
Appleton, WI
Money rank
183
Median SAT/ACT score
1340/29
42
Lexington, VA
Money rank
26
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
43
New York, NY
Money rank
66
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/31
44
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
89
Median SAT/ACT score
1450/32
45
Kansas City, MO
Money rank
123
Median SAT/ACT score
1140/25
46
Notre Dame, IN
Money rank
149
Median SAT/ACT score
1140/26
47
Granville, OH
Money rank
162
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/30
48
New London, CT
Money rank
174
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
49
Clinton, NY
Money rank
177
Median SAT/ACT score
1440/32
50
Wheaton, IL
Money rank
192
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/30
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