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Top 25 Liberal Arts School to Consider

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

What is a liberal arts college? It is a college that puts an emphasis on degrees in liberal arts fields such as humanities and social sciences. It is common for liberal art schools to require students to take certain general education courses regardless of their major. For example, Pomona College requires students to take courses in anthropology, public policy analysis, or sociology in order to complete their Social Institutions and Human Behavior requirements.

Differences of a liberal arts college education compared to large universities are size, educational approach, and price. Classes are much smaller in size and in most cases have fewer than 20 students, according to U.S News. This allows for strong relationships to be formed with professors. Soft skills like communication and written proficiency, leadership ability, and analytical thinking are taught and emphasized. Liberal arts institutions tend to be private and therefore not government funded. While this means a bigger tuition price, liberal arts colleges tend to offer more money based on merit. Here are the top 25 liberal arts colleges in 2022 in the United States according to U.S News:

  1. Bates College - Lewiston, ME

  2. Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY

  3. University of Richmond - Uni. of Richmond, VA

  4. United States Air Force Academy - USAF Academy, CO

  5. Wesleyan University - Middleton, CT

  6. Smith College - Northampton, MA

  7. Colgate University - Hamilton, NY

  8. Colby College - Waterville, ME

  9. Barnard College - New York, NY

  10. Haverford College - Haverford, PA

  11. Hamilton College - Clinton, NY

  12. Grinnell College - Grinnell, IA

  13. Davidson College - Davidson, NC

  14. Washington and Lee University - Lexington, VA

  15. United States Military Academy at West Point - West Point, NY

  16. Middlebury College - Middlebury, VT

  17. Carleton College - Northfield, MN

  18. Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, CA

  19. United States Naval Academy - Annapolis, MD

  20. Bowdoin College - Brunswick, ME

  21. Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA

  22. Pomona College - Claremont, CA

  23. Swarthmore College - Swarthmore, PA

  24. Amherst College, Amherst, MA

  25. College - Williamstown, MA

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