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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges

885,371

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges

$32,664

Average
in-state tuition

$34,308

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

12 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,921
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $19,055
Average salary: $59,700
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

19 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,952
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $24,888
Average salary: $58,700
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

27 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Total undergraduates: 2,093
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average annual cost: $28,587
Average salary: $52,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

25 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,928
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $27,897
Average salary: $54,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

23 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,305
Acceptance rate: 21%
Average annual cost: $21,144
Average salary: $56,300
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

7 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,677
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $18,140
Average salary: $56,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

10 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,606
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,641
Average salary: $52,500
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

28 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,867
Acceptance rate: 23%
Average annual cost: $23,867
Average salary: $72,300
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

9 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Total undergraduates: 3,091
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $20,490
Average salary: $49,200
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

2 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,233
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $18,167
Average salary: $54,100
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

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