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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges

504,504

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges

$36,639

Average
in-state tuition

$37,897

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

2 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,836
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,519
Average salary: $59,700
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,816
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $24,447
Average salary: $58,700
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

8 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Total undergraduates: 2,078
Acceptance rate: 21%
Average annual cost: $28,148
Average salary: $52,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

8 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,338
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $28,712
Average salary: $75,000
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

10 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,810
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $28,339
Average salary: $54,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

6 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Total undergraduates: 2,549
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $22,841
Average salary: $55,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

6 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,599
Acceptance rate: 8%
Average annual cost: $18,427
Average salary: $56,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,577
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $20,444
Average salary: $52,500
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,508
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average annual cost: $20,189
Average salary: $60,100
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Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

1 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2019

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,080
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $20,380
Average salary: $54,100
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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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