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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges

885,881

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges

$33,291

Average
in-state tuition

$35,029

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

2 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,945
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

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,965
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

8 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

Total undergraduates: 2,155
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average annual cost: $28,587
Average salary: $52,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

8 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,364
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $30,527
Average salary: $75,000
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

10 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,959
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $27,897
Average salary: $54,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

6 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Total undergraduates: 3,855
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: $21,437
Average salary: $55,600
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

6 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,665
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

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,630
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,641
Average salary: $52,500
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

3 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,688
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $20,013
Average salary: $60,100
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Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

1 US News

Top liberal arts colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,227
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $18,167
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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