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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts

25,088

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts

$42,721

Average
in-state tuition

$43,409

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

17 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 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 in Massachusetts 2018

College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,385
Acceptance rate: 76%
Average annual cost: $23,846
Average salary: $44,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

89 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,806
Acceptance rate: 38%
Average annual cost: $26,965
Average salary: $65,200
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

414 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,784
Acceptance rate: 91%
Average annual cost: $29,244
Average salary: $39,800
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

262 Forbes
The mission of Hampshire College is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, inquiry, and ethical citizenship that inspires students to contribute to knowledge, justice, and positive change in the world and, by doing so, to transform higher education.

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,382
Acceptance rate: 63%
Average annual cost: $34,154
Average salary: $31,800
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

128 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,393
Acceptance rate: 52%
Average annual cost: $27,234
Average salary: $46,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Smith College

Northampton, MA

71 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,594
Acceptance rate: 37%
Average annual cost: $24,258
Average salary: $44,900
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

47 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 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 in Massachusetts 2018

Wheaton College

Norton, MA

244 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Wheaton College

Norton, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,695
Acceptance rate: 66%
Average annual cost: $32,821
Average salary: $46,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

13 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts 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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