What Are The Top 3 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S.?

*based on U.S. News Rankings for National Liberal Arts Colleges 2021


#1. Williams College

🏆 National Liberal Arts Colleges: #1

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🏆 Best Value Schools: #1

🏆 Best Undergraduate Teaching: #2

Highlights: 

  • Williams College – located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, at the foot of Mount Greylock in the Berkshires – is one of the oldest colleges in the country. 
  • Williams College admissions are most selective, with an acceptance rate of 13%. Half the applicants admitted to Williams College have an SAT score between 1410 and 1550 or an ACT score of 32 and 35.
  • The most popular majors at Williams College include Econometrics and Quantitative Economics; English Language and Literature, General; Political Science and Government, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and History, General. 
  • The student-faculty ratio at Williams College is 7:1, and the school has 75.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. 
  • At Williams College, 52% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $56,788.

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#2. Amherst College

🏆 National Liberal Arts Colleges: #2

🏆 Best Value Schools: #3

🏆 Best Undergraduate Teaching: #4

Highlights: 

  • Amherst College, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, is known for its rigorous academic climate. Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which also includes Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • Amherst College admissions are most selective with an acceptance rate of 11%. Half the applicants admitted to Amherst College have an SAT score between 1410 and 1550 or an ACT score of 31 and 34. 
  • The most popular majors at Amherst College include Mathematics, General; Econometrics and Quantitative Economics; Research and Experimental Psychology, Other; Computer Science; and English Language and Literature, General.
  • At Amherst College, 57% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $57,760.

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#3. Swarthmore College

🏆 National Liberal Arts Colleges: #3

🏆 Best Value Schools: #4

🏆 Best Undergraduate Teaching: #6

Highlights: 

  • Swarthmore College is located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia – far enough away to have a 425-acre campus that is designated as an arboretum.
  • Swarthmore College admissions are most selective with an acceptance rate of 9%. Half the applicants admitted to Swarthmore College have an SAT score between 1380 and 1540 or an ACT score of 31 and 35.
  • The most popular majors at Swarthmore College include Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Psychology. 
  • At Swarthmore College, 54% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $54,217.

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