Leading Liberal Arts Colleges (USA)

Following are some of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States:

Middlebury College - a Top 5 liberal arts college in the country. It is the only Vermont college ranked in the Top 100 list by US News & World Report 2009. It is placed 17th in the Forbes Magazine ranking of American colleges 2008. The Princeton Review (2009 edition) ranks the college No. 1 for "professors get high marks".

Carleton College - a Top 10 liberal arts college in the nation, ranked first in the state of Minnesota and 8th nationally. The Princeton Review named it as one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities. Other leading Minnesota colleges include Macalester, St. Olaf, St. John's University, College of St. Benedict and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Reed College - the leading liberal arts school in Oregon, placed 54th nationally in the 2009 US News & World Report rankings. The Princeton Review named it as the best overall academic experience for undergraduates in the nation.

Southwestern University - the No. 1 liberal arts university in Texas, placed 68th nationally by US News. It was named the 7th “Best Value” undergraduate institution in the country by the Princeton Review 2005 college guide.

Kalamazoo College - ranked first in the state of Michigan and 60th nationally in 2009. It has produced the largest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita. It is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Three institutions in the state are in the Top 100 liberal arts rankings, the other two are: Hope College (88th nationally), and Hillsdale College (98th nationally).

Centre College - the highest ranked liberal arts college in the state of Kentucky for 2009, placed #1 in Kentucky and #45 nationally. In the Kiplinger’s magazine, it is placed #30 in value among all US private liberal arts schools.

DePauw University - ranked in the top 50 of national liberal arts colleges, placed #1 in Indiana and #49 nationally. The Fiske Guide To Colleges rated the University as one of 45 "best values". Forbes.com lists DePauw as America's #3 "most connected campus".