Top National Liberal Arts Colleges 2017

Williams College is ranked No. 1 in U.S. News National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings 2017, followed by Amherst College in 2nd place and Wellesley College in 3rd place.

Claremont McKenna College is ranked No. 9 (tied with Davidson College in North Carolina) in the list of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Among other findings in the report (which ranks colleges across several categories), CMC ranked 5th in the category of Faculty Resources with one of the highest percentages of classes with less than 20 students enrolled (84%) and only 1% of classes with 50 students enrolled – all at a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Pitzer College rose to 32nd among the Top Liberal Arts Colleges and is counted among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the country for “Campus Ethnic Diversity.” Last year, Pitzer was 36th. Overall, Pitzer has moved up 38 places since 2002 on the annual list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Wofford College improved its ranking among the top national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” moving up from 82nd to 77th among liberal arts colleges and universities across the nation. Wofford also was ranked 80th in the “High School Counselors Ranking of Liberal Arts Colleges.”

The University of Minnesota, Morris is ranked 7th among Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges and 140th on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list. The campus was also included on the "A-Plus Schools for B Students" list, which identifies colleges that consider individual applicants during the admissions process rather than relying solely on test scores and class standing.

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