Top Liberal Arts Colleges in Minnesota

Carleton College is a top 10 liberal arts college in the country (ranked 1st in the state and 8th nationally), followed by Macalester (25th nationally), St. Olaf (47th nationally), St. John's University (71st), College of St. Benedict (84th) and Gustavus Adolphus College (88th).

Carleton is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is ranked 7th best value among private, liberal arts institutions list ( It is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review.

Macalester College is named "America's Hottest Liberal Arts College" by the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek. It is rated 1st for "best quality of life" and "gay community accepted" in the 2007 Princeton Review.

St. Olaf College jumped to 47th in the latest edition of the U.S. News college rankings, moving up seven places from last year. St. Olaf's overall U.S. News selectivity rank improved 17 places , up from 52nd last year to 35th this year.

St. John's University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review  "The Best 368 Colleges". St. John's is placed 17th in diversity.

List of liberal arts colleges in Minnesota (US):
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  • Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities
  • Augsburg College
  • Bethany Lutheran College
  • Carleton College
  • College of St. Catherine
  • Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Concordia University, Saint Paul
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