Top Liberal Arts Colleges 2011

The 2011 U.S. News & World Report annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Williams College No. 1 among the top tier national liberal arts colleges, followed by Amherst College (2nd) and Swarthmore College (3rd).

Cornell College is ranked 81st out of the 250 ranked liberal arts colleges, an improvement of four places over last year. Additionally it is rated 27th on the list of liberal arts “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which is based on academic quality and net cost. Cornell was also placed 34th on the list of “Schools with a Strong Commitment to Teaching,” which recognizes the college’s dedication to undergraduate education. And the college was also included on the unranked list “A+ Schools for B Students,” which recognizes the college’s commitment to recruiting a well-rounded student body.

McDaniel College was ranked 83rd among colleges and universities in the liberals-arts category. In addition it was placed among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges ranked as an “A-plus school for B students” as evaluated by the freshmen retention rate, which U.S. News considers an important indicator of student satisfaction.

The University of North Carolina at Asheville received high marks in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings. It is one of only 25 universities in the nation to make the U.S. News list of “stellar” schools for undergraduate research/creative projects. In addition, UNC Asheville was included on the list of 39 National Liberal Arts Colleges with the strongest commitment to undergraduate teaching.

St. Olaf College was once again placed in the top quartile of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It was ranked 51st (tied with Denison and DePauw universities) among the 266 liberal arts colleges represented. St. Olaf was also rated 9th in the “Focused on Their Undergrads” list (“where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching”) and 36th in the new “High School Counselors’ Picks” category.

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