Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2012

U.S. News & World Report ranked 252 liberal arts colleges, 225 private and 27 public, in the 2012 survey. The rankings consider a range of measures, including academic reputation, commitment to instruction, student abilities and admissions selectivity, college financial resources, graduation and retention rates, and alumni financial support.

Williams College of Massachusetts achieved the top spot in the national liberal arts college category for the eighth year in a row. Amherst College, in Massachusetts, was rated second.

Wofford College is ranked 64th of 252 “national liberal arts colleges”, and 23rd on the “best value” list of 40 national liberal arts colleges, the only institution in South Carolina made that list. The list is determined by a formula that includes the college's academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

New College of Florida is rated as the 6th best public college in the 2012 rankings of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. It is also ranked in the top tier of all National Liberal Arts Colleges, public and private, coming in at 94th, moving up five spots from last year. New College is the only liberal arts college in Florida to be listed in the nation's top 100.

The Top 10 Public Colleges for 2012:
1. U.S. Military Academy (NY)
1. U.S. Naval Academy (MD)
3. U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)
4. Virginia Military Institute
5. St. Mary's College of Maryland
6. New College of Florida
7. University of Minnesota–Morris
8. University of North Carolina–Asheville
9. Purchase College–SUNY
10. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Source: US News

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