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See the 2020 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Nathan Hellman

Explore the best liberal arts schools.

Students in search of a small campus feel and intellectual enrichment may find a fit at one of the top National Liberal Arts Colleges. These institutions emphasize undergraduate programs and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Check out the liberal arts colleges that topped the 2020 Best Colleges rankings.

17 (tie). Colgate University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,958

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $58,045

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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17 (tie). Davidson College (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,843

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $53,049

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 7

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17 (tie). United States Naval Academy (MD)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,512

2019-2020 tuition and fees: N/A

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 31

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17 (tie). Wesleyan University (CT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,009

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,004

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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14 (tie). Grinnell College (IA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,716

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,354

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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14 (tie). Hamilton College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,915

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,530

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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14 (tie). Vassar College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,456

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $58,770

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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11 (tie). Colby College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,000

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,280

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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11 (tie). Haverford College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,310

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,698

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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11 (tie). Smith College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,502

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,224

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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10. Washington and Lee University (VA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,829

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,830

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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7 (tie). Carleton College (MN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,097

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,111

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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7 (tie). Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,324

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,475

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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7 (tie). Middlebury College (VT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,579

2019-2020 tuition and fees: 56,216

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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6. Bowdoin College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,828

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,350

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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5. Pomona College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,679

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,762

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Swarthmore College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,559

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,656

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Wellesley College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,534

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,052

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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2. Amherst College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,855

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $58,640

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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1. Williams College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,073

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,280

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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These are the top National Liberal Arts Colleges of 2020.

-- 1. Williams College

-- 2. Amherst College

-- 3 (tie). Swarthmore College

-- 3 (tie). Wellesley College

-- 5. Pomona College

-- 6. Bowdoin College

-- 7 (tie). Carleton College

-- 7 (tie). Claremont McKenna College

-- 7 (tie). Middlebury College

-- 10. Washington and Lee University

-- 11 (tie). Colby College

-- 11 (tie). Haverford College

-- 11 (tie). Smith College

-- 14 (tie). Grinnell College

-- 14 (tie). Hamilton College

-- 14 (tie). Vassar College

-- 17 (tie). Colgate University

-- 17 (tie). Davidson College

-- 17 (tie). United States Naval Academy

-- 17 (tie). Wesleyan University



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