See the 2022-2023 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

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See the 2022-2023 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

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Explore the top 40 liberal arts schools.

With a focus on providing a holistic undergraduate experience, National Liberal Arts Colleges can be an ideal environment for students looking for a more intimate, intellectual college experience. Check out the liberal arts colleges that topped the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings and see key details about each, including costs using the latest data available to U.S. News. Due to ties in the rankings, more than 40 schools are included.

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Denison University

39 (tie). Denison University (OH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,272

2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,000

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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Explore the top 40 liberal arts schools.

With a focus on providing a holistic undergraduate experience, National Liberal Arts Colleges can be an ideal environment for students looking for a more intimate, intellectual college experience. Check out the liberal arts colleges that topped the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings and see key details about each, including costs using the latest data available to U.S. News. Due to ties in the rankings, more than 40 schools are included.

39 (tie). Denison University (OH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,272

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,000

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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39 (tie). Franklin & Marshall College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,145

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $65,844

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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39 (tie). Lafayette College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,725

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $58,618

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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39 (tie). Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,942

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,965

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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39 (tie). Skidmore College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,686

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,248

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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39 (tie). Trinity College (CT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,159

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $63,930

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 17

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37 (tie). Bucknell University (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,724

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,746

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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37 (tie). Occidental College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,964

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,566

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 10

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36. Mount Holyoke College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,220

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $58,498

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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33 (tie). College of the Holy Cross (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,138

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $58,360

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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33 (tie). Pitzer College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,185

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,578

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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33 (tie). Scripps College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,095

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,712

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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31 (tie). Bryn Mawr College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,425

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $59,330

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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31 (tie). Kenyon College (OH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,875

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $66,490

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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29 (tie). Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 905

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,817

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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29 (tie). Soka University of America (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 435

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $35,544

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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27 (tie). Colorado College

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,241

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $65,028

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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27 (tie). Macalester College (MN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,244

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,270

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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26. Berea College (KY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,468

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $726

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Regular decision application deadline: March 31

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25. Bates College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,821

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,066

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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24. Colby College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,262

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $63,520

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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18 (tie). Barnard College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,043

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,525

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 4

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18 (tie). Colgate University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,164

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $64,290

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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18 (tie). Haverford College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,420

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $63,348

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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18 (tie). United States Air Force Academy (CO)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,181

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2022-2023 2021-2022 tuition and fees: N/A

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Regular decision application deadline: Dec. 31

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18 (tie). University of Richmond (VA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,164

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,330

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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18 (tie). Wesleyan University (CT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,385

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $64,022

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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15 (tie). Davidson College (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,973

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $57,090

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 7

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15 (tie). Grinnell College (IA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,748

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,480

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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15 (tie). Hamilton College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,055

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,670

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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13 (tie). Smith College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,566

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $58,768

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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13 (tie). Vassar College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,516

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $64,800

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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11 (tie). Middlebury College (VT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,858

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,460

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 4

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11 (tie). Washington and Lee University (VA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,857

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,750

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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9 (tie). Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,416

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $60,715

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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9 (tie). United States Military Academy at West Point (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,594

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: N/A

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 31

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6 (tie). Bowdoin College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,951

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,528

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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6 (tie). Carleton College (MN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,044

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $62,634

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,528

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: N/A

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 31

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5. Wellesley College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,461

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,920

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 8

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4. Swarthmore College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,651

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $59,328

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 4

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3. Pomona College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,764

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $59,238

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 8

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2. Amherst College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,971

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $64,100

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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1. Williams College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,166

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2022-2023 tuition and fees: $61,770

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Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 10

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These are the top 40 National Liberal Arts Colleges.

1. Williams College
2. Amherst College
3. Pomona College
4. Swarthmore College
5. Wellesley College
6 (tie). Bowdoin College
6 (tie). Carleton College
6 (tie). United States Naval Academy
9 (tie). Claremont McKenna College
9 (tie). United States Military Academy at West Point
11 (tie). Middlebury College
11 (tie). Washington and Lee University
13 (tie). Smith College
13 (tie). Vassar College
15 (tie). Davidson College
15 (tie). Grinnell College
15 (tie). Hamilton College
18 (tie). Barnard College
18 (tie). Colgate University
18 (tie). Haverford College
18 (tie). United States Air Force Academy
18 (tie). University of Richmond
18 (tie). Wesleyan University
24. Colby College
25. Bates College
26. Berea College
27 (tie). Colorado College
27 (tie). Macalester College
29 (tie). Harvey Mudd College
29 (tie). Soka University of America
31 (tie). Bryn Mawr College
31 (tie). Kenyon College
33 (tie). College of the Holy Cross
33 (tie). Pitzer College
33 (tie). Scripps College
36. Mount Holyoke College
37 (tie). Bucknell University
37 (tie). Occidental College
39 (tie). Denison University
39 (tie). Franklin & Marshall College
39 (tie). Lafayette College
39 (tie). Oberlin College and Conservatory
39 (tie). Skidmore College
39 (tie). Trinity College

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