Little Bastions of America


Liberal arts colleges offer a humanities-focused alternative

If you are looking for a more collaborative experience in a smaller setting, you have to look at the liberal arts colleges. These institutions focus mainly on arts or humanities education and only at the undergraduate level. There are several of these scattered across the country. The ones of note are the Williams and Amherst colleges in Massachusetts, and Pomona College in California. Each college has its own unique approach to education, and you have to read each one’s website to decide which one suits you best.  

Top 60 Liberal Arts Colleges

RankName of College / UniversityCityStateAddress
1 Williams College Williamstown Massachusetts Hopkins Hall 880 Main Street Williamstown Massachusetts 01267 United States
2 Amherst College Amherst Massachusetts Amherst Massachusetts 01002-5000 United States
3 Pomona College Claremont California 333 N. College Way Claremont California 91711 United States
4 Wellesley College Wellesley Massachusetts 106 Central St Wellesley Massachusetts 02481
5 Swarthmore College Swarthmore Pennsylvania 500 College Avenue Swarthmore Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19081 United States
6 Claremont McKenna College Claremont California 888 Columbia Avenue Claremont California 91711 United States
7 Middlebury College Middlebury Vermont Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States
8 Bowdoin College Brunswick Maine 255 Maine Street Brunswick Maine 04011 United States
9 Carleton College Northfield Minnesota One North College Street Northfield Minnesota 55057 United States
10 Smith College Northampton Massachusetts 7 College Lane Northampton Massachusetts 01063 United States
11 Haverford College Haverford Pennsylvania 370 Lancaster Avenue Haverford Pennsylvania 19041 United States
12 Wesleyan University Middletown Connecticut 45 Wyllys Avenue Middletown Connecticut 06459 United States
13 Davidson College Davidson North Carolina 405 N Main Street Davidson North Carolina 28036 United States
14 Colgate University Hamilton New York 13 Oak Drive New York New York 13346 United States
15 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania 101 North Merion Ave. Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania 19010-2899 United States
16 Hamilton College Clinton New York 198 College Hill Road Clinton New York 13323 United States
17 Colby College Waterville Maine 4000 Mayflower Hill Waterville Maine 04901-8840 United States
18 Vassar College Poughkeepsie New York 124 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie New York 12604 United States
19 Washington and Lee University Lexington Virginia 204 W. Washington Street Lexington Virginia 24450 United States
20 Oberlin College Oberlin Ohio 101 N. Professor Street Oberlin Ohio 44074 United States
21 Bucknell University Lewisburg Pennsylvania Lewisburg Pennsylvania 17837 United States
22 Bates College Lewiston Maine 2 Andrews Road Lewiston Maine 04240 United States
23 Grinnell College Grinnell Iowa 1115 8th Avenue Grinnell Iowa 50112 United States
24 Barnard College New York New York 3009 Broadway New York New York 10027 United States
25 Lafayette College Easton Pennsylvania 730 High Street Easton Pennsylvania 18042 United States
26 Macalester College Saint Paul Minnesota 1600 Grand Avenue Saint Paul Minnesota 55105 United States
27 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley Massachusetts 50 College Street South Hadley Massachusetts 01075 United States
28 College of the Holy Cross Worcester Massachusetts 1 College Street Worcester Massachusetts 01610 United States
29 Scripps College Claremont California 1030 Columbia Avenue Claremont California 91711 United States
30 Kenyon College Gambier Ohio Gambier Ohio 43022 United States
31 Denison University Granville Ohio 100 West College Street Granville Ohio 43023 United States
32 Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster Pennsylvania 415 Harrisburg Ave Lancaster Pennsylvania 17604-3003 United States
33 Trinity University San Antonio Texas One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78212-7200, United States
34 Union College Schenectady New York 807 Union Street Schenectady New York 12308 United States
35 Occidental College Los Angeles California 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles California 90041 United States
36 Trinity College Hartford Connecticut 300 Summit Street Hartford Connecticut 06106 United States
37 Connecticut College New London Connecticut 270 Mohegan Avenue New London Connecticut 06320 United States
38 Colorado College Colorado Springs Colorado 14 E. Cache La Poudre Street Colorado Springs Colorado CO 80903 United States
39 Pitzer College Claremont California 1050 North Mills Avenue Claremont California 91711 United States
40 Gettysburg College Gettysburg Pennsylvania 300 North Washington Street Gettysburg Pennsylvania 17325 United States
41 Spelman College Atlanta Georgia 350 Spelman Lane Southwest Atlanta Georgia 30314-4399 United States
42 DePauw University Greencastle Indiana Greencastle Indiana 46135-0037 United States
43 Dickinson College Carlisle Pennsylvania 28 N College Street Carlisle Pennsylvania 17013 United States
44 The College of Wooster Wooster Ohio 1189 Beall Avenue Wooster Ohio 44691 United States
45 Furman University Greenville South Carolina 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville South Carolina 29613 United States
46 Wheaton College (Massachusetts) Norton Massachusetts 26 E. Main Street Norton Massachusetts 02766 United States
47 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs New York 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs New York 12866 United States
48 Centre College Danville Kentucky 600 West Walnut Street Danville Kentucky 40422 United States
49 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva New York 300 Pulteney Street Geneva New York 14456 United States
50 Allegheny College Meadville Pennsylvania 520 N. Main Street Meadville Pennsylvania 16335 United States
51 Seattle University Seattle Washington 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98122, United States
52 Reed College Portland Oregon 3203 SE Woostock Boulevard Portland Oregon 97202-8199 United States
53 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington Illinois 1312 Park Street Bloomington Illinois 61701 United States
54 St Olaf College Northfield Minnesota 1520 St. Olaf Avenue Northfield Minnesota 55057 United States
55 Willamette University Salem Oregon 900 State Street Salem Oregon 97301 United States
56 Whitman College Walla Walla Washington 345 Boyer Ave Walla Walla Washington 99362 United States
57 Rhodes College Memphis Tennessee 2000 North Parkway Memphis Tennessee 38112 United States
58 St Lawrence University Canton New York 23 Romoda Drive Canton New York 13617 United States
59 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo Michigan 1200 Academy Street Kalamazoo Michigan 49006-3295 United States
60 Sewanee-The University of the South Sewanee Tennessee 735 University Ave Sewanee Tennessee 37383 United States

What To Read Next