The 15 Highest-Rated Colleges According to Student Reviews

12. St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI)

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We recently named St. Norbert College in a list of 10 incredible liberal arts colleges on the rise. It comes as no surprise to us, then, that St. Norbert is among the most highly-rated colleges in the country according to the public. 

A school with 2,100 students, this liberal arts college has a strong employment outcome, with 97% of students working or in graduate school within 12 months of obtaining their degree.

A prestigious academic school, St. Norbert was listed this year in the top-150 liberal arts colleges by US News as well as the top 120 liberal arts universities by Forbes magazine.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 231

11. Hendrix College (Conway, AR)

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Like the previous school on this list, we also recently rated Hendrix College in a list of 10 incredible liberal arts colleges on the rise.

A hallmark of the Hendrix experience is the “high-impact” project seniors annually undertake. An incredible 68% participate in internships, 66% engage in research alongside faculty, and about 4/5ths of the seniors complete a senior thesis.

Future educational outcomes for students at Hendrix are among the most impressive of any liberal arts college. In 2010, CBS MoneyWatch named Hendrix among the top 50 schools for students who eventually go onto a PhD. Data for this particular designation came from the National Science Foundation. 

Hendrix has deep ties with Rwanda, winning an Andrew Heiskell award, a prestigious prize in recognition of outstanding international initiative, for their unique Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program. Hendrix has provided aid for Rwanda students to attend Hendrix College.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 232

10. Emory & Henry College (Emory, VA)

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Emory & Henry is among the most beloved liberal arts colleges in the nation, having been listed among the 40 schools in Loren Pope’s classic text Colleges That Change Lives.

Barack Obama himself has praised the school, awarding Emory and Henry a spot on his 2013 “President’s Higher Education Community Service Roll,” a list that honors less than 1% of all higher education institutions in the country.

The learning experience at Emory and Henry is tight-knit between students and faculty. Just 10 students for every professor enroll in this school, ensuring each student has individualized learning opportunity with instructors.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 245

9. Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)

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Spelman is one of the seven schools, according to Dr. Jacqueline Fleming’s 1984 text Blacks In College, comprising the “Black Ivy League.” Spelman is perhaps the most standout college in the Black Ivy League, ranking in the top 60 liberal arts colleges in the country, according to US News.

Spelman is an all-women’s college accepting just 41% of their applicants, making it among the most selective liberal arts colleges for women in the country.

Some of America’s greatest student scholars attended Spelman College. They include 43 Gates Millennium Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, and five Marshall scholars. These are among the most prestigious awards in all of academia for college-aged students.

Many well-known American icons graduated from Spelman College. Perhaps the most famous is feminist author Alice Walker, who wrote the 1982 masterpiece The Color Purple, which later became a successful film nominated for best picture.

Other alumni include Keshia Knight Pulliam, most famous for her role as Rudy Huxtable in The Cosby Show, and Rosalind Brewer, former president of Sam’s Club.

Rating on Facebook: 4.8 / 5

Number of Public Reviews: 278

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