2. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
One of the most intellectual and selective institutions in the world, Swarthmore accepts only 9.5% of all applicants (2018 admissions cycle); its entire student population is only about 1600 students.
Although the school is small, students and alumni have earned an unusually large number of accolades. They include 11 MacArthur Fellows, 5 Nobel Prize winners, 27 Truman Scholars, and an impressive 30 Rhodes Scholars, perhaps the most prestigious academic fellowship in the world.
Frequently known as a “Little Ivy,” Swarthmore ranked in the top 10 of every list we aggregated to create this particular ranking, including those of Niche and US News.
Alumni of the school are among the most recognizable and important people of the 20th and 21st centuries. They include the 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, former CalTech president and Nobel winner David Baltimore, and Dean Baker, one of the first economists who identified the 2008 bubble.
Within 5 years of graduation, over 3/4ths of alumni enter a graduate program after Swarthmore.
1. Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
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In Williams’ unique 4-1-4 curriculum, the students take two traditional four-course semesters as well as a three-week class every January in less traditional academic areas. Besides Ski Patrol and Chess, there is even a class about how to shape your life after Williams.
Though a centuries-old institution, the physical look of the college itself has changed dramatically over the last two decades. In 2001, the school opened a $38 million Unified Science Center housing lab spaces as well as a comprehensive science library. A few years later, a $60 million Center for Theatre and Dance was opened, as well as a $44 million student services building known as the Paresky center.
One attractive component to Williams College is its close collaboration with Oxford College in England. Founded in 1985, the Williams-Exeter program provides 26 students the opportunity to study at Oxford’s Exeter College in Britain for an entire year as members of the college.
Many publications have ranked Williams at the top of the list for liberal arts colleges, and with good reason. With an endowment of approximately $2.6 billion for less than 2,500 total students, Williams has long been considered one of the most impressive of all liberal arts colleges since its inception more than two centuries ago.
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This is our current list of 10 amazing liberal arts colleges in the country for 2019. Are there any significant schools that should also be included on such a list as this?
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This list was made by aggregating 8 of the most widely-read ranking lists online for the top liberal arts colleges.
We sourced the rankings below in the first week of August 2019.