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The 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

These 25 schools topped the list of liberal arts institutions in MONEY's Best Colleges rankings.

SCHOOL LOCATION OVERALL RANK AVG. NET PRICE OF A DEGREE EARLY CAREER EARNINGS/YR
1. Harvey Mudd College Claremont, Calif. 7 $187,690 $73,300
2. Williams College Williamstown, Mass. 14 168,570 50,400
3. Amherst College Amherst, Mass. 17 156,650 53,000
4. Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Va. 18 89,130 54,200
5. Colgate University Hamilton, N.Y. 27 186,520 51,800
6. Lafayette College Easton, Pa. 28 178,450 57,600
7. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pa. 32 174,790 51,000
7. Principia College Elsah, Ill. 32 65,520 42,200
9. Washington and Lee University Lexington, Va. 39 149,380 48,000
10. Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine 44 179,820 48,500
11. Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pa. 45 198,140 53,400
12. Middlebury College Middlebury, Vt. 47 202,810 51,900
12. Claremont McKenna College Claremont, Calif. 47 196,740 50,100
14. Pomona College Claremont, Calif. 50 162,780 48,500
15. Berea College Berea, Ky. 57 49,280 32,600
16. Grove City College Grove City, Pa. 58 94,140 44,300
17. Doane College-Crete Crete, Neb. 61 103,630 45,800
18. Davidson College Davidson, N.C. 72 165,140 44,500
19. Carleton College Northfield, Minn. 79 178,180 44,700
20. Saint Vincent College Latrobe, Pa. 82 108,620 46,500
21. Presbyterian College Clinton, S.C. 84 101,710 42,800
22. Colby College Waterville, Maine 86 189,970 49,000
23. Kenyon College Gambier, Ohio 94 190,410 44,400
24. Wellesley College Wellesley, Mass. 95 165,870 43,400
25. Hamilton College Clinton, N.Y. 101 181,800 53,700
25. Wheaton College Wheaton, Ill. 101 144,020 42,400
25. College of the Holy Cross Worcester, Mass. 101 186,230 45,600
NOTES: Net price of degree is estimated cost from freshman year to graduation, taking into account all scholarships and grants awarded by the school, inflation, and the average time it takes students to graduate. Early career earnings is average annual self-reported earnings for respondents who graduated within the past five years. SOURCES: IPEDS, Peterson’s, Payscale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculation

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