Best Small Colleges

The top of MONEY’s rankings is crowded with large campuses, because our analysis favors schools that benefit large numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds—something large colleges simply have more seats to do. But for students looking for a more intimate academic experience, these are the highest-ranking colleges with fewer than 5,000 students.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Undergraduate enrollment
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Undergraduate enrollment
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
6
1
4,680 1530/34 $23,200 96% $17,300 $81,500
12
2
1,002 1560/35 $28,800 100% $14,400 $78,800
13
3
Houston, TX
4,036 1490/34 $23,700 98% $10,200 $65,700
21
4
1,811 1050/23 $15,100 71% $27,000 $63,100
24
5
1,855 1390/32 $25,600 100% $21,500 $59,700
36
6
Williamstown, MA
2,227 1440/33 $19,500 100% $14,600 $62,000
42
7
2,806 1290/29 $29,000 82% $27,500 $56,000
42
8
Swarthmore, PA
1,630 1420/32 $21,100 100% $19,500 $60,000
44
9
4,693 1460/32 $22,700 96% $13,500 $66,300
52
10
Lewiston, ME
1,905 1270/30 $25,800 100% $14,500 $55,800
53
11
Schenectady, NY
2,214 NA/NA $41,500 94% $27,000 $58,500
54
12
New York, NY
2,668 1370/31 $24,500 99% $17,800 $53,500
55
13
Hamilton, NY
3,025 1380/32 $24,100 99% $16,100 $61,400
63
14
1,766 1150/26 $17,400 81% $25,000 $62,200
69
15
Wellesley, MA
2,354 1270/29 $29,500 95% $26,000 $66,600
70
16
Amherst, MA
1,945 1460/33 $20,500 100% $13,000 $60,200
71
17
Claremont, CA
1,665 1440/33 $19,500 100% $11,000 $57,500
73
18
Davidson, NC
1,959 1350/31 $30,000 98% $17,000 $53,100
74
19
Haverford, PA
1,326 1420/33 $22,700 100% $13,000 $54,700
75
20
1,825 1170/25 $19,400 99% $19,800 $49,700
76
21
Clinton, NY
2,043 1390/32 $26,200 100% $15,800 $58,600
78
22
Brunswick, ME
1,965 1390/32 $26,700 100% $18,800 $55,500
80
23
Collegeville, MN
1,816 1040/25 $27,500 98% $27,000 $54,700
82
24
2,569 1300/29 $28,100 94% $26,000 $61,500
83
25
Poughkeepsie, NY
2,572 1420/32 $23,600 99% $15,800 $52,100
85
26
4,352 1180/28 $38,200 98% $26,500 $62,000
90
27
Wellesley, MA
2,688 1410/32 $21,500 97% $8,900 $53,800
92
28
2,022 1010/25 $28,800 96% $26,300 $46,300
97
29
3,043 1060/23 $19,800 79% $23,800 $56,100
99
30
Greencastle, IN
2,253 1160/27 $33,100 100% $25,600 $52,300
104
31
University of Richmond, VA
3,815 1320/31 $24,100 98% $21,100 $55,400
106
32
1,364 1410/32 $32,800 98% $15,000 $63,500
110
33
Boston, MA
1,825 1170/27 $32,000 100% $26,000 $51,300
111
34
Middletown, CT
3,123 NA/NA $22,000 93% $17,500 $55,900
115
35
3,967 1190/NA $34,100 78% $24,300 $55,100
119
36
921 1420/31 $37,300 100% $16,700 $63,900
121
37
1,181 NA/NA $15,700 100% $25,500 $64,600
124
38
2,440 1300/29 $24,900 100% $22,000 $53,700
125
39
Lewisburg, PA
3,740 1290/30 $36,900 95% $27,000 $62,300
130
40
Waterville, ME
2,032 1370/32 $22,600 100% $19,300 $55,200
132
41
Claremont, CA
847 1500/34 $38,100 95% $25,500 $81,000
133
42
2,468 1230/28 $33,900 100% $27,000 $52,000
134
43
1,016 1040/23 $20,600 72% $27,000 $63,300
138
44
Point Lookout, MO
1,773 1090/23 $14,300 100% N/A $38,300
140
45
4,811 1340/31 $26,900 56% $26,000 $71,900
141
46
1,802 880/20 $18,500 94% $27,000 $48,000
142
47
Loudonville, NY
3,288 1090/25 $28,800 100% $27,000 $50,200
143
48
San Antonio, TX
2,406 1270/29 $30,700 98% $25,500 $51,100
145
49
2,263 NA/NA $26,100 99% $27,000 $48,200
146
50
Gettysburg, PA
2,615 NA/NA $37,200 95% $22,000 $52,600
Rank
1
Lexington, VA
Money rank
63
Median SAT/ACT score
1150/26
2
Haverford, PA
Money rank
74
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/33
3
Brunswick, ME
Money rank
78
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/32
4
Easton, PA
Money rank
82
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/29
5
Poughkeepsie, NY
Money rank
83
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
6
Waltham, MA
Money rank
85
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/28
7
Charleston, SC
Money rank
97
Median SAT/ACT score
1060/23
8
Waterville, ME
Money rank
130
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/32
9
Claremont, CA
Money rank
132
Median SAT/ACT score
1500/34
10
Point Lookout, MO
Money rank
138
Median SAT/ACT score
1090/23
11
San Antonio, TX
Money rank
143
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/29
12
Lexington, VA
Money rank
24
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/32
13
Swarthmore, PA
Money rank
42
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/32
14
Hanover, NH
Money rank
44
Median SAT/ACT score
1460/32
15
Lewiston, ME
Money rank
52
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/30
16
New York, NY
Money rank
54
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/31
17
Clinton, NY
Money rank
76
Median SAT/ACT score
1390/32
18
Greencastle, IN
Money rank
99
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/27
19
Claremont, CA
Money rank
106
Median SAT/ACT score
1410/32
20
Boston, MA
Money rank
110
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/27
21
Middletown, CT
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
22
Canton, NY
Money rank
133
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/28
23
Pasadena, CA
Money rank
12
Median SAT/ACT score
1560/35
24
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
21
Median SAT/ACT score
1050/23
25
Williamstown, MA
Money rank
36
Median SAT/ACT score
1440/33
26
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
69
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/29
27
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
75
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/25
28
Wellesley, MA
Money rank
90
Median SAT/ACT score
1410/32
29
Portland, OR
Money rank
115
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/NA
30
New York, NY
Money rank
119
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/31
31
Lancaster, PA
Money rank
124
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/29
32
Castine, ME
Money rank
134
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/23
33
Cambridge, MA
Money rank
6
Median SAT/ACT score
1530/34
34
Worcester, MA
Money rank
42
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
35
Hamilton, NY
Money rank
55
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/32
36
Amherst, MA
Money rank
70
Median SAT/ACT score
1460/33
37
Davidson, NC
Money rank
73
Median SAT/ACT score
1350/31
38
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
92
Median SAT/ACT score
1010/25
39
Lewisburg, PA
Money rank
125
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/30
40
Bronx, NY
Money rank
141
Median SAT/ACT score
880/20
41
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
145
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
42
Houston, TX
Money rank
13
Median SAT/ACT score
1490/34
43
Schenectady, NY
Money rank
53
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
44
Claremont, CA
Money rank
71
Median SAT/ACT score
1440/33
45
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
80
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/25
46
University of Richmond, VA
Money rank
104
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/31
47
Vallejo, CA
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
48
Golden, CO
Money rank
140
Median SAT/ACT score
1340/31
49
Loudonville, NY
Money rank
142
Median SAT/ACT score
1090/25
50
Gettysburg, PA
Money rank
146
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
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