Liberal arts schools are institutes of higher education that emphasise liberal arts, including languages, literature, philosophy and abstract sciences. These schools tend to feature smaller student bodies with excellent teacher-student ratios. There are a number of established ranking reports, such as the U.S. News & World Report and Forbes' America's 50 Best Colleges report that rate and rank liberal arts colleges across the nation.
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Williams College was founded by Colonel Ephraim Williams in 1793. Williams ranks number one on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2010 list while taking the number four slot on Forbes’ America’s 50 Best Colleges 2009 list. The student to faculty ratio at Williams is 7:1, with 17 per cent of the applicants admitted each year.
Williams College 880 Main St Williamstown, MA 01267 413-597-3131 williams.edu
Amherst College comes in at number two on the list of best liberal arts colleges according to the 2010 U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1821, Amherst ranks 8th on Forbes’ list of America’s 50 Best Colleges. The school features a student-teacher ratio of 8:1, with an admissions rate of 15 per cent.
Amherst College PO Box 5000 Amherst, MA 01002 413-542-2328 amherst.edu
Swarthmore College was founded by Quakers in 1864, making it one of the first co-ed colleges in America. The school’s student-teacher ratio is 8:1. U.S. News and World Report cites Swarthmore as the third best liberal arts school in the nation, while Forbes ranks it 12th and College Crunch lists it at 46th.
Swarthmore College 500 College Ave Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-328-8001 swarthmore.edu
Middlebury College was founded in 1800 and is well-known for its environmental studies programs. The student faculty ratio for the school is 9:1. About 17 per cent of applicants are admitted to the school. Forbes lists Middlebury as the 25th best college in America. On the U.S. News and World Report list of best liberal arts colleges, Middlebury ranks fourth.
Middlebury College Admissions Office The Emma Willard House 131 South Main Street Middlebury, VT 05753 802-443-3000 middlebury.edu
Coming in fifth on the U.S. News and World Report list and sixth on Forbes’ list, Wellesley College was founded in 1870. Wellesley is an all-female college with a student to faculty ratio of 8:1. Around 36 per cent of the applicants each year are accepted to the school.
Wellesley College 106 Central St Wellesley, MA 02481 781-283-1000 wellesley.edu
Bowdoin College was founded as a liberal arts college in 1794. U.S. News and World Report lists Bowdoin as the sixth best liberal arts college in the country, while Forbes lists the school as the eighteenth best college in America. Students enjoy a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. Bowdoin has an 18 per cent admission rate.
Bowdoin College Office of Admissions 5000 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 207-725-3100 bowdoin.edu
Pomona College, founded in 1887, sits on a stretch of former garden land in California. The college is listed as the 28th best in the nation according to Forbes, while U.S. News and World Report has it as the seventh best liberal arts college. Applicants face a 16 per cent rate of acceptance. Once enrolled, students have an 8:1 student-faculty ratio.
Pomona College 333 North College Way Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000 pomona.edu
Carleton College, founded on October 12, 1866, is the third-oldest college in Minnesota. This college holds the number eight position for liberal arts colleges in America, according to U.S. News and World Report. Forbes lists Carleton College the 23rd best university in America. Approximately 27 per cent of the applicants to the college are accepted. The school’s student-faculty ratio is 9:1.
Carleton College 1 North College St Northfield, MN 55057 507-222-4000 carleton.edu
Presbyterians in the North Carolina area founded Davidson College in 1837. The school is listed in ninth place on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top liberal arts colleges. The student to faculty ratio comes to 10:1, with average class size being 15 students. Davidson is a highly competitive school, with around 27 per cent of applicants accepted.
Davidson College PO Box 7171 Davidson, NC 28035 704-894-2240 davidson.edu
Founded by Quakers in 1833, Haverford College ranks tenth on the list of best liberal arts colleges, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Overall, Forbes rates Haverford as the 15th best college in America. The school features a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, with 97 per cent of classes having 40 or fewer students. About 27 per cent of applicants to Haverford are accepted.
Haverford College 370 Lancaster Ave Haverford, PA 19041 610-896-1000 haverford.edu
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