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10 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges 2012-13


Liberal arts colleges focus on teaching undergraduates, rather than on research, and generally confer only bachelor's degrees. They typically have smaller enrollments than universities.

All 100 schools on our list offer the academic quality and affordability that meet our definition of value, but these top ten liberal arts colleges stand above the rest for their ability to deliver a great education at a relatively low cost.

All post freshman retention rates (the percentage of freshmen who return for a second year) of 93% or above, sparing students the lost credits involved with transferring, and all have a four-year graduation rate of 87% or higher, meaning that most parents aren't springing for an extra year. Half of the schools offer enough need-based aid to reduce the annual net cost to less than $20,000.

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