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10 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges, 2015


Liberal arts colleges are typically smaller than universities, with smaller class sizes and a greater emphasis on individual instruction. They mainly confer bachelor’s degrees; universities offer master’s and doctoral degrees as well. Because they provide a more focused undergraduate experience, we look at liberal arts colleges separately from both public and private universities in our rankings.

All of the liberal arts colleges on our top 100 list represent Kiplinger’s definition of value: a combination of academic quality and affordability.

These 10 institutions stand above the rest for their academic excellence and generous financial aid. (Total annual cost includes tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated expenses for textbooks.)


All of the schools featured here have a student-faculty ratio of 9:1 or less.


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