Colleges and Universities

10 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges 2012 to 2013
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. The top 10 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.

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College500 College Ave Swarthmore PA 19081

  • (610) 328-8000
Pomona College
Pomona College550 N College Ave Claremont CA 91711

  • (909) 621-8131
Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University204 West Washington Street Lexington VA 24450

  • (540) 458-8400
Amherst College
Amherst CollegeBoltwood Avenue Amherst MA 01002

  • (413) 542-2000
Colgate University
Colgate University13 Oak Dr Hamilton NY 13346

Colgate University ranks 5 on the list of best values in liberal arts colleges.

  • (315) 228-1000
Williams College
Williams College880 Main St Williamstown MA 1267

  • (413) 597-3131
Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College5700 College Station - President's Office Brunswick ME 04011

  • (207) 725-3000
Davidson College
Davidson College102 N. Main Street Davidson NC 28035

  • (704) 894-2000
Vassar College
Vassar College124 Raymond Ave Poughkeepsie NY 12604

  • (845) 437-7000
Haverford College
Haverford College370 Lancaster Ave Haverford PA 19041

  • (610) 896-1000
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