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    1. Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    • $47,560 Tuition
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 2,022 Enrolled

    Bard College is private, liberal arts institution located in the Hudson Valley that boasts a strong arts focus and a dedication to civic engagement locally, nationally, and worldwide in ways that “are unheard of for an institution of this size.” The ...

    2. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

    Needham, MA
    • $43,500 Tuition
    • 1490 Avg SAT
    • 355 Enrolled

    If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, [and reputation as] academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact that “Olin is constantly changing curriculum to try ...

    3. Reed College

    Portland, OR
    • $47,500 Tuition
    • 1380 Avg SAT
    • 1,395 Enrolled

    Reed is a college synonymous with academic rigor and a “passion for learning” certainly permeates this campus. A political science major steadfastly agrees stating, “Reed’s commitment to academic excellence blew me away. The students here work like ...

    4. Bennington College

    Bennington, VT
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 660 Enrolled

    One big draw to Bennington College is its “Field Work Term program, where students intern every year for seven weeks to gain practical experience related to their academic interests.” This mandatory program provides a “real-world” opportunity many ...

    5. Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore, PA
    • $45,700 Tuition
    • 1440 Avg SAT
    • 1,534 Enrolled

    Swarthmore College “has a lovely campus, the people are almost unbelievably friendly, it’s a safe environment, and it’s really, really challenging academically,” and “although it’s not one of the most well-known schools, those who do know of it also ...

    6. Whitman College

    Walla Walla, WA
    • $44,440 Tuition
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 1,498 Enrolled

    If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to give students “the best education possible without ...

    7. Thomas Aquinas College

    Santa Paula, CA
    • $24,500 Tuition
    • 1250 Avg SAT
    • 366 Enrolled

    Students at Thomas Aquinas College relish attending a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.” With a “strong Catholic identity” and “rigorous curriculum,” TAC offers a “holistic education” that’s ...

    8. Grinnell College

    Grinnell, IA
    • $45,217 Tuition
    • 1380 Avg SAT
    • 1,721 Enrolled

    Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a small private liberal arts college in Iowa where innovative intellectual discourse is central to learning. Guided by a commitment to academic rigor and a “commitment to social justice,” the school stresses ...

    9. Wabash College

    Crawfordsville, IN
    • $37,100 Tuition
    • 1130 Avg SAT
    • 926 Enrolled

    A “small, personalized, rigorous, elite institution” with an all-male student body, “Wabash College is a powerful small school that changes lives.” In a word, Wabash is all about “tradition.” The men here “live by a Wabash motto: ’Think Critically, ...

    10. Mount Holyoke College

    South Hadley, MA
    • $42,470 Tuition
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 2,183 Enrolled

    Situated in breathtaking western Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is one of the nation’s premiere colleges for women. Undergrads here quickly tout the school’s ability to both foster an incredibly “collaborative and inclusive atmosphere” and embrace ...

    11. Middlebury College

    Middlebury, VT
    • $45,637 Tuition
    • 1380 Avg SAT
    • 2,495 Enrolled

    One of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the United States, Middlebury College in Vermont is about “creating a person both socially and intellectually prepared for the world.” The school has “a high level of global thinking and ...

    12. Sarah Lawrence College

    Bronxville, NY
    • 1250 Avg SAT
    • 1,471 Enrolled

    Nestled in a picturesque suburb of New York City, Sarah Lawrence College is a breath of fresh air for intellectually curious students who would chafe within the confines of a more traditional academic setting. The college prides itself on offering ...

    13. Hamilton College

    Clinton, NY
    • 1390 Avg SAT
    • 1,900 Enrolled

    Upstate New York liberal arts school Hamilton College offers fine academics and an open curriculum that give students “preparation for the future that goes far beyond exam-taking strategies.” The focus on writing and speaking, the lack of core ...

    14. United States Military Academy

    West Point, NY
    • $0 Tuition
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 4,414 Enrolled

    Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous gener­ als, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institu­ tion such as West Point doesn't need to hear outside praise. The rigorous ...

    15. Scripps College

    Claremont, CA
    • $47,164 Tuition
    • 1370 Avg SAT
    • 990 Enrolled

    Academically focused women seeking “a more personalized education” will find it at Claremont, California’s Scripps College. Small class sizes, “extremely approachable, personable” professors who are “ready to sit down to help you one on one,” and ...

    16. University of Richmond

    University of Richmond, VA
    • $46,680 Tuition
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 2,984 Enrolled

    The University of Richmond provides “the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small college” and just “a hint of Southern charm.” Financial aid is “generous.” Facilities are “outstanding.” “Students have access to ...

    17. Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA
    • 1440 Avg SAT
    • 1,298 Enrolled

    Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “perfect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont ...

    18. University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    • 1510 Avg SAT
    • 5,681 Enrolled

    Described as “an academic paradise near an awesome city,” the University of Chicago is a place where students “aren’t embarrassed by the fact that they’re smart.” Students say, UChicago “is a rigorous institution,” and they celebrate the fact that ...

    19. Haverford College

    Haverford, PA
    • $46,790 Tuition
    • 1400 Avg SAT
    • 1,187 Enrolled

    Founded in 1833, Haverford College in Pennsylvania is “small, but exceptionally vibrant and engaging,” offering a “solid academic experience” under one of the country’s oldest and most revered honor codes. Though founded by Quakers, the school is ...

    20. Kenyon College

    Gambier, OH
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 1,662 Enrolled

    This tiny midwestern liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. The school’s “academic vigor” and intense focus on writing (it is known as “The Writers’ ...


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