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    1. Sarah Lawrence College

    Bronxville, NY
    • $49,680 Tuition
    • 1,437 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 610 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    2. Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    • $49,226 Tuition
    • 2,059 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    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 ...

    3. Bennington College

    Bennington, VT
    • $47,590 Tuition
    • 660 Enrolled
    • 670 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    Bennington has a rep for “academic freedom” and creativity, driven by its Plan Process, which allows students to determine their own course of study, which “gives you agency in every aspect of your education.” Faculty advisors and committees provide ...

    4. Skidmore College

    Saratoga Springs, NY
    • $48,024 Tuition
    • 2,632 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 620 Avg SAT Writing
    “Creative Thought Matters”: this is the motto of upstate New York’s Skidmore College, which can be found all over campus and in every student’s mind. The small school looks to turn out “well-rounded, open-minded, [and] interested” students, and to ...

    5. Reed College

    Portland, OR
    • $49,640 Tuition
    • 1,374 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 680 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    6. Lewis & Clark College

    Portland, OR
    • $43,022 Tuition
    • 2,179 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    While living in Portland, Oregon, you may “get rained on a lot,” but that doesn’t stop many students from extolling about the otherwise “wonderful,” “perfect,” “ideal,” and “exciting” location. This “suburban-hilltop liberal arts college” sits in an ...

    7. Evergreen State College

    Olympia, WA
    • $21,927 Tuition
    • 3,878 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 500 Avg SAT Math
    • 510 Avg SAT Writing
    “Keeping education in its purest form alive and well in the heart of the Northwest,” The Evergreen State College offers “a unique approach” to academics. The school provides an “interactive environment—with a diverse, enriching learning method,” ...

    8. Vassar College

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    • $48,840 Tuition
    • 2,418 Enrolled
    • 710 Avg SAT Reading
    • 700 Avg SAT Math
    • 700 Avg SAT Writing
    Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “perfect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums ...

    9. Oberlin College

    Oberlin, OH
    • $49,928 Tuition
    • 2,961 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 670 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    Oberlin College, a school “for laid-back people who enjoy learning and expanding social norms, allows each and every student to have the undergrad experience for which he or she is looking, all the while challenging the students to change themselves ...

    10. Emerson College

    Boston, MA
    • $38,304 Tuition
    • 3,765 Enrolled
    • 630 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 620 Avg SAT Writing
    “Perfectly situated in the heart of Boston,” Emerson’s campus sits “in close proximity to a plethora of other academic institutions and culture.” Emerson is “the number one school for film/television/media production.” The combination of a “very ...

    11. Beloit College

    Beloit, WI
    • $44,590 Tuition
    • 1,303 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    Beloit College is a small, liberal arts institution with “phenomenal academics” where “people are committed to their work out of passion, not out of pressure.” As one student notes, “It’s more about the community than competitiveness.” Another says, ...

    12. Pitzer College

    Claremont, CA
    • $46,720 Tuition
    • 1,081 Enrolled
    • 650 Avg SAT Reading
    • 660 Avg SAT Math
    Pitzer College is “small, personal, and unique,” but because students have access to the classes and “excellent resources” at four other local colleges through the Claremont Consortium, “you can choose to make your college experience as large or as ...

    13. New College of Florida

    Sarasota, FL
    • $28,445 Tuition
    • 834 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    New College of Florida, a uniquely small and unconventional public institution, “provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their academic choices.” It’s all about “self-directed learning” ...

    14. Marlboro College

    Marlboro, VT
    • $38,320 Tuition
    • 230 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    Teeny tiny Marlboro College in Vermont offers a “self-driven, free, and intimate academic climate” with a “rustic feel.” With an average class size of just seven students, the school is all about creating a serious academic setting “where students ...

    15. University of Puget Sound

    Tacoma, WA
    • $43,200 Tuition
    • 2,553 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    The University of Puget Sound is “the ideal learning environment with plenty of opportunity for both academic and personal growth.” Students are encouraged to “branch out and go beyond their comfort zone in class and outside of class,” and the ...

    16. Eckerd College

    St.Petersburg, FL
    • $39,684 Tuition
    • 1,802 Enrolled
    • 570 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, Eckerd College is a small liberal arts college that prepares students to be “well-rounded, educated people for the ‘real world’, rather than for just one job.” Indeed, 40 percent of all students ...

    17. Bard College at Simon's Rock

    Great Barrington, MA
    • $47,442 Tuition
    • 329 Enrolled
    • 650 Avg SAT Reading
    • 670 Avg SAT Math
    • 660 Avg SAT Writing
    There’s no one else doing what Bard College at Simon’s Rock is doing. The small, selective “early college” aims “to create a good experience for passionate younger students” through small class sizes, engaging class discussion, and “catering to each ...

    18. University of Vermont

    Burlington, VT
    • $37,056 Tuition
    • 10,992 Enrolled
    • 590 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 590 Avg SAT Writing
    At the University of Vermont—“a mid-sized university in a cute town that offers a quality education”—you’ll get that quintessential college experience: a relaxed but academically-focused atmosphere amid big stone buildings and beautiful foliage. The ...

    19. Colorado College

    Colorado Springs, CO
    • $48,576 Tuition
    • 2,050 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 680 Avg SAT Math
    • 660 Avg SAT Writing
    Students are drawn to Colorado College for its unique “Block Plan,” in which students take one intensive class at a time. The academic year is structured as eight blocks of 3–5 weeks each, punctuated by 5-day “block breaks.” Students find the Block ...

    20. Warren Wilson College

    Asheville, NC
    • $31,980 Tuition
    • 824 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 530 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    Warren Wilson’s unique approach to education is encapsulated in its “Triad program.” This distinctive curriculum combines academics with “work and service.” Though this program might demand more of your time, undergrads here speak quite highly of ...


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