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    1. College of the Atlantic

    Bar Harbor, ME
    • $41,535 Tuition
    • 378 Enrolled
    • 630 Avg SAT Reading
    • 590 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    At this tiny Bar Harbor school, students “don’t just take classes”: they immerse themselves in experiences and in “an intimate, friendly community” of do-ers and critical thinkers. The college offers only one major, human ecology, which takes an ...

    2. St. John's College (NM)

    Santa Fe, NM
    • $47,176 Tuition
    • 340 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 640 Avg SAT Math
    • 630 Avg SAT Writing
    At St. John’s College in Santa Fe, students read and explore a common body of “great books”—including many of the most important books in history—in close partnership with their classmates and teachers. Every professor “must teach (learn) Euclid, ...

    3. Prescott College

    Prescott, AZ
    • $24,960 Tuition
    • 464 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 500 Avg SAT Math
    • 500 Avg SAT Writing
    Prescott College, a small, progressive school, “encourages critical and forward thinking around issues of social justice and sustainability.” The school shines in interdisciplinary fields, such as environmental studies, human development and ...

    4. Thomas Aquinas College

    Santa Paula, CA
    • $24,500 Tuition
    • 378 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    5. 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 ...

    6. Marlboro College

    Marlboro, VT
    • $38,320 Tuition
    • 230 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Marlboro College is an intentionally small, intellectually demanding liberal arts school located in southern Vermont. Home to 300 students, Marlboro empowers students with the freedom and responsibility to create an ...

    7. 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” ...

    8. Champlain College

    Burlington, VT
    • $37,436 Tuition
    • 3,124 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    Both Champlain students and the studies they pursue are “professional” and “career-minded,” and name Champlain’s “high job placement rate” as a primary reason for choosing the college. “Networking and the emphasis on internships at Champlain leads ...

    9. Reed College

    Portland, OR
    • $49,640 Tuition
    • 1,374 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 680 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Intellectual. Free-thinking. Laid back. Classical. Iconoclastic. Paradoxical. Liberal. College guides grapple to define the Reed College experience, but they tend to agree that Reed is one of the most distinctive colleges in ...

    10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

    Needham, MA
    • $45,000 Tuition
    • 370 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 760 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    11. 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 ...

    12. Emerson College

    Boston, MA
    • $38,304 Tuition
    • 3,765 Enrolled
    • 630 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 620 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Emerson College is the only college in America dedicated exclusively to communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Established in 1880 as a small regional school of oratory, Emerson has evolved into a diverse, ...

    13. 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,” ...

    14. 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 ...

    15. Harvey Mudd College

    Claremont, CA
    • $48,315 Tuition
    • 804 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 770 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    Harvey Mudd College, according to its mission statement, “seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields ...

    16. Carnegie Mellon University

    Pittsburgh, PA
    • $49,610 Tuition
    • 6,309 Enrolled
    • 690 Avg SAT Reading
    • 750 Avg SAT Math
    • 710 Avg SAT Writing
    The dedicated students at Carnegie Mellon range from the hard-core engineers to the artsiest of drama students (making it “a breeding ground for interdisciplinary collaboration”); however, the school’s motto—”My heart is in the work”—rings true for ...

    17. State University of New York--Purchase College

    Purchase, NY
    • $15,820 Tuition
    • 4,188 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    In urging its students to “Think Wide Open,” SUNY Purchase features “unique and artistic minds” within its “wonderfully diverse community of people.” Boasting both great value and close proximity to New York City, SUNY Purchase is well known for its ...

    18. Suffolk University

    Boston, MA
    • $33,800 Tuition
    • 5,496 Enrolled
    • 500 Avg SAT Reading
    • 500 Avg SAT Math
    • 500 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Suffolk University is a comprehensive private university located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill. This global university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 70 areas of study. Distinguished by ...

    19. Barnard College

    New York, NY
    • $45,851 Tuition
    • 2,577 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 660 Avg SAT Math
    • 690 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Founded in 1889, Barnard College was among the first colleges to offer young women the chance to earn a college degree. Today, Barnard College remains committed to the education of more than 2,400 undergraduate women from ...

    20. Spelman College

    Atlanta, GA
    • $22,827 Tuition
    • 2,135 Enrolled
    • 510 Avg SAT Reading
    • 490 Avg SAT Math
    A historically black women’s institution, Spelman College has built a strong reputation for “molding intelligent, goal-oriented young ladies into determined, successful, free-thinking women.” Many prospective students are attracted to the school’s ...


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