Liberal Arts Colleges on the East Coast with Program Information

There are many liberal arts universities and colleges on the East Coast. See how some of these institutions compare in terms of ranking, population, price and graduation rate to help you decide what might be the right fit for your educational needs.

When choosing a college, many factors may influence your decision. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) provides a wide array of data for universities and colleges across the country. Here, we'll be looking at public and private institutions on the East Coast offering 4-year liberal arts degrees with that data.

Highly Ranked Liberal Arts Universities in the East Coast

If you're looking for a school that stands out from among the rest, these liberal arts colleges are highly ranked by U.S. News.

  • Williams College in Williamstown, MA (#1)
  • Amherst College in Amherst, MA (#2)
  • Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA (#3)
  • Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME (#4)
  • Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT (#4)

Largest Schools in the East Coast

Aside from a high ranking, size may be a determining factor for you. The largest schools on the East Coast are mostly in Florida, with an average of over 50,000 undergraduate students, in cities of various size and setting.

  • Miami Dade College (Florida, 63,332 undergraduate students)
  • University of Central Florida (54,662 undergraduate students)
  • Liberty University (Virginia, 49,863 undergraduate students)
  • Valencia College (Florida, 44,050 undergraduate students)
  • Broward College (Florida, 43,078 undergraduate students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES figures an average net price for U.S. colleges by starting with the total cost of full-time attendance (undergraduate tuition, room, board, books and fees) and subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded at the school. When reduced tuition is offered to in-state residents, that tuition level is used for the calculation. Based on the net price figures for 2014-15, the following five schools are the most affordable:

  • Indian River State College (Florida, $1,547)
  • Palm Beach State College (Florida, $2,615)
  • Daytona State College (Florida, $4,959)
  • Fayetteville State College (North Carolina, $5,170)
  • Eastern Florida State College (Florida, $5,455)

Highest Graduation Rate

Another statistic reported by the NCES is the graduation rate, which is calculated by tracking what percentage of students earn their full-time, undergraduate credential in 150% of the normal time or less - e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree. The figures used for the following rankings reflect students who enrolled full-time for the first time in 2009.

  • Harvard University (Massachusetts, 98%)
  • Yale University (Connecticut, 97%)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (95%)
  • Duke University (North Carolina, 95%)
  • University of Pennsylvania (95%)

When you're trying to choose a liberal arts school on the East Coast there are many to choose from. The factors that matter most to you can be weighed when making that decision. These statistics give you some of the information to help make a choice based on ranking, size, cost and the graduation rate.

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