America's Most Liberal Colleges
The most recent 2015 rankings from the Princeton Review, after surveying students from around the country, listed the top twenty liberal student bodies in the United States. Listed below are the three at the top of the survey.
1. Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT
An incredibly small liberal arts university, Marlboro hosts a student body of just 230. Class sizes can be as small as a pair of students who share one faculty member. The school hosts a large variety of performing arts majors, including dance, ceramics, photography, and art history. Students can earn undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees.
2. Bennington College in Bennington, VT
With a total student body of about 700, Bennington College comes in second on the Princeton Review rankings. Classes range from ten to twenty students, with labs averaging about half as much. Graduate certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and master's level can be earned in anything from computer science and computer graphics to one of six foreign languages.
3. Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Yet another small, private liberal arts college rounds out the list of the top three most liberal schools in the U.S. This one enrolls just over 2,000 students, but has an even more impressive student to faculty ratio of approximately 10:1. The most popular majors at Bard are English language, literature and social sciences, and students can earn associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees.
Each year, the Princeton Review surveys over 120,000 students at over 300 colleges and universities throughout the country. The survey covers topics like academics, student body makeup, administration and campus life.
Based on the survey, the Princeton Review generates approximately 62 ranking lists on everything from the quality of the professors and the thoroughness of financial aid to the level of partying and students' political leanings. Individuals who are looking for a specific quality in their prospective schools can use these rankings to learn more about what the institutions are like from the perspectives of current students.