Ranking of the Most Liberal Colleges in the U.S.

Dec 05, 2017

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  • 0:00 America's Most Liberal…
  • 0:35 Sarah Lawrence College
  • 1:32 Bennington College
  • 2:17 Marlboro College
  • 3:17 Other Rankings to Consider

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America's Most Liberal Colleges

The three most liberal colleges in the United States all offer liberal arts education and allow students to focus their studies in a variety of subjects. In addition to political persuasion, the Princeton Review also offers other relevant school rankings that may help students choose a school.

The most recent 2017 rankings from the Princeton Review, based on surveys of students from around the country, listed the top twenty liberal student bodies in the United States. Described here are the three at the top of the survey.

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence is a suburban liberal arts college with over 1,300 students, 72% of which are female. It was ranked #59 on the U.S. News & World Report list of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. The student to faculty ratio is nine to one, and students are able to meet with their professors one-on-one every other week. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, the school offers 12 master's programs and five dual-degree programs that can be completed in five years. Among the five-year program options are a BS and BA in Engineering, a BA and MSEd in Teaching, and a BA and MA in Women's History. Undergraduate students can choose from over 50 disciplines, including history, physics, environmental studies, architecture and design studies, political economy, literature, writing, philosophy, chemistry, and anthropology.

Bennington College

With a total student body of about 700, Bennington College comes in second on the Princeton Review rankings. Nearly 90 percent of all classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-teacher ratio is 10:1. The school offers three Master of Fine Arts options in dance, music, and writing and literature. A one-year post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine is also available. This program is geared toward students who originally pursued education in a non-science subject. Bachelor's degrees can be earned in anything from computer science and computer graphics to one of six foreign languages. The most popular majors include visual and performing arts, English, social sciences, linguistics, and psychology.

Marlboro College

An incredibly small liberal arts university, Marlboro hosts a student body of just 300. The average class size is seven students, but classes can be as small as a pair of students who share one faculty member. Marlboro's admissions process focuses on students' expression and passion rather than on grades and standardized tests. Students may submit their SAT or ACT scores if they wish, but it's not an official requirement. However, all students must attend a personal interview during which they will meet with the admissions committee and discuss why they want to attend Marlboro. Students can earn undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees. The school offers a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management with six concentrations. The school hosts a large variety of undergraduate majors including dance, ceramics, photography, art history, anthropology, psychology, economics, and Asian studies.

Other Rankings to Consider

Each year, the Princeton Review surveys over 143,000 students at over 2,000 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 rankings, which individuals looking for a specific quality in their prospective schools can use to learn more about what the institutions are like from the perspectives of current students. Rankings include quality of the professors, thoroughness of financial aid, level of partying, and campus aesthetics.

The three most liberal colleges in the United States, according to the Princeton Review in 2017, are Sarah Lawrence College, Bennington College, and Marlboro College. These schools offer a variety of undergraduate liberal arts degree programs as well as a few options in the sciences.

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