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Best Small Colleges
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Best Small Colleges 02

Do you want a close-knit, nurturing college environment? College Consensus can show you where to find it with our ranking of the best small colleges. With our Top Consensus ranking of the 2021 Best Small Colleges, College Consensus turns the focus on the little guys – schools with 3000 students or less. The best small colleges in the US are not small in reputation, and they’re not small in influence; in fact, some of the best small colleges in America are also among the most exceptional, with national and international recognition for their overall excellence.

The Best Small Colleges ranking gives prospective students and their families a rigorous and full look at their options. Whatever the reason – small class sizes, personalized attention, close-knit student bodies, or safety in small numbers – students can trust the College Consensus to give a list of small colleges that rank the highest across the board.

The Best Small Colleges are listed in descending order according to their College Consensus Score. Ties are ordered alphabetically.

1

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
88.8
College Consensus
92.3
Publisher Consensus
85.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

2

Pomona College
Claremont, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
88.8
College Consensus
93.8
Publisher Consensus
83.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

3

Williams College
Williamstown, MA

168342
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.4
College Consensus
94.7
Publisher Consensus
80.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

4

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.6
College Consensus
89.6
Publisher Consensus
83.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

5

Amherst College
Amherst, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.7
College Consensus
91.5
Publisher Consensus
80
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

6

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.5
College Consensus
87.3
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

7

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

8

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.9
College Consensus
89.2
Publisher Consensus
78.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

9

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.9
College Consensus
87.6
Publisher Consensus
80.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

10

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.6
College Consensus
89.2
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

11

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

swarthmore
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.5
College Consensus
92.6
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

12

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

bates
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.4
College Consensus
85.1
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

13

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.3
College Consensus
88.4
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

14

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

vassar
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.1
College Consensus
81.2
Publisher Consensus
81.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

15

Colby College
Waterville, ME

colby
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.1
College Consensus
88.6
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

16

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

17

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
84.5
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

18

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.2
College Consensus
92.3
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

19

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.1
College Consensus
78.1
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

20

Davidson College
Davidson, NC

Davidson
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.1
College Consensus
82.1
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

21

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, NY

Cooper Union
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.8
College Consensus
93.5
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

22

Carleton College
Northfield, MN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.8
College Consensus
78.5
Publisher Consensus
81
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

23

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
94.5
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

24

Haverford College
Haverford, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.9
College Consensus
80.7
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

25

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
86.1
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

26

Barnard College
New York, NY

Barnard 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.1
College Consensus
80.2
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

27

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78
College Consensus
75.9
Publisher Consensus
80
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

28

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.8
College Consensus
82.7
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

29

William Jewell College
Liberty, MO

William Jewell College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77
College Consensus
82.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

30

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
76
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

31

Scripps College
Claremont, CA

scripps
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.2
College Consensus
67.4
Publisher Consensus
85
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

32

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.2
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
81.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

33

Smith College
Northampton, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.9
College Consensus
71
Publisher Consensus
80.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

34

Lafayette College
Easton, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.8
College Consensus
78.5
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

35

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

Macalester
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.1
College Consensus
69.7
Publisher Consensus
80.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

36

Connecticut College
New London, CT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.7
College Consensus
77.4
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

37

Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.5
College Consensus
77.3
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

38

Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.2
College Consensus
74
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

39

Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.1
College Consensus
72.3
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

40

Maryville College
Maryville, TN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
74.2
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

41

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

pitzer
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.7
College Consensus
72.1
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

42

Reed College
Portland, OR

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.4
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

43

Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
65.2
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

44

DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

Depauw
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.4
College Consensus
71.2
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

45

Kenyon College
Gambier, OH

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.3
College Consensus
69.3
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

46

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.2
College Consensus
88.3
Publisher Consensus
56.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

47

Union College (NY)
Schenectady, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.1
College Consensus
70.9
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

48

Trinity College
Hartford, CT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72
College Consensus
74
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

49

Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

50

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.8
College Consensus
68.2
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

51

Willamette University
Salem, OR

Willamette University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
68.2
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

52

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

Spelman College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.5
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

53

Northwestern College (IA)
Orange City, IA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.3
College Consensus
62.4
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

54

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.1
College Consensus
67.4
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

55

Rhodes College
Memphis, TN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

56

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.4
College Consensus
61
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

57

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Virginia Military institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

58

Allegheny College
Meadville, PA

Allegheny
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.2
College Consensus
65.7
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

59

The University of the South
Sewanee, TN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.1
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

60

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.1
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

61

Furman University
Greenville, SC

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.8
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

62

Taylor University
Upland, IN

Taylor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.5
College Consensus
59.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

63

Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.4
College Consensus
57.2
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

64

Goshen College
Goshen, IN

Goshen
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
72
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

65

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI

MSOE
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
67.2
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

66

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.1
College Consensus
65.8
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

67

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

68

Knox College
Galesburg, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
61.2
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

69

University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME

Maine Farmington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.8
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

70

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, NE

NWU OldMain
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.7
College Consensus
60.3
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

71

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

72

St. John's College (MD)
Annapolis, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.5
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

73

St Lawrence University
Canton, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.5
College Consensus
61.3
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

74

Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

ONU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.3
College Consensus
70.4
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

75

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68
College Consensus
62.9
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

76

Wheaton College (IL)
Wheaton, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.8
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

77

University of Dallas
Irving, TX

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.3
College Consensus
59.7
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

78

Denison University
Granville, OH

Denison
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.3
College Consensus
61.6
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

79

Centre College
Danville, KY

Centre College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
61.1
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

80

Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.9
College Consensus
64.4
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

81

St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD

St Marys College Maryland
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.8
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

82

Marietta College
Marietta, OH

Marietta College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.6
College Consensus
63.3
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

83

Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.5
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

84

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
McMinnville, OR

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.1
College Consensus
57
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

85

California State University Maritime Academy
Vallejo, CA

California Maritime Academy
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.6
College Consensus
74.4
Publisher Consensus
56.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

86

Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

87

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

88

Hanover College
Hanover, IN

Hanover College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

89

Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
57.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

90

Beloit College
Beloit, WI

Beloit College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

91

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

bard
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

92

The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH

wooster
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
61.5
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

93

SUNY Maritime College
Throggs Neck, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
61.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

94

Hobart William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY

HWSC
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

95

Brescia University
Owensboro, KY

brescia University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
55.9
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

96

Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA

Saint Marys California
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
70.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

97

Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
47.1
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

98

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
Marion, IN

IWU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

99

Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA

Susquehanna University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
56.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

100

Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR

Lewis Clark College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
57
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

Why Choose a Small College? Academics and Culture

First and foremost, there’s a strong argument to be made for the academic advantages of a small college. Time and again, studies have shown that people learn more effectively in small classes; it’s a fact that the top small universities have been touting for years. While, in a large university, you may find yourself in a gigantic lecture hall with hundreds of other students, too far away to even make out the professor’s facial expression, in a small college you’re likely to take classes with just a handful of people. That closeness means you get to know your classmates and instructors well, engaging in meaningful discussion and having the opportunity to have your questions answered directly.

Small classes at a small college also means a small student:faculty ratio – the number of students per faculty member. A professor at a large university can’t get to know all of her students closely, much less work with them one-on-one; but at a small college, where they may be just 10-12 students for every professor, there’s a greater opportunity for mentorship, guidance, and connection. In a small college, you’re far more likely to have to chance, for instance, to work alongside a faculty member on a research project, or to find a professor who can give you personalized attention and help.

The culture of a small college is entirely different from the culture of a large college, too. That doesn’t mean that the best small colleges don’t have their rabid sports rivalries, or riotous fraternity parties (they definitely do). What it means is that it’s much easier to form a close-knit community, one where students feel connected to the whole student body rather than just their clique or in-group. Small colleges can have other benefits, as well; with a small student body, they can pay more attention to amenities, so some of the best small colleges also offer the best college dining halls and the best college dorms in the nation. At a large college, students can often feel disconnected and lost; at a small college, students can feel more connected. A large university is where you go to school; a small college is where you live.

How Do We Rank the Best Small Colleges?

College Consensus isn’t like any other college ranking agency out there. Bringing together the rankings of reputable sites like U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and WalletHub with the most trustworthy student review sites on the internet (including Niche, Cappex, and Unigo), College Consensus works to get the full picture. Instead of just focusing on one set of data, College Consensus is an aggregate ranking, combining all of a given school’s published rankings for the Publisher Ranking, and adding in the testimony of students for the Student Rating. From those two numbers, we create the Consensus Rating, which we then use to rank schools in all sorts of combinations.

Our criteria for selecting the Best Small Colleges is fairly simple: these are the colleges and universities throughout the US that have student bodies of 3000 or less. That’s an arbitrary cutoff, sure; plenty of large colleges are proud of their ability to give students an experience like a small college, and there’s no particular reason a school with 3000 students is any different than a school with 4000 students. But the essential thing here isn’t how many students there are – it’s how the top small universities serve students in a special way. The Top Consensus Ranked Small Colleges put students first, providing the traditional college experience that leaves fond memories, lifelong friendships, and a sense of alumni pride that carries through for your 50th-anniversary reunion and beyond.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

While other rankings take the narrow view – whether it’s strictly surveys of faculty, or reams of cold, hard data, or the perspective of students – College Consensus is the only college ranking organization that looks at the full range of published rankings and student reviews. That means we take all voices seriously, from the impartial experts to the students experiencing the real world of college on the ground. Other methods give an advantage to certain kinds of schools, especially the ones with the biggest marketing budgets and the most famous names, but College Consensus is interested in getting the fullest picture possible. Read more about our ranking methodology and sources on our about page.