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            100 Best Small Colleges
            Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

            Degree Finder
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            Best Small Colleges Consensus Ranked

            With our Top Consensus ranking of the Best Small Colleges, College Consensus turns the focus on the little guys – schools with 2000 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

            Amherst College
            Amherst, MA

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            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            83.4
            College Consensus
            84.7
            Publisher Consensus
            82.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,836

            2

            Pomona College
            Claremont, CA

            carnegie hall
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            83.4
            College Consensus
            82.6
            Publisher Consensus
            84.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,599

            3

            Bowdoin College
            Brunswick, ME

            Bowdoin
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            83.3
            College Consensus
            84.5
            Publisher Consensus
            82
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,816

            4

            Claremont McKenna College
            Claremont, CA

            claremont campus
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            81.8
            College Consensus
            80.1
            Publisher Consensus
            83.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,338

            5

            Harvey Mudd College
            Claremont, CA

            Hmc dartmouth entrance
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            80.7
            College Consensus
            79.4
            Publisher Consensus
            81.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            861

            6

            Bates College
            Lewiston, ME

            bates
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            80.1
            College Consensus
            78
            Publisher Consensus
            82.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,787

            7

            Hamilton College
            Clinton, NY

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            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            79.7
            College Consensus
            79.8
            Publisher Consensus
            79.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,901

            8

            California Institute of Technology
            Pasadena, CA

            Caltech Entrance
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            79.4
            College Consensus
            85.4
            Publisher Consensus
            73.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            961

            9

            Washington and Lee University
            Lexington, VA

            washington lee
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            79.3
            College Consensus
            75.9
            Publisher Consensus
            82.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,827

            10

            Augustana University
            Sioux Falls, SD

            Augustana
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            78.5
            College Consensus
            75.9
            Publisher Consensus
            81.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,749

            11

            Swarthmore College
            Swarthmore, PA

            swarthmore
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            78.5
            College Consensus
            81.9
            Publisher Consensus
            75
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,577

            12

            Scripps College
            Claremont, CA

            scripps
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            77.3
            College Consensus
            70.9
            Publisher Consensus
            83.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,065

            13

            Cottey College
            Nevada, MO

            cottey college
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            77.2
            College Consensus
            70.6
            Publisher Consensus
            83.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            270

            14

            Grinnell College
            Grinnell, IA

            grinnell
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            77.2
            College Consensus
            76
            Publisher Consensus
            78.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,712

            15

            Bryn Mawr College
            Bryn Mawr, PA

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            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            77.2
            College Consensus
            74.5
            Publisher Consensus
            79.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,334

            16

            Colby College
            Waterville, ME

            colby
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            77.1
            College Consensus
            76.1
            Publisher Consensus
            78.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,917

            17

            Davidson College
            Davidson, NC

            Davidson
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            76.8
            College Consensus
            76.2
            Publisher Consensus
            77.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,810

            18

            Haverford College
            Haverford, PA

            founderscrop
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            76.1
            College Consensus
            77.2
            Publisher Consensus
            75.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,296

            19

            Pitzer College
            Claremont, CA

            pitzer
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            75.3
            College Consensus
            71.3
            Publisher Consensus
            79.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,074

            20

            Whitman College
            Walla Walla, WA

            whitman 1
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            74.4
            College Consensus
            67.2
            Publisher Consensus
            81.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,510

            21

            Thomas Aquinas College
            Santa Paula, CA

            Thomas Aquinas
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            74.2
            College Consensus
            66
            Publisher Consensus
            82.5
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            369

            22

            Wabash College
            Crawfordsville, IN

            wabash
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            73.7
            College Consensus
            65.4
            Publisher Consensus
            82
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            864

            23

            Kenyon College
            Gambier, OH

            kenyon
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            73.7
            College Consensus
            70.7
            Publisher Consensus
            76.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,677

            24

            College of the Ozarks
            Point Lookout, MO

            Ozarks
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            72.8
            College Consensus
            77.6
            Publisher Consensus
            67.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,508

            25

            Connecticut College
            New London, CT

            conn college
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            72.4
            College Consensus
            71.1
            Publisher Consensus
            73.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,817

            26

            Occidental College
            Los Angeles, CA

            oxy campus
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            72.2
            College Consensus
            68.9
            Publisher Consensus
            75.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,972

            27

            Wofford College
            Spartanburg, SC

            wofford
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71.6
            College Consensus
            61.6
            Publisher Consensus
            81.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,678

            28

            The University of the South
            Sewanee, TN

            sewanee
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71.3
            College Consensus
            67.3
            Publisher Consensus
            75.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,702

            29

            Reed College
            Portland, OR

            reed
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71.3
            College Consensus
            62.3
            Publisher Consensus
            80.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,447

            30

            Texas Lutheran University
            Seguin, TX

            TLU
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71.2
            College Consensus
            71.3
            Publisher Consensus
            71.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,359

            31

            Northwestern College
            Orange City, IA

            Northwestern College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71.1
            College Consensus
            63.3
            Publisher Consensus
            79
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,041

            32

            John Brown University
            Siloam Springs, AR

            John Brown University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            71
            College Consensus
            61.9
            Publisher Consensus
            80.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,972

            33

            Howard Payne University
            Brownwood, TX

            Howard Payne
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70.7
            College Consensus
            57.9
            Publisher Consensus
            83.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            981

            34

            Rhodes College
            Memphis, TN

            rhodes
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70.6
            College Consensus
            66.6
            Publisher Consensus
            74.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,988

            35

            Lawrence University
            Appleton, WI

            lawrence U
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70.5
            College Consensus
            65.7
            Publisher Consensus
            75.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,467

            36

            Dordt College
            Sioux Center, IA

            Dordt College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70.5
            College Consensus
            71.6
            Publisher Consensus
            69.5
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,448

            37

            Knox College
            Galesburg, IL

            knox
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70.4
            College Consensus
            64.1
            Publisher Consensus
            76.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,356

            38

            Goshen College
            Goshen, IN

            Goshen
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            70
            College Consensus
            70.6
            Publisher Consensus
            69.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            883

            39

            Kalamazoo College
            Kalamazoo, MI

            Kalamazoo College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.9
            College Consensus
            65.6
            Publisher Consensus
            74.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,436

            40

            Centre College
            Danville, KY

            Centre College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.8
            College Consensus
            65.8
            Publisher Consensus
            73.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,450

            41

            College of Saint Benedict
            Saint Joseph, MN

            CSaintBens
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.6
            College Consensus
            59.8
            Publisher Consensus
            79.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,937

            42

            Willamette University
            Salem, OR

            Willamette University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.6
            College Consensus
            64.6
            Publisher Consensus
            74.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,948

            43

            Southwestern Adventist University
            Keene, TX

            Southwestern Adventist University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.6
            College Consensus
            62
            Publisher Consensus
            77.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            798

            44

            Allegheny College
            Meadville, PA

            Allegheny
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.5
            College Consensus
            64.8
            Publisher Consensus
            74.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,802

            45

            Carroll College
            Helena, MT

            Carroll College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.4
            College Consensus
            68
            Publisher Consensus
            70.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,362

            46

            Barton College
            Wilson, NC

            Barton College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            69.2
            College Consensus
            65.6
            Publisher Consensus
            72.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            887

            47

            Hendrix College
            Conway, AR

            Hendrix
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.9
            College Consensus
            58.8
            Publisher Consensus
            79.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,238

            48

            Huntingdon College
            Montgomery, AL

            Huntingdon College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.8
            College Consensus
            60.1
            Publisher Consensus
            77.5
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,102

            49

            Simmons University
            Boston, MA

            simmons
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.8
            College Consensus
            68.6
            Publisher Consensus
            69
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,739

            50

            Berry College
            Mount Berry, GA

            berry
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.8
            College Consensus
            63.2
            Publisher Consensus
            74.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,978

            51

            Clarke University
            Dubuque, IA

            Clarke University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.6
            College Consensus
            60.4
            Publisher Consensus
            76.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            768

            52

            William Jessup University
            Rocklin, CA

            William Jessup University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.6
            College Consensus
            61.3
            Publisher Consensus
            75.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,204

            53

            Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
            Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

            Saint Mary of the Woods College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.5
            College Consensus
            60
            Publisher Consensus
            77.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            660

            54

            University of St Francis
            Joliet, IL

            USF Joliet
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.5
            College Consensus
            60.8
            Publisher Consensus
            76.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,599

            55

            Beloit College
            Beloit, WI

            Beloit College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.5
            College Consensus
            62.3
            Publisher Consensus
            74.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,402

            56

            Juniata College
            Huntingdon, PA

            Juniata College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.4
            College Consensus
            61.3
            Publisher Consensus
            75.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,485

            57

            University of the Ozarks
            Clarksville, AR

            ozarks
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.3
            College Consensus
            64
            Publisher Consensus
            72.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            755

            58

            Southwestern University
            Georgetown, TX

            Southwestern University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.3
            College Consensus
            59.5
            Publisher Consensus
            77
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,396

            59

            St Bonaventure University
            Saint Bonaventure, NY

            StBonaventure
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.2
            College Consensus
            58.6
            Publisher Consensus
            77.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,622

            60

            Millsaps College
            Jackson, MS

            MillsapsCollege
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.2
            College Consensus
            58
            Publisher Consensus
            78.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            807

            61

            Hampden-Sydney College
            Hampden-Sydney, VA

            Hampden Sydney College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.2
            College Consensus
            55.2
            Publisher Consensus
            81.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,046

            62

            Dakota Wesleyan University
            Mitchell, SD

            DWU
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.1
            College Consensus
            55.2
            Publisher Consensus
            81.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            792

            63

            The College of Wooster
            Wooster, OH

            wooster
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68.1
            College Consensus
            64.9
            Publisher Consensus
            71.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,980

            64

            Marietta College
            Marietta, OH

            Marietta College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68
            College Consensus
            63.2
            Publisher Consensus
            72.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,065

            65

            Wheaton College (MA)
            Norton, MA

            wheaton 2
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            68
            College Consensus
            65
            Publisher Consensus
            70.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,688

            66

            Mills College
            Oakland, CA

            mills
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.9
            College Consensus
            66.4
            Publisher Consensus
            69.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            761

            67

            University of Dallas
            Irving, TX

            UniversityDallas
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.9
            College Consensus
            60.8
            Publisher Consensus
            74.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,450

            68

            Wisconsin Lutheran College
            Milwaukee, WI

            Wisconsin Lutheran College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.8
            College Consensus
            57.8
            Publisher Consensus
            77.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            992

            69

            Nebraska Wesleyan University
            Lincoln, NE

            NWU OldMain
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.8
            College Consensus
            58.5
            Publisher Consensus
            77.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,779

            70

            University of Mobile
            Mobile, AL

            University of Mobile
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.6
            College Consensus
            56.2
            Publisher Consensus
            79.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,443

            71

            Transylvania University
            Lexington, KY

            TransylvaniaUniversity
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.4
            College Consensus
            59.7
            Publisher Consensus
            75.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            966

            72

            Sarah Lawrence College
            Bronxville, NY

            sarah lawrence
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.3
            College Consensus
            63.1
            Publisher Consensus
            71.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,399

            73

            San Diego Christian College
            Santee, CA

            San Diego Christian College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.2
            College Consensus
            62.4
            Publisher Consensus
            72.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            658

            74

            Lebanon Valley College
            Annville, PA

            LVC
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.2
            College Consensus
            62.7
            Publisher Consensus
            71.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,756

            75

            Huntington University
            Huntington, IN

            Huntington University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.2
            College Consensus
            57.9
            Publisher Consensus
            76.5
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,076

            76

            Washington & Jefferson College
            Washington, PA

            Washington Jefferson College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67.2
            College Consensus
            60.3
            Publisher Consensus
            74.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,405

            77

            Ohio Wesleyan University
            Delaware, OH

            OWU
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            67
            College Consensus
            59.3
            Publisher Consensus
            74.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,560

            78

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

            St Marys College Maryland
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.9
            College Consensus
            59.1
            Publisher Consensus
            74.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,570

            79

            Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
            McMinnville, OR

            linfield
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.9
            College Consensus
            58.8
            Publisher Consensus
            74.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,535

            80

            Bard College
            Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

            bard
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.8
            College Consensus
            62.7
            Publisher Consensus
            70.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,938

            81

            Illinois Wesleyan University
            Bloomington, IL

            Illinois Wesleyan University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.8
            College Consensus
            63.9
            Publisher Consensus
            69.7
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,649

            82

            Saint Johns University
            Collegeville, MN

            SJU MN
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.8
            College Consensus
            58.5
            Publisher Consensus
            75
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,720

            83

            Newberry College
            Newberry, SC

            newberry
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.8
            College Consensus
            59.6
            Publisher Consensus
            74
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,181

            84

            Hastings College
            Hastings, NE

            Hastings College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.7
            College Consensus
            57.3
            Publisher Consensus
            76.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,155

            85

            Ouachita Baptist University
            Arkadelphia, AR

            OBU
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.7
            College Consensus
            50
            Publisher Consensus
            83.4
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,545

            86

            Asbury University
            Wilmore, KY

            Asbury University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.7
            College Consensus
            57.1
            Publisher Consensus
            76.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,733

            87

            McMurry University
            Abilene, TX

            McMurry University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.7
            College Consensus
            58.1
            Publisher Consensus
            75.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,105

            88

            Kentucky Wesleyan College
            Owensboro, KY

            Kentucky Wesleyan College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.5
            College Consensus
            57.9
            Publisher Consensus
            75.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            716

            89

            Millikin University
            Decatur, IL

            Millikin University
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.5
            College Consensus
            62.8
            Publisher Consensus
            70.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,950

            90

            Oklahoma Baptist University
            Shawnee, OK

            OKBU
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.5
            College Consensus
            61.2
            Publisher Consensus
            71.8
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,965

            91

            Covenant College
            Lookout Mountain, GA

            Covenant College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.3
            College Consensus
            49.5
            Publisher Consensus
            83.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,030

            92

            Tennessee Wesleyan University
            Athens, TN

            twc
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.2
            College Consensus
            57.9
            Publisher Consensus
            74.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            935

            93

            Franklin College
            Franklin, IN

            Franklin College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.2
            College Consensus
            51
            Publisher Consensus
            81.3
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,016

            94

            Kuyper College
            Grand Rapids, MI

            Kuyper Campus
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66.1
            College Consensus
            48.3
            Publisher Consensus
            83.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            184

            95

            Cornell College
            Mount Vernon, IA

            Cornell College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            66
            College Consensus
            59.4
            Publisher Consensus
            72.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,009

            96

            Austin College
            Sherman, TX

            Austin College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            65.9
            College Consensus
            58.2
            Publisher Consensus
            73.6
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,214

            97

            Earlham College
            Richmond, IN

            Earlham College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            65.9
            College Consensus
            60.2
            Publisher Consensus
            71.5
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,060

            98

            Virginia Military Institute
            Lexington, VA

            Virginia Military institute
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            65.8
            College Consensus
            62.7
            Publisher Consensus
            68.9
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,722

            99

            Lake Forest College
            Lake Forest, IL

            Lake Forest College
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            65.7
            College Consensus
            58.3
            Publisher Consensus
            73.2
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            1,508

            100

            The College of Idaho
            Caldwell, ID

            College Idaho
            AVG: 0 AVG: 0
            65.6
            College Consensus
            51.2
            Publisher Consensus
            80.1
            Student Consensus
            Last Accessed: July, 2019
            Enrollment
            936

            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 Forbes, 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 2000 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 2000 students is any different than a school with 3000 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.