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2022 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

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24,981

Graduates Per Year

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$40K

Average Salary

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#25

Most Popular Major

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TOP

25

Popularity

Very Popular

24,981

306% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

637

232% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

24

Kinesiology and Exercise Science

25,719

25

Liberal Arts and Sciences

24,981

26

Social Work

22,681

Cost

Expensive

$48,615

52% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

51

Mechanical Engineering

$49,183

52

Liberal Arts and Sciences

$48,615

53

Stringed Instruments

$48,305

Salary

Low Salary

$32,521

16% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

235

Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services

$32,546

236

Liberal Arts and Sciences

$32,521

237

General Studies

$32,521

Professors

Average

4.1/5

2.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

140

Religious Studies

141

Liberal Arts and Sciences

142

Game and Interactive Media Design

Students

Very Diverse

4.3/5

16.84% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

65

Molecular Biology

66

Liberal Arts and Sciences

67

Health Care Facilities Administration

SUMMARY

A degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences is not only a valuable choice, but commonly an essential first step for undergraduates aspiring to begin a career as a library archivist, a liberal arts writer, or an associate professor. In fact, liberal arts and sciences is fairly popular coming in at the 25th most popular degree. In the last year, there were 24,981 liberal arts and sciences diplomas received. In-state tuition for liberal arts and sciences at private schools is, on average, 3.8 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

There are 637 institutions that offer liberal arts and sciences. This number of universities is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other liberal arts and sciences students, consider looking at institutions in California which have the most students admitted to liberal arts and sciences annually. less precisely, the best region to study liberal arts and sciences is in the Far West region with California State University-Fresno, California State University-Northridge, and The Evergreen State College best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in liberal arts and sciences is the California Collegiate Athletic Association with California State University-Stanislaus, California State University-San Bernardino, and California State University-Los Angeles representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best school for liberal arts and sciences is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The overall 'best' school might not actually be the best school for every student. There are a bunch more perspectives to consider when deciding on institution. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could refashion your choice on which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which liberal arts and sciences school is home to the top campus, the answer is New York University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university boasts the top campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life and our choice for the school with the best student life for liberal arts and sciences is Georgetown University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to discover more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our picks will probably surprise you.

If price is a primary factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York is the most expensive university for liberal arts and sciences, at least regarding out of state students. We do have an entire list of the most expensive schools that could put the cost at Columbia University in the City of New York into perspective. You could also be interested to know that liberal arts and sciences is the 52nd most expensive program in America, with an average bill of $48,600. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for liberal arts and sciences in the country is District of Columbia with tuition and fees at the main school, Georgetown University, of $55,440. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for liberal arts and sciences is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Columbia University in the City of New York with a cost of $57,763, St Lawrence University with a cost of $56,360, and Union College with a cost of $56,853.

Our cheapest region for liberal arts and sciences is the Southwest region which is represented by Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus with a cost of $5,994, Paul Quinn College with a cost of $6,195, and Texas College with a cost of $8,208. More optimistically, the most affordable university for liberal arts and sciences is California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,600 for a degree in liberal arts and sciences. That price swells significantly to a median of $21,200 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our selection for the university with the best value for liberal arts and sciences: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list of the universities we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this idea is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for liberal arts and sciences students vary widely, but within two years graduation students will typically earn around $40,100. While there is a lot of variation in pay; highest paid earners can rake in up to $76,200. Even straight out of university, the lowest end positions within the liberal arts and sciences field make $21,000, which is an alright wage. The top earning graduates for liberal arts and sciences graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of liberal arts and sciences ranks pretty high, falling within the 84th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the most composite diversity for liberal arts and sciences is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our general list for the schools which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Liberal Arts and Sciences major only stands within the 45th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 85th percentile. White students make up the largest proportion, 49%, of students majoring in liberal arts and sciences. Additionally, 69% of students seeking a liberal arts and sciences degree are women.

The median score of liberal arts and sciences professors is 4.1 stars, a score which is 2% above the median for all majors; this is a good score. If you want the most popular liberal arts and sciences instructor nationally, consider looking up Teodros Kiros at Berklee College of Music. It may come as a shock, but the best ranked instructors of liberal arts and sciences from student rankings come from New York University. As we incorporate data beyond just rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best professors for liberal arts and sciences is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the best examples of professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for liberal arts and sciences is Columbia University in the City of New York. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you believe that considering college from context only formed from superlatives can create issues. We encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different schools and peruse a few of our insightful background articles on useful things to think about as your school search continues.

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St. John's College

#1 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John's College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Annapolis, MD ranked 186th in the United States. It has a total of 481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.85% of applicants. St. John's College offers 2 different majors and is best known for its Liberal Arts and Sciences program, which is ranked 1st in the United States. With an annual tuition of $35,000 per year, St. John's College is somewhat moderately expensive. 58.26% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $36,900 per year, which is 11% less than the national median.

Annapolis, MD

www.sjc.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

597

Students

#186

Ranking

$35,000

Tuition

University of Virginia-Main Campus

#2 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Virginia-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Charlottesville, VA ranked 45th in the nation. It has a total of 18,983 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 23.94% acceptance rate. University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 210 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,836 for in-state students and $47,257 for those from out-of-state, University of Virginia-Main Campus is very high-priced. 88.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $61,200 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

#45

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

Georgetown University

#3 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Georgetown University is a large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 13th in the United States. It has a total of 8,325 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 14.36% of applicants. Georgetown University offers 184 different majors and is best known for its Science, Technology and Society, International Economics, and Political Science and Government programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,440 per year, Georgetown University is very expensive. 87.04% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $93,500 per year, which is 125% above the national median.

Washington, DC

www.georgetown.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

22,534

Students

#13

Ranking

$55,440

Tuition

Sarah Lawrence College

#4 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sarah Lawrence College is a small private liberal arts college located in Bronxville, NY ranked 177th in the United States. It has a total of 1,515 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.1% of applicants. Sarah Lawrence College offers 10 different majors and is best known for its Liberal Arts and Sciences program, which is ranked 4th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $56,020 per year, Sarah Lawrence College is very high-priced. 73.77% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn roughly $43,000 per year, which is 4% above the national median.

Bronxville, NY

www.sarahlawrence.edu

A

Rating

53%

Acceptance

1,829

Students

#177

Ranking

$56,020

Tuition

Soka University of America

#5 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Aliso Viejo, CA

www.soka.edu

A

Rating

40%

Acceptance

444

Students

#135

Ranking

$32,250

Tuition

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#6 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

St. John's College

#7 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John's College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Santa Fe, NM ranked 1st in New Mexico. It has a total of 366 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 66.35% of applicants. St. John's College offers 3 different majors and is best known for its Liberal Arts and Sciences program, which is ranked 7th in the US. With an annual tuition of $35,000 per year, St. John's College is somewhat moderately costly. 64.21% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $33,500 per year, which is 19% below the national median.

Santa Fe, NM

www.sjc.edu

A-

Rating

66%

Acceptance

466

Students

#317

Ranking

$35,000

Tuition

New York University

#8 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Thomas Aquinas College

#9 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Thomas Aquinas College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Santa Paula, CA ranked 217th in the US. It has a total of 407 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 7/9ths of applicants. Thomas Aquinas College offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Liberal Arts and Sciences program, which is ranked 9th in America. With an annual tuition of $25,600 per year, Thomas Aquinas College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 83.33% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw approximately $42,100 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Santa Paula, CA

https://thomasaquinas.edu

A

Rating

79%

Acceptance

407

Students

#217

Ranking

$25,600

Tuition

Columbia University in the City of New York

#10 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Columbia University in the City of New York is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 9th in the United States. It has a total of 8,628 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.45% acceptance rate. Columbia University in the City of New York offers 467 different majors and is best known for its Sustainability Studies, Art History, and Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $58,920 per year, Columbia University in the City of New York is exceptionally high-priced. 78.72% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring home around $83,300 per year, which is 101% greater than the national median.

New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

#9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

University of Chicago

#11 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 10th in the nation. It has a total of 7,674 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.17% of applicants. University of Chicago offers 218 different majors and is best known for its Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Economics, and Counseling Psychology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,642 per year, University of Chicago is exceptionally expensive. 79.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $68,100 per year, which is 64% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

#10

Ranking

$57,642

Tuition

University of Notre Dame

#12 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Notre Dame is a large private university located in Notre Dame, IN ranked 16th in the United States. It has a total of 8,803 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 15.83% acceptance rate. University of Notre Dame offers 173 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Medical Studies, Theological and Ministerial Studies, and Italian Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,046 per year, University of Notre Dame is exceptionally expensive. 94.34% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $78,400 per year, which is 89% greater than the national median.

Notre Dame, IN

www.nd.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

13,221

Students

#16

Ranking

$55,046

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#13 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

Bentley University

#14 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bentley University is a mid-sized private college located in Waltham, MA ranked 63rd in the nation. It has a total of 4,396 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 46.72% of applicants. Bentley University offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Computer and Information Systems Security, Finance, and Accounting and Finance programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,060 per year, Bentley University is exceptionally costly. 89.3% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in close to $86,900 per year, which is 109% above the national median.

Waltham, MA

www.bentley.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

5,735

Students

#63

Ranking

$50,060

Tuition

University of Rochester

#15 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Rochester is a large private university located in Rochester, NY ranked 51st in the United States. It has a total of 7,308 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.71% acceptance rate. University of Rochester offers 277 different majors and is best known for its Computational Science, Music Performance, and Jazz programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,040 per year, University of Rochester is extremely expensive. 79.93% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to bring in roughly $61,200 per year, which is 47% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

https://www.rochester.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

13,269

Students

#51

Ranking

$55,040

Tuition

The University of Texas at Austin

#16 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#17 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in Chapel Hill, NC ranked 64th in the nation. It has a total of 19,957 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.63% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,019 for students from North Carolina and $34,198 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is somewhat moderately costly. 84.25% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $55,600 per year, which is 34% above the national median.

Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

#64

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

Stevens Institute of Technology

#18 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Stevens Institute of Technology is a mid-sized private university located in Hoboken, NJ ranked 65th in the nation. It has a total of 3,462 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 39.96% of applicants. Stevens Institute of Technology offers 133 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering, Financial Mathematics, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,134 per year, Stevens Institute of Technology is extremely pricey. 77.16% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make near $89,200 per year, which is 115% over the national median.

Hoboken, NJ

www.stevens.edu

A+

Rating

40%

Acceptance

7,990

Students

#65

Ranking

$52,134

Tuition

University of Richmond

#19 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Richmond is a small private liberal arts college located in University of Richmond, VA ranked 73rd in the US. It has a total of 3,752 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting a tad below two out of every seven applicants. University of Richmond offers 85 different majors and is best known for its Medical Ethics, Legal Support Services, and Organizational Behavior Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,690 per year, University of Richmond is exceptionally expensive. 82.24% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $64,500 per year, which is 55% greater than the national median.

University of Richmond, VA

https://www.richmond.edu/

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

4,602

Students

#73

Ranking

$54,690

Tuition

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

#20 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is a very large public university located in Norman, OK ranked 2nd in Oklahoma. It has a total of 24,261 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.41% acceptance rate. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus offers 279 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Behavior Studies, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Zoology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,788 for in-state students and $20,169 for those from out-of-state, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is reasonably priced. 53.71% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in roughly $51,100 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Norman, OK

www.ou.edu

B+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

32,189

Students

#397

Ranking

$20,169

Tuition

Villanova University

#21 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Villanova University is a large private institution located in Villanova, PA ranked 91st in the nation. It has a total of 7,676 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.24% of applicants. Villanova University offers 167 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Management Science, and Organizational Leadership programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,550 per year, Villanova University is exceptionally high-priced. 60.52% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate close to $77,900 per year, which is 88% over the national median.

Villanova, PA

www.villanova.edu

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

12,719

Students

#91

Ranking

$54,550

Tuition

Union College

#22 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Union College is a small private liberal arts college located in Schenectady, NY ranked 104th in the US. It has a total of 2,220 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 42.92% of applicants. Union College offers 47 different majors and is best known for its Social Sciences, Managerial Economics, and Liberal Arts and Sciences programs (nationally ranked 15th, 17th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,853 per year, Union College is very expensive. 83.09% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $65,400 per year, which is 57% over the national median.

Schenectady, NY

www.union.edu/

A

Rating

43%

Acceptance

2,220

Students

#104

Ranking

$56,853

Tuition

Santa Clara University

#23 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Santa Clara University is a mid-sized private institution located in Santa Clara, CA ranked 87th in America. It has a total of 5,797 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 48.82% of applicants. Santa Clara University offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Business Management, Web Design, and Ethnic Studies programs (nationally ranked 4th, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,998 per year, Santa Clara University is very high-priced. 82.27% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $72,600 per year, which is 75% above the national median.

Santa Clara, CA

www.scu.edu

A+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

9,423

Students

#87

Ranking

$52,998

Tuition

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#24 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a very large public institution located in San Luis Obispo, CA ranked 112th in the nation. It has a total of 22,130 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 28.42% acceptance rate. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Agricultural Mechanization, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is moderately priced. 73.19% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $66,900 per year, which is 61% above the national median.

San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

A

Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

#112

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Pepperdine University

#25 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Pepperdine University is a mid-sized private university located in Malibu, CA ranked 99th in the US. It has a total of 3,931 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.72% acceptance rate. Pepperdine University offers 107 different majors and is best known for its Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Organizational Communication, and Hispanic-American Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,640 per year, Pepperdine University is extremely pricey. 78.89% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $65,500 per year, which is 58% above the national median.

Malibu, CA

www.pepperdine.edu/

A

Rating

32%

Acceptance

9,814

Students

#99

Ranking

$55,640

Tuition