Check Out the 2018 Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Students can expect an intimate feel at the top 20 National Liberal Arts Colleges, since all have fewer than 5,000 undergraduates.

These institutions award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Take a look at photos of the liberal arts colleges that topped the 2018 Best Colleges rankings.

18 (tie). Grinnell College (IA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,699

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $50,464

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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18 (tie). Hamilton College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,879

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $52,770

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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18 (tie). Haverford College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,268

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $52,754

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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12 (tie). Colby College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,879

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $53,120

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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12 (tie). Colgate University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,882

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $53,980

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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12 (tie). Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 829

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $54,886

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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12 (tie). Smith College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,514

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $50,044

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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12 (tie). United States Military Academy (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,389

2017-2018 tuition and fees: N/A

Regular decision application deadline: Feb. 28

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12 (tie). Vassar College (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,424

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $55,210

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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10 (tie). Davidson College (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,796

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $49,949

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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10 (tie). Washington and Lee University (VA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,830

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $50,170

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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8 (tie). Carleton College (MN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,105

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $52,782

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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8 (tie). Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,347

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $52,825

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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6 (tie). Middlebury College (VT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,532

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $52,496

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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6 (tie). Pomona College (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,660

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $51,075

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Bowdoin College (ME)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,806

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $51,848

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Swarthmore College (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,543

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $50,822

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Wellesley College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,347

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $51,148

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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2. Amherst College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,849

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $54,310

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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1. Williams College (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,076

2017-2018 tuition and fees: $53,550

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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