The 10 Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America

“I went to school for liberal arts, would you like fries with that?” A joke that too many liberal arts majors are bombarded with on the daily. Although thousands of art majors attend major universities and blend in with the rest, we’ve listed the ten smallest liberal arts colleges, schools in the United States, and these numbers will astound you.

1. Amberton University

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.

Amberton University, located in Frisco, Texas, was home to 323 students in 2013. The college, designed for working adults, offers a number of programs including Project Management, Marketing, and Human Relations.

This university is designed to help those with a busy schedule obtain a degree when it’s convenient for them. Not only does Amberton offer in-classroom learning, but also online learning opportunities in an effort to fit the schedules of their students.

An average semester at Amberton University is $4,550.

2. Pacific Oaks College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.

Pacific Oaks College, with its main campus in Pasadena, California, is home to 296 students. Pacific Oaks prides itself with its untraditional ways of teaching, and helping their students grow to reach their full potential.

This college offers three different branches of fields. Family Psychology, Education, and Human Development are the focuses that students at Pacific Oaks can choose from. PAC offers both Bachelors and Masters programs.

An average semester at Pacific Oaks College costs $11,370.

3. Marlboro College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.

Our next stop takes us to Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. Home to 240 students, this institution brands itself as a college for independent students and independent thinkers. Although small, Marlboro offers students a number of hands-on opportunities.

Marlboro College offers programs in fields such as sociology, politics, theater, and writing. Bachelors and Masters programs are both offered at the college.

As far as tuition, it’s on the pricier side. You can expect to pay $50,832 per year.

4. Beacon College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.

Located in Leesburg, Florida, Beacon College has 184 students enrolled. Beacon is renowned for its student disability services. Students with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities make up a large portion of the student body.

Programs at this college include Human Services, Psychology, and Business Management.

You can expect to pay $18,086 per semester in tuition. This college does, although, offer housing which will raise the cost of attendance.

5. Burlington College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.

Another Vermont school has made the list. Burlington College, located in Burlington, Vermont, hosts 168 students. This college encourages its students to embrace their individuality while providing the experience in each field that students will need after receiving their degree.

Film Studies, Human Services, and Fine Arts are among the many programs offered at this institution. Both Bachelors and Masters programs are offered at this school.

$10,750 is what an average student pays per semester at Burlington College.

6. Mary Baldwin College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Mary Baldwin College Volleyball Roster.

Mary Baldwin College is the next institution on our list. Unlike the other colleges listed so far, this Virginia-based college is only open to women. 135 women make up the student body, in fact.

The programs offered are very performance-based. Theater, Communications, and Shakespeare Studies are among the many program opportunities available for students at Mary Baldwin.

The average tuition per year at Mary Baldwin College is $39,331.

7. Sterling College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Sterling College – Cheer and Dance Team

The next school on our list is Sterling College. This college, located in Sterling, Kansas, is home to just 105 students. Can you imagine? This school has an emphasis on leadership through the teachings of Christian faith.

Athletic Training, Biblical Teachings, and Chemistry are some of the unique programs that are offered at this liberal arts institution. Students are invited to participate in a number of faith-based activities while attending school.

Tuition at Sterling College is currently $11,700 per semester.

8. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is our next school. So far, we’ve listed schools with over 100 enrolled students. This school? 84 students. That’s right, just over eighty students. This Catholic college is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Liberal Arts is the only path of study offered at the college. In fact, the curriculum is already set up for you year-by-year upon your arrival at the school.

$10,200 per semester is what you will have to hash out to attend Thomas More.

9. Shimer College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Shimer College – Group of young people with papers, sitting on a floor.

81 students fill the halls of Shimer College, a small liberal arts college, in Chicago, Illinois. One might not expect such a small class size at a Chicago school, but that’s the painful reality. Shimer is a writing-based college, but offers a number of different programs.

Speech Writing, Science Fiction Writing, and Journalism are among the many writing programs proudly taught at Shimer College.

Although the acceptance rate isn’t extremely high, once accepted, you will pay $15,500 per semester.

10. Knoxville College

Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America
Knoxville College.

73 students make up our #10 school, Knoxville College. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, this school is focused on using the past to shape the future.

Knoxville College is another faith-based institution, and offers degrees in both arts and sciences.

Unfortunately, Knoxville College is under repair right now due to its crippling buildings, and is not accepting students at this time.

10 Smallest Liberal Arts Colleges in America

  1. Amberton University
  2. Pacific Oaks College
  3. Marlboro College
  4. Beacon College
  5. Burlington College
  6. Mary Baldwin College
  7. Sterling College
  8. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
  9. Shimer College
  10. Knoxville College

Authore: Mark Heideman

Central Michigan University
Integrative Public Relations Major
Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Minor.

Grand Central Magazine Staff Writer.

Sources:

Samantha, Lindsay. “Complete List: The Smallest Colleges in the United States.” Complete List: The Smallest Colleges in the United States. 13 Aug. 2015. Web. 31 May 2016.

College information is from each institution’s official website.