The Ivy Coach Daily

September 16, 2020

2021 US News Liberal Arts College Ranking

Williams College has once again claimed the grand prize of US News & World Report’s “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking (photo credit: Tim4403224246).

The 2021 edition of the US News & World Report college ranking is out. Wondering which college topped the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list? Don’t lose sleep anymore…we’ve got the answer for you. It’s Williams College, taking home the grand prize yet again. And the runner-up? Always a bridesmaid, never the bride…Amherst College. And third? That would be Swarthmore College…again. They say that bronze medalists are happier about their finish than silver medalists because they’re just happy to be on the medal stand and they don’t feel like they just missed out on gold. So maybe Swarthmore is more excited by its third place finish than Amherst is about its second place finish? Maybe. In any case, which schools ranked next, you wonder?

Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Pomona, Wellesley Top List

Pomona College and Wellesley College ranked fourth, Bowdoin College, Claremont McKenna College, and the United States Naval Academy took sixth, Carleton College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, and Washington and Lee University took ninth, Grinnell College and Vassar College took 13th, Colby College, Davidson College, Haverford College, Smith College, and the United States Military Academy took 15th, Colgate University and Wesleyan University took 20th, Barnard College, Bates College, and University of Richmond took 22nd, and Colorado College and Harvey Mudd College took 25th.

US News’ Best Liberal Arts College Ranking is Flawed

While you’re on the subject, see how this year’s “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking compares to last year’s pecking order. And don’t agree with the ranking? Well, you’re not alone. Barnard College as the 22nd best liberal arts college with Grinnell College and Carleton College ranked above it? Please. Grinnell and Carleton are very nice schools — don’t get us wrong — but they are not Barnard. Washington and Lee above Wesleyan and Barnard, too? It seems it’s high time for US News & World Report to adjust this particular ranking if it wishes to remain relevant.

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