This ranking has been created to highlight the 30 Best and Most Beautiful Small Colleges in America. We define a small college as one with 3000 students or fewer. The mix of aesthetic, academic, and value aspects we considered are as follows.
The following lists were consulted.
- Business Insider: The 10 Most Beautiful Campuses in America
- Christian University Online: 25 Most Beautiful Christian Universities
- Forbes: America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses
- Princeton Review: The Most Beautiful Campuses of 2015
- Thrillist: 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses
- Travel and Leisure: America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses
Appearance in 1 list: 1 point
2 lists: 2 points
3 lists: 3 points
4 or more lists: 5 points
2: College Ranking
US News Best National University Ranking: 2 points
Best Regional University Ranking: 1 point
US News and World Report National Liberal Arts College Ranking:
Top 100: 1 point
Top 50: 2 points
Top 25: 3 points
Top 10: 5 points
3: Cost of Attendance
Under $20,000: 3 points
$20,001 – $39,999: 2 points
$40,000 and above: 1 point
To be included in this list, schools must bear regional accreditation. Schools with AACSB accreditation earned 1 point.
In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools that appeared on the highest number of national lists, followed by higher ranking on the US News and World Report Best National Liberal Arts College, and finally tuition rates.