I’ve talked to a lot of teenagers, who are interested in liberal arts colleges as long as they are in cities or at least close to metropolitan areas.
Unfortunately for these kids, many liberal arts colleges are in rural areas. My daughter Caitlin is fully aware of this reality because she attends Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA, which is a great school, but it’s a pain to get to.
After my son and I visited Caitlin last week in Huntingdon, it took us 13 hours to get back home to San Diego.
During the plane ride back, I compiled a list of liberal arts colleges that are in cities or are only 25 miles or less from a metropolitan area. I was really surprised at how few liberal arts colleges are in cities in the Midwest. What’s with that?
I’m sure that I must have missed some schools so if you see a college that should be on this list, please let me know.
30 Liberal Arts Colleges In or Near Cities
- Barnard College, New York City
- Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, near Philadelphia
- Drew University, Madison, NJ, near New York City
- Goucher College, Towson, MD, a Baltimore suburb
- Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, near New York City
- Simmons College, Boston
- Trinity College, Hartford, CT
- Wheaton College, Norton, MA, near Providence, RI
- Lake Forest College, Chicago suburb
- Macalester College, St. Paul
- Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
- Fisk University, Nashville
- Morehouse College, Atlanta
- Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
- University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
- Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
- Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
- Mills College, Oakland, CA
- Occidental College, Los Angeles
- Reed College, Portland, OR
- St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
- St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA (San Francisco Bay)
- Whittier College, Whittier, CA. Los Angeles suburb
- Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
- Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA (Not a large city, but awfully fun.)
These five Claremont (CA) colleges are on the outskirts of the Los Angeles metro area:
- Claremont McKenna College
- Harvey Mudd College
- Pitzer College College
- Pomona College
- Scripps College
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and an eBook, Shrinking the Cost of College: 152 Ways to Cut the Price of a Bachelor’s Degree. She writes a college blog for CBSMoneyWatch and US News & World Report.