Because so many college students like to attend schools in metropolitan areas, I wrote a post yesterday about 30 liberal arts colleges that are located in cities or close to them. Here is the link:
When I compiled the list, I figured that I had overlooked some liberal arts colleges and so I asked you all to point out my omissions. I want to thank everyone who mentioned schools that didn’t make the original list!
Michael, for instance, mentioned that if I was going to include Bryn Mawr College, I shouldn’t leave out Haverford College or Swarthmore College. He was right. I’m a lot more familiar with western and central Pennsylvania so I simply overlooked this pair of elite liberal arts colleges. These schools, by the way, award excellent need-based financial aid packages if you can get in.
I am embarrassed that I didn’t include the University of Puget Sound. That school was on my son and daughter’s short list of colleges.
The same person also suggested Willamette University, a college that I have visited twice and like a lot. I was particularly impressed by the physics teachers and the food was incredible. I had considered putting Willamette on the list, but Salem, OR, isn’t what I’d consider a metropolitan area. As an aside, the Oregon state capitol, which is directly across the street from Willamette, has got to be the ugliest capitol in the U.S.
Kate also mentioned Seattle University, DePaul University, which is located in downtown Chicago and Wagner College on Staten Island, NY. None of these schools, however, aren’t technically classified as liberal arts colleges.
- 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
- Haverford College, Haverford, PA, near Philadelphia
- Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, near New York City
- Simmons College, Boston
- Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, near Philadelphia
- Trinity College, Hartford, CT
- Wheaton College, Norton, MA, near Providence, RI
- Lake Forest College, Chicago suburb
- Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
- 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)
- University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
- 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.