Applying to college is a journey that involves finding the right school, submitting applications, and then, if you're lucky, choosing among the acceptance letters and financial aid awards to find that place you'll call home for the next few years.
To steer you in the right direction, U.S. News surveys colleges and universities each year and ranks nearly 1,400 of them in different categories according to our methodology.
Here, we offer a sneak peek of the 2013 Best Colleges rankings.
These schools—listed alphabetically—are the top 10 schools in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category:
|Amherst College (MA)|
|Bowdoin College (ME)|
|Carleton College (MN)|
|Claremont McKenna College (CA)|
|Haverford College (PA)|
|Middlebury College (VT)|
|Pomona College (CA)|
|Swarthmore College (PA)|
|Vassar College (NY)|
|Wellesley College (MA)|
|Williams College (MA)|
(Note: due to ties, there are more than 10 schools listed here.)
The actual National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings of these and other schools will be available Sept. 12, 2012, on usnews.com.
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