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What are some good private colleges in America?

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Some good private colleges in the United States are Williams, Amherst, Harvey Mudd, Wellesley and St. John's, as of 2015. Trinity, Swarthmore, Skidmore, Grinnell and Kalamazoo are others.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts as number 1 in its 2015 rankings of national liberal arts colleges. Amherst, at the other end of Massachusetts, is part of a consortium of five colleges; students there can also take courses at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Students at Harvey Mudd in Claremont, California can also take courses in other colleges in its consortium: Pomona, Scripps, Pitzer and Claremont McKenna. It is one of the top colleges for math, science and engineering.

Wellesley is an all-women's college. Its students can take courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, all students take a liberal arts curriculum, studying from the "Great Books." Iowa's Grinnell College students are noted for social activism. Kalamazoo College in Michigan offers career-related immersive programs as well as liberal arts.

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