As of 2015, top five American colleges are William College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College and Pomona College, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranks Bowdoin and Pomona tied for firth place. These schools are considered liberal arts colleges because they focus on undergraduate education and have at least 50 percent of their students earning degrees in areas of liberal arts.
Williams College is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. As of 2015, the school enrolled 2,077 students. Williams uses a style of teaching developed in Oxford University. It offers 33 different majors covering three branches of education: social sciences, humanities and sciences.
Amherst College is also located in Massachusetts. The school is a member of the Five College Consortium, which allows students to take classes at four nearby colleges: Mount Holyoke College, Smith Colleges, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Swarthmore College is located near Philadelphia College. The school enrolls 1,534 students, as of 2015. Swarthmore is part of the Tri-College Consortium with Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College.
Another Massachusetts college that is one of the top five is Wellesley College. Wellesley is a college for women located near Boston. The school has more than 50 different majors and 1,000 courses.
Bowdoin College is a private college located in Brunswick, Maine. The school has 1,795 students as of 2015. Pomona College is located near Los Angeles, California. As of 2015, the average class size is less than 17 students. Pomona offers 45 different majors.