10 Small Liberal Arts Schools that Produce the Most Successful Alums

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10 Small Liberal Arts Schools that Produce the Most Successful Alums

A liberal arts college has an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences.

They’re where many of the best and brightest go, and produce minds that inquire for a lifetime.

By Major Awards and Fellowships, Many Liberal Arts Colleges Are Second To None

Rhodes Scholars are some of the oldest and most celebrated international fellowships awarded to 32 young Americans and allows them to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford

Top Rhodes Scholar-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(1903-present)
1.) U.S. Military Academy: 91
2.) Dartmouth College: 61
3.) U.S. Naval Academy: 46
4.) U.S. Air Force Academy: 37
5.) Williams College: 35
6.) Swarthmore College: 28
7.) Sewanee: University of the South: 26
7.) Washington University of St. Louis: 26
9.) Davidson College: 23
10.) Bowdoin College: 22

The Fulbright program is a highly competitive international exchange program meant to foster mutual understanding between communities worldwide. Grants are made for English Teaching Assistant Programs or for individually designed study/research projects.

Top Fulbright-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(2004-2014)
1.) College of the Holy Cross: 151
2.) Pomona College: 145
3.) Smith College: 140
4.) Pitzer College: 136
5.) Kenyon College: 88
6.) Swarthmore College: 88
7.) Oberlin College: 85
8.) Vassar College: 82
9.) Williams College: 82
10.) Wellesley College: 79

Winston Churchill Scholars[3] spend one year after their undergraduate studies as fully funded graduate students at Cambridge.

Top Liberal Arts Schools-Producing Churchill Scholars
(From 1963-Present)
1.) Harvey Mudd College: 16
2.) Amherst College: 9
3.) Dartmouth College: 9
4.) Carleton College: 6

Barry Goldwater Scholarships help to fund promising and highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Top Barry Goldwater Scholarship-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(Last Five Years)
1.) Pomona College: 10
2.) Washington University of St. Louis: 9
3.) Lewis and Clark College: 8
4.) Oberlin College: 8
4.) Hendrix College: 8
4.) Calvin College: 8

The Luce Scholars Program was established to enhance understanding of Asia to potential leaders in American Society. All majors save Asian studies are eligible.

Top Luce Scholar-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(2010-2015)
1.) Washington University of St. Louis: 3
2.) Occidental College: 3
3.) Barnard College: 2
3.) Williams College: 2
3.) Spelman College: 2

Up to 40 Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability as they pursue graduate study in any field at a UK institution. The award is highly competitive and granted with an eye towards strengthening the enduring relationship between British and American people.

Top Marshall Scholar-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(2005-2015)
1.) U.S. Naval Academy:4
2.) U.S. Military Academy: 2
3.) Many: 1

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study outside of the U.S., awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges.

Top Watson Fellowship-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(2014-2015)
1.) Williams College: 4
1.) Amherst College: 4
1.) Wheaton College: 4
1.) Earlham College: 4
1.) Union College: 4
1.) Hamilton College: 4
1.) Wellesley College: 4

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation offers work in Washington after undergraduate studies as well as support for graduate study for highly promising students looking to work in public service.

Top Truman Scholar-Producing Liberal Arts Schools
(2010-2014)
1.) U.S. Military Academy: 6
2.) Dartmouth College: 4
2.) U.S. Naval Academy: 4
4.) Swarthmore College: 3
4.) Fordham University: 3
4.) Amherst College: 3
4.) Bowdoin College: 3
4.) Macalaster College: 3
4.) Willamette University: 3
4.) Williams College: 3

For many, starting and mid-career salaries are important measures of success.

Top Mid-Career Salary Liberal Arts Schools
[school// starting salary//mid-career salary]
1.) Washington and Lee University $53,700 // $133,500
2.) Colgate University $54,000 // $126,600
3.) Carleton College $43,700 // $117,700
4.) Haverford College $38960 // $115,000
5.) Williams College $49,900//$114,500

Leaving the most successful liberal arts graduates from the following schools
Number of appearances as top award receiver

Williams College: 5
US Military Acadamy: 3
Dartmouth College: 3
U.S. Naval Academy: 3
Swarthmore College: 3
Washington University of St. Louis: 3
Amherst College: 3
Bowdoin College: 2
Pomona College: 2
Oberlin College: 2
Carleton College: 2

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Citations:

  • http://www.rhodesscholar.org/assets/uploads/Rhodes%20Scholarships_Number%20of%20Winners%20by%20Institution_10_15_14.pdf
  • http://us.fulbrightonline.org/top-producing-institutions
  • http://www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org/
  • http://www.hluce.org/lsprogram.aspx
  • http://watson.foundation/site/colleges/college.html
  • http://www.truman.gov/search-our-scholars?field_profile_name_at_award_value=&field_profile_selection_year_value=2014&field_profile_selection_state_tid=All&field_institution_name_value=
  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/09/15/the-liberal-arts-colleges-whose-graduates-earn-the-most/