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    Most liberal colleges in America

    Political division within college populations has hit a new 51-year high, according to a survey from the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. In a 2017 survey of 137,456 incoming freshmen, just 42.3% of freshmen classified their political views as middle-of-the-road, while 22.2% leaned conservative or far-right and 35.5% leaned far-left or liberal. These students represented newly minted voters who entered college in the midst of a particularly divisive election cycle, marked by elevated political rhetoric and non-stop news and social media coverage.

    For those looking for a liberal college experience, Stacker looked to Niche’s Most Liberal Colleges Rankings, which incorporate student surveys about their own political opinions and how they view the political leanings of their peers. For each school, we’ve included additional context on their acceptance rate, undergraduate student body size, average cost after aid, and median earnings 6 years after graduation.

    Read on to discover which schools top the rankings as the most liberal colleges in America.

  • #50. Lewis & Clark College
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    #50. Lewis & Clark College

    Location: Portland, OR
    Acceptance rate: 55%
    Average cost (after aid): $35,849
    Total undergraduate students : 2,102
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,600

  • #49. Ithaca College
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    #49. Ithaca College

    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Acceptance rate: 70%
    Average cost (after aid): $35,049
    Total undergraduate students : 6,103
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $50,300

  • #48. Bryn Mawr College
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    #48. Bryn Mawr College

    Location: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Acceptance rate: 40%
    Average cost (after aid): $31,900
    Total undergraduate students : 1,361
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $53,100

  • #47. University of California - Berkeley
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    #47. University of California - Berkeley

    Location: Berkeley, CA
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Average cost (after aid): $17,160
    Total undergraduate students : 28,108
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $61,800

  • #46. Chatham University
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    #46. Chatham University

    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    Acceptance rate: 53%
    Average cost (after aid): $26,393
    Total undergraduate students : 745
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $34,000

  • #45. University of Oregon
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    #45. University of Oregon

    Location: Eugene, OR
    Acceptance rate: 78%
    Average cost (after aid): $15,355
    Total undergraduate students : 18,330
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,200

  • #44. University of North Carolina at Asheville
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    #44. University of North Carolina at Asheville

    Location: Asheville, NC
    Acceptance rate: 76%
    Average cost (after aid): $11,571
    Total undergraduate students : 3,222
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $34,200

  • #43. Denison University
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    #43. Denison University

    Location: Granville, OH
    Acceptance rate: 44%
    Average cost (after aid): $32,023
    Total undergraduate students : 2,259
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $48,400

  • #42. Fashion Institute of Technology
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    #42. Fashion Institute of Technology

    Location: New York, NY
    Acceptance rate: 40%
    Average cost (after aid): $10,430
    Total undergraduate students : 7,395
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $46,800

  • #41. Saint Edward's University
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    #41. Saint Edward's University

    Location: Austin, TX
    Acceptance rate: 74%
    Average cost (after aid): $24,603
    Total undergraduate students : 3,610
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $45,800

  • #40. University of Puget Sound
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    #40. University of Puget Sound

    Location: Tacoma, WA
    Acceptance rate: 79%
    Average cost (after aid): $40,416
    Total undergraduate students : 2,487
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $49,000

  • #39. Wesleyan University
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    #39. Wesleyan University

    Location: Middletown, CT
    Acceptance rate: 18%
    Average cost (after aid): $20,490
    Total undergraduate students : 2,918
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $49,200

  • #38. Northwestern University
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    #38. Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Average cost (after aid): $29,326
    Total undergraduate students : 8,298
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $65,900

  • #37. University of Washington
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    #37. University of Washington

    Location: Seattle, WA
    Acceptance rate: 45%
    Average cost (after aid): $10,068
    Total undergraduate students : 28,380
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $54,800

  • #36. Warren Wilson College
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    #36. Warren Wilson College

    Location: Swannanoa, NC
    Acceptance rate: 82%
    Average cost (after aid): $26,713
    Total undergraduate students : 644
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $27,000

  • #35. University of California - Santa Barbara
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    #35. University of California - Santa Barbara

    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Acceptance rate: 36%
    Average cost (after aid): $15,149
    Total undergraduate students : 21,199
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $52,500

  • #34. Willamette University
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    #34. Willamette University

    Location: Salem, OR
    Acceptance rate: 78%
    Average cost (after aid): $32,628
    Total undergraduate students : 1,860
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $49,100

  • #33. Pitzer College
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    #33. Pitzer College

    Location: Claremont, CA
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Average cost (after aid): $25,521
    Total undergraduate students : 1,029
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $47,100

  • #32. Kenyon College
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    #32. Kenyon College

    Location: Gambier, OH
    Acceptance rate: 27%
    Average cost (after aid): $28,192
    Total undergraduate students : 1,689
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $44,300

  • #31. New York University
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    #31. New York University

    Location: New York, NY
    Acceptance rate: 32%
    Average cost (after aid): $35,147
    Total undergraduate students : 24,888
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $59,600

  • #30. Howard University
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    #30. Howard University

    Location: Washington, DC
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Average cost (after aid): $22,712
    Total undergraduate students : 5,575
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $46,800

  • #29. Evergreen State College
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    #29. Evergreen State College

    Location: Olympia, WA
    Acceptance rate: 97%
    Average cost (after aid): $13,367
    Total undergraduate students : 3,458
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $34,300

  • #28. Vassar College
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    #28. Vassar College

    Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
    Acceptance rate: 27%
    Average cost (after aid): $21,933
    Total undergraduate students : 2,405
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $51,400

  • #27. Tufts University
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    #27. Tufts University

    Location: Medford, MA
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Average cost (after aid): $28,076
    Total undergraduate students : 5,435
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $66,500

  • #26. American University
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    #26. American University

    Location: Washington, DC
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Average cost (after aid): $31,758
    Total undergraduate students : 7,544
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $59,200

  • #25. Mills College
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    #25. Mills College

    Location: Oakland, CA
    Acceptance rate: 84%
    Average cost (after aid): $27,647
    Total undergraduate students : 775
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $39,600

  • #24. Portland State University
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    #24. Portland State University

    Location: Portland, OR
    Acceptance rate: 89%
    Average cost (after aid): $14,481
    Total undergraduate students : 14,206
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $42,900

  • #23. Swarthmore College
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    #23. Swarthmore College

    Location: Swarthmore, PA
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Average cost (after aid): $19,641
    Total undergraduate students : 1,542
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $52,500

  • #22. Sarah Lawrence College
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    #22. Sarah Lawrence College

    Location: Bronxville, NY
    Acceptance rate: 52%
    Average cost (after aid): $32,897
    Total undergraduate students : 1,417
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $39,900

  • #21. Columbia University
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    #21. Columbia University

    Location: New York, NY
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Average cost (after aid): $22,973
    Total undergraduate students : 7,552
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $78,200

  • #20. Skidmore College
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    #20. Skidmore College

    Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Average cost (after aid): $23,941
    Total undergraduate students : 2,643
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $47,100

  • #19. Savannah College of Art & Design
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    #19. Savannah College of Art & Design

    Location: Savannah, GA
    Acceptance rate: 72%
    Average cost (after aid): $40,856
    Total undergraduate students : 8,411
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $35,300

  • #18. Pratt Institute
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    #18. Pratt Institute

    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Acceptance rate: 58%
    Average cost (after aid): $44,244
    Total undergraduate students : 3,367
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,500

  • #17. Goucher College
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    #17. Goucher College

    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Acceptance rate: 79%
    Average cost (after aid): $32,134
    Total undergraduate students : 1,444
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $46,700

  • #16. Bard College
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    #16. Bard College

    Location: Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
    Acceptance rate: 56%
    Average cost (after aid): $29,356
    Total undergraduate students : 1,897
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $35,900

  • #15. The New School
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    #15. The New School

    Location: New York, NY
    Acceptance rate: 60%
    Average cost (after aid): $45,504
    Total undergraduate students : 6,181
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,100

  • #14. Emerson College
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    #14. Emerson College

    Location: Boston, MA
    Acceptance rate: 48%
    Average cost (after aid): $39,263
    Total undergraduate students : 3,733
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,700

  • #13. Hampshire College
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    #13. Hampshire College

    Location: Amherst, MA
    Acceptance rate: 63%
    Average cost (after aid): $34,154
    Total undergraduate students : 1,321
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $31,800

  • #12. Brown University
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    #12. Brown University

    Location: Providence, RI
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Average cost (after aid): $25,264
    Total undergraduate students : 6,565
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $63,100

  • #11. Clark University
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    #11. Clark University

    Location: Worcester, MA
    Acceptance rate: 57%
    Average cost (after aid): $26,350
    Total undergraduate students : 2,227
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $44,500

  • #10. Smith College
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    #10. Smith College

    Location: Northampton, MA
    Acceptance rate: 37%
    Average cost (after aid): $24,258
    Total undergraduate students : 2,503
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $44,900

  • #9. New College of Florida
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    #9. New College of Florida

    Location: Sarasota, FL
    Acceptance rate: 71%
    Average cost (after aid): $11,933
    Total undergraduate students : 861
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: Not available

  • #8. SUNY Purchase College
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    #8. SUNY Purchase College

    Location: Purchase, NY
    Acceptance rate: 44%
    Average cost (after aid): $18,123
    Total undergraduate students : 3,673
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $35,800

  • #7. Columbia College Chicago
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    #7. Columbia College Chicago

    Location: Chicago, IL
    Acceptance rate: 88%
    Average cost (after aid): $29,530
    Total undergraduate students : 7,142
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $33,400

  • #6. Wheaton College - Massachusetts
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    #6. Wheaton College - Massachusetts

    Location: Norton, MA
    Acceptance rate: 67%
    Average cost (after aid): $32,821
    Total undergraduate students : 1,638
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $46,700

  • #5. Mount Holyoke College
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    #5. Mount Holyoke College

    Location: South Hadley, MA
    Acceptance rate: 52%
    Average cost (after aid): $27,234
    Total undergraduate students : 2,162
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $46,100

  • #4. University of California - Santa Cruz
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    #4. University of California - Santa Cruz

    Location: Santa Cruz, CA
    Acceptance rate: 58%
    Average cost (after aid): $16,261
    Total undergraduate students : 16,509
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $43,700

  • #3. Oberlin College
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    #3. Oberlin College

    Location: Oberlin, OH
    Acceptance rate: 28%
    Average cost (after aid): $42,105
    Total undergraduate students : 2,869
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $40,200

  • #2. Carleton College
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    #2. Carleton College

    Location: Northfield, MN
    Acceptance rate: 23%
    Average cost (after aid): $28,587
    Total undergraduate students : 2,087
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $52,600

  • #1. University of Vermont
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    #1. University of Vermont

    Location: Burlington, VT
    Acceptance rate: 69%
    Average cost (after aid): $17,816
    Total undergraduate students : 10,183
    Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $45,200

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