100 Best colleges for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States

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Below is a list of best universities in the United States ranked based on their research performance in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. A graph of 693M citations received by 21.4M academic papers made by 1,689 universities in the United States was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. Harvard University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Average SAT
1530
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$13,910

2. Stanford University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$14,402

3. University of California - Berkeley

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
61%
Average Aid
$21,406
Enrollment
45,036

4. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Receiving Aid
70%
Average Aid
$16,326
Enrollment
50,278

5. University of Washington - Seattle

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#7 in the World
Acceptance Rate
53%
Receiving Aid
54%
Average Aid
$15,895
Enrollment
52,434

6. Columbia University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#8 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$12,411

7. University of Pennsylvania

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#10 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1525
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$14,578

8. Yale University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#11 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1530
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$20,605

9. University of California - Los Angeles

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#12 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Receiving Aid
56%
Average Aid
$17,592
Enrollment
46,116

10. University of Wisconsin - Madison

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#14 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average SAT
1410
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
64%

11. University of Chicago

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#15 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1545
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$33,727

12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#16 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Net Price
$30,958
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$32,562

13. Cornell University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#17 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1505
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,262

14. Pennsylvania State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#19 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$8,719
Enrollment
40,363

15. Ohio State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#20 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
83%

16. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#21 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average SAT
1415
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
85%

17. New York University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#23 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$50,991

18. University of Texas at Austin

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#24 in the World
Acceptance Rate
29%
Average SAT
1365
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
71%

19. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#25 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1400
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
82%

20. University of Southern California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#26 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$26,021

21. Boston University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#27 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1440
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$25,852

22. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#28 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
60%

23. Johns Hopkins University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#29 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Net Price
$20,680
Receiving Aid
71%
Average Aid
$45,373

24. Princeton University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#31 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$20,908

25. University of California-San Diego

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#34 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Receiving Aid
54%
Average Aid
$18,083
Enrollment
41,885

26. University of Pittsburgh

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#35 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
78%

27. Carnegie Mellon University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#37 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$37,450

28. University of Maryland - College Park

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#39 in the World
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
68%

29. Arizona State University - Tempe

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#40 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Receiving Aid
92%
Average Aid
$12,201
Enrollment
77,881

30. Michigan State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#41 in the World
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
72%

31. University of Arizona

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#43 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average SAT
1245
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
95%

32. University of Florida

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#44 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1385
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
94%

33. University of California - Davis

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#45 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Receiving Aid
65%
Average Aid
$17,628
Enrollment
40,050

34. Duke University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#46 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1513
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,297

35. Rutgers University - New Brunswick

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#47 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
69%

36. University of California - San Francisco

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#49 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,165
Male:Female
35:65
Founded
1864

37. University of Virginia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#64 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1440
Average ACT
34
Receiving Aid
63%

38. Washington University in St Louis

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#66 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1530
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$28,298

39. Texas A&M University - College Station

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#70 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
78%

40. Northwestern University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#72 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$29,999

41. Emory University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#73 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1480
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$28,367

42. University of Iowa

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#77 in the World
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

43. University of California - Irvine

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#79 in the World
Acceptance Rate
29%
Receiving Aid
79%
Average Aid
$16,868
Enrollment
36,505

44. Indiana University - Bloomington

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#80 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
79%

45. Vanderbilt University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#91 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1525
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$27,553

46. University of Utah

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#95 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Average SAT
1285
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
89%

47. University of California - Santa Barbara

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#98 in the World
Acceptance Rate
29%
Receiving Aid
58%
Average Aid
$18,107
Enrollment
26,124

48. Georgia Institute of Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#102 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1405
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
72%

49. Iowa State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#103 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average SAT
1207
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

50. University of Rochester

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#108 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average SAT
1445
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$40,125

51. University of Colorado Boulder

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#110 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
65%

52. University of Illinois at Chicago

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#111 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
81%

53. Purdue University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#116 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1310
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
73%

54. University of Massachusetts - Amherst

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#117 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
88%

55. University of Kentucky

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#125 in the World
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average SAT
1207
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
94%

56. University of Missouri - Columbia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#127 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
91%

57. University of Connecticut

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#128 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
82%

58. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#135 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1310
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
72%

59. North Carolina State University at Raleigh

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#142 in the World
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%

60. George Washington University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#145 in the World
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average SAT
1400
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$31,240

61. University of South Florida

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#146 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
99%

62. University of South Carolina - Columbia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#147 in the World
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average SAT
1255
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
95%

63. Case Western Reserve University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#148 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1470
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$38,166

64. Florida State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#150 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
96%

65. University of Notre Dame

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#151 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Average SAT
1480
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$30,513

66. Georgetown University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#153 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Average SAT
1480
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$23,049

67. Brown University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#154 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$25,028

68. University of Miami

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#169 in the World
Acceptance Rate
28%
Average SAT
1380
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$34,492

69. University of Kansas

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#172 in the World
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
86%

70. California Institute of Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#174 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Net Price
$30,162
Receiving Aid
67%
Average Aid
$47,556

71. Providence College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#175 in the World
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$39,566

72. Tulane University of Louisiana

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#177 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$45,048

73. Brigham Young University - Provo

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#178 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$13,432

74. University of Cincinnati

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#179 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1250
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
85%

75. George Mason University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#181 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average SAT
1245
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
79%

76. Stony Brook University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#183 in the World
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average SAT
1390
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
82%

77. Temple University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#188 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Receiving Aid
91%
Average Aid
$11,292
Enrollment
35,626

78. Tufts University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#189 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$31,630

79. University of Tennessee - Knoxville

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#194 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average SAT
1255
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
92%

80. University of Alabama at Birmingham

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#196 in the World
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average SAT
1281
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
97%

81. Georgia State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#197 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Average SAT
1170
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
97%

82. University at Buffalo

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#198 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
84%

83. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#202 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average SAT
1205
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
97%

84. Wayne State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#203 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1145
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
99%

85. Syracuse University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#210 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average SAT
1310
Average ACT
30
Net Price
$43,545

86. Colorado State University - Fort Collins

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#212 in the World
Acceptance Rate
90%
Average SAT
1185
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
84%

87. Dartmouth College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#215 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,078

88. Boston College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#218 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$30,159

89. University of California - Santa Cruz

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#229 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Receiving Aid
63%
Average Aid
$19,199
Enrollment
19,841

90. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#230 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Net Price
$11,188
Receiving Aid
97%
Average Aid
$2,100

91. University of Delaware

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#231 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average SAT
1248
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
90%

92. Baylor College of Medicine

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#232 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Enrollment
1,596
Male:Female
42:58
Founded
1900

93. University of Oregon

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#233 in the World
Acceptance Rate
93%
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$13,590
Enrollment
22,257

94. University of New Mexico

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#244 in the World
Acceptance Rate
97%
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
98%
Average Aid
$7,531

95. Oregon State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#245 in the World
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average SAT
1245
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

96. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#248 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
95%

97. University of Georgia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#258 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
94%

98. University of California - Riverside

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#259 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Receiving Aid
82%
Average Aid
$18,676
Enrollment
26,847

99. University of Houston

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#261 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
85%

100. Seattle University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#277 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$36,671

The best cities to study Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, and Ann Arbor.