The Best Eastern Small Colleges

The Best Small Colleges in the East for 2022

These are the top ranked small, public and private, four-year colleges in the East as ranked by CollegeSimply. These schools all have undergraduate enrollment under 3,000. Small colleges allow students a more intimate and personalized experience where it's more likely you will get to know your professors. Leading the list for 2022 is Amherst College. Learn how the Best Small Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA
Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,745enrollment
  • $18,832net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1560SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Middlebury College
M
Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#23 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,669enrollment
  • $24,517net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,902enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1510SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,744enrollment
  • $30,572net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1518SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,307enrollment
  • $25,215net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#19 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,437enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1395-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colby College
C
Waterville, ME
Colby College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 2,155enrollment
  • $18,552net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,435enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,582enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1403SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,514enrollment
  • $28,735net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Connecticut College
C
New London, CT
Connecticut College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 1,737enrollment
  • $40,474net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1450SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Union College
U
Schenectady, NY
Union College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,047enrollment
  • $37,630net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1400SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,970enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1430SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Mount Holyoke College
M
South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,040enrollment
  • $31,165net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1500SAT range
  • 27-30ACT range
  • 3.87Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Rhode Island School of Design
R
Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 2,227enrollment
  • $40,048net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1470SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,067enrollment
  • $35,152net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
A
Albany, NY
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 1,118enrollment
  • $30,891net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1300SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1