Colleges With The Fewest Undergraduate Enrollees


While it is exciting to apply to big colleges and universities, it is not for everyone. There are people who thrive in a smaller, more intimate environment.

Smaller colleges may be the best choice for those who want to join a more tight-knit educational community. U.S. News collated a list of the top 10 schools with the least number of undergraduate enrollments.

The publication noted that these schools are either heavily religious or focus on early high school graduates. Often, they also have a different structure than the traditional four-year college.

Bard College at Simon's Rock, which is based in Massachusetts, comes in 10th place with only 329 enrollees. It is followed by Welch College in Tennessee with 327 enrollments.

National Liberal Arts school St. John's College in New Mexico has 324 enrollees. Cottey College, which is ranked 22nd in the Regional Colleges for Midwest list, only has 320 enrollments.

Another national Liberal Arts school, Sweet Briar College, comes in sixth place with 316 enrollees. Amridge University in Alabama is in fifth place with 308 enrollees.

Alaska Pacific University has even fewer undergraduate enrollees with 282. In third place is Bryn Athyn College of the New Church in Pennsylvania with 273 enrollments.

College of St. Joseph, based in Rutland, Vermont, has 255 enrollees. Taking the first place is Liberat Arts school Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont, with only 192 enrollees.

These schools would be the best choice for students who feel overwhelmed with the thought of joining larger universities. It was previously reported that the University of California - Los Angeles had the most applicants for fall 2015 with 92,728.

In second place is the University of California - Berkeley with 78,924 applications. University of California - San Diego came in third place with 78,056.

Other University of California schools also received the most applications. The school's campus in Irvine, Santa Barbara and Davis got 71,768, 70,444 and 64,510 applications, respectively.

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