What Are the Popular Colleges on the East Coast?

Learn about popular colleges on the East Coast of the U.S. See disciplines offered and degrees conferred, along with tuition and the number of degrees available for each college.

East Coast Colleges Overview

Liberal arts colleges focus on liberal arts studies at the undergraduate level. A liberal arts education covers a wide variety of disciplines rather than a specific subject area. It will give you general intellectual skills and knowledge. It will develop your critical thinking, reasoning and communication skills. You may study science, math, history, philosophy, languages and literature.

The following four colleges are all liberal arts colleges located on the East Coast of the U.S. They are all ranked on the U.S. News and World Report's list of top liberal arts colleges of 2013.


Popular Colleges on the East Coast

Barnard College

  • Degree Offered: Bachelor's
  • Programs: 593 bachelor's degrees programs
  • Tuition: $41,850 per year (September 2012 - May 2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit (about 2,000 undergraduates)
  • Address: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
  • Phone Number: 212-854-2014

Barnard is a college for women. The college is 120 years old, and 93% of the faculty have a Ph.D. Barnard College has a partnership with Columbia University allowing students from each institution to take classes and use the libraries at either school. Departments at this college include those in history, architecture, anatomy, English, dance economics and theater.

Stonehill College

  • Degree Offered: Bachelor's
  • Programs: 597 bachelor's programs
  • Tuition: $17,555 per semester (2012-2013)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit (about 2,500 undergraduates)
  • Address: 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 0235
  • Phone Number: 508-565-1373

Stonehill College is a Catholic college, which boasts more than 80 academic programs in business, sciences and the liberal arts. If you are a Stonehill student, you may take part in field work experiences, research projects, study abroad programs and internships. The research program of the college allows you to work with a faculty member to produce publishable, significant research.

Wellesley College

  • Degree Offered: Bachelor's
  • Programs: 621 bachelor's programs
  • Tuition: $41,824 for the 2012-2013 academic year
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit (about 2,500 undergraduates)
  • Address: Office of Admission, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481
  • Phone Number: 781-283-2270

Wellesley College provides women with a liberal arts education. The college, established in 1870, is about 12 miles west of the city of Boston. The college features a study abroad program, and approximately 75% of Wellesley's students complete internships.

Wells College

  • Divisions: Natural and Mathematics Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Degree Offered: Bachelor's
  • Programs: 127 bachelor's programs
  • Tuition: $33,200 for 2012-2013 academic year
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit (about 500 undergraduates)
  • Address: 170 State Rte 90, Aurora, NY 13026
  • Phone Number: 1-800-952-9355

Wells College emphasizes original research, study abroad programs and internships. Its student to professor ratio is 9:1. Wells has a cross-registration agreement with Cornell University, Ithaca College and Cayuga Community College allowing you to register for courses at those colleges in addition to Wells.

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