According to the US News & World Report Liberal Arts Rankings, three colleges from California made it to the Top 20 list of Best Liberal Arts category. Pomona College is the highest ranked liberal arts college in the state (#1 in California and #6 nationally), followed by Claremont McKenna (#11 nationally) and Harvey Mudd (#14 nationally).

Pomona College is ranked in the Top 6 in America by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” in 2009. In the "The Best 351 Colleges", Princeton Review 2004 Edition, Pomona also ranked No. 2 in the category of “Schools run like butter” and No. 14 in “Dorms like palaces”.

Harvey Mudd is rated 14th best nationally. It has been named as one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. It is also ranked 8th for “Professors Get High Marks”, 5th for “Students Study the Most” and 15th for “Most Accessible Professors" category.

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is the 11th best liberal arts college (tied with Vassar College). It is also rated as one of the "25 Hottest Colleges" in the country by Newsweek in 2007. The Princeton Review’s Best 368 Colleges 2009 ranks Claremont McKenna College 4th among the top schools with the happiest students, it is also ranked highly in the following categories:
  • 2nd for "Best Career/Job Placement Services"
  • 5th for "Best Quality of Life"
  • 5th for "School Runs Like Butter"
  • 10th for "Students Happy with Financial Aid"
  • 11th for "Most Accessible Professors"
  • 11th for "Most Politically Active Students"
  • 11th for "Dorms like Palaces"
  • 15th for "Best Campus Food"
  • 15th for "Best Classroom Experience"
List of leading liberal arts colleges in the state of California (US):
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • Occidental College
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Soka University of America
  • Sonoma State University
  • St. Mary's College of California
  • Thomas Aquinas College
  • Westmont College
  • Whittier College
  • University of Redlands
  • Chapman University, Orange
  • Claremont Colleges, Claremont
  • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont
  • Harvey Mudd College, Claremont
  • Pitzer College, Claremont
  • Pomona College, Claremont
  • Scripps College, Claremont
  • Deep Springs College
  • Holy Names University
  • Mills College
  • Menlo College
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America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
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