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01/31/2014 05:07 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2014

Diamonds in the Rough: Illinois' Top Ten Liberal Arts Colleges

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When a person thinks about the top schools in Illinois, their first thought more often than not is of Northwestern University, University of Chicago or the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Maybe DePaul University or Loyola University Chicago come to mind as well.

But those schools aren't the only ones in Illinois that garner national attention and rankings. Illinois has some of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation as well. They just often get forgotten since people tend to identify the big universities in a state before the smaller liberal arts colleges.

Let's just call them the diamonds in the rough of higher education. And Illinois is home to some solid schools. We picked out the top 10 based on U.S. News and World Report's list of the top liberal arts colleges across the country.

HERE ARE ILLINOIS' TOP TEN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES