The Smallest Colleges in America


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

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Historically Black, private, non-profit university

Located in Willowbrook (Los Angeles), California

Founded in 1966

 656 students

VanderCook College of Music 

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Private, non-profit music college

Located in Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 1909

380 students

Cogswell Polytechnical College

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Private college with programs ranging from digital media to engineering with a specialty in digital animation. 

Located in San Jose, California

Founded in 1887

315 students

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Private Fine Arts School & Museum internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Founded in 1805 (It is the oldest museum and fine arts school in America)

258 students

Art Academy of Cincinnati

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Private college of art and design

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio

Founded in 1869 as The McMicken School of Design as part of the University of Cincinnati, then went independent in 1998

193 students

Oregon College of Art & Craft 

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Private fine arts college 

Located in Portland, Oregon

Founded in 1907

144 students 

Visible Music College 

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Private music college 

Located in Memphis, Tennessee (also has sites in Dallas and Chicago) 

Founded in 2000

120 students 

Columbia College of Nursing 

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Private nursing college

Located in  Glendale, Wisconsin

Founded in  1901

106 students

Webb Institute

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Private undergraduate engineering school. Each graduate of Webb Institute earns a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. 

Located in Glen Cove, New York 

Founded in 1889 

104 students