You may feel like big schools don’t fancy your taste. You may want a smaller, quieter community of fellow students and professors.A Liberal Arts college may be what you are looking for. From Wikipedia, A liberal arts college is a college with an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences. A liberal arts curriculum refers to academic subjects such as literature, philosophy, mathematics, economics, political science, languages (such as French), arts (music, theater), etc as opposed to those such as medicine, engineering or law.
Liberal Arts colleges generally have smaller classes and professors have more time with students and less time doing research. From a student perspective, a liberal arts college typically differs from other forms of higher education in the following areas: higher overall student satisfaction, a general feeling that professors take a personal interest in the student’s education, and perception of encouragement to participate in a discussion. Many students select liberal arts colleges with precisely this sense of personal connection in mind.
Students going to liberal arts colleges usually don’t have to choose their major until the second semester of their third year. They typically would spend the first two years exploring courses that will satisfy the college’s core requirements, unless the college has no core curriculum (also known as an “open curriculum”). The third and final years are then devoted to the student’s major, which ends in a senior project or thesis.
A few liberal arts colleges are also part of a consortium, such as the Five-College Consortium in western Massachusetts and the Tri-College (Quaker) Consortium in Pennsylvania. Students can cross-register in courses offered at other schools in the consortium, therefore increasing their academic opportunities.
You may want to consider Liberal Arts Colleges if:
- You have a variety of academic interests.
- You want to attend a school with a small student population and small classes. Many liberal arts colleges have between 1,500 and 3,000 students, with class sizes not exceeding 25-30 students (some have as little as 5-15 students). These colleges are also residential and promote a tight-knit community.
- You’re not looking for an athletic scholarship. Most liberal arts colleges are in the NCAA Division III athletics, so sports aren’t necessarily the school’s top priority. This doesn’t mean the students aren’t spirited, though!
- You enjoy learning. Liberal arts colleges have a wide variety of interesting classes offered, and it’s good to take advantage of that opportunity.
Here is a list of 50 best liberal arts colleges that you can start exploring.
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