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A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. They encourage — and often require — their students to take a substantial number of classes in topics which may not directly relate to their vocational goals, in an effort to provide a "well-rounded" education. They may be distinguished from colleges offering programs primarily in business, engineering and technology, the trades, the fine arts, theology, or other specialized subjects. Liberal arts colleges have sprung up outside the U.S. as well, such as in The Netherlands and Canada. The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... Secondary education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A business school is a university-level institution that teaches topics such as accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, strategy and quantitative methods. ... Engineering is the application of scientific and technical knowledge to solve human problems. ... A blacksmith is a traditional trade. ... Art school is a colloquial term for any educational institution (whether secondary, post-secondary/undergraduate, or graduate/postgraduate) with a primary focus on the visual arts, especially graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, and sculpture. ... A seminary is a specialized university-like institution for the purpose of instructing students in religion, often in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). ...


Liberal arts colleges usually focus on tertiary education leading to a bachelor's degree in a program designed to be completed in four years' worth of study, though some include post-graduate programs. They tend to be relatively small, private, and predominantly residential. As such, they may offer a more uniform student experience than at a larger university with more diffuse course offerings. While they lack the name recognition of larger schools, the top liberal arts colleges are highly selective and compete with elite universities for students. Although private liberal arts colleges tend to be very expensive, there are also a number of state-supported institutions modeled on traditional liberal arts colleges. Students attend a lecture at a tertiary institution. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... Western Illinois University A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees at all levels (bachelor, master, and doctor) in a variety of subjects. ...


Some institutions referred to as "liberal arts colleges" are distinguished from universities not so much by a difference in kind, but a difference in size, taking the form of small universities, complete with subsidiary schools dedicated to a particular specialized course of study and offering a limited set of graduate degrees. In this sense, large liberal arts colleges and small private universities occupy similar niches.


Furthermore, university units whose faculty and curriculum encompass the traditional liberal arts and pure sciences are frequently labeled "liberal arts colleges." Indeed, some are explicitly named a "College of Liberal Arts," or a variant such as "College of Arts and Letters" or "College of Arts and Sciences" to distinguish them from units focused on the manual arts and applied sciences. Both colloquial and professional references to "liberal arts colleges" generally refer to standalone institutions, excluding such units.

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In the influential but controversial America's Best Colleges issue of the U.S. News and World Report, the top 25 "National Liberal Arts Colleges" [1] were ranked as follows in the 2006 edition. Notice that this list does not include many well-known universities with a liberal arts curriculum (notably members of the Ivy League). These schools are ranked separately in the "National Universities" list. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ...


The top five out of 20 public liberal arts colleges were (1) Virginia Military Institute, (2) St. Mary's College of Maryland, (3) New College of Florida , (4) University of Minnesota, Morris, and (5) University of North Carolina at Asheville. Williams College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ... Amherst College is an independent liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. It is the third oldest college in Massachusetts. ... Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college in the United States, with an enrollment of about 1450 students. ... Wellesley College is a womens liberal arts college that opened in 1875, founded by Henry Fowle Durant and his wife Pauline Fowle Durant. ... Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College Carleton College is an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational, liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. The school was founded on November 14, 1866, by the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches as Northfield College. ... The Smith Campus Center Fountain at Pomona College during the inauguration of David Oxtoby Pomona College is a small private residential liberal arts college in Claremont, California, located 47 miles (76 km) east of Los Angeles. ... Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1794, located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... Haverford College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Haverford, Pennsylvania. ... Mead Chapel - Middlebury College Middlebury College is a small, selective liberal arts college located in the rural New England town of Middlebury, Vermont. ... Pitzer Hall One of the younger members of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna College is a small, highly selective, private coeducational, liberal arts college enrolling about 1100 students with a curricular emphasis on government, economics, and public policy. ... Davidson College is a private liberal arts college for 1,700 students in Davidson, North Carolina. ... Closeup of the Vassar Main Building Vassar College is a private, highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college situated in Poughkeepsie, New York. ... Wesleyan University founded in 1831, is a private, liberal arts university in Middletown, Connecticut. ... Washington and Lee University (originally Washington College) is a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. ... Colgate in mid-August, towards the end of Summer. ... Grinnell College is a liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa, U.S.. It was founded on June 10, 1846, when a group of transplanted New England Congregationalists with strong social-reformer backgrounds organized themselves as the Trustees of Iowa College. ... Hamilton College is a private, independent and highly-selective liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. ... Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective, private college of science, engineering, and mathematics, located in Claremont, California. ... Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is the largest womens college in the United States. ... Colby College, founded in 1813, is one of the United States of Americas oldest independent liberal arts colleges. ... For other uses, see Bates (disambiguation), Bates (surname) Bates College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1855, located in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. ... Bryn Mawr is also the name of an official neighborhood of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Mount Holyoke College, (founded as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary 8 November 1837), is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... Oberlin College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, USA. It was founded in 1833, and is home to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a distinguished music school. ... Macalester College (Commonly called Mac by those affiliated with the college) is a privately supported coeducational liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... Trinity College is a private liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. ... The Virginia Military Institute (VMI), located in Lexington, Virginia, is the oldest state military college in the United States. ... St. ... New College of Florida State University System of Florida FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF New College of Florida is a small, nationally recognized, public liberal arts college, located in Sarasota on the former Charles Ringling estate. ... University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) is part of the University of Minnesota system. ... The University of North Carolina Asheville (known for short as UNC Asheville) is a public liberal arts university in Asheville, North Carolina. ...


See also

This is a list of liberal arts colleges. ... The Claremont Colleges are a consortium of seven schools of higher education located in Claremont, California. ... The Tri-College Consortium consists of three Pennsylvania Main Line private liberal arts colleges: Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College. ... The Five Colleges are affiliated colleges in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts, belonging to a consortium called Five Colleges, Incorporated. ... The Seven Sisters are a historic group of American womens colleges. ...

References

  • Distinctively American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges

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Liberal arts college - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (475 words)
Liberal arts colleges usually focus on tertiary education leading to a bachelor's degree in a program designed to be completed in four years' worth of study, though some include post-graduate programs.
Some institutions referred to as "liberal arts colleges" are distinguished from universities not so much by a difference in kind, but a difference in size, taking the form of small universities, complete with subsidiary schools dedicated to a particular specialized course of study and offering a limited set of graduate degrees.
Mary's College of Maryland, (3) New College of Florida, (4) University of Minnesota, Morris, and (5) University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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Because liberal arts colleges are not homogeneous, there is the same urgent need to match the individual to the institution that there is in the case of universities.
College guides can be very helpful in the search for the right liberal arts college, especially those guides that sketch something of the flavor of each college, rather than simply inundate you with statistics.
Because some of the smaller liberal arts colleges may not be able to cover all the fields equally well, it is important to be sure that their strengths match your interests.
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