Liberal arts colleges provide a 4-year degree curriculum with a focus on the training of critical thinking and communication skills. Liberal arts colleges have a smaller student body of 1000 to 3000 which allows a high teacher to student ratio with a small class size of around 16 people. Unlike larger research universities, academic programs are not sorted into faculties and schools but are completely open for students to take classes across disciplines. For example, a Biology major could take classes in mechanical engineering, visual arts, marketing and vice versa. Some liberal arts colleges do not have core distributive requirements and some even allow students to create and design their own degree.
Classes in liberal arts colleges usually take place in the form of interactive, discussion based seminars and students are expected to volunteer and give their opinions in class. Professors (even those who are Nobel Prize winners) teach all the classes personally which fosters close relationships with their students. Graduates from liberal arts colleges consider these network most valuable no matter for those who are looking to secure internships, research opportunities, those who are proceeding into the job market or even those looking for graduate school opportunities.
Since graduates from liberal arts colleges are highly skilled in critical thinking, writing and communication, some companies and organizations specifically prefer candidates from liberal arts colleges for their outstanding soft skills. 65% of CEOS from Fortune 500 companies are graduates from liberal arts colleges. Famous politicians such as Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are both alumna from liberal arts colleges.
Liberal arts colleges and bigger mainstream research universities are suitable for different students, depending on their preferences for the size of schools, curriculum, research opportunities, reputation and needs. It is therefore recommended that families visit different types of colleges before application. Families could also seek advice from education consultancies for their professional recommendation.
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