Much has been written over the last few years about the value of a liberal arts education and whether or not such an education is “worth it.” In a difficult economic environment, so the argument goes, students cannot afford the “luxury” of a major in something as impractical as English or Philosophy. Instead, they should stick to those areas of study, such as accounting or finance, that will lead directly to a well-defined and high-paying vocation upon graduation. This argument has gained traction in the mainstream media. Continue reading The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Connecticut College was founded in 1911 as a women’s college in response to an announcement by neighboring Wesleyan that it would no longer admit women. Since making the transition to co-education, Conn has established itself as an outstanding liberal arts college and is well-known for its study abroad programs. At just over nineteen hundred students, the college is about the same size as Bates and Bowdoin, the smallest of the schools that make up the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Visitors to the school are immediately struck by the natural setting of the 750-acre arboretum campus set at the highest point in New London overlooking the Thames River. The campus contains a pond, woods and hiking trails and students can be seen studying, hiking or bike riding throughout the fall and spring (although New England’s harsh winters can blanket the campus in snow in January and February). Continue reading Campus Visit: Connecticut College
Saint Michael’s College is a Catholic liberal arts college located in Colchester, VT. Founded in 1904 by the Society of Saint Edmund, the schools sits on 440 picturesque acres just minutes away from Burlington. There are a number of ski areas within a half hour of campus and Montreal is just two hours away, Boston just over three. The school’s 2000 undergraduate students hail from 38 states and 43 different countries. While SMC has increased its national exposure in recent years, it is still somewhat of a regional school with 78 percent of its students coming from the six New England states.
Saint Michael’s prides itself on its quality teaching, access to professors and small class size. The student:faculty ratio is 12:1 and more than half of the school’s classes have fewer than 20 students. One of the stops on the admissions tour is a classroom in Cheray Hall which, it turns out, is the largest classroom on campus. Students and their parents accustomed to the massive lecture halls found at many larger schools will be surprised at the size of this room, which holds less than 100 students. Continue reading Campus Visit: Saint Michael’s College