5 Small Liberal Arts Schools


I attended a liberal arts college and believe that these schools offer a well-rounded education for the student. Although my major was Business Administration, I enjoyed my science, sociology and art classes just as much as my marketing, labor relations and economics classes. Okay, sometimes much more so!

A Liberal Arts education gives the student more generalized knowledge across a wide spectrum of subject matters in comparison to those schools offering a specialization.

If you’re thinking of a Liberal Arts education, finding the right school is important. Many schools fall under the Liberal Arts mantle and the following five small colleges across the United States may be worth exploring:

Swarthmore College — This Quaker-founded school near Philadelphia is one of the premier Liberal Arts colleges in the nation and is compared to Ivy League institutions academically. Though only 1,500 students are enrolled, the college manages to offer more than 50 courses of study and 600 classes.

Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Davidson College — Seemingly much larger than its 1,700 students due to its success on the basketball court, Davidson College is 22 miles north of Charlotte, NC. This college is prized for its 10-1 professor to student ratio and honor code. Despite its size, the college manages to offer 20 subject areas and permits students to design their own majors.

Davidson College
209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Carleton College — This 2,000 student Minnesota college is located 50 minutes south of Minneapolis. Large numbers of female students pursue master’s level studies in the sciences and the school has an unusually large number of grads who go on to pursue their doctorates. In addition to promoting academic rigor, the college prides itself in offering more than 150 student organizations.

Carleton College
1 N. College St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Pomona College — 32 miles east of Los Angeles, is this 1,550 student college located minutes from Ontario, California. This college has teamed up with four other schools under the umbrella “Claremont Colleges” to allow students to take classes at other schools not available at their own. Courses in the Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences are offered at this college.

Pomona College
550 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Alaska Pacific University — Founded in 1960, this Anchorage college of 725 students is one of the smallest Liberal Arts schools in the nation. The college is noted for its Early Honors Program, an alternative to the senior year of high school. Small as this college is, it offers nine graduate level programs. Environmental Studies and Psychology are among the “active learning” programs offered by this school.

Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508-4647

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