40 Small Colleges That Change Lives
40 Small Colleges That Change Lives
A college degree isn’t the only path to success. But it’s not a bad one, either. In fact, there are many ways to get ahead in life without earning a degree from a traditional four-year university. For some people, though, nothing less than graduation from an Ivy League school will do—and that’s fine! The world needs all kinds of people with all different types of skills and backgrounds working together in order to make things happen. So here are 40 small colleges that might change your life (if you graduate from them).
Alma College is a private liberal arts college in Alma, Michigan, United States. Its curriculum is based on the liberal arts and sciences model consisting of 40 majors, 50 minors and six graduate programs. It has 5,000 students on its campus and offers 40 majors, 50 minors, and six graduate programs.
The college was founded as “Michigan Central College” in 1847 by a group of citizens who wanted to provide education to their children at an affordable price during the time of financial hardship due to the depression caused by the railroad companies’ failure during that period. It received its current name after it moved from Detroit further up north following several years of financial difficulties caused by its move away from Detroit City toward Saginaw County where there were fewer people around then but more land available for farming purposes which helped them pay their debts back faster than expected!
American University of Paris
The American University of Paris (AUP) is an institution of higher education in Paris, France. AUP was founded in 1962 to provide a liberal arts college with an international focus and student body. The university has been called one of the top 5 small colleges that change lives by Forbes.
The university has small class sizes, averaging about 10 students per class, and the professors are available to meet with you outside of class if needed. Most classes are taught by faculty members who also teach at other universities around the world. AUP offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors, as well as master’s degrees and doctorates through its School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (SESS).
AUP students are from over 100 countries; 90% percent come from outside Europe. Since many of these international students cannot speak English when they arrive at AUP, there is a large emphasis placed on language learning at all levels—from introductory courses through advanced seminars—so that by graduation every student will have achieved fluency in their major language(s).
Arcadia University is a private, coeducational, and nonsectarian university founded in 1853. It is located in Glenside, Pennsylvania about 10 miles from Philadelphia. The university is divided into four colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education; and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences.
The college offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and over 80 graduate degrees as well as certificates in various fields such as business administration, education, health care administration/technology management or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in music performance or theater arts (acting). Students can participate in campus life through student organizations like an ethnic cultural club or service group that works with local charities; fraternities or sororities; sports clubs such as rugby union club , lacrosse team , soccer club etc.; academic societies like Alpha Sigma Nu (honor society for nursing), Phi Beta Kappa Society (honor society) etc., media outlets such as newspaper called “The Athenaeum” published by Arcadia’s journalism program students along with professional staff members from other departments who volunteer their time on campus each week during their off hours from work/family commitments .
Augustana University is a private liberal arts university in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was founded in 1889 as a preparatory school for the Lutheran Church. Today, it offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 30 graduate programs. The school has been ranked by U.S News & World Report as one of the best colleges in the Midwest.
Berea College is a small liberal arts college in Berea, Kentucky. Established in 1859, it’s the nation’s first interracial and coed school. The school was founded by abolitionist John G. Fee and a group of anti-slavery activists who believed education should be available to everyone—including African Americans and women (at the time, most colleges were segregated).
The campus is beautiful: it sits on 1,200 acres of rolling hills overlooking the city and surrounding Appalachian Mountains. Berea has been ranked #1 for financial aid by US News & World Report each year since 2001; over 97% of students receive financial aid. In addition to receiving up to 100% tuition paid through their scholarship package (which can include room and board), all students have access to free tutoring services provided by faculty members in their classes, as well as free healthcare through the Student Care Clinic on campus during fall, winter and spring semesters only.*
Berry College is a private, co-educational, residential four-year liberal arts college, located in Mount Berry, Georgia, United States.
The history of Berry College traces back to 1801 when it was first established as the Beeman Academy. The school was known as Marion Female Seminary from 1884 to 1886 and then changed its name again to South Georgia Female College before becoming Georgia Baptist Female College in 1889 and then finally becoming what we know today as Berry College. The curriculum at this time focused on religious studies for women only; however it did eventually expand into more conventional learning opportunities for both genders as well as opening up enrollment to all races by 1940.
Bethel College (Minn.)
Bethel College is a Christian liberal arts college located in Mishawaka, Indiana. The school was founded in 1871 and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1934. Bethel College is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).
The college offers 30 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate programs with over 100 areas of study available through its five academic divisions: Arts; Business; Education; Nursing & Health Professions; Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The most popular majors include Business Administration, Biology/Biological Sciences, Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education as well as English Language/Literature or Psychology
Biola University is a private Christian liberal arts university in La Mirada, California, United States. Biola offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in nine schools.
Biola’s main campus is located 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles (LA). Other campuses are located in the cities of Irvine and Riverside.
The university’s heritage dates back to 1908 when it was founded as Bible Institute of Los Angeles by Lyman Stewart, president of Union Oil Company of California. The school was renamed several times over the next two decades: first as Los Angeles Bible College; then California Missionary College; finally as Biola College after merging with a local church seminary. In 1957 it became Biola College before becoming biblically sponsored by Compassion International in 1988.
The College of Idaho
The College of Idaho is a small college with a big heart. It’s a private, nonprofit liberal arts college located in Caldwell, Idaho. Known for its intimate class sizes and small campus, the College of Idaho also offers students everything from small town living to a low tuition rate ($7,520 per year).
The school boasts an average class size of 13 students—excluding veterinary medicine classes—and students can choose from more than 70 degree programs. Students who want to get involved on campus will find many opportunities: they can join more than 50 student organizations or participate in one of over 100 intramural sports teams.
DePauw University is a private liberal arts university located in Greencastle, Indiana. Originally known as Indiana Asbury University (1837–1907), DePauw is today one of the best small colleges in the country for its academic quality, low student-to-teacher ratio and professors who are committed to teaching.
The school was founded by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Today students can study architecture and design; economics; English; history; mathematics; music performance/music education; political science/international relations/public policy; psychology/criminology & sociology; religion studies and philosophy.
Located in Richmond, Indiana, Earlham College is a top-tier liberal arts college that offers a wide range of undergraduate programs. The school is known for its diversity and student-centered focus.
Earlham College is a Quaker liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana. Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), it was originally named “The William Penn Charter School.” The name was changed to “Earlham College” in 1867 after John Wright Birge provided funding for the construction of Old Main—the building that currently houses administrative offices, classrooms and dining hall on campus today.
The original land where Earlham now sits was purchased by Quakers from Native Americans who lived along the Ohio River Valley; they named their new settlement New Market after their home town of Market Drayton in Shropshire county England
Emory & Henry College
Emory & Henry College is a private, liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia, United States. It is named for the first two presidents of the University of Virginia. The school was founded by Presbyterians and opened its doors on September 3, 1836, with a student body of 87 men and women. As early as 1910–1911 (according to Sperry’s Guide) it had been renamed “Emory & Henry College”. The school has undergone expansions since that time including: 1969: A new library building was built on campus 1970: Student housing was expanded 1975: An official retirement campus opened 1976-1977: A new classroom building opened 1978-1979: A new dining hall for upperclassmen students opens 1991-1992: The entire campus underwent extensive renovation work–including new roofs over all buildings
Erskine College and Seminary
Erskine College & Seminary is a small (about 900 students) liberal arts college in Due West, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1839 and has been coed since its inception. Its mission statement reads: “To provide an education that forms Christ-centered leaders in ministry and culture who will transform society through love and service to others; to advance the cause of Christian unity within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), our nation, and world; to prepare graduates for graduate studies or vocations where they may serve humanity with competence and integrity.”
Erskine College is a Presbyterian institution; all applicants must be members of the Presbyterian Church or another mainline Protestant denomination with similar doctrine. Students must live on campus throughout their time at Erskine—there are no off-campus housing options allowed during any point of your college career at Erskine—and they are required to attend chapel services each week unless there is a legitimate reason not to do so (such as illness).
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin & Marshall College is a small liberal arts college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1787 as the nation’s first practical training school for ministers and lawyers. F&M boasts a student body of over 2,000 students, who choose from over 200 majors across its five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Music; the School of Education; and two graduate programs (Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Social Work).
The majority of students study abroad during their time at F&M—over 50% have done so since 2000—and nearly 90% graduate within 6 years after enrolling! Even more impressive is that almost all graduates find employment or continue their education within 3 months after graduation day.
Furman University is a private liberal arts college in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. Furman is the oldest, largest, and most selective private university in South Carolina with 2,600 students representing all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
Founded in 1826 as the South Carolina Conference Center of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Lewis Converse (a Virginia native who served as president at Georgetown College), it has been affiliated with the Presbyterian Church since its inception. The campus is located on 1,250 acres near downtown Greenville; it also spreads across parts of nearby towns including Taylors and Easley.
Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa, United States. The school was founded in 1846 by New Englanders John and Mary Grinnell as a coeducational school. It is known for its rigorous academics and commitment to social justice. The college’s National Liberal Arts Ranking places it at #16 among liberal arts colleges in the country, with strong rankings also given by Forbes (#21), U.S News & World Report (#36) and Business Insider (#35).
Grinnell College has an astonishingly low student-to-faculty ratio of 6:1; this means that you’ll never feel lost among the huge crowds of students at traditional schools like University of Michigan or Harvard University that have ratios around 20:1 or 30:1! This also means that there will not be any classes conducted without active participation from your professors—they’re there to help you learn!
Hamilton College (N.Y.)
The student-to-faculty ratio at Hamilton is 9:1. For every three students, there is one faculty member. The school has a total enrollment of about 2,200 students.
Students at this institution can choose from 34 different majors, ranging from biology and neuroscience to political science and economics. The school also offers a wide variety of pre-professional programs in fields such as law or medicine.
Hamilton College was founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy by Dr. Samuel Kirkland, who served as its first headmaster until his death in 1810; the institution was renamed after him in 1812 (the same year it moved its campus to Clinton). In 1879 it became one of nine coeducational liberal arts colleges affiliated with Princeton University (though it remains independent today).
Hendrix College (Ark.)
Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, United States. The college was founded in 1876 as a Methodist-affiliated, coeducational college.
Hendrix College is an undergraduate institution that has an enrollment of 1,300 students and offers 30 academic majors. It has a student to faculty ratio of 9:1 and an average class size of 15 students. Hendrix provides its students with personal attention from instructors who have earned teaching awards for excellence in their fields.
Hiram College (Ohio)
- Hiram College is a private liberal arts college located in Hiram, Ohio, United States.
- The school has an enrollment of 1,574 undergraduates and 786 graduate students, as well as 100 full-time faculty members.
- Hiram College has an undergraduate acceptance rate of 84%, with 76% enrolled in the top 20% of their high school class and the remaining 24% being ranked academically in the middle third. The average high school GPA for admitted students is 3.3 on a 4-point scale (A=4).
- It’s also worth noting that Hiram College offers a generous financial aid package to its students: 70% receive some form of aid (on average $14k per student), with 43% receiving need-based grants from the college itself (on average $5k per student).
40 colleges that provide positive and valuable educational experience.
This is a list of 40 colleges that provide positive and valuable educational experience for their students.
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So, what does this list mean for you? It can be overwhelming to sift through all of the colleges out there and try to decide which one is right for you. But if you’re looking for a great education, a supportive community and an easy transition into college life, these 40 schools should definitely be on your radar. Their small campuses and personalized approach will allow students to thrive both inside and outside of class. We know that finding the right school can be difficult—but now at least we have some good advice!