Q&A Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education
- Undergraduate focus — professors are there for undergraduates as there are few, if any graduate and PhD students
- Small class sizes
- Few if any teaching assistants
- Residential experience
- Non-competitive culture
- Education of the whole person
- No declaration of major until sophomore or junior year
- No technical/vocational majors like accounting
One of my favorite books on the merits of a liberal arts education is Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. He does a wonderful job conveying the value of a liberal arts education in this competitive and rapidly changing world.
However, a liberal arts school is not for everyone. Some students excel in environments characteristic of state universities. There are more course offerings, more professors, more majors, more students, and more name recognition. These students are often assertive, competitive, and can get their needs met despite the fact that the resources are spread a bit thinner. Others benefit from having lots of personal attention, advising, and a small, collaborative community. These students are better suited for liberal arts colleges.