Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal arts colleges represent a valued, respected, and influential segment of American higher education.  Commentators praise their emphases on critical thinking, oral and written communication, visual and quantitative literacy, and the cultivation of a moral and civic character that serves the individual and public good.  No other sector has been as successful in developing students' capacities for curiosity, empathy, humility, and innovation or in supporting undergraduate research, close relationships between students and faculty, and a commitment to life-long learning.