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Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Heidelberg University

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Heidelberg University is situated on 110 acres in Tiffin, Ohio. Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers over 36 major areas of study to their over 1,000 undergraduate students including strong programs in Education, Business (ACBSP accredited), Criminology (more policy focused as opposed to badges and guns focused), and Athletic Training. Students interested in a growing and developing marching band program, Heidelberg may the place – they recently hired former OSU band director, John Waters. For students who want an intimate, small university experience, but who also appreciate a beautiful campus, top-notch facilities, vibrant Greek system, active NCAA Division III varsity and intramural athletics, and solid academics, Heidelberg is worth a long hard look.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Heidelberg University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEGfg6YGFxc

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

 

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Ashland University

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Ashland University is a small (2,500 full-time undergraduates), private university located in Ashland, Ohio. Ashland was founded in 1878 and is affiliated with the Brethren Church although Ashland’s faculty and students hail from a wide variety of faiths.

Today, located on a beautiful 135 acre campus, the university offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. With Colleges of Business & Economics, Nursing, and Education, Ashland is organized and resourced for strong professional programs in those areas. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses/major, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio. It is their signature program.

Of course Ashland has more than academics. They also offer 100 student organizations, vibrant athletics, an active Greek system, and plenty of things to do on campus. We liked Ashland and imagine you will too.

If you visit, don’t miss their Toxicology Greenhouse, Geology mineral collection, or learning about the Ashbrook Scholars Program.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken at our last visit to Ashland University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P50KWJFR8v8

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Otterbein University

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Founded in 1847, Otterbein University, historically a liberal arts college, boasts a number of top notch professional programs as well. Nestled in the quaint suburban village of Westerville, Otterbein offers signature programs in Theatre, Zoo & Conservation Sciences, and Equine Science. They also offer solid programs in Nursing, Education, and several sport-related majors. Most recently, Otterbein migrated into STEM offerings including a new major in Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (new for fall, 2017). Their Engineering programs are housed in the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Innovation Center. If you visit, check this out!

In addition to academics, Otterbein provides students a comprehensive set of co-curricular opportunities including an active Greek and residence life, NCAA Division III varsity athletics, intramurals, and over 100 student organizations.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to Otterbein University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPN58PWhnco

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Baldwin Wallace University

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Here at CBA, our journey around Ohio’s colleges began last May and our first institution visited was Baldwin Wallace University (BWU). We loved it then and we love it now! Baldwin Wallace University is a gem of an institution! It is located in a suburban park-scape near Cleveland, Ohio – close enough to take advantage of all the entertainment, shopping and internship opportunities of a large city, while nestled in the quaint town of Berea.  While BWU retains its long-term commitment to the liberal arts, they offer a number of strong professional programs including those in Business, Nursing, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Sport Management, and Software Engineering. Music and the performing arts are particularly strong at BWU. With one of only five Conservatories of Music in Ohio, BWU is nationally known for their fine music offerings including Music Performance, Music Theatre, and Music Education. The Theatre and Dance Department offers several options including Acting/Directing, Design, and Stage Management as well as a minor in Dance. Finally, they boast one of the best undergraduate Neuroscience programs in the country as well as strong programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. With over 120 student organizations, Division III athletics, and an active Greek Life, there is also plenty happening on campus. We love BWU and believe you will too!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Baldwin Wallace University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPSlQ4OUOc0

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Wittenberg University

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Wittenberg University is a private four-year liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio serving 2,000 full-time students representing 37 states and a number of foreign countries as well. With an emphasis on the liberal arts, an active Greek system, varsity and intramural athletics, and plenty for students to do on campus, Wittenberg has a lot to offer.

The most popular majors at Wittenberg, however, are not in the liberal arts. They are found in Business (majors in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Finance), Education (licensures in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Intervention Specialist), and Biology (Pre-Med, etc.). Students also say that they have good programs in Communication and Theatre.

The minor in Marine Science is unique, with many students taking a field trip or studying for a semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

In 2010, the journal “Princeton Review” ranked Wittenberg 11th in the nation for “Best Classroom Experience”, and 15th in the nation for “Professors Get High Marks”. In addition, Princeton Review ranked the college’s campus the 18th most beautiful in the nation in 2009.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken at our last visit to Wittenberg University: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=VMvzxheRS1U

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs

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If you have been following our blogs, you will recall that we spent some time looking at the unique attributes of Ohio’s “Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges” – colleges that specialize in a broad, often interdisciplinary, curriculum integrating the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. We also looked at a set of Ohio’s private colleges that excel at offering professional programs such as nursing, business, engineering, pharmacy, and others.

Now that we have defined the poles of the liberal arts vs. professional program continuum in terms of Ohio’s private colleges, let’s look at some colleges that have retained their commitment to an integrated liberal arts curriculum while offering some professional programs as well. Simply put, professional programs at these institutions may not be as aggressively resourced; may involve fewer faculty; may achieve fewer accreditations, and may be less central to the academic structure and ethos of the institution. However, many offer students a solid professional education along with the advantages of a more diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum. At these schools, there is more intentionality around developing the “whole person” and a bit less around developing the “competent professional.” Many students and families prefer this more balanced approach to professional education.

As we continue our hike, let’s take a look at a few of these colleges.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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