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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/

Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges: Oberlin College and Conservatory

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Oberlin College, one of Ohio’s “Big 5” liberal arts colleges, was founded in 1833 and was the first college in America to admit students of color and the first to grant degrees to women in a coed program. Today, many of Oberlin’s students still “bleed for a cause.” They are liberal, academically capable, and focused on making a difference in the world.

Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Oberlin enrolls 2,300 students in its highly ranked College of Arts and Sciences and another 600 in its prestigious Conservatory of Music. Oberlin is a true liberal arts college as professional programs are essentially non-existent. Instead, students immerse themselves in the humanities (particularly languages and cultures), social sciences, and the sciences. Many double major and all enjoy significant interdisciplinary study. Some take advantage of research opportunities supported by faculty.

The campus is beautiful, students are busy, and there is plenty to do. Of course, all this doesn’t come cheap. Oberlin is the 9th most expensive college in the country although, like others, they commit significant resources to providing students scholarships to reduce their cost and encourage their enrollment.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Oberlin College and Conservatory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhvjiYjbZbY

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/

Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges: Kenyon College

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Kenyon College is a private, selective, liberal arts college (one of Ohio’s “Big 5”) located in Gambier, Ohio. It was founded in 1824 by Philander Chase and is the oldest private college in Ohio. With around 1,600 students and over 150 student organizations including a vibrant Greek system, campus life is active at Kenyon.

The campus is noted for its strong liberal arts curriculum, Collegiate Gothic architecture (think Hogwarts), and rural setting. The building shown above, Old Kenyon, was built in 1829 and is considered the earliest example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in the U.S.

While Kenyon has many recognized areas of study, it is best known for English. Its faculty (20 strong) includes renowned teachers, award-winning poets and fiction writers, and a winner of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius award.” As the home of the internationally renowned Kenyon Review, as well as many student-run literary publications, Kenyon is a great place to study English.

Check out our video compilation of photos taken during our last campus visit to Kenyon College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcDCphr_oto

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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