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Why Attend the University of Portland? One Man’s Response

As I explained in a previous post, I recently asked a group of friends about their experiences in selecting a college or university. This account comes from a graduate of the University of Portland (Oregon, not Maine), who later pursued a Masters in International Studies from the University of Denver.  He is now a specialist […]

Why Go to Cornell College? One Woman's Response

As I explained in a previous post, I recently asked a group of friends about their experiences in selecting a college or university. This story comes from a woman who attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in the early 1990s. She is now a manager of educational programs at a university in Denver, Colorado, […]

Pitzer College: Social Activism, Global Perspectives, and Interdisciplinary Learning

With only 950 students, Pitzer College may seem tiny, but its relationships with the other Claremont Colleges allow it to also seem “medium sized.” Originally a women’s school, it went coeducational soon after its establishment, and developed a focus on the social sciences. The curriculum is more free-form than the other Claremonts (e.g., Pomona–see my […]

Pomona: A "College of the New England Type" in Sunny California

Pomona College was the first of the Claremont College (see my post about the consortium here). It was established as a “college of the New England type,” and both physically and philosophically, Pomona is true to the New England model. Pomona is a traditional liberal arts college, offering a wide range of majors in the […]

Loyola Marymount: A Jesuit, Liberal Arts College in Los Angeles

On Wednesday of this week I spent a few hours on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The director of admission joked that what distinguished LMC from other campuses in the US is that Loyola Marymount is the only medium-sized, Jesuit university in Los Angeles. Which, of course, is true. The older […]

Claremont Consortium Offers Solid Academics and A Unique Educational Concept

Earlier this week I spent a day at the five Claremont Colleges: Pomona, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps. I enjoyed the red carpet treatment I received as part of a tour organized by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), of which I am a member. We had the time to tour the campuses […]

Chapman University: the Liberal ARTS college of Los Angeles

Today I spent a few hours on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, California. The first pleasant surprise was the drive into town. The old town of Orange is actually quite quaint for the Los Angeles area. If it weren’t for the palm trees, I would have thought I was in a small town […]

Austin College: The Liberal Arts Gem of Sherman, Texas

I recently spent half a day in Sherman, Texas, visiting Austin College. I was very impressed with the campus, the students, the administration, and the faculty. What’s not to like about it? Very little. The students are academically serious. The faculty does an outstanding job of preparing students, and everyone in Texas knows that if […]