During a recent visit to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Mark took a few moments to explain that many universities in the United States are divided administratively into separate colleges that focus on a particular academic area.
When choosing a college, it’s important to think about the impact that class size will have on how an individual class is taught. Mark took time out during a visit to Northwestern to explain.
Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a beautiful liberal arts college with a very rigorous academic program. Surprisingly, perhaps, Kalamazoo also has a very strong international orientation, and a very large percentage of its students go abroad to study for part of their undergraduate experience.
Kalamazoo is also home to University of Western Michigan, so the sizable student population makes it a nice town in which to go to school. The neighborhood around Kalamazoo College is quite nice. The college has a fantastic tennis facility, too. The student center is relatively new. And the central quadrangle is lovely.
Kalamazoo College has an outstanding record of getting students into graduate school.
Hope College in Holland, Michigan, is a small liberal arts college of about 3,000 students on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Its strong Christian identity and strong academics make it a good choice for the right student.
For those seeking a medium sized college campus in an urban environment may find that Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is a great option. Known for its programs in the sciences and engineering, Case has a beautiful urban campus–even though it is bisected by a very busy thoroughfare.
Case also is contiguous with some of the greatest artistic and cultural facilities in the world, including the Cleveland Institute of Music (where you can do a joint degree at Case), Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), and the Institute of Art.
So if you are interested in high culture and want an urban environment, Case is hard to beat. CWRU is also trying hard to lure liberal arts students to the campus to round out its student body.
The College of Wooster is a fantastic liberal arts college in a small town in Ohio. It’s a place that trains scholars–even students who are not scholars in high school. Wooster still requires a culminating research experience at the end of the four year Bachelors degree as a way to bring together everything one has learned.
Visiting a college is a good way to get a measure of the friendliness of a campus. Wooster gave me personalized attention when I arrived–even at 4:15 on a Friday afternoon in August.
If you want personalized attention and advice in choosing a college that is right for you, you might want to consult Montgomery Educational Consulting for some great college advice.
Visiting college campuses can surprise you. Augustana College in Illinois surprised Mark…in a good way!
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On the campus one of the largest universities in the US, Mark discusses the pros and cons of attending a large university.
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