While I may have a fondness for liberal arts colleges, I know and preach to my students that no single type of school is right for everyone. That said, the case for liberal arts is often difficult. Few of these colleges are located in or near popular cities. They also lack the visibility many large universities gain from televised sports, and myths are rampant about the limitations of small college life. The following is a brief extract from an article in the Huffington Post by Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University. You might think of it as an “elevator speech” communicating the merits of colleges like Wesleyan:
If one seeks out small classes and strong, personal relationships with faculty, then liberal arts schools, which pride themselves on providing cultural and social life on a residential campus, are especially compelling. You can be on a campus with a human scale and still have plenty of things to do (you can see my bias here). All the selective small liberal arts schools boast of having a faculty of teacher/scholars, of a commitment to research and interdisciplinarity, and of encouraging community and service.