About Liberal Arts Colleges

A social environment

The Annapolis Group, representing more than 130 leading national liberal arts colleges across the United States, promotes the value of a liberal arts education, provides a forum for institutional partnerships, and informs the national higher education dialogue.

What are the liberal arts?

Humanities and sciences, fine and performing arts, the liberal arts are unified by their capacity to help students connect deep understanding of core subjects with wider questions of who we are as people and our roles in the world.

What is different about liberal arts colleges?

One-on-one research opportunitiesLiberal arts colleges take an approach to learning that prepares individuals, one at a time, to learn, grow and succeed throughout their lives. Our faculty, students and staff work closely together in a community dedicated to helping students become their best because we know each of them. Embracing a distinctive style of undergraduate education in which the individual and the place matter, we prepare students for lives of service, leadership, success and fulfillment.

What is the focus of liberal arts colleges?

We foster the flexibility, creativity and rigor of mind that will serve our graduates all their lives. We provide students with a command of their disciplines and broad knowledge of the ideas, discoveries, inventions and cultures that have shaped the world because we know our students are capable of shaping that world themselves.

What will I find on a visit to a liberal arts college?

Visit any liberal arts college and you’ll find small class sizes, emphasis on individualized instruction and dedicated faculty and staff whose devotion to the learning experience of each student isn’t the exception but the rule. Our students master their fields of interest, learn to communicate effectively, succeed as parts of teams, develop a sense of social responsibility and solve problems with analytical thinking.

What are liberal arts campuses like?

A residential environmentWe believe that higher learning is best developed in a residential environment, where students participate fully in the greater campus community. Our classes are intimate and interactive. Our co-curricular environments are exciting and challenging. Our residence halls, dining tables, beautiful outdoor areas and social spaces are alive with the exchange of ideas, of students having fun together as they learn in their home away from home. Here, the individual voice matters.

Want to learn more?

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