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“Small Schools Making a Big Impact” Includes Infographic on the Value of Private Liberal Arts Education


Small Schools Making Big Impact

Considering the small number of students who graduate from these small liberal arts schools each year, the results they achieve are nothing short of extraordinary.

They might not have championship athletic teams or Ivy-League name recognition, but the nation’s small, private schools provide an exceptional educational experience, according to research recently released by The report, titled “Small Schools Making a Big Impact,” looks at the differences between these colleges and larger, better known institutions, and offers some surprising revelations that demonstrate the true value of an education at colleges like these.

Out of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the United States, only about 200 are considered private liberal arts schools. Many of these colleges are located in small towns in the eastern U.S. and have roots in early American settlements. These schools are small with typically fewer than 2,500 students on campus.

A few of the key differences that set these colleges apart: Most students live on campus for four years, forming strong bonds with their peers and professors, and building networks. Class sizes are intimate – on average, just 18 students per class – encouraging open discussions rather than mere lectures.

And these private liberal arts schools boast a 61 percent four-year graduation rate, far outperforming the 33 percent rate reported by other types of institutions.

“Considering the small number of students who graduate from these small liberal arts schools each year, the results they achieve are nothing short of extraordinary,” says David Kochanek, founder of

Each year, just four percent of all graduates from not-for-profit colleges and universities come from private schools like these. And while that might be a very small number of graduates, historically, these graduates make quite an impact on society.

“Is your child interested in med school, law school or grad school? On a per capita basis, he or she stands a better chance of getting into his or her school of choice when educated at one of these small liberal arts colleges,” says Kochanek. “And the discussion of businesses questioning the value of liberal arts is nonsense. Just look at the Fortune 500, where nine percent of their CEOs graduated from liberal arts schools.”

Click here for the full report and to download the infographic.

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