Art History, Criticism and Conservation

“Art” covers a broad range of topics, from landscape architecture to art education, from fashion design to game and interactive media design. In general, arts majors prepare individuals to succeed as creative artists. The first step in choosing what type of art major to pursue is figuring out where you want to end up. Broad categories include fashion/textiles, graphic design, spatial design, 3D product design, digital/multimedia, photography, fine art, and arranging/display. Majoring in art can also translate to organization and people management, such as becoming an Art Therapist, Private Art Instructor, or Artist Agent. Art degrees are offered at every level, and many can be completed online.

Baccalaureate

The two most popular degree levels are a Bachelor’s in Art or a Bachelor’s in Fine Art — the difference may only be one word, but can mean a lot. A BA is considered a generalist degree in liberal arts education. The general curriculum tends to include the integration of art and design, art history, art and new media, as well as intermediate visual studies.

A BFA, as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), specifies a focus and expertise in one or more artistic mediums. Fine/Studio Arts involves a heavy course load inside of a studio practicing a focalized art.

Options include painting, printmaking, woodwork, sculpture, animation, illustration, and more. Possible career paths for Fine/Studio Arts majors include: Artist, Art Teacher, Art Therapist, Illustrator, Graphic Artist, Art Critic, Cartoonist, Curator, Greeting Card Artists, Sculptor, Painter, Art Gallery Owner. Nationally, the starting salary for a Fine/Studio Art major is $32,000.

Commercial art, sometimes known as advertising art, uses artistic means to promote, narrate, or inform. Color theory, drawing, graphic design, and typography are career uses for commercial art, while the ability to use computer software programs are usually essential in this field.

Graphic design is one of the most popular uses of commercial art and has an entry-level salary of $40,000.

Master or Master of Fine Art

A Master of Art or Master of Fine Art are both options for postgraduate education, as well as doctoral degrees. MAs are typically more scholarly and academic, while MFAs are terminal professional degrees that qualify graduates to teach at the university level. MFAs focus on deepening an artist strengths, whereas a PhD in the Arts often signifies a commitment to academia.  

Career options for graduates majoring in the arts include: Craft Artists, Graphic Designers, Fine Artists (Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators), Multimedia Artists, Museum Technicians and Curators, and Archivists.

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Colleges

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. While it started as a teacher training institution in 1876, UNI now offers more than 150 areas of study for undergraduates  spanning from business and...

“…I am learning to be more independent while at the same time gaining a very valuable education in a safe setting. Not only am I learning good study habits, I am also learning about time management. The professors and staff here really care about their...” – Greg from Alton, IA

Drake University

Calling Des Moines, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small,...

“…What I like about Drake is that it is a small enough school where professors care how you are doing in classes and most are willing to change their schedule to fit yours if you need extra help.” – Tara from Minneapolis, MN

Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

“…Wow. Bradley University is a wonderful college for those who want to receive a great education in any chosen field of study. Bradley offers the best of the best college professors who all share the same passion and enthusiasm in not only their...” – BRITTANY from Matteson, IL

Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

“…I love WKU. Western Kentucky University is a magnificent school with faculty members dedicated to making sure that us students succeed. This School is definitely preparing me to excel & achieve all of my dreams. ” – Brooke from Lexington, KY

Wellesley College

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college for women in eastern Massachusetts as well as a member of the Seven Sisters Colleges and Three-College Alliance. Wellesley confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 departmental and...

“…An incredible space where you will be pushed academically, intellectually, and physically to be a better student. An incredible diverse student base where you become friends with people from diverse backgrounds. It is unique and incredible. ” – Emmet from San Franciso, CA

Gettysburg College

With a campus adjacent to the battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln made his famous Gettysburg address, Gettysburg College is a liberal arts college in southern Pennsylvania. Featuring a curriculum focused on four key elements of a liberal arts...

“…I love Gettysburg College. The people and housing are great, the teachers are welcoming and the education is phenomenal. I never want to graduate!” – Madison

DePauw University

Originally founded as Indiana Asbury University, DePauw University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Indiana. DePauw is home to a College of Liberal Arts conferring degrees in 29 fields of study as well as one of the first Schools of Music...

“…I have only just completed my first semester at DePauw University and thus am still exploring different fields. The courses I have taken heavily rely upon class discussion and forming the mindset one will need while continuing in college. This...” – Kaitlyn from New Palestine, IN

Fairfield University

Founded by the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University is a 4-year Jesuit institution in coastal Connecticut. Fairfield provides a liberal arts education and offers degrees in 44 academic majors as well as 16 interdisciplinary majors. As a Catholic...

“…The teachers focus on broadening your view and the extensive core forces you to study fields you would have never considered, but could decide major in.” – Kristin from Martinsville, NJ

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public university in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Among the university’s 10 colleges hosting over 175 degree-granting academic programs, Cleveland State is home to the only film school in the state of Ohio. For the...

“…Cleveland State has proved to me that you do not need to go to an Ivy League School to be challenged. When Cleveland State says that their students experience engaged learning, they really are telling the truth. The professors really want you to...” – India from Columbus, OH

Barnard College

Founded in response to neighboring Columbia University’s all-male admission policy, Barnard College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States and a member of the Seven Sisters colleges. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Barnard...

“…Barnard is wonderful for a number of reasons, including its small class size and resulting individual attention. The campus is cozy but allows instant access to Manhattan culture, and both the academic and non-academic opportunities are amazing. Don...” – Rachel from Port Jefferson, NY

The College of Wooster

Founded by a Presbyterian minister, the College of Wooster is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Ohio. Wooster grants bachelor’s degrees in 44 academic majors and every student’s academic career begins with a First-Year Seminar focusing on...

“…I am definitely learning a lot in this challenging academic atmosphere. All of the professors take the time to learn each one of their students personally and are always willing to help. You can also tell that all of these professors are very...” – Wooster14 from Canton, OH

Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music located in Appleton, Wisconsin. On a bluff that overlooks the Fox River, the main campus is only one of three locations Lawrence University maintains. The 441-acre Bjorklunden...

“…I am learning so much more than I ever thought I would! The professors are wonderful and the classes are ridiculously small. You can't fall through the cracks.” – Ruby from Bellevue, WA

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is a public school in California’s wine country and one of the smallest campuses in the California State University system. Sonoma State grants bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic programs including the only Wine Business...

“…Sonoma State has a beautiful campus, excellent teachers, and an amazing environment for everyone to fit in. Just being on campus gives you a sense of pride and the students here are genuinely happy to be a Seawolf. ” – Zoey from San Francisco, CA

Carthage College

With campus on the shore of Lake Michigan, Carthage College is a liberal arts college in southeast Wisconsin affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Carthage offers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 areas of study and every major includes a...

“…I am learning very much at Carthage College. This is a small school with very few students. I am very glad that I chose to come to this school because of the small amount of students. I have learned so much mainly because the teachers are able to...” – Joshua from Kenosha, WI

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Smith College

Smith College is an all-female liberal arts institution in western Massachusetts and the largest all-women’s college in the country. The biggest school among the Seven Sisters Colleges, Smith offers degrees and certificates in over 50 areas of study...

“…The academics at Smith is amazing and above average. The professors are for the most part very helpful and if you don't understand something they are usually available during office hours or after lecture. Even though Smith has relatively small...” – Jane

Furman
Greenville, SC
Furman University

Furman University is a 4-year, 100% residential institution in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the oldest private institution in the state. The curriculum has a liberal arts focus throughout its 60 degrees of studies and is based around The Furman...

“…It is really worth it to sit in on a class when you visit. Also, if you can, arrange to stay the night with a current student through Admissions. Most people love to host prospectives and will be able to show you a lot more than you see on your tour.” – Ashley

Columbus State University

Originally housed in a renovated hosiery mill, Columbus State University is a public institution in western Georgia. Columbus State encompasses colleges of Business, Letters & Sciences, the Arts, and Education conferring undergrad degrees in 46...

“…Columbus State is a very diverse and fun school. The atmosphere is great and so are the people on campus. We never have any problems there, everyone is willing an ready to meet new people ” – Ashley from Pine Mountain, GA

Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

“…There are plenty of great professors here. There are also lots of different options for classes and studies. Some of the classes i took (gecker wise) didn't have a lot to do with anything for my major but they were interesting.” – Steven from Vancouver, WA

Loyola University Maryland

Founded by Jesuits in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is Catholic liberal arts university in Baltimore. Loyola Maryland offers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and minors. Additionally, all first year students participate in a peer...

“…Loyola University Maryland is exactly what you make of it. It can be a place where you make lifelong friends. Go to class!” – Stephanie from West Warwick, RI

Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

“…wichita state university is a college where you are not just a number. here, there are world-class engineering, business, and education opportunities. wichita state is all about making the college experience yours.” – Drew from WICHITA, KS

Manhattanville College

Manhattanville College is liberal arts institution located in Purchase, NY, that confers bachelor's and graduate degrees, as well as programs for adult undergraduates. Manhattanville provides an accelerated program called “Jump Start” and the Castle...

“…There are a lot of compelling lectures given on campus. Professors are active and promote student activism and involvement in the community. I've learned so much this past fall semester and I've made interesting connections with like-minded...” – Karen from Yonkers, NY

St Olaf College

St. Olaf College is a 4-year institution founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran Immigrants. Today, St. Olaf maintains its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on its 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, often called “The...

“…The Saint Olaf campus is beautiful, welcoming and friendly, and although Saint Olaf has a stigma of hosting purely blonde-haired, blue-eyed, middle-class students we are actually in fact quite diverse, and becoming more so as time passes. The...” – Hannah

Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College is a private institution located in New York, New York, that offers a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Marymount features 30 majors, including its industry-noted performance program, in its three academic buildingers...

“…Marymount Manhattan College is in an ideal location for students interested in all kinds of studies. The college is incredibly helpful in ensuring students get everything they need from tutoring to finding an internship in the city. The professors...” – Brittany from Leonardo, NJ

Canisius College

Founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private institution located in Buffalo, New York. The school is known for its health science and biological fields. Admissions are rated as “selective.” Biology, psychology,...

“…Canisius has great programs for the majors and minors that they offer. The science programs are very demanding, but will prepare you for medical, dental, and vet schools.” – Lauren from NY

Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is a 4-year institution in Waterville, Maine, that serves only undergraduates. The test-optional school promises to meet 100% of demonstrated need through the Colby Commitment so that “the most talented students from...

“…Colby College provides a safe and welcoming environment to prospective and new students as well as an experience that is unique, challenging, and gratifying. The largest classes at Colby are probably the introductory science courses, which take place...” – Angela from Bronx, NY

Rollins College

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Orlando area and the first recognized college in the state of Florida. Rollins grants undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study with a focus on demonstrating the...

“…Rollins isn'Â?Â?t just a college, it'Â?Â?s a family! Not only does Rollins help you build an amazing resume and guide you towards a fantastic career, it also gives you a beautiful campus, tons of fun events, and a community of people who are honestly...” – Happy Student

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit college of art and design in San Francisco and the largest private school dedicated to training artists in the United States. AAU confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in 22 artistic fields of study...

Muhlenberg College

Named for the founder of the Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg College is a liberal arts college in Allentown. Muhlenberg confers bachelor’s degrees in 40 academic majors and students are encouraged to join in with faculty research projects....

“…Muhlenberg has a small campus and student body, but it provides a caring and intimate environment for students. Students are encouraged to customize their experience by becoming involved in the many clubs and activities offered on campus. ” – Laura from Massapequa, NY

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY
Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northwestern New York State. Niagara is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality granting degrees in...

“…niagara university has a great teaching staff; some of which work int the field they teach. they are very good about keeping you aware of current and up coming events. biggest criticism the current parking arrangement; be prepared to walk about 2-3...” – Dawn from Niagara Falls, NY

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Cornell College is a liberal arts institution situated in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that was founded in 1853. Deemed “more selective,” Cornell is one of only 40 schools profiled by Loren Pope's book "Colleges That Change Lives" and also ranks as a top tier...

“…Cornell is located in a small town, living here will mean creating your own fun or searching for activities through clubs, athletics, or greek life. People here are different in different senses of the word; we have our share of the different colors...” – Anonymous

Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

“…The class content depends a bit on what the class is. Especially for first-year classes (1000 level), there are the joke classes that only require a bit of realizing what the professor wants. Good news (maybe...?), however, is that this changes a lot...” – Alice from West Des Moines, IA

Susquehanna University

With a campus overlooking its eponymous river, Susquehanna University is a 4-year institution in central Pennsylvania featuring a liberal arts curriculum and pre-professional studies. Susquehanna is home to schools of Business and Arts & Sciences...

“…Susquehanna's campus is unbelievably gorgeous and a perfect size. Located in central PA, SU prides itself on fostering a tight knit community of individuals of diverse interests. Because of this sort of interest diversity, it is hard to not fit in at...” – Danielle from Hooksett, NH

Allegheny College

Allegheny College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania dedicated to providing students an education across a variety of subjects. Allegheny grants bachelor’s degrees in 31 areas of study and all students are required to take at...

“…Allegheny will push you to work until not only the professor is satisfied but so is the student. The key to a successful life at Allegheny is to work hard during the week and then go enjoy a full weekend with friends. The opportunities are endless...” – Emily

University of La Verne

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private school in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. La Verne encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Law awarding undergrad degrees in...

“…This University is a great school to attend to. It is a small private campus and everyone is friendly to you no matter who you are. It is so easy to make friends and fit right in.” – Hassan from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Hamline University

Named for a Methodist bishop, Hamline University is a liberal arts school in St. Paul affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the first university founded in Minnesota. Hamline offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic fields of study....

“…The professors were amazing! Very helpful.” – Brittany from South Saint Paul, MN

Trinity University

Founded in 1869, Trinity University is a private liberal arts and sciences institution situated in San Antonio, TX. Trinity is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and offers undergrad degrees in 47 academic majors. All freshmen must take a First...

“…Trinity has a beautiful campus filled with wonderful people. The entire staff is dedicated to making students comfortable and enabling them in their research. All around, it is a great place to be.” – Celia from San Antonio, TX

Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern California and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer offers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors including the first Secular Studies program in the nation. To provide a...

“…Pitzer College as well as the entire Claremont Colleges offers many opportunities and resources including the Claremont Consortium, the Keck Joint Science Center, Student Health Services and others. Students also have the opportunity to create their...” – Diamond from Los Angeles, CA

Seattle Pacific University

Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is a 4-year Christian university in Seattle. With a campus nestled in the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, SPU awards undergrad degrees in 69 academic majors. In...

“…The teachers here are great for the most part but like every school there are the good and the bad teachers. The courses here will challenge you if you allow yourself to be chanllenged. ” – Amy from Seattle, WA

University of Nevada-Reno

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is a 4-year public institution and the first university founded in the state. UNR encompasses 11 colleges offering bachelor’s and graduate degrees in more than 460 fields of study. Additionally, the...

“…One of my new favorite sayings is, Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. This is the University of Nevada, Reno in a nutshell. All of the professors and advisors that I have had the pleasure of conversing with and learning from, are simply...” – Briana from Henderson, NV

Saint Cloud State University

With campus located along the Mississippi River, St. Cloud State University is a 4-year public institution and one of the largest universities in Minnesota. St. Cloud State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs and is the only...

“…St. Cloud State University is a truly positive, educational institution. It provides the knowledge one seeks when deciding colleges and offers a life unlike other institutions. Those who experience it understand its superior qualities.” – Sonny from Saint Cloud, MN

University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Virginia. UMW is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Business conferring undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study. To provide a transition to...

“…The classes at UMW are awesome! They are on the smaller side, but this is good because it gives the professors a chance to answer any questions you might have. Speaking of professors, they are awesome! You can really see the love they have for...” – Kelsie from Spotsylvania, VA

SUNY Buffalo State

Founded in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State is a public school in Buffalo and the largest 4-year college in the State University of New York System. SUNY Buffalo State is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Education, the Professions, and Sciences, and is...

“…The professors I have had since beginning Fall 2008 have been extremely helpful. They are available before and after class if you would like to speak with them and also through email. No matter what your problem is, they do what they can to assist...” – Jessica from Rochester, NY

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University is a public institution focused on liberal arts and professional training. SCSU is part of the Connecticut State University System and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. All students must complete a Liberal...

“…This is a great school if you want to be challenged. Everyone on campus from students to professors are all focused and helpful. The opportunity in research for aspiring biology majors are great! ” – Angela from East Haven, CT

Queens University of Charlotte

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a 4-year private school in the Charlotte metro area. Queens grants bachelor’s degrees in 43 academic majors centered around the liberal arts. In addition, the university is home to The Queens...

“…The professors really help you one on one.” – Angelica from Davidson, NC

Southwestern University

Founded in 1840, Southwestern University is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Austin metro area and the oldest university in Texas. Southwestern grants undergrad degrees in over 40 academic majors and minors. Additionally, Southwestern originated...

“…This school is extremely informative- classes are small, reading is crucial, student-professor relationships are personal. In such a class setting, it is difficult to let the information slide past you. Also, attendance policy is strict- you can be...” – Cheyney from San Antonio, TX

Wofford College

Established in 1854, Wofford College is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Spartanburg, SC. Wofford offers 67 majors, minors, and programs on its 170-acre campus, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and, in...

“…Wofford is a tough school. In order to be a successful student there, you have got to mean business. There's no fooling around or second chances. By attending Wofford, I am challenging myself more than I ever have before and it is definitely...” – Lisa from Baltimore, MD

Lincoln Memorial University

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Lincoln Memorial University is a liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee. LMU offers over 30 bachelor’s degree programs including one of the only Conservation Biology majors in the United States. To ease the...

“…Very small school with a high school type of environment. Small classes and more teacher student interactions that not many other schools can offer. Student body is quite involved in all collegiate athletics” – Javier from Fayetteville, NC

Bridgewater State University

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Bridgewater State encompasses colleges of Science & Mathematics, Business, Education, and Humanities granting undergrad degrees in over 90 fields of...

“…Bridgewater State University is a great school, so far they work well with me and my learning disabilities. My professors are great, they work hard to teach the other students and I. Over all My school is great and is very helpful with my...” – Sarah from weymouth, MA

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

“…Arcadia University has taught me a lot not only about my major, but also about myself. It has taught me to be more open minded about things especially things that are not normal to me. ” – Christyn Cecille from Easton, PA

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College is a private liberal arts institution based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo offers students an immersive first-year experience that includes an 18-day wilderness adventure and a Summer Common Reading conversation. All students are...

“…An awesome liberal arts college that allows you to broaden your horizons by encouraging you to take classes you never would have thought to take! With no general education requirements, it is easier than ever to dabble in various studies ranging from...” – Sherin from Kalamazoo, MI

Bard College
Annandale On Hudson, NY
Bard College

Bard College is a liberal arts institution with a main location surrounded by the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. The 1,000-acre Annandale campus provides 48 undergraduate programs and concentrations in five divisions, as well as a number of 3+2...

“…Bard College is not only a beautiful college, but is also on a beautiful mission to help college student learn and cultivate their ambitions and talents. Bard College has just the right balance of peace on campus to study and adventure in the city...” – Briana from Alpharetta, GA

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

“…I'm in the music program and all the teachers are wonderful here! They are really encouraging and want you to enjoy learning. I'm also in the Honors college and all of my general education courses that I have been taking have been honors. The classes...” – Megan from Manchester, TN

Northern Michigan University

With campus overlooking Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University is a public school and the largest university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. NMU confers undergrad and graduate degrees in 177 academic programs and all students receive either a...

“…My best friend I are going to be freshmen fall of 2012 at NMU! Couldnt be more excited to be attending such an amazing school with such great programs are professors!” – Mackenzie from Traverse City, MI

Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

“…Nice campus and very good reputation in SUNY schools. Has complete course and major offerings. Access to downtown area and buses to major cities and transportation hubs.” – Nick from Delmar, NY

Utah Valley University

With campus a short distance from Utah Lake, Utah Valley University is a public school in northern Utah and the largest public university in the state. UVU is a dual mission institution combining a teaching university and community college to confer...

“…Utah Valley is a fantastic university. This is a school I'd highly recommend to any one who wants a good education as well as have fun. The school diversity is wonderful and the staff and student body are all great. ” – Rebecca from Sagamore Beach, MA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. CMC confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and students can also cross register to take classes in the other...

“…I enjoyed the atmosphere while I visited the campus. I thought the campus was nice and fit what I am looking for in a college. I was able to talk to representatives and thought they gave me great information for the admission process and any other...” – Christina from Los Angeles, CA

Dominican University

Founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Dominican University is a Catholic institution in the Chicagoland area. Dominican is home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors. As a Catholic university,...

“…In my experience, I have not attend other schools so this is based on just my experience in this school The reason that I rate learning a lot 5 of 5 is: almost all the classes were very fun as well informative. to make sure you get this 5 out of 5 is...” – Roberto from River Grove, IL

College of the Holy Cross

Founded by Jesuits, the College of the Holy Cross is a liberal arts college in Worcester and the oldest Roman Catholic school in New England. Holy Cross confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic fields of study and is also home to 10 student-designed...

“…Holy Cross provides students with an amazing Jesuit liberal arts education. With their focus on the whole person, I have been able to explore my interests both in the classroom and outside. The support from faculty, staff, professors and friends is...” – A Current Junior

University of Minnesota Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth is a research institution located in Minnesota’s fourth largest city. Founded in 1895 as the Duluth Normal School, this medium-sized campus for a large university has grown since its humble beginnings as a teacher’s...

“…Beautiful view of the lake from different parts of campus. Great opputunities in the outdoors.” – Sarah from Duluth, MN

University of New Orleans

Named for the famed city it resides in, the University of New Orleans is a 4-year, urban research institution on a 195-acre campus near the French Quarter in Louisiana. UNO is one of only two institutions in the state labeled a Research University by...

“…While many people believe that graduating from a bigger name school (ie Tulane, Loyola, LSU) means a better education, UNO is right on par. Many of my professors and instructors teach at Tulane and Loyola as well. I have been learning a good bit in...” – Billal from Chalmette, LA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Established in 1886, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an art school affiliated with the Art Institute and one of the oldest design schools in the nation. SAIC confers bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Studio, Writing, Art History, and...

“…I've visited the campus multiple times and have had absolutely no criticisms against it! The school's little supportive ideas for the artist's mind (having school in the museum, studios in all dorm buildings open 24/7, and having no majors or grades...” – Amanda from Westchester, IL

Drury University

Originally established in 1873 as Springfield College, Drury University is a liberal arts college based in southwest Missouri. DU is home to the Your Drury Fusion academic program combining professionally-oriented majors with concentrations in purely...

“…Drury University is a small, private, liberal arts college in the heart of the Midwest. The area is beautiful and provides the perfect environment for a great education. The staff and faculty are very helpful and truly care about the education and...” – Brianna from Springfield, MO

Haverford College

Haverford College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Philadelphia metro area. Founded in 1833 as a Quaker school, Haverford now grants bachelor’s degrees in 29 academic majors and all degrees culminate in a senior thesis research project. With a...

“…Haverford is a fantastic academic environment. In my experience, professors really care about their subject and their students. Overall, they are incredibly approachable and always interested in helping you learn and eager to discuss issues that are...” – female from MN

Jacksonville University

Originally founded as a junior college, Jacksonville University is a 4-year institution and a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Jacksonville confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors and minors. The...

“…Jacksonville University is the home to a diverse student body, but the schools variety does not stop there. Jacksonville has various social, cultural, greek, religious, performance arts, and other service organizations. The Jacksonville University...” – Chunia from Indianapolis, IN

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…The University of Tulsa is very academic based; curriculums require students to take the maximum amount of hours almost every semester. Despite the time commitment that this brings, the student association constantly has intriguing events to offer....” – Jessica from St Augustine, FL

Regis University

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, Regis University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Denver. Situated against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Regis is home to five colleges and 184 degree-granting programs. As a Jesuit university, Regis...

“…Regis University is a small, co-ed, Jesuit University located in Northern Denver. The campus is a gorgeous arboretum, consisting of over 1,000 trees, 80 genuses, and 290 species. Because of the size, its easy to get to know your peers, professors,...” – Katie from Denver, CO

Presbyterian College

Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western South Carolina. PC grants undergraduate degrees in 107 academic majors, minors, and concentrations and all students are expected to abide by the...

“…The best decision I've ever made; as long as you take advantage of everything PC has to offer, I promise you won't regret it. There's something about the environment that just encourages people to strive towards excellence. I wouldn't be who I am...” – Lacey from Simpsonville, SC

Knox College

Located in Galesburg, Illinois, Knox College is a 4-year liberal arts institution. On top of traditional bachelor programs, Knox has cooperative programs with other colleges, immersion terms for hands-on exploration of a single field for a full term,...

“…Everybody in Knox is very supportive in what you decide to do in life. Whether you want to major in Computer Science, Art, or even Gender & Women's Studies, there will always be someone to ask for help. Knox College has really changed my views about...” – Brenda from Chicago, IL

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University is a liberal arts university located in Lexington, VA, along the Shenandoah River and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains. W&L's motto is "Non Incautus Futuri," which means "not unmindful...

“…A small campus with a great community vibe, filled with overachieving students that graduate with starry eyes and top internships.” – Maryland

Macalester College

Founded in 1874, Macalester College is a 4-year liberal arts college in St. Paul. Macalester confers undergraduate degrees in 39 majors from over 60 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn in a different culture, Mac offers a Study...

“…I have no doubt that I will learn a ton. Macalester is a great school and I've heard from many current students and alumni that their experiences in the classroom and abroad are irreplaceable. I have a feeling that no matter who you are, though, you...” – Marijo from Mahtomedi, MN

Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

“…I have yet to start classes, (starting school in the Spring-instead of the Fall), but everyone here is really helpful and the alumni/current students are glad to lend a helping hand. I got to choose my classes with the help of a Junior named...” – Adilson from Pawtucket, RI

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts,...

“…At Calvin, I have grown in a multitude of ways that I was not originally anticipating. I feel like I am a much more of a well-rounded person from taking the extra liberal arts classes. I'm SO happy I chose to go to Calvin.” – CH

Scripps College

Named for a newspaper publisher, Scripps College is an all-female liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors and the college features a...

“…Is there such a thing as learning too much?” – Shane from Orlando, FL

Connecticut College

With campus overlooking the Thames River and Long Island Sound, Connecticut College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Connecticut. Connecticut grants bachelor’s degrees in 70 academic fields of study and students also have the opportunity...

“…Connecticut College provides a personalized approach to a liberal arts education. Each student is given the opportunity to craft their own major and minor to ensure a successful future. Undoubtedly, Conn students are on a fast track to a career in...” – Olivia from Hopewell Junction, NY

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college located north of Chicago, Illinois, near Lake Michigan. The school offers over 200 study abroad programs in places such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Poland, and Vietnam. Top fields of study...

“…Lake Forest is a quirky, international, close-knit liberal arts school that's a Metra ride away from the city of Chicago (which needs no introduction). The coursework is difficult, but professors treat students individually and encourage experiential...” – Forester '15

Transylvania University

Founded in 1780, Transylvania University is a liberal arts college in Lexington and the first university in the state of Kentucky. Transylvania confers bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic majors and all students are required to take First Year Seminar...

“…I have taken Biological Interactions, Women's Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Latin-American Civilizations, Computer Science, and Lifetime Fitness. I do not regret taking any of them because they have all taught me so much. The teachers are all...” – Oriana from Lexington, KY

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a 4-year public school in southwest Utah. SUU confers bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and the university features a project-based curriculum that focuses on professional experience. Known as The University of the...

“…Southern Utah University is a great school. All the academic advisers are very helpful and will help you register for classes. Campus is very small and it's very easy to get to classes.” – Emily from Lehi, UT

Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

“…I think Salem State University is a great four year institution, and I am extremely happy that I chose to go here out of all the schools I applied to. The class are small and the professors really care about how you are doing and are really there for...” – Emma from New Bedford, MA

Denison University

Founded in 1831, Denison University is a private school in mid-Ohio and the second oldest liberal arts college in the state. Denison grants bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and its First-Year Program provides academic and co-curricular...

“…Denison is social - whether you're eating, studying, or wandering around campus, you do it with friends. Denison is smart - it's amazing to be around this many people who have higher than average intelligence. Denison is a bit of a party school, but...” – Quin

Beloit College

Founded in 1846, Beloit College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern Wisconsin and the oldest continuously operating college in the state. Beloit confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors and provides the opportunity to create...

“…Beloit College is really into conceptual concepts over computation. In other words, Beloit wants you to know why you use the formulas you use and why it is your hold the opinion you hold. They help you with your critical thinking and reasoning skills...” – Miranda from Plainfield, IL

Stonehill College

Founded by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College is a Catholic liberal arts college in southeast Massachusetts. Stonehill confers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic programs and all students are required to participate in a...

“…Stonehill College is and absolute joy! The students are so friendly and welcoming that its hard not to make friends. They are so driven for academic excellence while giving back to the community and there's so many fun things to do!” – Lori from Dorchester, MA

Hartwick College

Founded in 1797, Hartwick College is a liberal arts institution in central New York State. Hartwick confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic fields of study and also offers a 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program allowing students to save on tuition...

“…The professors are extremely nice and fully knowledgeable. I spent an hour during a visit just chatting with a pre-law advisor. The staff seems close knit and able to have very personable relationships with both other professors and students. If you...” – Sarah from Liverpool, NY

Whitman College

Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman College is a liberal arts institution chartered in 1883. Today, the Whitman’s residential campus offers more than 35 departments and programs, houses its student body, and doubles as both an outdoor art...

“…Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman College challenges you in every way possible: from academics to sports to the meaning of life. Whitman makes you question everything you know and on top of that expects the very best of...” – Maricela from Los Angeles, CA

Centre College

Founded by leaders of the Presbyterian Church, Centre College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Centre confers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 fields of study and also allows students to create their own majors in consultation with...

“…Centre has fantastic professors who really know their field, and are passionate about teaching it. Classes are difficult, with a lot of work, but fun. The professors like doing different things. I've had professors take us on field trips, hold...” – Chelsea from Chicago, IL

Rhodes College

Originally founded as the Masonic University of Tennessee, Rhodes College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Memphis. With a campus noteworthy for its numerous Collegiate Gothic buildings and line of trees known as “Oak Alley,” Rhodes awards...

“…Rhodes College is a four year liberal arts college in Memphis Tennessee that challenges students both academically and morally. The college offers many sought after courses, such as Biology and International Studies, and provides countless...” – Richard from Frisco, TX

Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs,...

“…At Meredith College all of your professors will know your name and how well you are doing in their class. They continually strive to challenge and introduce students to new topics and conflicts that our generation faces and provide students with the...” – Niki from Wake Forest, NC

Lesley University

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

“…Lesley is a small enough school to feel at home, but has a large enough reach to feel like apart of a larger world. This very environmentally conscious school helps each student grow exponentially as a student through a huge variety of opportunities...” – Margaret from North Kingstown, RI

University of Michigan-Dearborn

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a public university and a regional campus of the U of M system in the Detroit metro area. UM-Dearborn is home to four colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences offering 75 bachelor’s...

“…The campus is beautiful. The class sizes are small. The people here are VERY friendly.” – Manal from Dearborn, MI

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

Founded by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a Catholic-affiliated institution in the greater Boston area. Merrimack is home to five schools conferring over 100 undergrad and graduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Merrimack...

“…The Classes are great. The Professors are always there for you. ” – PRESTON from Wareham, MA

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Founded in 1835, the College at Brockport is a 4-year public liberal arts college in western New York State. A member of the State University of New York system, Brockport confers undergrad degrees in over 45 academic majors and minors. In addition,...

“…So far, the academics at this school are not too challenging, but the professors do keep me on my toes. As part of the Honors Program I was given many opportunities and was able to adjust rather quickly into college life and academics.” – Caitlin from Greenwich, NY

Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

“…You'll be stressed, and getting through the Hampshire system does take a lot of work and patience, but if you put in the time you'll learn so much you can't even fathom it. ” – Eliza from Columbia, MD

Blinn College

Founded in 1883, Blinn College is a 2-year community college with four campuses in southeast Texas. Blinn confers associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic fields of study. For students looking to complete a 4-year degree, Blinn features...

“…At Blinn College, I learned a great deal about the American government through my government class. I can now contribute to conversations about politics that I used to shy from. I also learned a great deal about the nations that surround us through...” – Ariel from College Station, TX

Marywood University

Marywood University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church that’s located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University’s 115-acre campus houses three colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of...

“…I am learning so much. Not only are the professors great but the other students help to teach you so much as well. Also, You get the opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in the field.” – Samantha from Frederick, MD

Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

“…I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...” – Esia from Hudson, NH

Alfred University

Founded in 1836, Alfred University is a 4-year private school situated in a valley in western New York State. Alfred hosts five colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 40 academic majors. In addition to classroom facilities, Alfred...

“…This review is being written in complete and total contrast from 'Tulane Tom'. I am not sure if he is even describing the same university. Tom says that the ceramic engineering program, regarded as one of the best in the world, is built up to nothing...” – Matthew from Russell, PA

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is a private liberal arts university based in Saint Charles, MO, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Lindenwood’s eight academic schools offer more than 120 programs, which can be completed traditionally, online,...

“…The five stars are not a joke. I am currently a freshman at Lindenwood University and I have learned so much within my first semester. Already I have learned with hands on experiences and in the classroom with terrific teachers. Those who are...” – Candice from Eagleville, TN

Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

“…The General Requirement for this school is like no other. Instead of the boring English 101 everyone takes, I took Play-writing. The small classes make it much easier to learn and get help on harder subjects.” – Phylicia from Saint Louis, MO

La Salle University

Founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle University is a Catholic school in Philadelphia. La Salle is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing conferring undergraduate degrees and all academic programs feature a...

“…This school is great for learning because of the class sizes. All classes are small to the point where the professor will know your name, and you can sometimes even gain a close relationship with the professors. Because you can get to know your...” – Shaquanna from Tobyhanna, PA

John Cabot University

Named for explorer Giovanni Caboto, John Cabot University is a 4-year American liberal arts institution in Rome licensed to award degrees by the Delaware Department of Education. JCU confers undergraduate degrees in 13 areas of study and also...

“…The professors are passionate and empathetic. The small classroom size makes me more than just a number here. I've met people from all over the world and I've had the opportunity to live in Rome, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! ” – Micayla from Fanwoodod, NJ