THE LIBERAL ARTS EXPERIENCE
Summary: Imagine you’re in a classroom with just seven other students and two hours to explore contemporary issues in Hinduism with an expert faculty member twice a week. This pretty much sums up the academic experience of a Liberal Arts education. This degree, which is officially a Bachelor in Arts, is offered in America and consists of a four-year course covering a broad variety of subjects. Liberal arts colleges are typically very small in size, anywhere from 1000-2000 students and foster a great sense of social community alongside their challenging academic programs.
The primary tenet of most liberal arts institutions is to inculcate strong analytical skills in its student body, be they of sociology or physics backgrounds. Furthermore, it is the perfect choice for students interested in the humanities or wishing to dabble in many disciplines before finalizing on a particular concentration and career path.
Financial Aid: is available at most American colleges and universities, ranging from full-paid scholarships to loan assistance and work-study packages.
Applications: are competitive depending on which schools one applies to. The general requirements of an application to American college consists of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) I and II scores, high school marks (Std 8th- 12th), teacher recommendation letters, a resume of extra-curricular activities performed and a series of essays showcasing one’s personality and academic goals.
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Liberal Arts in a nutshell
“I didn’t know what I was in for before attending college, but I’m really glad I did. So far, I’ve taken classes in Judaism, French and German Cinema, Irish Literature and Psychology. My school, like others, also offers so many great study abroad programs and I’m doing my best to learn everything I can in this enriching environment in the few short years I have here!”
– Anushka Patel, Class of 2012, Carleton College
University life in a nutshell
“Doing a BA for my undergrad at a much larger university has been really rewarding academically but also socially. As a residential assistant at my college, I live, work and play with highly motivated, diverse and fun groups of people as all of us pursue a highly rigorous Stanford education.”
– Aurora Kazi Bassett, Class of 2011, Stanford University
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