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10 Smallest Colleges in the U.S.

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We have been hearing a ton of feedback on the big school/small school debate, like these comments from Cappexians Emily and Audrey:

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The debate could go on forever about the pros and cons of a big school versus a small school, but in the end, it’s what floats your boat! If smaller classes, guaranteed attention from professors and faculty, and a close-knit community is something you’re looking for, how about starting off your college search with the 10 smallest colleges in the United States:

1. Shimer College
Enrollment – 81
Fun fact – Shimer college, now co-ed, was originally founded as an all female college. Its classes are exclusively small seminars–how could they be that big!– in which students discuss original source material rather than read textbooks

2. Sterling College
Enrollment –
99
Fun fact – Sterling College is one of seven colleges part of the Work College Consortium, which means it’s an institution of higher learning where student work is an integral and mandatory part of the educational process.

3. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Enrollment –
128
Fun fact - The Lyme Academy is known for its contemporary focus on the history and tradition of representational art, centered on the study of nature and the figure. So if you want a contemporary focus on the history and tradition of representation art, centered on the study of nature and the figure…this might just be the place for you…just…maybe…

4. Bryn Athyn College
Enrollment - 155
Fun Fact - Bryn Aythn’s College’s original campus and surrounding community was designed in 1893 by Charles Eliot of the firm Olmstead, Olmstead, and Eliot – the famous firm responsible for the design of New York City’s Central Park.

5. Art Academy of Cincinnati
Enrollment –
156
Fun fact – Students at the Art Academy of Cincinnati work closely with faculty members who themselves are professional contemporary artists (student to faculty ratio is 10:1).

6. Burlington College
Enrollment - 166
Fun fact – Burlington College is one of the few American universities to offer study abroad programs in Havana, Cuba. So if you have an undying desire to relive your favorite movie “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” this might be the easiest way to get the clearance to go to Cuba.

7. College of Visual Arts
Enrollment –
189
Fun fact – The College of Visual Arts is comprised of 5 school buildings including a 1915 mansion.

8. Montserrat College of Art
Enrollment –
270
Fun fact – Well-known alumni of Montserrat include prominent fashion designer Sigrid Olsen, sculptor Carlos Dorrien, and children’s book illustrator Giles Laroche.

9. Cogswell Polytechnical College
Enrollment –
287
Fun fact – Among Cogwell’s other programs are animation and video game development.

10. Judson College
Enrollment –
324
Fun fact – Judson is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States, but is now co-educational.

What’s your take? Do these schools sound too small or are they just the right size? Leave a comment!

The 10 Universities with the Smallest Classes

flagMany college-bound students are familiar with the terms “big school” or “small school”, but the words don’t actually mean anything until they step foot into their first 500-person lecture. Some students are more than happy to learn from the back of a massive lecture hall, quietly taking notes. Others might feel stifled by the mass of people surrounding them.

If you’re a person who learns best with one-on-one support, a lot of attention, and you generally prefer to sit in the front of the class, a college with small classes might be the right fit for you.

U.S. News & World Report recently published the top 10 colleges and universities that offer the greatest percentage of small classes.  Here they are:

1. New School
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 91.4%

2. Golden Gate University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 83.3%

3. Harvard University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 80.0%

4. Immaculata University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 80.0%

5. Nova Southeastern University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 79.4%

6. Yale University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 79.0%

7. Columbia University
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 78.8%

8. University of Chicago
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 77.6%

9. SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 76.9%

10. University of La Verne
Percentage of Classes with Fewer Than 20 Students: 76.5%

Do you have an opinion about class sizes? What works best for you?