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December 5, 2011 by Geneva Reid
Posted in: Special Report


A new study finds the grads from this type of college are considerably happier with their higher ed experience than their peers.  Residential liberal arts college students rated their schools more highly than students attending private or public universities, according to a recent national study.

The scores were high across the board when it came to finding a job after graduating, getting accepted at grad school or just basically “preparing to meet life’s challenges,” according to the study.

Here are the responses from liberal arts college grads:

  • 76% rated their school highly with regard to preparing them for their first job — compared to 66% of public university grads.
  • 89% found a mentor in college — only 66% did at public universities.
  • 60% said they were “better prepared” for post-college life — compared to 34% of public university grads.
  • 77% gave their college experience a rating of “excellent” — only 53% of public university grads rated their experience this highly.
  • 88% felt a sense of community among students — compared to 79% of students at private universities and 63% at public.

Could liberal arts college grads be more satisfied with their schools because of the generally smaller size? Or maybe because there’s a more homogenous mix of students than you might find on a university campus?

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • MarkG

    Is this study meaningful at all?

    These were findings apparently strictly from alumni surveys. No more objective measurements appear to have been mentioned. And the surveys were conducted by the group that came out on top. No big surprise there.

    I was wondering what the definition of “residential liberal arts college” was, exactly. It appears to be defined as this consortium of schools. I’m glad to hear that the alumni of the consortium say nicer things about them than other alumni do about their schools — when talking to the consortium. But I don’t think it means a thing. Except possibly that “residential liberal arts colleges” don’t understand the concept of objective research.


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