Four Reasons Why Small, Rural Liberal Arts Colleges Are a Good Choice


There are more than 200 liberal arts colleges in the United States, and size and location have long been a challenge for all but the most elite among them. 

In the very first phase of their college search, students often make a definitive determination about size, eliminating a whole set of schools that have the attributes they desire. And colleges in rural locations are often summarily dismissed in favor of urban counterparts. 

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Enter the pandemic, which continues to change everything, including how we think about size and place. What was once a challenge for small, rural liberal arts colleges is now a straight up virtue–one magnified by their ability to respond quickly and imaginatively to the moment.

At Bennington College, where I was interim president last year, we shifted…

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