Tonight, the Colleges That Change Lives, a consortium of 40 small, liberal arts colleges across the country, will hold a college information session and fair for parents and students.
You probably haven’t heard of most of these colleges: Cornell will be there – Cornell College, that is. It’s in Iowa. It’s claim to fame is that students take one course at a time in 4-week sessions. With just 1,200 students, the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.
You may not have heard of Agnes Scott College, either. In suburban Atlanta, 60% of the faculty are women at this women’s college. The CEO of Ann Taylor is an Agnes Scott alumna.
There are 38 other colleges in this group, borne from a list created by the late Loren Pope, former education editor of the New York Times. His theory was that students can and do get excellent education at small, lesser-known colleges, and every year he is proven right. Now CTCL is a non-profit organization that promotes this concept, bringing these 40 colleges to students who have never heard of them.
Or as CTCL executive director Marty O’Connell says in her humorous and interactive presentation (with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek), “Surely you know the names of all of the good colleges…..”
For the record, there are about 2,200 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, and even if you read every college rankings list out there, you will miss some – some that might be a perfect fit for your college-bound high school student.
So tonight is the perfect opportunity for you: CTCL’s college fair is tonight, 7 pm at the Universal City Hilton. While visiting a college is the absolute best way to get to know it, meeting an admissions representative (who is often an alumnus) is the best substitute if you can’t visit.
I encourage you to check out not only these 40 colleges, but others that you may be overlooking. Unfortunately, none of the CTCL colleges are in California, so if you are looking to stay close to home, check out my summaries of some of the dozens of colleges right here in the Golden State.