Liberal Arts Colleges versus Research Universities
The first video provides an overview of the differences between liberal arts colleges and research universities.
In the second video, students at Davidson, a top ranked liberal arts college located in North Carolina, share their perspectives and experiences in attending a liberal arts college. While most liberal arts colleges have the word ‘college’ in their name, some institutions like Washington & Lee University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, and the University of Richmond are exceptions. Liberal arts colleges are significantly smaller than research universities and widely vary in such areas as class size, required classes, whether classes are taught by professors or teaching assistants, size of the student body, and the size of the college community itself.
Additional videos about the liberal arts college experience that you may choose to review:
- Amherst College
- Davidson College
- Middlebury College
- Williams College
- “The Power of a Liberal Arts Education” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yjgMwKh0XI
The third video of the University of Texas-Austin, provides insight into a large research university. While a liberal arts college may have a student population of less than 2,000 students, a large research institution like the University of Texas may have 10 times as many students in attendance at a football game. Research universities are typically comprised of many colleges such as the college of engineering, college of education, college of business, and college of humanities.
Additional videos about the research universities experience that you may choose to review: