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Private Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges vs. Universities


Liberal Arts College


Focus on well-rounded education Focus on research
Typically small in enrollment size Typically large in enrollment size
Emphasis on undergraduate education Graduate, Ph.D., and professional education offered
More classroom discussion Large lecture classes
Typically few or no teaching assistants Use of teaching assistants
Small class sizes Big class sizes
Less competition to attain leadership positions National name recognition
More attention with faculty Bigger focus on athletics
Sometimes described as "mini-high schools" because gossip spreads fast More anonymity on campus

Western Undergraduate Exchange - "WUE"

  • Students who are residents of WUE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.
  • The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early!
  • WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Popular out-of-state universities who DO NOT participate in WUE:  University of Oregon, Oregon State, University of Washington, Colorado University - Boulder.  They all have scholarships available for out-of-state students but they are academically competitive so apply early.

WUE Schools that I love! Remember that once you leave California it will be hard to find the same level of diversity on all of these campuses.  

Gwen's Favorites!

Great Engineering Programs: besides MIT, CalTech & UCs

Strong Undergraduate program: professors are teaching not Grad Students

Some of my Favorites: not already mentioned

One-of-Kind programs: