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.