Are you thinking of applying to liberal arts colleges? If so, some people question if there are liberal arts colleges outside of New England. Maybe they don’t want to go to a college where there’s snow on the ground for a good portion of the year. After all, it’s not for everyone! Maybe they don’t want to have to wear an EMS jacket for all but two months of the year and would prefer to show some skin. But they still value a good liberal arts education…they just want to get one in a warmer climate. Are there good liberal arts colleges outside of New England? The answer is that while most are in New England, there sure are good liberal arts colleges outside of the original 13 colonies.
Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, and Haverford are in Pennsylvania and Vassar, Colgate, Barnard, and Hamilton are in New York — both of which aren’t New England, though if you’re looking to avoid the Northeast altogether, you’d probably rule them out. Pomona College is in sunny California as is Claremont McKenna, Occidental, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd College.
Carleton College is in Minnesota as is Macalester…which probably isn’t up your alley either if you want to avoid the cold. Davidson College is in warm North Carolina. While it’s one of the original 13 colonies, it’s not in New England! And Washington and Lee is down there, too, in Virginia as is the University of Richmond. Grinnell is in Iowa and Oberlin and Kenyon are in Ohio. And while Colorado might be a tad bit chilly sometimes, Colorado Springs doesn’t get that much snow so check out Colorado College.
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