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Mr. Anthony Natelli

Mr. Natelli's Liberal Arts College of the Week"

In an effort to further enhance the knowledge of BCA students and their families on all the possibilities that are available for their college choices I have decided to highlight a liberal arts college every other week as the juniors start their college process. 

 

I have found that the liberal arts colleges are not as popular at BCA as they are at some other schools with a similar population.  I believe that some students might be missing out on great opportunities for their education.  The first installment of “Mr. Natelli’s Liberal Arts College of the Week” is an explanation of what a liberal arts college offers students while they are attending and the opportunities that are afforded those students once they obtain their degree. 

What is a Liberal Arts College?

A liberal arts college is a school that offers four-year degrees that are based on general liberal arts educations.  These degrees are broad in breadth and are humanities or science based, which means they are degrees that cover subjects like Art, Literature, English, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Linguistics, Mathematics, and the Physical Sciences, etc.

The list of skills, abilities, capacities and attributes normally associated with a liberal arts education includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

  • analytical and knowledge-building skills;

  • evaluative and critical thinking skills;

  • creative thinking skills;

  • effective oral and written communication skills;

  • critical and reflective reading skills;

  • problem solving and pattern intelligence skills;

  • numerical skills;

  • synthesis skills and the ability to express the results of analysis and evaluation;

  • the ability to pose meaningful questions that advance understanding and knowledge;

  • the ability to conduct research and organize material effectively;

  • information literacy and other skills associated with learning how to learn;

  • the exercise of independent judgement and ethical decision-making;

  • the ability to meet goals, manage time, and complete a project successfully;

  • self-confidence and self-understanding;

  • the ability to cooperate with others and work in teams;

  • a sensitivity to individuals and tolerance of cultural differences;

  • the ability to use equipment;

  • an informed openness to new information technologies.

 

As you can see, a liberal arts college offers the chance to gain many of the skills that a university setting offers but often in a setting that allows students personal access to professors and a much smaller class setting.  The small class setting helps students create relationships with professors and gain a much more intimate knowledge of the material being taught through class discussion and group work.  I ask that you keep an open mind when starting your college process and look at some of the schools I will be highlighting.  A liberal arts education is not for every student but I believe strongly that these colleges deserve a closer look from our students.

Many students who graduate with a liberal arts degree will then go on to a graduate program in a specific area or go to a professional school. Liberal arts degrees are perfect foundations for medical school, law school, business school and visual and performing arts.  As a factual point, many liberal arts colleges have higher acceptance rates to medical school, law school and other graduate programs than some highly ranked universities.

Be on the lookout every other week for “Mr. Natelli’s Liberal Arts College of the week” !

9c davidson

Mr. Natelli's Liberal Arts College of the Week"

Davidson College | Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College is a private institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,784, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 665 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Davidson College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 9. Its tuition and fees are $48,376 (2016-17) plus room & board. 

Davidson College is located in Davidson, North Carolina, 19 miles north of Charlotte. With more than 200 student organizations on campus, there are a variety of ways for students to get involved. In addition to clubs and organizations, students can also join one of the school's eight national fraternities, four eating houses or two sororities on campus. The Davidson Wildcats field about 20 NCAA Division I teams, participating in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Davidson's men's basketball team has competed in numerous NCAA tournaments. Freshmen are required to live on campus in the four first-year student residence halls. More than 95 percent of students choose to live on campus in residence halls, apartments, co-op living/learning houses and international houses.

 

Davidson offers more than 20 undergraduate majors. In 2007, Davidson became the nation's first liberal arts college to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages with its initiative called The Davidson Trust, giving all students the chance to graduate free of debt. The school has many traditions, including the Freshmen Cake Race – started in 1934 – which consists of a 1.7 mile race for freshmen, with the winners receiving freshly baked cakes. Notable alumni include former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright; and crime writer Patricia Cornwell. Former President Woodrow Wilson attended Davidson but did not graduate.

An award-winning faculty, exceptional student profile, competitive Division I athletics, top national academic rankings, vital honor code, and nationally-recognized alumni network (60 percent annual fund participation) place Davidson among the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Close contact with professors brings an unusually high number of students into graduate-level research and publishing. Nearly 74 percent of students study abroad. Need-blind admissions attract a diversity of more than 1,700 students from 48 states and Washington, D.C., and 43 countries.  The current freshman class is made up of 49% male, 51% female, 25% students of color and 6% are international.

Preprofessional Programs:

 

Most popular majors:

Biology

Political Science

Economics

https://www.davidson.edu/