More than 40 colleges have been called Colleges That Change Lives since 1996. The late Loren Pope, former education editor for the New York Times, wrote the first three editions of a book by this name, and the book became a popular guide among parents, school counselors and college admissions advisors. After Pope passed away in 2008, journalist Hillary Masell Oswald continued his work. She wrote the latest edition of the book that was released in 2013.
What are Colleges That Change Lives?
In the earlier editions of the Colleges That Change Lives books, Pope believed that the ideal size for a college was approximately 2,000 students, and that a liberal arts education offered the best preparation for life after college. But some of the schools that are profiled in the current edition have a larger undergraduate student body. Evergreen State College, one only two public Colleges That Change Lives, has over 3,600 undergraduates.
From experience, my perceptions of a College That Change Lives are that:
Which colleges that are not Colleges That Change Lives are deserving of such recognition?
If I was to recommend other schools to be Colleges That Change Lives, following Pope’s original guidelines, I would consider schools that:
Given the above, I would consider these schools to be deserving of inclusion among the Colleges That Change Lives:
Had I extended this list to larger liberal arts colleges, I would have added Siena College (NY), which has just over 3,000 undergraduates.
If there was interest in adding larger public liberal arts colleges to the Colleges That Change Lives that are closer in size to Evergreen State, but have better freshman retention and graduation rates, my recommendations would include:
I am quite sure that I missed several schools, and welcome your suggestions.
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