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July 27th: Colleges That Change Lives are Coming

Uploaded: Jul 21, 2015
(Written by John Raftrey)

The Colleges That Change Lives, ctcl.org, schools will be hosting a college fair Monday July 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Mission City Ballroom at 7pm. Pre-registration is not required.

If you are even thinking about attending a small liberal arts and sciences college, you should attend this event which will feature about 40 colleges.

This group was identified by New York Times education writer Loren Pope in 1996 in his book, "Colleges That Change Lives." He wanted to identify colleges that were unheralded, but provided great educations for their students. These colleges have professors who want to teach. Their students have excellent results from both a personal growth standpoint as well as outcomes regarding medical, law and graduate school matriculation.

Loren Pope died in 2008, but his book is updated every few years by his editor Hilary Masell Oswald. Recently west coast schools, St Mary's of California, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette University were added, joining the other west coast schools, Evergreen State, Reed College, and Whitman College.

The following CTCL schools rank in the top 50 schools whose students go on to earn PhD's in science and engineering as measured by percentage of total graduates: Beloit, Earlham, Hampshire, Hendrix, Kalamazoo, Lawrence, St. Johns (Maryland), and Whitman College.

When a student wants to attend a small liberal arts and sciences school, most college counselors I know start with this list of 44 schools for their students.

I hope to see you there on Monday.

A word about our blog: Lori and I recently celebrated our first year of writing, "Thinking About College." Thanks to all of you for your comments and support. This year we are aiming to write shorter, more news oriented posts on a more frequent basis. We will still do longer pieces on admissions strategies and our college tours. We suggest you subscribe to our blog, by filling out the "Follow This Blogger" form at the bottom of this post so you don't miss anything!
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Posted by Ellen Wheeler, a resident of Blossom Valley,
on Jul 23, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Dear Lori and John - Even though my son is now in college I still read your posts. I think they provide great value to parents and students in gaining lots of perspectives about their college application decisions.

Posted by pogo, a resident of Woodside: other,
on Jul 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

pogo is a registered user.

I would encourage the parents of rising seniors to take their child and attend this very worthwhile event.

We did this last year and discovered a lot of colleges that are rarely mentioned in college application circles. We subsequently traveled around the country and visited several of them - they were VERY impressive.

Thanks to Lori and John for this posting!

Posted by Boardermom, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills,
on Jul 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Several years ago, we attended this college fair and then subsequently visited a number of them in the midwest. They are all impressive and provide a different, more personal learning experience. While many parents have never heard of these schools, rest assured, major university graduate programs have heard of all them. Many of these schools also offer 3/2 programs where students attend the liberal arts college for 3 years and then transfer to larger university to earn an undergraduate science degree. At the end of 5 years, students have both a BA and a BS. These schools also offer hefty merit scholarships to encourage students to attend.

Posted by Bunyip, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jul 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

ALL u.s. Schools are substandard. Pay less tuition and allow your kid to get an education in Europe or Australasia. Get a great education at a good price, and some word experience nod the side..... The bubble of USA conglomerates college factories has burst!

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