10 Incredible Liberal Arts Colleges On the Rise

3. Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)

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In a recent report from Georgetown University, Susquehanna University, frequently abbreviated SU, was ranked in the top 10% of colleges for students with the highest graduate earnings

In 2013, SU’s GO Program won the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. The GO Program, instituted in 2009, requires every student to engage in a cross-cultural learning experience off campus. This experience can be as short as a few weeks or as long as an entire semester.

In the last 5 years, SU has been ranked by many of the nation’s top publications, including Washington Monthly (#54 best liberal arts college) and the Princeton Review (A Best Northeastern College).

Students find themselves employed in the top companies worldwide after graduation. Some of the companies alumni have recently been placed into include IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, the Boston Red Sox, KPMG, and many, many more.

2. Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA)

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More and more, top publications are recognizing Juniata College for significant learning outcomes, unique curricular offerings, and alumni who are changing the world.

The core of the Juniata College experience is the “Program of Emphasis.” Rather than participating in a traditional academic major system, students have the option to choose their own program of emphasis, the courses they will take to achieve proficiency in the subject, and graduate with a degree in it.

It’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of this approach; Juniata has produced 8 Academic All-Americans, 14 Goldwater fellows, 19 Fulbright scholars, and places at least one student into Harvard’s prestigious Summer Research Scholar program.

Juniata is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in America, representing 37 countries in a student body of just 1,600!

Graduating students have been placed into the world’s top universities for Master’s degrees, including Stanford, MIT, and Princeton. Additionally, for those who seek employment, consistently 90%+ find a job within months of graduation. 

Experiential education is at the heart of the Juniata; 80% of all students participate in an internship during their 4 years at the school.
One of the most important liberal arts colleges in the country, thanks to recent recognition in the Princeton Review, Fiske’s Guide, and more, Juniata is on the rise.

1. Hendrix College (Conway, AR)

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Is Hendrix College America’s best kept secret in liberal arts college education? 

We think so…and here’s why:

In 2013, US News and World Report ranked Hendrix College the #1 “up-and-coming” liberal arts college in the nation; when looking into the data, it is easy to see why.

Hendrix’s seniors engage in “high-impact” projects; 68% participate in internships, 66% engage in research study alongside faculty, and over 80% complete a thesis-type project. 

Hendrix is widely considered one of the best “bang-for-your-buck” institutions, with Kiplinger as well as Forbes calling it a “Best Value” college in 2019.

A new initiative at Hendrix is the Murphy Scholars Program; sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, students in this selective offering received significant resources in pursuing their passion for literature and language studies.

Students consistently rave at the excellence of their education at Hendrix, and the learning outcome speaks for itself; 90%+ of their graduating students either go into a doctoral-degree track system, or find employment otherwise soon after graduation.

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