Selective Liberal Arts Colleges- Information Session and Visit

Six of the US’s most prestigious and highly ranked colleges will be Gauteng, South Africa. These institutions will be hosting an undergraduate information session on selective admissions as well as descriptions and history on all. Amherst College: is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,817 students in the fall of 2012. Students choose courses from 38 major programs in an unusually open curriculum. Amherst is ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked tenth out of all U.S. colleges and universities by Forbes. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its president, Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. Amherst was established as, and remained, a men's college until becoming coeducational in 1975. Amherst has historically had close relationships and rivalries with Williams College and Wesleyan University which form the Little Three colleges. It is also a member of the Five College Consortium. Amherst is a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which allows its students to attend classes at four other Pioneer Valley institutions. These include Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to the 850 courses available on campus, Amherst students have an additional 5,300 classes to consider through the Consortium (without paying additional tuition) and access to 8 million library volumes. The Five Colleges are geographically close to one another and are linked by buses that run between the campuses. For more info go to  Bennington College: . It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 660, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 440 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southwestern Vermont. Three structures set a Bennington education apart. First, graduate-style academic advising allows students to map a territory for study and practice that goes beyond the bounds of a traditional major and serves them at Bennington and after graduation. Students work closely with an advisory committee of three faculty to guide their progress over four years and to ensure that their plan is challenging, academically sound, and significant. By building, articulating, and advocating for the substance of their education, Bennington students hone their ability to thrive in a world without givens, to tolerate ambiguity, and to see clear to a solution even when a path is not laid out before them. Second, Bennington is the only college in the country to require an annual internship since its founding. For two months every winter, students work with an organization or institution of their choosing, anywhere in the world, to apply what they have learned on campus and to focus what they study and make at Bennington. In this way, students join the field that interests them without waiting for graduation. Third, Bennington is a highly engaged community of active makers and practitioners, regardless of their field. The faculty and administration are mentors and peers ready to engage with students work in addition to being subject matter experts. The Bennington community extends far beyond the campus, offering connections to alumni, colleagues, and employers around the world.  The student-faculty ratio at Bennington College is 9:1, and the school has 85.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bennington College include: Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Master's degrees offered: MFA in Writing, MA in Teaching a Second Language, MFA in Performing Arts, and Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. At Bennington College, 71.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,475. For more information please go to Pomona College: is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California. Pomona is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled approximately 1,600 students in fall 2012. The founding member of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona is a non-sectarian, coeducational school. Since 1925, the Claremont Colleges, which have grown to include five undergraduate and two graduate institutions, have provided Pomona's student body with the resources of a larger university while maintaining the benefits of a small college. Any student attending Pomona can enroll in up to 50% of his or her classes at the other four colleges in the Claremont Colleges. Through the Claremont Colleges, Pomona students have access to over 2200 courses each year. The average class size at Pomona is 15. All classes are taught by professors, and there is an 8:1 ratio of students to professors. Students take at least one course in each of five areas: Creative Expression; Social Institutions and Human Behavior; History, Values, Ethics and Cultural Studies; Physical and Biological Sciences; and Mathematical Reasoning. Pomona has 47 majors; students who would like to create their own major are eligible to do so following specific guidelines. The 10 most popular declared majors for Spring 2014, in order, are: Economics (97), Mathematics (91), Neuroscience (70), Psychology (62), Biology (60), Computer Science (59), Chemistry (46), Environmental Analysis (45), Public Policy (44), and English (41). Pomona is ranked fifth out of all liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report and eighth out of all undergraduate colleges and universities in the USA by Forbes. It is the most endowed liberal arts college in the country on a per capita basis, the fourth most endowed school on a per capita basis, and the second most selective liberal arts college by acceptance rate.For more information please go to: Smith College:  is a private, independent women's liberal arts college with coed graduate and certificate programs, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. It is the largest member of the Seven Sisters. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 19th among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Smith is also a member of the Five Colleges consortium.  Smith College has 285 professors in 41 academic departments and programs, for a faculty:student ratio of 1:9. It was the first women's college in the United States to grant its own undergraduate degrees in engineering. The Picker Engineering Program offers a single ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in engineering science, combining the fundamentals of multiple engineering disciplines. Smith recently joined the SAT optional movement for undergraduate admission. Through Smith's internship program, "Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work," every undergraduate is guaranteed access to one college funded internship during her years at the college. This program enables students to access interesting self-generated internship positions in social welfare and human services, the arts, media, health, education, and other fields.For more information please go to   Swarthmore College:  is a private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 17.7 km southwest of Philadelphia. Founded in 1864, Swarthmore was one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the United States. The school was organized by a committee of Quakers from three "Hicksite" yearly meetings: Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. Many of the founders were prominent in the abolitionist and women's rights movements and other social concerns and included Edward Parrish, (1822-1872), Deborah and Joseph Wharton, Benjamin Hallowell, and James and Lucretia Mott, (1793-1880). Swarthmore was established to be a college, "...under the care of Friends, at which an education may be obtained equal to that of the best institutions of learning in our country." By 1906, Swarthmore dropped its religious affiliation, becoming officially non-sectarian. Swarthmore is a member of the "Tri-College Consortium", a cooperative arrangement among Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford Colleges. In addition, the College is affliated with the University of Pennsylvania through the "Quaker Consortium," allowing for students to cross-register for classes at all four institutions. Uncommon for a liberal arts college, Swarthmore has an engineering program in which at the completion of four years' work, students are granted a B.S. in Engineering. Other notable programs include minors in peace and conflict studies, cognitive science, and interpretation theory. Swarthmore has a total undergraduate student enrollment of 1,534 (for the 2013-2014 year) and 178 faculty members (98% with a terminal degree), for a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. The small college offers more than 600 courses a year in over 40 courses of study. Swarthmore has a reputation as a very academically oriented college, with 90% of graduates eventually attending graduate or professional school. Some sources, including Greene's Guides, have termed Swarthmore one of the "Little Ivies". In its 2013 college ranking, the national news magazine, "U.S. News & World Report" ranked Swarthmore as the 3rd-best liberal arts college in the nation, behind Williams and Amherst. The cost of tuition, student activity fees, room, and board for the 2013-2014 academic year was $57,870 (tuition alone was $44,368). One hundred percent of admitted students' demonstrated need is offered by the college. In total, about half of the student body receives financial aid, and the average financial aid award was $38,701 during the 2013-14 year. As a need-blind school, Swarthmore makes admission decisions and financial aid decisions independently. For more information please go to  Williams College:  is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. Williams has three academic curricular divisions (humanities, sciences and social sciences), 24 departments, 36 majors, and two master's degree programs in art history and development economics. There are 334 voting faculty members, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 7:1. As of 2012, the school has an enrollment of 2,052 undergraduate students and 54 graduate students. The academic year follows a 4–1–4 schedule of two four-course semesters plus a one-course "winter study" term in January. A summer research schedule involves about 200 students on campus completing projects with professors. Williams College currently occupies 1st place in U.S. News & World Report‍ 's 2014 ranking of the 266 liberal arts colleges in the United States. Forbes magazine ranked Williams the best undergraduate institution in the United States in its 2014 publication of America's Top Colleges beating out other colleges such as Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. For more information please go to They will be doing an overview of selective liberal arts colleges in the U.S.Each College will be have an admission officer present to present on their institutions and there will also be time to chat and ask questions of them.  SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE BOOK SOON (NO LATER THAN 24 MAY AT 5PM) Look forward to seeing you there! EducationUSA South Africa   Info summaries are excerpted from wikipedia & US News.


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