Biola University is a private, evangelical Christian university located 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the university has over 150 programs of study in nine schools. Biola University was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles by Lyman Stewart, president of the Union Oil Company of California. Horton, a Presbyterian minister and Christian author. Prichard a Presbyterian minister. In 1912, the school appointed R. A. Torrey as dean, in 1913 began construction on a new building at the corner of Sixth and Hope St. in downtown Los Angeles, which included a 3,500-seat auditorium, two large neon signs on top of the building proclaiming "Jesus Saves", a carillon of eleven bells on which hymns were played three times each day. These early leaders wanted the school to focus on the training of students in the Bible and missions, rather than the broad approach to Christian education typical of Christian liberal arts colleges; the Institute offered a diploma after completion of a two-year curriculum.
This model was based on the Moody Bible Institute. Beginning in the 1920s, attempts were made to broaden the curriculum, but it was not until 1949 that the institution took the name "Biola College" and in 1981 was renamed "Biola University". Biola re-located to La Mirada, California in 1959. In 1915 Torrey announced plans to organize an independent church that would meet in Biola's auditorium called the Church of the Open Door; this decision proved controversial with local Baptist clergy. In 1917, the Institute published a four-volume version of The Fundamentals: A Testimony To The Truth, edited by Torrey and others, with funds donated by Lyman Stewart and his brother Milton. Lyman Stewart died on September 28, 1923, ten months Reuben Torrey resigned as dean; the school appointed Joseph Irvine as President, on April 3, 1925, appointed John Murdoch MacInnis as the school's second dean. MacInnis was a Presbyterian minister, an instructor at the school for only about two years. MacInnis served as dean until his forced resignation on December 31, 1928.
His administration had been turbulent and suffered from leadership conflicts and religious controversy. In 1927, Biola published a book by MacInnis entitled "Peter the Fisherman Philosopher"; this book became the focus of an intense national controversy, in which MacInnis was accused by Fundamentalists of advocating liberal theological positions contrary to Biola's standards. MacInnis was forced to resign, all remaining copies of the book along with the printing plates were destroyed. In 1929 Charles E. Fuller a businessman and graduate of Biola, was drafted as vice president to find a new dean and a president. Elbert McCreery and William P. White, both associated with Moody Bible Institute, were chosen to fill these posts. During the Great Depression, the Institute suffered serious financial difficulties. In 1932, Louis T. Talbot, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, assumed the presidency and helped raise much-needed funds. During the next two decades, Talbot led a shift away from missions, instead concentrating on academic programs.
Talbot Theological Seminary became Biola's first graduate school, in 1977, Biola acquired the graduate programs of Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology and relocated them to the La Mirada campus. Biola added a School of Intercultural Studies in 1983, a School of Business in 1993, a School of Education in 2007. Biola holds two annual student conferences, the Missions Conference during the spring semester and the Torrey Memorial Bible Conference during the fall semester; the Missions Conference is the largest annual missions conference and the second largest missions conference in the world, second only to the tri-annual Urbana Missions Conference. It is a three-day student-run event, intended to inspire students towards missionary activity and provide information about missionary work. Classes are canceled Wednesday through Friday in the middle of spring semester to accommodate this; the conference offers ethnic meals, cultural awareness field trips, on-campus cultural experiences, interaction with missionaries.
The Torrey Memorial Bible Conference is a three-day conference dedicated to students' spiritual growth. Every year a specific topic is chosen, geared towards the typical college student's spiritual needs; the annual one-day Biola Media Conference seeks to advance the integration of the arts. It brings together Christian media leaders and other Christians for education and networking. On November 16, 1996, the university hosted the first national conference on intelligent design. Intervarsity Press published Mere Creation, a collection of the papers presented at the conference. Subsequent intelligent design conferences were held at the University in 2002 and 2004. Since 2015, Biola requires students to attend 5 conference sessions and 20 chapel services per semester, or face a financial penalty. On October 8, 2007, Biola opened the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in Manhattan; the Center offers a Masters in Divinity in Messianic Jewish Studies. The program, in cooperation with Chosen People Ministries, focuses on the education and training of leaders in the Messianic Jewish community.
The program is approved by the New York State Board of Regents and the Association of Theological Schools. Biola offers forty-seven undergraduate majors, eighty concentrations, more than one hundred fifty
Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964 as Baptist College, is an independent comprehensive university located in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Charleston Southern enrolls 3,600 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university's vision is to be nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning and serving. Charleston Southern University was chartered in 1960 and became the Baptist College of Charleston, where it offered its first classes in the education building of the First Baptist Church of North Charleston; the university offered the first instruction at a post secondary level in 1965 and awarded its first degree in 1967. In 1990, the South Carolina Baptist Convention voted to change the university's name from Baptist College at Charleston to Charleston Southern University; the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. CSU students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, criminal justice, computer science, Christian studies, graphic design and nursing.
Each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation, designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills. The College of Nursing offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that works with area hospitals and a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2010, the program was expanded to offer a 2–1 Associate degree in Nursing to BSN program with Trident Technical College; the School of Business maintains one of the larger MBA programs in the state of South Carolina. While the GMAT is not required for admission, the administration has maintained a flexible yet rigorous MBA program where students can attend face-to-face classes, take online courses, or a combination of both. Charleston Southern is located off Exit 205B on I-26 in South Carolina, it is situated on 300 acres the site of a rice and indigo plantation. Beyond the classroom, students can participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, service organizations, intramural athletics and campus ministries.
Intramural athletic activities include flag football, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, more. Campus ministries include Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Outreach, Elevate. Single students under 21 years of age are encouraged to live on campus. There are at least three dining facilities on campus. Alpha Kappa Delta Alpha Nu Omega Future Teachers Society Kappa Kappa Psi Market Economics Society Music Educators Chapter Music Therapy Psi Chi Sigma Tau Delta Spanish Club Tri Beta Alpha Delta Pi sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority American Chemical Society Baptist Campus Ministries Campus Activities Board Campus Crusade Catalyst CSU Students for Life Delta Sigma Theta sorority Iota Phi Theta fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity Lambda Theta Chi Lambda Tau Chi Omega Psi Phi fraternity Omega Phi Beta sorority Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Psi Delta Phi sorority Psi Kappa Phi fraternity Recreational Services Residence Life Council Sigma Gamma Rho sorority Student Government Association Zeta Phi Beta sorority The university offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.
Charleston Southern fields teams in the following sports: Tim Scott – United States Senator Chris Singleton – Professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs Dr. Sam Gandy – Alzheimer's research, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Kelsey Riggs – Sports anchor for WCNC-TV/Charlotte, North Carolina Bobby Parnell – Pitcher for the Chicago White Sox Charlie Simpkins – Olympic Silver Medalist R. J. Swindle – Former MLB pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Thornburg – Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox Charles James – NFL cornerback for the Buffalo Bills and star of HBO's Hard Knocks Official website
Asbury University Asbury College, is a Christian liberal arts institution located in Wilmore, United States. Although it is a nondenominational school, the college's foundation stems from a Wesleyan-Holiness tradition; the school offers 50 majors across 17 departments. A four-year college, Asbury was ranked in the third tier of liberal arts colleges by U. S. News & World Report in 2008. 34 percent of incoming freshmen are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, more than 80 percent of current faculty are full-time. In the fall of 2016, Asbury University had a total enrollment of 1,854: 1,640 traditional undergraduate students and 214 graduate students. Asbury University is a member of the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary, which became a separate institution in 1940, is located across the street from Asbury University. The college's mission statement is, "Asbury University, a Christian Liberal Arts University in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, equips students, through academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for lifelong learning and service to the professions, the family and the Church, preparing them to engage their cultures and advance the cause of Christ around the world."
Asbury College was established in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes in Kentucky. It was called the Kentucky Holiness College, but was renamed after Bishop Francis Asbury, the "Father of American Methodism" and a circuit-riding evangelist. Asbury was instrumental in Methodist education in central Kentucky, having founded the state's first Methodist school, Bethel Academy, in 1790. After being pushed out as President of Asbury College in 1905, Hughes went on to found another college, Kingswood College, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. Kingswood College no longer exists. Despite his disappointment over being removed at Asbury, Hughes wrote in his 1923 autobiography: "Being sure I was led of God to establish, it being my college child born in poverty, mental perplexity, soul agony, I loved it from its birth better than my own life; as the days have come and gone, with many sad and broken-hearted experiences, my love has increased. My appreciation of what it has done, what it is doing, what it promises to do in the future, is such that I am willing to lay down my life for its perpetuation."
In 1928, Hughes was invited to break ground for Asbury College's new chapel, Hughes Auditorium, still in use today. Under great financial difficulty, Asbury College hired Dr. Henry Clay Morrison, a Methodist evangelist and editor of the Pentecostal Herald magazine, as its president in 1910. With the help of his Pentecostal Herald readers and his nationwide reputation as a great preacher, Morrison was able to pay off large debts owed by the college and increase its reputation and student body. After stepping down as president in 1925, Morrison was asked once again to assume the presidency in 1933 under another financial crisis, he served his second term until 1940. Succeeding Morrison as president of Asbury College was his Executive Vice President, Z. T. Johnson, the first alumnus of the college to serve as its president; the longest-tenured president in the school's history to date, Johnson's presidency at Asbury College was marked by growth, both of the student body and the campus physical plant.
Campus improvements during his administration included an amphitheater, a 9-hole golf course, an athletic field with a quarter-mile track, a 370-acre farm, twenty-one duplexes, a triplex, an 18-unit apartment, eight faculty homes, five dormitories, a student center, fine arts building, a library addition, a science hall, the Z. T. Johnson Cafeteria. During his term as president, the student enrollment rose from 526 to 1,135, it was under Johnson's administration that Asbury College moved to full racial integration in 1962. In 2001 The Kinlaw library was completed, it was named in honor of his wife Elsie. It contains over 150,000 items in several collections. There are three floors and most of the collections are on the main and top floors; the college's current president, Dr. Sandra Gray, was inaugurated as the seventeenth president of Asbury on October 5, 2007, she had served as Provost and as professor of business management at the school. Her inaugural challenge was given by Mitch McConnell, United States Senator from Kentucky and Minority Leader of the Senate.
Gray is the first female president of the college. On March 5, 2010, Asbury College became Asbury University. Students come from 43 countries. Nearly 90 percent of the university's students live on campus. Eighty-two percent of the school's faculty hold terminal degrees in their field of study; the university offers master's degrees in education and alternative certification programs. Internships, exchange programs and community service opportunities are available and are part of the curriculum in nearly every major. Asbury has a large general education requirement ranging from 39–57 semester hours; the college has a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. The school has a retention rate of 82 percent on average. Undergraduate majors are divided into three distinct schools, while the School of Graduate and Professional Studies houses all graduate majors: College of Arts and Sciences School of Communication School of Education Since 2000, Asbury University has welcomed graduate students in education. In 2005, the institution added the adult degree completion program for
Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of Kansas is an evangelical Christian college located in McPherson, Kansas offering undergraduate degrees both on-campus and online. Central Christian is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Central Christian teams have Tigers as their mascot; the college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association Division 1. Before July 2015, CCC competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, tennis and field, wrestling. Official website CCC Athletics website
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university in Lakewood, Colorado. CCU was founded by Clifton Fowler in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute. CCU’s heritage dates back to the formation of Denver Bible Institute in 1914. By 1919 the institute had grown immensely, the first permanent home location was purchased by Denver businessmen. In 1945, Denver Bible Institute was granted a state charter to become a four-year Bible college known as Denver Bible College. Expansion continued with the formulation of three main academic schools, including the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, the Bible Institute. Denver Bible College became Rockmont College in 1949. In 1981, Rockmont College was awarded accreditation by the North Central Association, four years merged with Western Bible Institute to become Colorado Christian College. Colorado Christian College merged with Colorado Baptist University, in 1989, to become what is now Colorado Christian University.
The main campus of Colorado Christian University is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb 10 miles west of Denver. The Lakewood campus houses CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies for traditional students; the University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies has regional learning centers throughout Colorado: Denver Tech Center and Global Online Center, Lakewood Center Northern Colorado Regional Center, Southern Colorado Regional Center, Sterling Center at Northeastern Junior College, Western Colorado Regional Center. In 2002, CCU began searching for a new campus near Ken Caryl, Colorado after attempting to develop their Foothills Campus near Morrison, Colorado. For over 40 years, CCU held classes on the 53 acres site, shared with Christian radio station KWBI. Plans failed to rezone additional property at the site for future use and has since been abandoned and demolished. In 2009, Colorado Christian University submitted a preliminary proposal to the Highlands Ranch Community Association to purchase about 100 acres for the development of a new campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Due to opposition from the residents, the University withdrew its bid to purchase land from Highlands Ranch on January 11, 2010. Colorado Christian University is undergoing a major campus renovation of their Lakewood, Colorado location; the renovation is scheduled to take 7–9 years to complete at a cost of over $120 million. Shannon Dreyfuss is overseeing the project; the new academic building, Leprino Hall, was opened in Fall 2014. This building is the first of the CCU renovation; the 43,000 square foot building cost thirty million dollars to build and was completed in the summer of 2014. CCU opened a new residence hall to students in August 2015; the new housing has been named "Yetter Hall" after the president of Rockmont College from 1954-1963, Archie Yetter. The residence hall houses around 300 students in 53 apartment units; each unit includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, full sized kitchen, washer and dryers. On August 24, 2017, the Anschutz Student Center opened, it is located at the center of CCU's campus and has 55,000 square feet of space, including food services, a gym.
The Anschutz Student Center's upper floor is a hangout space for students and includes a game room, along with Student Life and Student Activities offices. The main floor of the student center has a canteen; the Great Room is available for different gatherings of visitors on campus. The next part of the campus renovation is the Chapel; the new Chapel building is estimated to be 17,000 square feet. The University comprises two colleges: the College of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. CCU offers over 100 degree programs as well as certification programs; the University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for Independent Colleges; the College of Undergraduate Studies provides academic programs for traditional undergraduate students and offers off-campus study opportunities through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Best Semester Program, Focus on the Family’s Focus Leadership Institute, Jerusalem University College in Israel.
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers undergraduate degree completion, educator licensing, certificate programs for working professionals. The college offers graduate certificate programs. Students may take courses through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Centers throughout Colorado or through the college’s Global Online Center. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the school has an open enrollment admissions policy. In 2012, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni included Colorado Christian University in its What Will They Learn? study, an annual evaluation system of colleges and universities. The report assigns a letter grade to 1,070 universities based on how many of the following seven core subjects are required: composition, foreign language, American history, economics and science. Colorado Christian University was one of 21 schools to receive an "A" grade, assigned to schools that include at least six of the seven des
Corban University is a private Christian college in Salem, Oregon. The school of about 1,200 students offers undergraduate work in biblical studies, liberal arts, professional studies, graduate work in business, ministry and counseling. Corban is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, athletically is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Established in 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona as the Phoenix Bible Institute, the college moved in 1946 to Oakland and took the name Western Baptist Bible College, affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. In the mid-1950s the school moved to California. In 1969, the college moved to Oregon; the school shortened its name to Western Baptist College in 1978. In the 1970s, Western added liberal arts to its ministry programs. Reno Hoff became the president of the institution in 1999. In 2001, Beth Bartosik became the first Fulbright Scholar in school history.
Corban received a $2.1 million donation in 2001 for a new performing arts center and chapel, the largest donation for the school. In 2004, U. S. News and World Report ranked the school as the eighth best in the western United States for comprehensive colleges, ninth the following year; the college name was changed from Western Baptist College to Corban College on May 7, 2005. "Corban," a Hebrew word, means "a gift dedicated to God." In 2005 the college opened Davidson Hall, a residence hall, had their largest incoming class to that point with 207 freshman and an overall enrollment of 860. In 2006, U. S. News & World Report listed the school at eight, the fifth year in a row the school was in the top ten; as of 2009, the college had an endowment of about $3 million. In 2013, U. S. News Best Colleges listed Corban in its Top 10 for the West for the 13th year in a row. Corban accepts Christian students and holds a Title IX exemption from the US Department of Education. Students are required to provide their testimony of their saving relationship with Jesus Christ in their application to Corban.
In the summer of 2007, Corban's name was extended to Corban College and Graduate School in order to reflect the institution's graduate programs in education and business. In honor of the institution's 75th anniversary, the school became Corban University on May 1, 2010. Dr. Reno Hoff retired as president on June 30, 2013, was succeeded by Dr. Sheldon C. Nord as the university's 10th president. Corban's motto is "Dedicating heart and mind to God," and Corban's mission is "To educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ". Corban operates as a Bible college. All Corban graduates, regardless of major, take a minimum of 18-semester units of Bible classes. All classes are taught from a biblical perspective to show that Christ should be integrated in all areas of life. Corban is theologically conservative, yet attracts men and women from a wide variety of denominations and traditions. Most of the faculty hold advanced degrees, all are professionally active in their disciplines.
Corban is committed small class sizes and interactive pedagogy, where students are treated as individuals. The school was ranked as the fifth best amongst western regional colleges by U. S. News & World Report in 2016. Corban's campus is on a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Salem, the college owns 222 acres of the wooded hillside; the trees are Douglas Fir and Oregon White Oak with a smattering of Big Leaf Maple. The site was the site of the Oregon Institute for Deaf-Mutes and the Oregon State Tuberculosis Hospital; some buildings on campus date to those facilities. Over one hundred bird species have been identified on campus; the school operated the Corban School of Ministry in Tacoma, after the Northwest Baptist Seminary was merged with Corban in 2010. Throughout the years Corban has emphasized community. Freshmen and Sophomores, unless over the age of 21 or are married, must live on campus, they have six resident halls: Aagard, Prewitt, Van Gilder and Davidson. On campus is the 683-seat Psalm Performing Arts Center opened in 2005 at a cost of $3.7 million.
The library houses the Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum with collections from Greece and the Middle East. Corban University operates KWBX, a non-commercial educational radio station with its transmitter in Salem, Oregon, it is part of a Christian Hit Radio format. KWBX breaks from the network on the 20s for local news and announcements. Corban University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Warriors, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Men's sports include baseball, cross country, soccer and track & field; the school colors are gold. The C. E. Jeffers Sports Center is a multi-purpose 1,500 seat sports arena in Salem, Oregon, home to the Corban Warriors, it houses the basketball and volleyball teams. The student section, reserved for "Fanatics," is small but passionate; the building namesake, Clarence E. Jeffers, was a Corban building contractor; the exterior of the arena was renovated in 2013. Patrick Daka Elizabeth Halseth, Nevada State Senator Frank Prewitt Steve Reese Sherrie Sprenger, member of Oregon House of Representatives Official website Official athletics website
Liberal arts college
A liberal arts college or liberal arts institution of higher education is a college with an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences. Such colleges aim to impart a broad general knowledge and develop general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. Students in a liberal arts college major in a particular discipline while receiving exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, including sciences as well as the traditional humanities subjects taught as liberal arts. Although it draws on European antecedents, the liberal arts college is associated with American higher education, most liberal arts colleges around the world draw explicitly on the American model. According to US News & World Report, the top ten ranked Liberal Arts Colleges in America for 2019, by alphabetical order are: Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Carleton College, Claremont McKenna College, Davidson College, Middlebury College, Pomona College, Swarthmore College, Wellesley College, Williams College.
There is no formal definition of liberal arts college, but one American authority defines them as schools that "emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study." Other researchers have adopted similar definitions. Although many liberal arts colleges are undergraduate, some offer graduate programs that lead to a master's degree or doctoral degree in subjects such as business administration, nursing and law. Although the term "liberal arts college" most refers to an independent institution, it may sometimes refer to a university college within or affiliated with a larger university. Most liberal arts colleges outside the United States follow this model. Liberal arts colleges are distinguished from other types of higher education chiefly by their generalist curricula and small size; these attributes have various secondary effects in terms of administration as well as student experience. For example, class size is much lower at liberal arts colleges than at universities, faculty at liberal arts colleges focus on teaching more than research.
From a student perspective, a liberal arts college differs from other forms of higher education in the following areas: higher overall student satisfaction, a general feeling that professors take a personal interest in the student's education, perception of encouragement to participate in discussion. Many students select liberal arts colleges with this sense of personal connection in mind. From an administrative standpoint, the small size of liberal arts colleges contributes to their cohesion and ability to survive through difficult times. Job satisfaction is typically higher in liberal arts colleges, for both faculty and staff; the smaller size makes it feasible for liberal arts colleges to adopt experimental or divergent approaches, such as the Great Books curriculum at St. John's or Shimer, or the radically interdisciplinary curriculum of Marlboro. In addition, most liberal arts colleges are residential, which means students live and learn away from home for the first time; the distinctiveness of these attributes is somewhat eroded by the tendency of universities to adopt aspects of the liberal arts college, vice versa.
For example, several American universities, including the University of California system, have experimented with a cluster colleges model in which small liberal-arts-college-like units within a larger university form a "honeycomb of residential colleges". In addition, some universities have maintained a sub-unit that preserves many aspects of the liberal arts college, such as Columbia College within Columbia University. Liberal arts colleges themselves sometimes cluster to offer greater curricular breadth or share other resources. In academia, liberal arts refer to subjects or skills that aim to provide general knowledge and comprise the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects. Most liberal arts colleges nowadays, offer more than just liberal arts subjects, such as computer science from the formal science discipline. Liberal arts colleges are found in all parts of the world. Notwithstanding the European origins of the concept of liberal arts education, today the term is associated with the United States, most self-identified liberal arts colleges worldwide are built on the American model.
The Global Liberal Arts Alliance, which incorporates institutions on five continents, refers to itself as "an international, multilateral partnership of American style liberal arts institutions."In 2009, liberal arts colleges from around the world formed the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, an international consortium and "matching service" to help liberal arts colleges in different countries deal with their shared problems. The liberal arts college model took root in the United States in the 19th century, as institutions spread that followed the model of early schools like Harvard and Dartmouth, although none of these early American schools are regarded as liberal arts colleges today; these colleges served as a means of spreading a European cultural model across the new country. The model proliferated in the 19th century; as of 1987, there were about 540 liberal arts colleges in the United States. The oldest liberal arts college in America is considered to be Washington College, the first college chartered after American independence.
Other prominent examples in the United States include the so-called Little Ivy co