In visiting campuses, we found schools where you can get a fine liberal arts education at a relatively modest price. Public universities like Arizona State and Ole Miss have Honors Colleges, with caring professors and small classes. But we’d also recommend considering taking your first two years at a community college. They all have liberal arts sequences, also with small classes, where you can get to know the faculty. At Oregon’s Portland Community College, we spoke with enthusiastic students, who pay an annual $3,666. State systems make it easy to transfer to a four-year campus, like Western Oregon in the coastal wine country, which emphasizes the liberal arts. Its tuition, room, and board come to $15,294, bringing a four-year total at the two schools to $37,920.
Opportunities like these exist in almost every state. Take a look.
Read why a liberal arts education is worth the price, by Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University. Previously he was provost at the University of Pennsylvania.