Great Experiences

Southwestern University Students Patent Design for Solar Lounge Chair

What started as a class assignment to get students out in the sun has turned into a full-fledged passion for three Southwestern students. Last year, the students won a grant from Southwestern University to build a prototype of their solar chair design.

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Perspectives

"Our best college students are very good at being critical. In fact being smart, for many, means being critical. Having strong critical skills shows that you will not be easily fooled."

Read Young Minds in Critical Condition by Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, available online at the The New York Times website.

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St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students located in Canton, N.Y. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit

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By the Numbers

Liberal Arts Colleges Stand Out in National Alumni Study

Graduates of the 130 liberal arts colleges that make up the Annapolis Group are substantially more likely to say their professors challenged them personally and academically than graduates of other types of institutions, according to a 2011 study.

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Great Outcomes

Alumna publishes undergraduate research in Zoology journal

A biology and mathematics double major, Kristen Crandell B.A. ’09 has published her undergraduate research as the cover story in the journal Zoology.

Mt. Holyoke alum creates free Braille app for iPhones

People with visual impairments have long used Braille to communicate. But the raised-dot Braille system wouldn’t work on smooth-surface smartphones—until Surabhi Gupta ’11 got involved.

A Passion for Politics and the Environment

Whitlee Dean ’11 works as an environmental analyst at Computer Sciences Corporation in Chantilly, Virginia.

The Liberal Arts Changed My Life

 We know that the liberal arts change lives and there are all sorts of statistics to prove it.  But we want to hear from you!

Why top tech CEOs want liberal arts majors

Liberal arts training allows people to think about technology itself in fundamentally different ways, St. Olaf College alumnus David Rose ’89 tells Fast Company magazine.

Science Publishes Trinity Chemistry Research Results

Trinity University chemists team with University of Houston engineers to unlock the role of water and gold in catalytic oxidation.

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