The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

With decision deadlines approaching, many students may be struggling with taking on the financial burden of paying for college. For students also beginning their college planning, deciding what type of college is right for you is also a decision that requires much consideration. At SAGE Scholars, we’re committed to providing students with the highest quality Liberal Arts education and dispelling the common misconceptions about the value of a Liberal Arts degree. We carefully select our member colleges for robust student support, affordability, and innovative education models. Below, you’ll find compelling reasons to consider a Liberal Arts education from our SAGE Scholar Member Institutions.

Skill Development

In our interconnected and globalized world, employers increasingly need employees who can communicate effectively across contexts and in small and large groups. With the rise of social media, the ability to write well—concisely and with impact has become central to effective business. Working with diverse communities and assessing perspectives is also a necessary valued skill in the workforce. A high-quality Liberal Arts education equips students with these skill sets. Further, small communities, individualized mentorship, and diverse curricula mean that students who receive a Liberal Arts degree can think in innovative and solutionary ways about challenges in the workplace.

Liberal Arts and Science

For students interested in the sciences, you may be wondering what benefits a Liberal Arts education has for you. Many Liberal Arts colleges have robust funding and support for the sciences. The required courses of a Liberal Arts education prepare you to look at science from a diverse perspective. The well-rounded exposure of a Liberal Arts education also means that you’ll have a competitive edge in the job market.

College Costs Comparison

For many, the idea of a private college, Liberal Arts education carries an incredible price tag. While it’s true that these colleges are often more expensive than state schools, private Liberal Arts colleges also offer incredible financial aid, grants, student aid, scholarships, and other forms of academic and financial support. Generous financial aid packages at Liberal Arts colleges provide students particularly high-achieving students, with funding packages that make their education just as affordable—if not more so—than their state colleges. Investing in Liberal Arts does have its advantages. Consistently, these colleges boast high graduation rates and produce graduates who do incredibly well in the workforce, with lifetime employment ratings and earnings that are just as good—if not better—than those who do not hold a liberal arts degree. Small student-to-faculty ratios also mean that Liberal Arts students can maximize their education through high-quality teaching, accessible faculty, and student engagement.

Prospective Fields and Career

When maximizing your education in a diverse and ever-evolving job market, graduates must prepare themselves to navigate these contexts flexibly. Liberal Arts colleges help students with coursework that equips them with transferrable, cross-industry skills that add value to any resume. Employers know that Liberal Arts students have a skill set that embodies strategic and critical thinking, which better positions these graduates to become effective collaborative leaders who see the big picture and make definitive plans to overcome workplace challenges. As such, a Liberal Arts education is broad for a reason. It prepares students for many careers that push graduates to grow as people and business leaders.

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St. Francis College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards
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