Why Small Colleges Are Ideal for STEM Majors

Jan 31, 2022

Small colleges have advantages over large universities. For students in STEM, these benefits cannot be matched.

1. Faculty and Student Relationships

Small colleges offer smaller class sizes, meaning you won’t be just another face in a lecture hall. Students form personal relationships with faculty members, who are experts in their field. Professors often teach multiple courses, which allows students to grow with their faculty and peers. Small colleges also encourage one-on-one interaction with faculty. These relationships not only help students academically but also open doors for recommendations and future opportunities as a result.

2. Research Opportunities

Faculty members are often engaged in research projects outside of teaching. Attending a small college allows students to partner with faculty members on their research, leading to publications and internship opportunities.

3. Proximity to City Life

College campuses can be overwhelming. Some universities are the size of a city! Some universities partner with hospitals located on their own campus, but a small college close to a city gives students similar options. For example, students who study at Eastern Nazarene are located near Boston, a major hub for hospitals, medical research facilities, and more.

4. Internship Opportunities

Faculty at small colleges build relationships with their students and, so they are more than happy to help find internships in their desired field. Professors encourage learning outside the classroom, and internships are important for developing career skills. Because professors are well connected in their field, they can provide valuable networking opportunities. Mentors are everywhere on a small campus. The ENC Center for Student Enrichment offers information regarding internships, for instance. Students can even make an appointment to talk to a career counselor through the CSE. Explore some of ENC’s successful internships.

5. Extracurricular Experiences

Small class sizes allow professors to engage students in different ways. Students at ENC study animals of all kinds under the guidance of Professor Jonathan Twining. Smaller class sizes also mean more field trip opportunities, For students at ENC, this means trips to the aquarium, hikes at the nearby Blue Hills Reservation, and field research in nearby environments. Environmental science students can also register for travel courses, which have previously included Hawaii and Costa Rica.

6. Well-Rounded Education

Finally, attending a small college likely means a liberal arts education. Good news: a liberal arts education prepares students for both career success and for graduate education. In fact, these schools make up the majority of institutions where graduates go on to earn doctorates. Small colleges value collaboration between students and faculty, thus preparing students for the working environment.

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