For some students, bigger is better, but for others, a small college or university may have that perfect mix of personal attention and community. Of course, the big names get a lot of attention. We go to their basketball games and attend events on their campuses. We shouldn’t forget, though, that small Kentucky colleges and universities provide a unique educational experience. They might not be on your counselor’s radar, or they might be off your beaten path, but be sure to give them a look!
When it comes to four year degrees from extra small colleges, Daymar College has tiny enrollments across the state. With campuses in Bowling Green, Bellevue, and various online programs, this small college seeks to provide practical, in-demand skills. With programs from Criminal Justice to Truck Driving, Daymar focuses on job training. Find more at www.daymarcollege.edu.
If you’re looking for a small school with a religious focus, you have several options in the state. Kentucky Mountain Bible College (www.kmbc.edu), Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (www.ccbbc.edu), and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (www.lpts.edu) offer two and four year degrees in ministry and related fields.
Kentucky Christian University (www.kcu.edu) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (www.kwc.edu) are liberal arts colleges that also have a religious affiliation. Alice Lloyd College (www.acl.edu) has no direct religious tie but emphasizes the role of Christian values in its mission statement. These schools have diverse degree programs and cover the usual subjects. Kentucky Wesleyan provides a four year graduation guarantee and Alice Lloyd has been recognized for their efforts to reduce student debt.
Also, don’t forget DeVry University (http://www.devry.edu/universities/kentucky.html) and Sullivan College of Technology and Design (www.sctd.eku), and Brown Mackie College (www.brownmackie.edu). Do some of these sound familiar? Yeah, they’re the big chains that provide a lot of online classes and flexible schedules. Their Kentucky locations could be a plus to having the best of both worlds. Sullivan’s tech/design focus is more for the hands-on type. Brown Mackie has a unique One Course a Month program that allows students to literally take one step at a time.
Simmons College (www.simmonscollegeky.edu) is another notable tiny college. Simmons embraces its smallness so much that it claims “Small is the New Big.” Simmons is located in urban Louisville and is a historically black college.
Are you a small campus student? Check out the links. Remember, you have options!
Fun Sized: Kentucky’s Smallest Colleges
By Jessica Casebolt
For some students, bigger is better, but for others, a small college or university may have that perfect mix of personal attention and community.