Bucking the Trend…Tiny Colleges

Over the last few decades, the United States has been obsessed with size. Until gas prices approached $5 a gallon, massive SUVs ruled the roads. Even now as gas prices have dropped, I’ve noticed a rise in the number of New SUVs on the road. In the 1950’s, the average new home construction was slightly over 1200 square feet. Today, the average is twice that all while the average family size is shrinking.

Universities are no different, mega-campuses have been increasing to the point where there are now nine public universities with over 50,000 students. Central Florida University now boasts over 60,000 students. This doesn’t count private institutions like Liberty University that grow huge enrollments through online programs. Central Florida wasn’t even established until 1963. The next largest university, The Ohio State University, had 20,512 students in 1950 and had an enrollment of 58,663 last year.

Despite this move toward the large, there has been a counter-movement toward the tiny. Tiny Houses have been getting a lot of press. My kids enjoy watching Tiny House Big Living. And, I admit to fantasizing about the decreased costs…though 5 kids make that an impossible choice.

New Saint Andrews College

There is, however, an equivalent “Tiny” trend in higher education. Faith on View from the beginning was intentional about making the rankings applicable to well know schools like Wheaton College, large schools like Baylor or Liberty Universities, and to small schools, most people have never heard about.

Tiny Colleges, for our purposes, are schools with 250 undergraduate students or fewer. These sort of schools provide a very different educational experience than you will find at large universities. Honestly, their tiny size makes them much more like small communities or families than most schools. If a student wants a tight community with a very personal education some of these schools are worth taking a look at.

Tiny Colleges (250 or fewer students)

Rank Score College Location Students
1. 644 Gutenberg College Eugene, OR 22
2. 603  The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack, NH 87
3. 531 New Saint Andrews College Moscow, ID 148
4. 325 Randall University More, OK 210
5. 294 John Paul The Great Catholic University San Diego, CA 206
6. 255 Morthland College West Frankfort, IL 100
7. 227 Providence Christian College Pasadena, CA 147
8. 210 Northeast Catholic College Warner, NH 36
9. 207 Holy Spirit College Atlanta, GA 19
10. 180 Wyoming Catholic College Lander, WY 112
11. 163 Holy Apostle College & Seminary Cromwell, CT 112
12. 152 University of Fort Lauderdale Lauderhil, FL 31
13. 144 Baptist University of the Americas San Antonio, TX 195


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