I'm a 25 year old non-traditional transfer student who wants to major in some variety of critical theory and/or philosophy. I've attended community college intermittently and have a 3.3 GPA. I plan to transfer in as a sophomore. I'm not very familiar with the college application process and I'm really thankful for any advice!
I'm looking for a college that is supportive and hands on. The environment I'm looking for is non competitive and emphasizes a healthy work balance. My top priority is focusing on my critical thinking and writing skills. I'm looking for a school where the majority of my classes are small and discussion based (preferably classes would try to implement the use of primary sources.) I have been accepted to St. John's College
While I love the program I am concerned that it is too rigorous and they do not offer long term study abroad.
I know I will be challenged at whatever school I go to but my mental health really depends on a proper sleep schedule and time to decompress. A college culture that usually consists of late night study sessions to keep current with school work wouldn't work for me. I am open to any non-traditional schools as well!
Location: Willing to consider anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. I would love to get my entire degree abroad but academic quality comes first. (Which is why I'd like to study abroad).
Financial aid: Since my list may be limited I don't want to cut out any schools at this stage because of financial aid. I will look up my EFC and compare later.
Here is the list of schools I'm looking at so far. I realize some of these schools are competitive to get in with my stats. These are schools that stood out to me when researching the learning environment that I'm aiming for. Feel free to comment if they seem too out of reach. Thank you!
St. Olaf (liked the great conversations option)
Macalester College ( I liked the concentration in critical theory)
Cornell College (I like the block plan)
Bard Berlin (I like the interdisciplinary approach)
Quest University ( I like the interdisciplinary approach)
Concordia University (liberal arts college in Quebec)
Mt. Holyoke (interested in critical social thought major)
Oberlin College (really seemed to push the discussion based format)