Before we started looking for colleges for S19, I had a very limited view of what his undergrad education could look like. And then we found LACs. Our niece is at UIUC and her classes are huge. Has honestly said she doesn’t need to go to do well. The only exception is her calc class where she cannot understand the professor or the TA so she tries to figure it out with friends or with the digital textbook that has an “extra help” section. That is not getting an education.
Some people wonder why we would send S19 to such a small school. We came to the conclusion that the best undergrad education (for him) would be at a place where there would be no question that he would know his professors and be challenged in small classrooms by his peers. Not all of his classes will be setting him up for a job. We want him to learn how to think critically and to become a strong writer. He will major in math but still have plenty of space to take all kinds of thought provoking classes. Ideally an undergrad education involves a lot of discussion about a wide range of topics. At no other time in his life will he have this chance. We feel like one can separate the two - education and job placement. He can “get a liberal art education” and still make sure he gets internships during the summers and sets himself up for being employed come graduation.
We really look at these four years and what he will gain as a person during that time. It’s not all about the outcome. It doesn’t matter if he “ends up in the same spot” as a business major from a big university. Maybe he will. But we think his undergrad experience will be richer at a small school and will serve him well long term.