COPLAC – Eastern

The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) advances the aims of its member institutions and promotes awareness of the value of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered, residential environment.

Established in 1987 and now consisting of 29 colleges and universities in 27 states and one Canadian province, COPLAC represents a distinguished sector in higher education. Some campuses have received designation from their state legislatures or public university systems as the state’s public liberal arts college or the public honors college for the liberal arts. Others have carved out a less formal but no less visible role as such in their states or province.

Students at a public liberal arts college enjoy the atmosphere of a private college setting—residential campus life, small classes, personal attention and a faculty committed to teaching—while benefiting from the reasonable cost of education supported in part by public funds. Students learn and apply broad intellectual skills as they prepare to succeed in their chosen careers. Public liberal arts colleges are connected to and serve their local communities, preparing graduates to be leaders in their own communities, and engaged global citizens.

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