[caption id="attachment_52339" align="alignleft" width="150"] Research points to broader benefits of studying liberal arts in small settings, in areas like leadership, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.[/caption]

They're the places you think of when you think of "college"—leafy campuses, small classes, small towns. Liberal-arts colleges are where students ponder life's big questions, and learn to think en route to successful careers and richer lives, if not always to the best-paying first jobs.

But many of today's increasingly career-focused students aren't buying the idea that a liberal-arts education represents a good value, and many small liberal-arts colleges...

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