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Study Shows Liberal Arts Grads Better Prepared For Careers

CANTON - When the 653 members of St. Lawrence University's Class of 2016 arrive for Orientation on August 26, it's expected that many will feel anxious about beginning their college studies - and so will their parents. But a recent national study shows that graduates of liberal arts institutions feel that their educations made them better prepared for careers and life challenges.

The study was commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium of 130 residential liberal arts colleges, including St. Lawrence, and was conducted by higher education consulting firm Hardwick Day. The Annapolis Group commissioned the survey to determine how its graduates perceive the effectiveness of their educations, as compared to graduates of other types of colleges and universities.

For career preparation, the study showed that 60 percent of liberal arts college graduates said they felt "better prepared" for life after college, compared to 34 percent who attended public flagship universities. Additionally, 76 percent of liberal arts college graduates rated their college experience highly for preparing them for their first job, compared to 66 percent who attended public flagship universities.

Another key finding of the study is that liberal arts college graduates are more likely to graduate in four years or less, giving them a head start on their careers.

The study is one of only a few that explores the lasting effects of college in such areas as career preparation and advancement, skill development, development of personal and professional values and attitude, and community involvement.

For more information on the study, visit the website liberalartseducation.org.