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What does it mean for a college to be labeled as a research university?

Hi there! I'm starting my college search and I've come across the term 'research university' quite often, but I'm not exactly sure what it means. How does a research university differ from a liberal arts college or other types of universities? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hey! You've raised a great question. A 'research university' typically refers to a large-scale institution that prioritizes both teaching and research. These universities offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, and often have a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and medical research.

Liberal arts colleges, on the other hand, are more focused on providing students with a well-rounded undergraduate education in which students take classes from a diverse array of subjects. These colleges tend to have smaller class sizes and a more intimate learning environment.

My daughter attends a research university, and she's experienced the benefits of being part of a school with ample research opportunities. Not only has she been able to actively participate in cutting-edge research projects, but she's also had access to excellent resources and facilities. Ultimately, it depends on your personal preference and goals. Think about what kind of environment you'd like to be in, and that should help guide your decision. Good luck with your college search!

9 months ago

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