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UMICH High Ranking College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Leaves Students Prepared Post-College

By Kelly Church

The University of Michigan has nearly 20 colleges under the Ann Arbor university's umbrella. Of these, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) has some of the highest ranked programs in the country, topping lists in London's The Times, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. LSA is proud of their standing as a classic liberal arts college that provides "hands-on, practical learning and leadership opportunities" for students.

Within the LSA are programs ranging from ancient philosophy, museum studies and culture & cognition to human rights and neuroscience. These programs are built for students with not just excellent academic ability, but also those who show more than just outstanding report cards.

"[The university knows] that there is a great variation among our applicants' personal circumstances, home communities and high schools, including those schools' course offerings and grading practices," Matt Nelson, Communications Manager, says. "As a result, the university's admissions process considers all aspects of a student's record and experience- we do not admit applicants solely on the basis of any single criterion."

Among the list of considerations are a student's grades in challenging courses, high ACT/SAT scores, participation in extracurricular activities, professional arts training and signs of leadership, including awards and service. Nelson says students in the LSA are taught by some of the best college professors in the world. Many universities hold courses that are taught by student professors. In LSA's program, students are taught entirely by tenured professors. This allows for students to have a truly engaged academic experience taught by mentors.

"LSA also focuses on engaged-learning opportunities in which students can envision the ways their coursework can be applied in real-life settings," Nelson says. "We boat a rapidly growing internship network geared specifically for liberal arts students, numerous learning opportunities and 99 study abroad programs. Our award-winning Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program was among the first of its kind and allows first- and second-year students the chance to conduct original, hands-on research in conjunction with members of U-M's faculty."

LSA has additional opportunities for students to gain experience that allows them to graduate from the University of Michigan with a great start to their resume and guidance for when they leave. The Newnan Academic Advising Center and the U-M Career Center are there to help students navigate post-graduation life and opportunities that are available. They also encourage students to join the wide network of alumni all over the world, tapping into nearly every profession out there.

"An LSA degree prepares students to succeed in a variety of careers, with the tools they need to adapt to emerging fields and to answer questions that have yet to be asked," Nelson says. "Access to this unparalleled education within the framework of the nation's top public research university is what makes LSA unlike any other liberal arts college."

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