College 3 x 5: Small College with Creative Writing Programs
Students who love to write can thrive on college campuses that feature small classes, close relationships with professors who are also published authors, and deep involvement with campus literary publications. Here are five colleges that are known for their ability to engage and develop student writers. Some colleges offer a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, others offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
The Kenyon Review, a quarterly literary magazine is one of the most respected publications of its kind, featuring the best new poetry, essays, and short stories of emerging writers. Students may work as associates that organize literary events, interview writers, and assess manuscripts.
The Kenyon-Exeter Program takes students to the University of Exeter, England, for a semester to study the literature and culture of England, supplemented by tours to Stratford and London.
By the numbers: 38% Acceptance Rate; Mid-range SAT scores: CR 630-720, M 600-690; Mid range ACT 28-32.
Poet William Stafford spent most of his teaching career at Lewis & Clark, which has one of the oldest creative writing programs among colleges in the west. Six literary publicationsplus a journal that publishes original student plays are produced on campus.
Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grants sponsored by the Dean’s office enable students to work with professors in a variety of literary endeavors.
By the numbers: 63% Acceptance Rate; Mid-Range SAT scores: CR 600-700, M 580-670, Mid-range ACT 26-31.
Regardless of a student’s major, and even though students take only three classes per semester, intense “writing across the curriculum” continues for the first three years. Writing majors can choose from forty writing courses.
Writing majors benefit from the campus proximity to New York City for internships in which students can use their writing training in schools, publishing houses, small presses, journal productions, magazines, and nonprofit arts agencies.
By the numbers: 77% acceptance rate; Standardized test scores not required for admission.
Located on 13,000 forested acres on a hilltop, this liberal arts college with Episcopal foundations produces the oldest literary quarterly in the US, The Sewanee Review, and hosts the Sewanee Writers’ Conference each summer.
Any student, regardless of his/her major, can earn the Certificate in Creative Writing noted on their transcript by completing three seminars in creative writing and a capstone project.
By the numbers: 60% Acceptance Rate; Mid-range SAT scores: CR 580-670, M 560-650; ACT Mid-range 26-30.
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