About our college

Your source for unparalleled academic choice and diversity  

The intellectual heart of the university

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we take our inspiration from the constantly evolving world to redefine a liberal arts and sciences education for the 21st century. We focus on creating students who are master learners, prepared to take on challenges and pioneer solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

We think big, so our forward-thinking platform transcends traditional academic boundaries. That’s why our 95+ undergraduate majors and 140+ graduate degrees are housed in 23 interdisciplinary schools and departments in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

22,000

Students call our college home

14:1

Student-to-faculty ratio

$126m

In research expenditures

We take pride in providing exceptional academics

Our college offers students, faculty and public audiences access to choose, explore and sculpt a powerful, personalized learning experience. We serve as a forum for political and social critique and an incubator for growth and development, transforming our students into socially aware, critically thinking world citizens.

Humanities

In humanities, we ask questions that provoke thought, art and debate about life’s biggest obstacles. The answers to these questions have changed since humans have been asking them, and we’re still answering them.

Natural sciences

The natural sciences push the boundaries of scientific knowledge, from the smallest bacteria to the stars. We tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and create solutions that help the next generation.

Social sciences

In the social sciences, we study society – the different ways people behave, interact with each other and are shaped by the world. We find solutions to improve the way we live by first understanding who we are.

Groundbreaking news from around the college

Samantha Anderson recently joined the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor, and one of the focuses of her work is how the sample size, or amount of data in an experiment, can affect whether a study replicates.
Combining the artistic space of a traditional residency with the teaching and professionalization of an academic fellowship, The Virginia G. Piper Fellow-in-Residence is unique in spirit and design.

In his poem “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote: “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”