Top 4 Colleges/Universities for Literary Arts

For students searching for colleges or universities that specialize in the literary arts, it can be tough to find the best options available. However, as is the case for aspiring students searching for other subject degrees, making the correct choice is essential for setting you up with the best chance for a successful career post-graduation. Therefore, we have broken down the options and have put together a list of the top four literary arts college and universities in the U.S, presented in no particular order. 

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No matter what subject you decide to study, it is more than likely that the financial aspect of going to college or university is one that is weighing heavy on your mind. Therefore, we wanted to take a moment to recommend investing some time into exploring the range of student loan options that are available. For example, some providers require the student to also have a student loan cosigner, so it is important that potential students and their parents take the time to thoroughly explore these providers to avoid any unexpected, and potentially detrimental, surprises. 

Oberlin College

The first establishment on our list is Oberlin College, a liberal arts college situated in Oberlin, Ohio, and established in 1833. Oberlin is noteworthy for this list as it is one of the few in the country to offer a major at the undergraduate level within its Creative Writing Program. Also, Oberlin promotes hands-on experience as part of its education, which also stretches to creative degrees, and regularly champions inclusivity and diversity, being the first college to adopt a policy to admit black students and the first to introduce co-educational programs that granted undergraduate degrees to women. 

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College, unsurprisingly located in Brooklyn, New York, is a City University of New York senior college, founded in 1930. Brooklyn College is of particular interest to this list for two major reasons. The first is that they offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction, poetry, and playwriting, making them an ideal choice for those who are looking to continue their education past the undergraduate level. The second reason is Brooklyn itself, as the borough is a haven for young literary minds, offering literary landmarks, a host of indie bookstores, and nightly reading opportunities for aspiring young writers. 

Wesleyan University 

Founded in 1831 in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts university. On initial viewing, there may not be many factors that spring out that establish this institution as being worthy of this list. However, students who are interested in pursuing careers as writers may be particularly interested in this choice, as the University’s past boasts a number of iconic names. For example, previous professors include T. S. Eliot and V. S. Naipaul, and some of the alumni include Steve Almond and Daniel Handler, otherwise known as Lemony Snicket. 

Princeton University 

Situated in Princeton, New Jersey, and founded in 1746, Princeton University will more than likely require no introduction to many of you reading this list. However, as well as being known as one of the world’s best universities, Princeton also has an impressive portfolio when it comes to the literary arts. Some of its notable students included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Eugene O’Neill, and the University also currently employs some of the biggest names in writing in the world as professors and tutors. Also, with a library that hosts an incredibly rare book collection and a setting that will most certainly act as a fantastic backdrop to your imagination, Princeton should be a serious consideration for those pursuing the literary arts. 

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