Public Liberal Arts

Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges


Why choose a Public Liberal Arts College? UMW is one of 29 colleges in 27 states and Canada that belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

Recognizing the importance of liberal arts and sciences education for success in a complex global society, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) is championing the cause of liberal arts education of superior quality in the public sector. COPLAC institutions provide students of high ability and from all backgrounds access to an outstanding liberal arts education.

COPLAC Colleges and Universities recognize that

  • Liberal arts colleges teach students how to think, talk and write.
  • People skills derive from a well-rounded education. If you are going to go anywhere with your career, you will have to have people skills.
  • The liberal arts curriculum leads to the kind of questioning, analytic, and critical thinking for which employers are looking.