NWCLA is a new kind of college built on relationships, bringing the best of the liberal arts to a richly inclusive student body in the heart of Portland.
The health of our communities depends on dynamic thinkers who can approach complex systems with curiosity, creativity and nuance. In order to create a more equitable and inclusive future, we will also need leaders drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. NWCLA will be a two year liberal arts college for students who will become these thought leaders.
Sculpture by Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis (crashstudioart.com).
Photo by John Urang
STUDENT SUCCESS BUILT ON RELATIONSHIPS
NWCLA will focus on the crucial first two years of college, offering a rigorous yet supportive academic environment, where full-time faculty teach a richly inclusive and deeply diverse student body recruited from the talent we know is right here in Oregon.
OUR STUDENTS, OUR CITY
We know that the best way to serve both our students and our city is by cultivating thick networks that encourage exploration and ongoing dialogue. By creating teams of community members and supporters, we will begin these conversations that will continue long after the first students walk through our doors.
A NEW MODEL FOR LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When do you begin accepting students?
We plan to begin recruiting students in Fall 2018 and welcome our first cohort of students in Fall 2019.
What kind of degree will students receive?
We will offer an associates degree (A.A.)
Note: We are seeking regional accreditation through a partner institution and applying for degree authorization with the state of Oregon. We make no claims to be offering a degree at this time and cannot until we received official approval.
Where will NWCLA be located? Will there be dorms?
NWCLA will be located in downtown Portland near public transportation. NWCLA will not have dorms.
Will admissions depend on SAT scores or standardized tests?
No. Students can submit scores, but they are optional.
For more information see “Keeping It Local.”
Will there be “majors” and “credits”?
Yes credits, no majors. NWCLA is on a quarter system and students will take 16 credits per quarter over two years. There are not summer courses. Students will not have majors, as most classes will correspond to “general education” requirements at most four-year institutions.
Will there be grades?
Yes. Students will receive grades, as well as personalized feedback.
Will students be able to take classes at other local colleges?
NWCLA is working on the details of how students will take classes at other institutions. Because NWCLA’s curriculum is fixed, we assume most students will not be taking classes elsewhere. However, each student’s needs will be assessed in terms of what classes they might need to take an another school. For example, if a student expresses interest in becoming a physics major when they transfer to a four-year college after NWCLA, we will work with the student to figure out how they can take classes at a local institution so that they are not behind with their science sequences when they transfer.
Will NWCLA have a professional skills development component?
Yes. See the sections on “Life after NWCLA” and “Business and Industry”
The Northwest College of the Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of protected classes including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, status as a parent, family relationship, or on the basis of any other category protected by law. The Northwest College of the Liberal Arts does not consider any of the above attributes in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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