What is a “classical liberal arts” or “Great Books” curriculum?
Our classical liberal arts education is designed to instill universal, timeless principles to guide you through life. You will learn how to think, not what to think. You will learn directly from original sources. Through rigorous analysis and discussions, you also will hone critical thinking and communication skills to understand, support, or counter any assumption. You will gain a deep understanding of the world, the history of how our society evolved, and the originally-intended role of government in a free society. Above all, you will discern your own role in the world and the difference you can make!
Is MLC a religious college?
We affirm what every one of our Founding Fathers noted: virtuous and moral people are necessary to maintain liberty. Therefore, MLC teaches from the Western Canon and within a Judeo-Christian framework. That said, while MLC respects religious traditions underlying our curriculum, we do not promote or endorse any particular denomination – nor are we affiliated with one.
Is MLC accredited? Will MLC accept other schools’ credits? Will they accept MLC credits?
No new college receives accreditation until it has opened and operated for several years. MLC has contacted accrediting agencies and will begin that process as soon as their timelines allow. Yes, if you demonstrate comprehension and fluency for the material in an MLC course (after a similar course elsewhere), we will gladly transfer credit. We also will provide other colleges documentation for all your MLC classes and work. We will not award “life experience” credit without formal CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) scores or similar documentation.
Why do MLC students study the classics instead of textbooks like other colleges?
Textbooks give you brief overviews of facts but tend to be slanted towards the authors’ worldview rather than the original writers’ viewpoints. MLC removes the “middle man.” You will fully experience great minds – such as Plato, Sydney, or Montesquieu – by actually reading their words. What better way to encounter and understand the ideas that have shaped history?
If I do early enrollment at MLC as a senior in high school, how much will it cost?
Since Mount Liberty accepts no government subsidies, tuition remains the same.
What will classes be like at Mount Liberty College? What is the Socratic Method?
Classes at Mount Liberty College are small and intimate with 10 to 20 students. Most are Socratic Method discussions based on readings assigned. You come prepared to participate with questions, comments, and ideas stemming from the readings (while also adding knowledge from your other classes). That is why our classes are longer, in 2-3 hour blocks once or twice a week, which promotes deeper discussions and understanding. We typically sit around a table, where we can more easily communicate and share insights and epiphanies. After just a little practice, you will be prepared to listen and respond to both instructors and other students.
Can I get government-backed student loans and grants to attend MLC?
Mount Liberty College, like Hillsdale and others, will not accept any government funding in order to remain independent with a strict classical liberal arts education. (Accepting government subsidies also means accepting government rules and regulations that may obscure our mission.) To offset federal aid, we are working to keep our tuition and fees as low as possible.
How does MLC differ from other colleges?
Mount Liberty College is not here to earn research grants from government and NGOs. We are not here to enforce the “publish or perish” mantra on our faculty. We are not here to ensure huge paychecks for a bloated administration. Instead, we are here to meet every student’s desire to gain a great education. That is why we only want students who WANT a great education!
Will a Mount Liberty College degree give me the training I need for a job?
We believe that the MLC experience makes you “world ready, not just workforce ready.” In fact, major CEOs and business leaders agree – and now actively seek employees who can relate, communicate, and problem solve! Therefore, if “job” means a specific field such as nursing, IT, or engineering, then the answer is “no.” But if you want to walk out of school with a razor-sharp skill set that sets you apart from others – and helps you in any field – come join us!
Is Mount Liberty a brick-and-mortar or online college?
Mount Liberty is a brick-and-mortar college with an online capability for those who live too far away to come to class in person. We are located in Utah in Salt Lake County. Learning happens best in person, but attending class online is a great option for those who need it.
Does Mount Liberty College have student housing?
As a brand new school with ridiculously low cost, we do not offer student housing. You will find multiple apartment accommodations close by in downtown Salt Lake City. We are also conveniently located near Trax and Frontrunner stations for those living farther away.
Can MLC graduates be accepted to graduate schools before MLC is accredited?
Graduate schools care far more about test scores than they do about which school students attended. For example, a student who studies hard and “aces” the LSAT or GMAT (measured against all other candidates nationwide) still possesses higher odds of acceptance than one with mediocre scores from an historic college. Many “unaccredited” schools have sent students to prestigious graduate schools. Mount Liberty’s curriculum has been developed with this goal in mind.
What does MLC cost?
Our goal is to keep tuition low and affordable; in fact, lower than any other college in Utah. Our tuition is set at $2250 (no added fees) per semester with some scholarships available. Another way we save our students money is our class reading lists. As a Great Books school, most of our books are classics; they are online or relatively inexpensive. You will not find $300.00 textbooks here.