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  Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) hours.   Center for Civic Engagement;
Petrel Points (Leadership, Civic Engagement, Arts& Ideas) required of students
  “The Hexagon:” The Liberal Arts organization of the program.   The Core Curriculum and Liberal Arts major
  The Extended Essay: No multiple choice tests, sit down and edited written exams. Emphasis on understanding concepts /ideas, not just memorizing facts.   Emphasis of writing and independent research in the Core Curriculum. Developing your own point of view. Honors Thesis that prepares students for grad school.  
  Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class: how different Areas of Knowledge (academic disciplines) compare epistemologically, where does knowledge come from,
and how do you fit in.
  Interdisciplinary and metacognitive nature of the
Core Curriculum. Common experience for all students regardless of major spread over 4 years.
  Document analysis in History and reaction to primary sources in Language A1 (Literature).   Use of primary sources in Core Curriculum: Homer, Cervantes, Lao Tzu, Toni Morrison.      
  Small classes based on discussion, with highly motivated instructors.   Small classes (13:1 student/faculty ratio) Nationally ranked #14 for class discussion, faculty ranked #17 (Princeton Review, 2010)      
  Required interdisciplinary connections between classes.   The Core Curriculum. Honors Program with seminars taught by two professors from different fi elds of study, i.e. physics and anthropology.      
  Small school, or relatively small cohort within a large school with common classes taken at the same time.   Small liberal arts environment (1100 students) where great conversations evolve organically outside of class due to common curriculum.      
  Creating citizens of the world.   24 tuition exchange partner schools globally,
including University of Oxford (UK). Faculty lead
short term (2-3 wk) study abroad trips for credit.
Students come from 28 countries and 34 states.
Ranked #11 for race/class interaction (Princeton
Review, 2010)
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