Birmingham-Southern College is a selective, nationally ranked, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The College enrolls approximately 1300 undergraduate students, is one of 40 institutions included in Pope's Colleges that Change Lives, and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa. In keeping with its tagline, "Explore, Experience, Excel" BSC is known for making meaningful experiential learning opportunities available to students in a wide array of contexts. The College's academic calendar allows students to undertake special learning opportunities during the Exploration term (January) when they have the opportunity for intense investigation of a particular subject for a period of approximately four weeks: this could be a project proposed by a faculty member or one designed by a student and a faculty sponsor; it may be held on campus or anywhere off campus, domestic or foreign; it may be an overall introduction to a subject area or a specialized interest investigated in depth. Whatever the project chosen, Exploration term provides students with opportunities for creative, experiential, and independent study. The focus on ensuring that students make solid connections between their education and their lives after college extends throughout their four years at BSC. We believe that our obligation as a liberal arts college is to help students develop the capacity to make and communicate responsible decisions based on information accurately gathered and astutely analyzed. Therefore, BSC's general education program is outcomes-based, focusing on graduates' abilities to communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, engage their social and political world, connect their coursework to the wider world, and engage in self-directed learning. Students may choose a major offered by the College or, in consultation with a faculty committee, may design their own individualized major program. The College is recognized nationally for the percentage of its students admitted to medical, dental, or health career programs. At Birmingham-Southern we take pride in our tradition of providing a high-quality liberal arts education, and we are proud of our continued ability to take a flexible approach to maintaining proven educational goals and standards.