These colleges followed the precedent set by Princeton:
and William and Mary
conformed to the new model of toleration but Yale
resisted. Thomas Clap
, who was the President of Yale from 1740-1766, opposed the Great Awakening. He eventually lost control of the college
to rebellious students.
The college curriculum of this time included:
- Doctrines of the Modern Enlightenment
- John Locke and Newton's theories
- More thorough teaching of classical authors
- Greek and Latin
- "Common Sense" philosophy
- introduced by John Witherspoon, President of Princeton from 1768-1795
- "He saw no conflict between faith and reason; instead, he encouraged his students to test their faith by the rule of experience."
- Type of study introduced that was aimed at the New York City businessman
College teaching also became an accepted profession during this time period.