Private, denominational colleges emerged that were characterized by their region. They were as follows:
- Northeast - classical, pre-professional, liberal education that catered to the cultural elite. This contributed
to deep loyalty within the student body.
- East - denominational schools created, attended, taught, and administered primarily by church's members
- West - created primarily by towns and religious organizations to boost cultural and economic status
- first curricula mirrored after classical format since leaders often alumni of northeastern institutions. Added practical
department to address needs of locality
- 1860 - average size of colleges was 56 students
- South - primarily state universities that catered to sons of planter aristocracy
The Yale Report of 1828 defended classical curriculum by stating that its purpose was to "discipline the
mind" and that professional training should be relegated to other institutions.