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Princeton Review College Ranking
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Show/Hide Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA save school
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Swarthmore College “has a lovely campus, the people are almost unbelievably friendly, it’s a safe environment, and it’s really, really challenging academically,” and “although it’s not one of the most well-known schools, those who do know of it also know of its wonderful reputation. It’s where to g...

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Middle 50% Math score - 670-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 1534

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Show/Hide Duke University Durham, NC save school
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Duke University is “all about academic excellence complemented by highly com­petitive Division I sports and an enriching array of extracurricular activities,” making the university “an exciting, challenging, and enjoyable place to be.” Undergraduates choose Duke because they “are passionate about a...

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Middle 50% Math score - 690-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 6655

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Show/Hide Princeton University Princeton, NJ save school get a brochure
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As a member of the grand old Ivy League, Princeton University has long main­tained a “sterling reputation” for quality academics; however, students say Princeton’s “unique focus on the undergraduate experience” is what makes their school stand out among institutions. It attracts “really experienced...

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Average GPA - 3.87

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-790

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-35

Total Enrollment - 5336

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Show/Hide California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA save school
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Beyond arguably one of the most rigorous undergraduate educations in science out there, Caltech is a small, tight-knit community that is “geared towards training tomorrow’s leaders and pioneers in the field of science.” There may be a heavy emphasis on scientific learning and research, but “not to ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 760-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-790

Middle 50% Writing score - 700-790

Middle 50% ACT score - 33-35

Total Enrollment - 978

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Show/Hide Harvard College   save school
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Bully to those who get the chance to be a part of the “dynamic universe” that is Harvard College, who find themselves in an “amazing irresistible hell” that pushes them to the extremes of their intellect and ability. Unsurprisingly, the legendarily “very difficult” school attracts some of the count...

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Average GPA - 4.04

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-35

Total Enrollment - 6722

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Show/Hide Wesleyan University Middletown, CT save school
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Tucked away in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a dynamic institution “committed [to] catering to its undergraduates.” The school cer­tainly attracts those with a high level of “intellectual interest and curiosity” and students “really engage their education in a meaningful way.” For...

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Average GPA - 3.76

Middle 50% Math score - 660-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 650-740

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 2906

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Show/Hide Williams College Williamstown, MA save school
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Williams College is a small bastion of the liberal arts “with a fantastic aca­demic reputation.” “Williams students tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how much work they have” but they say the academic experience is “absolutely incomparable.” Classes are “small” and “intense.” “The facil...

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Middle 50% Math score - 660-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-770

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 2077

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Show/Hide Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN save school get a brochure
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The word “balance” is much used by students in describing Vanderbilt University, whether it is the “campus mixed with city, academics mixed with social life, small population mixed with big athletics,” or the “unique balance [that] exists between social life and schoolwork.” Students say this “bala...

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Average GPA - 3.75

Middle 50% Math score - 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 6835

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Show/Hide Wesleyan College Macon, GA save school
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To many of its students, the words “sisterhood” and “tradition” are synony­mous with Wesleyan College. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan “was the first college [chartered] to offer degrees to women.” This private women’s college located in Macon, Georgia, is “all about community, academics, and faith.” Stu...

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Middle 50% Math score - 430-560

Middle 50% Verbal score - 450-570

Middle 50% Writing score - 420-340

Middle 50% ACT score - 17-22

Total Enrollment - 648

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Show/Hide Yale University New Haven, CT save school
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Listening to Yale students wax rhapsodic about their school, one can be for­given for wondering whether they aren’t actually describing the platonic form of the university. By their own account, students here benefit not only from “amazing academics and extensive resources” that provide “phenomenal...

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Middle 50% Math score - 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 710-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 720-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-35

Total Enrollment - 5438