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50 Schools Best Value Colleges for 2011 – Private
Show/Hide Carleton College Northfield, MN save school get a brochure
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Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call “collaborative academia.” The “phenomenal” profes...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 2045

Show/Hide Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA save school
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Personal and intellectual growth is at the heart of the Gettysburg College experience. Students eagerly praise the school’s “friendly, community-oriented atmosphere,” and competent, caring professors. “The faculty takes a developed interest in the students’ academics and successes, [and] the campus...

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Middle 50% Math score - 600-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-690

Total Enrollment - 2533

Show/Hide Sewanee--The University of the South   save school get a brochure
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The University of the South is a small, “very demanding” school “in the middle of rural Tennessee.” Students describe it as “an oasis of perfection” “dripping with both Southern and academic tradition.” “Sewanee embodies what a lib­eral arts education should,” beams a history major. Classes are “sm...

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Average GPA - 3.62

Middle 50% Math score - 560-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 1620

Show/Hide Amherst College Amherst, MA save school
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With about 1,800 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encour­ages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and “supportive” administration. “Professors come her...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-760

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 1785

Show/Hide Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA save school
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Boston College, a small Jesuit school on the outskirts of Boston, “is all about edu­cating the person as a whole.” Its strong core curriculum ensures all students receive a “well-rounded” liberal arts education regardless of their chosen major. Boston College’s well-respected education and business...

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Middle 50% Math score - 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 9049

Show/Hide Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME save school
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From the “academic rigor” to the “laid-back attitude of the people” and “the beau­tiful Maine scenery,” Bowdoin is a small liberal arts college that packs a consider­able punch. Tucked away in the quaint town of Brunswick, Bowdoin provides students with an “extremely high quality of education” and ...

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Average GPA - 3.8

Middle 50% Math score - 680-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 1795

Show/Hide Brandeis University Waltham, MA save school
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Located in the Boston area, Brandeis is a private research university that has “a little bit of everything.” The school “gives students the freedom to explore both in and outside of the classroom” It has a (rightful) reputation for tough academ­ics, particularly in the sciences, and this “pays off....

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Average GPA - 3.87

Middle 50% Math score - 630-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 3614

Show/Hide Brown University Providence, RI save school
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Known for its somewhat unconventional (but still highly regarded) approaches to life and learning, Brown University remains the slightly odd man out of the Ivy League, and the school wouldn’t have it any other way. The school’s willingness to employ and support different, methods such as the shoppi...

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Middle 50% Math score - 670-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-34

Total Enrollment - 6455

Show/Hide Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA save school get a brochure
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Bryn Mawr is all about “empowering women to achieve their dreams.” The school has a “reputation for strong academics,” and students confirm that work there’s “no joke.” Bryn Mawr is a small college, which means there’s not “a huge variety of classes,” but it also means that classes are small. One s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 1328

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 - 770-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 720-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 720-790

Middle 50% ACT score - 33-35

Total Enrollment - 977

Show/Hide Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA save school get a brochure
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Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “per­fect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont McKenna is known for its government and economics ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 660-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 650-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-740

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 1264

Show/Hide College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA save school
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This small, Jesuit liberal arts school in Massachusetts operates under a selfless mission statement of “men and women for others.” The school’s strong academic tradition marries with “countless opportunities to learn through internships, speaker series,” “strong student life,” and “small classes” t...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-690

Middle 50% Writing score - 610-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-31

Total Enrollment - 2912

Show/Hide Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO save school
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Colorado College has a unique program that breaks the school year into eight segments, or blocks, of three-and-a-half weeks each. Students take a single course during each block. And unsurprisingly, it’s hugely popular. Students “love the block plan,” calling it “an incredible way to learn” and a s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 2040

Show/Hide Columbia University   save school
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At Columbia, you are in a “fantastic city” where “everyone loves learning.” “Columbia should be considered by students who are willing to develop a breadth of knowledge before specializing, as it actively encourages intellectual­ism and academic excellence in every form.” The fact that this “great”...

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Middle 50% Math score - 700-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 6084

Show/Hide Dartmouth College Hanover, NH save school
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Tucked away in bucolic New Hampshire, Dartmouth College manages to strike a nice “balance between the intimacy of a college [and] the opportunity of a univer­sity.” Students feel fortunate that the administration places an “emphasis on pursu­ing passions, and making the college experience your own....

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-790

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 4193

Show/Hide Davidson College Davidson, NC save school
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This small school north of Charlotte, North Carolina, cultivates an environment “that is very open to change and improvement” and empowers students to “be better people and make a difference in the world.” The administration works hard to create an on-campus community and constantly makes efforts “...

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Average GPA - 3.98

Middle 50% Math score - 600-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 610-710

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 1788

Show/Hide DePauw University Greencastle, IN save school
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Serious-minded students are drawn to DePauw University for its “small classes,” “encouraging” professors, and the “individual academic attention” they can expect to receive. Academically, DePauw is “demanding but rewarding,” and “requires a lot of outside studying and discipline” in order to keep u...

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Average GPA - 3.75

Middle 50% Math score - 550-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-650

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 2304

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

Show/Hide Emory University Atlanta, GA save school
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As one of the South’s premier universities, Emory University provides stu­dents with “a rigorous academic environment [where students] are provided with the necessary skills to be successful.” Emphasis on a liberal arts education coupled with a “plethora of opportunities including location in Atlan...

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Average GPA - 3.75

Middle 50% Math score - 650-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 7836

Show/Hide Grinnell College Grinnell, IA save school
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Offering “a great mix of serious academics and a fun community,” Grinnell College “is a crazy, unique, busy, caffeinated cornfield of geniuses” whose “hard work, critical thinking, and social consciousness” define the Grinnell experience. The school “is challenging academically,” so “you have to wo...

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Middle 50% Math score - 630-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-730

Middle 50% Writing score - n/av-n/av

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1721

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