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Show/Hide Pennsylvania State University--University Park   save school
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Immense “pride and a sense of community” pervade every aspect of life at Penn State. Students love the remarkable “school spirit” and “strong family feel” on this vibrant campus, and they are equally proud of the “quality educa­tion” they receive. An affordable public institution, PSU offers “highl...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.57

Middle 50% Math score - 550-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 40085

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Show/Hide University of Delaware Newark, DE save school
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If you’re looking for a “well-rounded” college experience, University of Delaware delivers on every front. According to the school’s satisfied under­graduates, “the University of Delaware is everything college should be,” from its “gorgeous campus” and “amazing school spirit,” to “top notch” academ...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 550-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 17629

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Show/Hide Spelman College Atlanta, GA save school
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A historically black women’s institution, Spelman College has built a strong reputation for “molding intelligent, goal-oriented young ladies into deter­mined, successful, free-thinking women.” Many prospective students are attracted to the school’s “powerful history,” including the “long list of su...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.55

Middle 50% Math score - 460-550

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-570

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-24

Total Enrollment - 2129

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Show/Hide Hampton University Hampton, VA save school
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Virginia’s Hampton University is one of the world’s top historically black univer­sities, offering students a progressive education in business, the sciences, and the liberal arts. This “school of tradition, family values, and excellent education” is well-known for its focus on STEM programs and it...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.3

Middle 50% Math score - 510-530

Middle 50% Verbal score - 525-540

Middle 50% ACT score - 18-23

Total Enrollment - 3851

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Show/Hide New York University New York, NY save school
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“Location, location, location” in “the most amazing city on earth,” along with “great facilities” and “top-notch faculty,” makes New York University an excel­lent choice for those seeking “an untraditional college experience” in “a paradise for the independent and motivated.” With more than 20,000 ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.58

Middle 50% Math score - 630-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 22615

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Show/Hide Suffolk University Boston, MA save school get a brochure
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Located in “the heart of downtown Boston,” Suffolk University offers a “happy environment” for “anyone who wants to be at a school and still be directly in the city.” The university offers “a wide selection of interesting majors” and small class sizes throughout its College of Arts and Sciences and...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.14

Middle 50% Math score - 450-570

Middle 50% Verbal score - 440-560

Middle 50% Writing score - 440-560

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-25

Total Enrollment - 5779

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Show/Hide Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA save school
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Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is a Catholic University that focuses on “guiding students to be involved, seek their interests, and be constructive members of society.” With around 6,000 undergraduates and a “culturally-rich urban setting” in “the heart of the city,” students get a personalized ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.66

Middle 50% Math score - 520-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 510-600

Middle 50% Writing score - 500-600

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-27

Total Enrollment - 5970

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Show/Hide University of Maryland, College Park   save school
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The University of Maryland—College Park is a grand mix of “twenty-minute walks to class across one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, [an introduc­tion] to high-level courses taught by the nation’s top researchers, [and] a moti­vated ‘green’ campus” as well as “crowded, smelly frat parties, ...

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Public

Average GPA - 4.11

Middle 50% Math score - 620-730

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-690

Total Enrollment - 26658

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Show/Hide Hofstra University Hempstead, NY save school get a brochure
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Hofstra is a school synonymous with opportunity. Located on suburban Long Island, students find Hofstra’s “medium size” a great asset. Indeed, the university simultane­ously “feels big, yet class sizes are small and [therefore] very conducive to a great learning environment.” What’s more, Hofstra’s...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.51

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-27

Total Enrollment - 6826

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Show/Hide University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI save school get a brochure
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The University of Rhode Island “is a school that challenges me to think big and outside the box,” says one student. URI is known for having “excellent science programs,” including a “marine biology program [that] is one of the best in the Northeast.” Other stand-out majors include “nursing, pharmac...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.3

Middle 50% Math score - 510-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 490-590

Middle 50% Writing score - 490-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-27

Total Enrollment - 13354

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Show/Hide Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA save school
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Named for an English seaman, Christopher Newport University (located in the Hamptons Roads area of Virginia) is a liberal arts college that runs on a “determi­nation for student success.” The small school’s “modern outlook on education” is matched by its modern facilities (CNU is averaging one new ...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 5094

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Show/Hide University of Vermont Burlington, VT save school get a brochure
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At the University of Vermont—”a mid-sized university in a cute town that offers a quality education”—you’ll get that quintessential college experience: a relaxed but academically-focused atmosphere amid big stone buildings and beautiful foliage. The school is “earthy with a touch of prep, strong ou...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.48

Middle 50% Math score - 540-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 10912

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Show/Hide Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA save school
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A member of the reputable California state university system, Sonoma State University distinguishes itself from similar institutions through its low-key atmo­sphere and strong “focus on undergraduates.” Employing “teachers who are will­ing to take the time to make a difference in students’ lives,” ...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.2

Middle 50% Math score - 440-540

Middle 50% Verbal score - 440-540

Middle 50% ACT score - 18-23

Total Enrollment - 8351

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Show/Hide DePaul University Chicago, IL save school
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DePaul University’s urban setting means this Chicago school is “all about inte­grating the opportunities of the city into the classroom,” offering students “the essentials in order for a student to succeed in the business field.” Here, the “dedicated” teaching staff’s “extensive experience outside ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.65

Middle 50% Math score - 520-630

Middle 50% Verbal score - 530-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 16420

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Show/Hide Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT save school get a brochure
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Located on a “beautiful” campus near New Haven, Connecticut, Quinnipiac University is a liberal arts school that “wants every student to graduate with a well-rounded education.” The school “is about educating students in both their major and in general knowledge so they are prepared for life after ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.4

Middle 50% Math score - 510-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 490-580

Middle 50% Writing score - 500-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-27

Total Enrollment - 6542

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Show/Hide University of Hawaii-Manoa Honolulu, HI save school
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The University of Hawaii—Manoa, the flagship school of the University of Hawaii system, offers a solid education and university experience at a competi­tive price. Students appreciate the diversity of the school—“not only of the students and staff, but of what is offered”—and the “great feeling of ...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.46

Middle 50% Math score - 500-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-580

Middle 50% Writing score - 470-570

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-26

Total Enrollment - 14499

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Show/Hide Fordham University Bronx, NY save school
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With two New York City campus locations (Rose Hill and Lincoln Center), Fordham is truly a metropolitan school, offering a great liberal arts education in a small, tight-knit community. This community of “dedicated, opinionated stu­dents” are aware of the world around them, and the university offer...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 560-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 570-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-660

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 7652

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Show/Hide Grove City College Grove City, PA save school get a brochure
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Students avow that Grove City is “a great option for someone who wants to learn from a Christian perspective.” Located near Pittsburgh, this “small, conservative, independent” college is renowned for its “great spiritual atmosphere,” providing a “very high-quality and competitive education,” and ha...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.72

Middle 50% Math score - 537-665

Middle 50% Verbal score - 542-669

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 2491

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Show/Hide Providence College Providence, RI save school
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Providence College is committed to maintaining small class sizes and facilities in order to provide its students with a strong liberal arts education and tradi­tional campus life. With fewer than 5,000 undergrads, it is “uncommon for a student to not know or have interacted with the school presiden...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.37

Middle 50% Math score - 530-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 3866

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Show/Hide State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY save school
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Known to students as being “one of the top public universities of the region,” SUNY Binghamton provides a “high-quality education at a low financial cost.” Indeed, it’s tough to beat Binghamton’s combination of “top-tier academics” and palatable sticker price. The university strives to help student...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 620-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 583-675

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-30

Total Enrollment - 12997