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Princeton Review College Ranking
20 Schools Students Pack the Stadiums
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Show/Hide University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN save school
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Notre Dame has many traditions, including a “devotion to undergraduate education” you might not expect from a school with such an athletic reputa­tion. Professors here are, by all accounts, “wonderful”: “Not only are they invested in their students,” they’re “genuinely passionate about their fields...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 680-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 650-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 8477

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Show/Hide University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA save school
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The University of Southern California boasts “a dynamic and culturally diverse campus located in a world-class city which is equally dynamic and culturally diverse.” Everything related to cinema is “top notch.” Among the other 150 or so majors here, programs in journalism, business, engineering, an...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.73

Middle 50% Math score - 660-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 18445

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Show/Hide The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC save school
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It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigo...

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Public

Average GPA - 4.56

Middle 50% Math score - 610-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 590-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 18370

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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 Missouri Columbia, MO save school
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The “gorgeous campus” at the University of Missouri is filled with “a diverse group of students who are eager to learn and a staff that is eager to teach them.” The school is all about “learning while networking,” and the adminis­tration always has an ear to the students. “When we say there is a pr...

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Public

Middle 50% Math score - 520-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 26965

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Show/Hide University of Kansas Lawrence, KS save school
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Located in the heartland’s quintessential college town, University of Kansas’s flagship campus is a “place of tradition” as well as opportunity, combining “stimulating academics with a community that is passionate about the school.” Most of KU’s 2,600 faculty members are “actively engaged in resear...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 19217

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Show/Hide University of Iowa Iowa City, IA save school
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University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a “Big Ten univer­sity full of exciting opportunities,” yet it’s still able to maintain “a small-college feel.” Moreover, as the state’s flagship school, Iowa provides a “great educa­tion” at a “reasonable price.” Additionally, students h...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.61

Middle 50% Math score - 540-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 460-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 480-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 21974

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Show/Hide Syracuse University Syracuse, NY save school
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The school spirit is definitely palpable the minute you set foot onto Syracuse’s campus. Indeed, it’s highly evident that “everyone here bleeds orange.” Frankly, it’s no surprise that ‘cuse undergrads truly love their school. The university pro­vides students with the triple threat of “a great repu...

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Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 540-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 15097

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Show/Hide Clemson University Clemson, SC save school get a brochure
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Located in South Carolina, legendary sports stronghold Clemson University is “all about supporting its academics as well as its athletic teams.” This public university is an AACC school that can provide “many opportunities to each student, no matter the major.” The “incredible energy” surrounding C...

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Public

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 16931

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Show/Hide Florida State University Tallahassee, FL save school
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Florida State University is “a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search.” In addition to its strong academics, students tended to choose FSU for its “sports teams”—the Florida State Seminoles—the “great weather,” an...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.88

Middle 50% Math score - 550-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 32528

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Show/Hide University of Florida Gainesville, FL save school
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Located in the “Gator Nation” region of Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida offers “a hell of a deal” on “one of the best educations in the nation.” Students are proud that UF is “the best state school in Florida” and “one of the top public universities in the nation”; they also love th...

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Public

Average GPA - 4.2

Middle 50% Math score - 590-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 32776

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Show/Hide West Virginia University Morgantown, WV save school get a brochure
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“One student reports that West Virginia University boasts “a relaxed, social, and extremely school-spirited environment,” and that WVU's academics “challenge students in the classroom” and prepare them “to be successful in the next step of life after college.” Another student praises the engineerin...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.4

Middle 50% Math score - 480-580

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-570

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-26

Total Enrollment - 22757

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Show/Hide Auburn University Auburn, AL save school
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Auburn University is a traditional Southern school full of Southern hospitality that provides a surprisingly “family-like atmosphere” for a school of 25,000 and an unsurprising level of school spirit. “Auburn people are proud to be Auburn people,” says a student. Such a large student body has the p...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.74

Middle 50% Math score - 540-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 510-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-30

Total Enrollment - 19799

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Show/Hide University of Mississippi University, MS save school
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Ole Miss is a prime example of Southern hospitality combined with the oppor­tunity for greatness. Founded in 1848, the legendary university offers “‘big-time’ SEC athletics in the safe, quaint, and picturesque town of Oxford.” Many of the school’s services “are cheap if not free,” and the school “p...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.46

Middle 50% Math score - 490-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 490-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-27

Total Enrollment - 16677

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Show/Hide Kansas State University Manhattan, KS save school
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Kansas State University is “all about providing a great education with tons of opportunities at an affordable cost.” The low in-state tuition is the major reason many end up here, but the strong academics and plethora of resources are just as a big a draw. “Everyone wants to work together to accomp...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.47

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-27

Total Enrollment - 20169

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Show/Hide University of Connecticut Storrs, CT save school
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The flagship school University of Connecticut “has everything you need— sports, academics, clubs,” and a sense of school pride that has people proclaiming “Students Today, Huskies Forever” all across the world. Such a large institution has plenty of resources for its students, as well as the oppor­...

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Middle 50% Math score - 580-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-650

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-660

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-30

Total Enrollment - 18032

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Show/Hide Virginia Tech   save school get a brochure
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Virginia Tech is a school with a reputation as big as its campus. Known for its “beautiful campus, amazing community feel, top-notch engineering field,” and as a “good value”—not to mention its renowned athletics—Virginia Tech offers “a perfect blend of challenging and fun, encompassed in an unpara...

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Middle 50% Math score - 580-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-640

Total Enrollment - 24034

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Show/Hide University of Oklahoma Norman, OK save school get a brochure
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Students “just swell with school pride” when they talk about the University of Oklahoma. They note, for example, that this “dynamic,” “affordable,” and “very research-oriented” institution reels in a slew of national merit scholars. They extol the “extensive” study abroad program. The meteorology p...

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Average GPA - 3.59

Middle 50% Math score - 530-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-29

Total Enrollment - 21818

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Show/Hide Gonzaga University Spokane, WA save school
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Gonzaga University “has a strong Jesuit Catholic tradition and has sustained an environment of academic excellence.” By far, the two most commonly cited strengths are the basketball team and the “awesome community!” Gonzaga is a “close-knit community.” “At Gonzaga, we are one big family,” one stude...

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Average GPA - 3.73

Middle 50% Math score - 560-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 4896

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Show/Hide University of South Carolina--Columbia   save school get a brochure
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An “affordable, large, and beautiful” public college with exuberant school spirit, University of South Carolina–Columbia offers “the perfect balance of education and fun” to more than 23,000 undergraduates. Choice is key to the USC experience. With 95 academic major programs to choose from, student...

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Average GPA - 4

Middle 50% Math score - 560-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 23363