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Best 379 Colleges

Best Quality of Life
20 Schools
1
Brunswick, ME
Students Say: "From the “academic rigor” to the “laid-back attitude of the people” and “the beau- tiful Maine scenery,” Bowdoin is a small liberal arts college that packs a consider- able punch. Tucked away in the q..." More>>
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Houston, TX
Students Say: "Students at Rice are generous with their praise for professors, who “are very acces- sible and happy to talk about the material and give help outside of class,” and make “their course material relevan..." More>>
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Manhattan, KS
Students Say: "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 acade..." More>>
4
Claremont, CA
Students Say: "Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “per- fect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students ..." More>>
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Blacksburg, VA
Students Say: "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 renown..." More>>
New Orleans, LA
School Says: "Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane is one of the most respected universities in the country, known worldwide for its teaching and research. It is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities ..." More>>
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Dallas, TX
Students Say: "Located on a tree-lined, “beautiful campus” in the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size private university with a lot going on. The school has a “unique culture” that relies on..." More>>
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Hanover, NH
Students Say: "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 univer- sity.” Students feel fortunate that the a..." More>>
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Walla Walla, WA
Students Say: "If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to gi..." More>>
Nashville, TN
School Says: "In 1873, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt endowed Vanderbilt University in the hope that it would "strengthen the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country." Today, Vanderbilt i..." More>>
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St. Louis, MO
Students Say: "Armed with a “fantastic reputation,” Washington University offers undergradu- ates “unparalleled facilities and resources and a friendly and intellectual atmo- sphere.” Students join a “supportive com..." More>>
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Needham, MA
Students Say: "If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, [and reputation as] academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact th..." More>>
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Wheaton, IL
Students Say: "Wheaton College strives to cultivate students’ knowledge and to “prepare them to enter the world as strong and capable individuals who serve Christ and His Kingdom.” This “academically rigorous” and d..." More>>
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Bar Harbor, ME
Students Say: "College of the Atlantic is a small liberal arts college in Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that its students think of as a “progressive educational experiment that broadens perspective.” Th..." More>>
15
Claremont, CA
Students Say: "Academically focused women seeking “a more personalized education” will find it at Claremont, California’s Scripps College. Small class sizes, “extremely approachable, personable” professors who are “..." More>>
16
New Orleans, LA
School Says: "Loyola's unique combination of quality faculty and academic programs; an ideal size that fosters a positive learning environment and individual attention; and the centuries-old Jesuit tradition of edu..." More>>
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Auburn, AL
Students Say: "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...." More>>
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Stanford, CA
Students Say: "There are few universities that can match the prestige and caliber of Stanford University. At “the forefront of [nearly] every field of study,” it’s easy to understand why so many students are attract..." More>>
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Decatur, GA
Students Say: "Agnes Scott College is a tiny women’s liberal arts college that is “all about creat- ing intelligent, confident, well rounded women.” With just 900 or so students, there is a pervasively “caring and i..." More>>
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Middlebury, VT
Students Say: "One of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the United States, Middlebury College in Vermont is about “creating a person both socially and intellectually prepared for the world.” The scho..." More>>