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Show/Hide Rice University Houston, TX save school
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A sunny and social place to get a prestigious degree, Rice University is Houston’s answer to the Ivy League. Consistently ranked as “one of the top universities of the nation,” Rice maintains a stellar faculty, a “vibrant research program,” and a “diverse selection of courses and departments.” “Pro...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 700-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 3965

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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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Private

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

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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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Private

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

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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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Private

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

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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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Public

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 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO save school
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Washington University “is a top-tier university” that “offers students an opportunity to explore interests in a number of areas both academically and extra­curricularly” and, “manages to maintain core Midwestern values.” As one student notes, “While it may not be as well known on the East Coast, it...

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Middle 50% Math score - 720-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 700-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 7336

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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 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA save school
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Agnes Scott College is a tiny women’s liberal arts college that is “all about creat­ing intelligent, confident, well rounded women.” With just 900 or so students, there is a pervasively “caring and intellectual atmosphere” to a school that students claim is “dedicated to the enrichment of young wom...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.59

Middle 50% Math score - 510-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 915

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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 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA save school
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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 give students “the best education possible without sacrificing all the fun one expects of college.” P...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.74

Middle 50% Math score - 610-693

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 608-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1541

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Show/Hide Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Needham, MA save school
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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 that “Olin is constantly changing curricu­lum to try and better fit students’ needs” will. New Englan...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.9

Middle 50% Math score - 737.5-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 690-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34.25

Total Enrollment - 355

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Show/Hide Tulane University New Orleans, LA save school
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Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tulane has risen with New Orleans as a phoenix from the ashes, and the way students value their academic experience’s connection to the city continues unabated: “Tulane has made a commitment to the city of New Orleans that defines the ideal relationship between a ci...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.49

Middle 50% Math score - 620-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 8352

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Show/Hide College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, ME save school get a brochure
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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.” The college offers the sole major of “human ecology,” which allows students to design their own major...

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Average GPA - 3.56

Middle 50% Math score - 530-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-690

Middle 50% Writing score - 580-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-33

Total Enrollment - 362

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Show/Hide Scripps College Claremont, CA save school
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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 “ready to sit down to help you one on one,” and strong academics are the rule of the day here. Becau...

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Private

Average GPA - 4.13

Middle 50% Math score - 640-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 640-733

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 990

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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 Wheaton College (IL)   save school
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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 deeply religious liberal arts school is equally as interested in the character of each student, with...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.71

Middle 50% Math score - 590-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 600-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 2444

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Show/Hide Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA save school get a brochure
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A warm private school in the heart of a big, vibrant city, Loyola University New Orleans excels at “helping everyone find their niche” through a well-rounded academic program and an “emphasis on individual success.” Not an ivory tower, Loyola strives “to provide students with the skills needed for ...

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Average GPA - 3.54

Middle 50% Math score - 510-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 2946

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Show/Hide Middlebury College Middlebury, VT save school
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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 school has “a high level of global thinking and language acquisition in such a rural place,” and there ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 650-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 2495

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Show/Hide Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA save school
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Loyola Marymount University is a “fun, beautiful, Jesuit institution,” with a top-tier teaching staff and “fabulous location” in sunny Los Angeles, California. The school emphasizes a well-rounded education, which balances academics with spiritual life and community involvement. Every student must ...

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Average GPA - 3.72

Middle 50% Math score - 550-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 6205

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Show/Hide Saint Michael's College Colchester, VT save school get a brochure
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Tucked away in “the heart of Vermont ski country,” Saint Michael’s College offers a “close-knit and familial atmosphere” where everyone “will always value and support you.” “Small classes” help to ensure that “you are not just another number in a lecture hall.” Indeed, the college “really wants to ...

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Average GPA - 3.43

Middle 50% Math score - 530-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 530-650

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 1998