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    1. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

    Needham, MA
    • $45,000 Tuition
    • 370 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 760 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    2. Bennington College

    Bennington, VT
    • 660 Enrolled
    • 670 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    Bennington has a rep for “academic freedom” and creativity, driven by its Plan Process, which allows students to determine their own course of study, which “gives you agency in every aspect of your education.” Faculty advisors and committees provide ...

    3. Reed College

    Portland, OR
    • $47,500 Tuition
    • 1,395 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 670 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    Reed is a college synonymous with academic rigor and a “passion for learning” certainly permeates this campus. A political science major steadfastly agrees stating, “Reed’s commitment to academic excellence blew me away. The students here work like ...

    4. Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA
    • 1,301 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 730 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    5. United States Military Academy

    West Point, NY
    • $0 Tuition
    • 4,414 Enrolled
    • 630 Avg SAT Reading
    • 640 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous generals, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institution such as West Point doesn’t need to hear outside praise. The rigorous admission process (you ...

    6. Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    • $49,226 Tuition
    • 2,059 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    Bard College is private, liberal arts institution located in the Hudson Valley that boasts a strong arts focus and a dedication to civic engagement locally, nationally, and worldwide in ways that “are unheard of for an institution of this size.” The ...

    7. Sarah Lawrence College

    Bronxville, NY
    • $49,680 Tuition
    • 1,437 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 610 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    Nestled in a picturesque suburb of New York City, Sarah Lawrence College is a breath of fresh air for intellectually curious students who would chafe within the confines of a more traditional academic setting. The college prides itself on offering ...

    8. Haverford College

    Haverford, PA
    • $46,790 Tuition
    • 1,194 Enrolled
    • 710 Avg SAT Reading
    • 700 Avg SAT Math
    • 700 Avg SAT Writing
    Founded in 1833, Haverford College in Pennsylvania is “small, but exceptionally vibrant and engaging,” offering a “solid academic experience” under one of the country’s oldest and most revered honor codes. Though founded by Quakers, the school is ...

    9. Scripps College

    Claremont, CA
    • $47,164 Tuition
    • 972 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 660 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    One of the five members of the Claremont College consortium, Scripps College is a small, liberal arts school in California that develops women into critically thinking and socially conscious individuals set to improve their surroundings. With an ...

    10. Wellesley College

    Wellesley, MA
    • $44,802 Tuition
    • 2,323 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 690 Avg SAT Math
    • 710 Avg SAT Writing
    This “rigorous” all-women’s school in Massachusetts is one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, boasting notable alumnae such as Madeline Albright, Nora Ephron, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since Wellesley is all about ...

    11. Bowdoin College

    Brunswick, ME
    • $46,354 Tuition
    • 1,805 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 720 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    12. Whitman College

    Walla Walla, WA
    • $44,440 Tuition
    • 1,498 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 660 Avg SAT Math
    • 660 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    13. Thomas Aquinas College

    Santa Paula, CA
    • $24,500 Tuition
    • 378 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 640 Avg SAT Writing
    Students at Thomas Aquinas College relish attending a school that “takes learning seriously for its own sake, not just as preparation for a job.” With a “strong Catholic identity” and “rigorous curriculum,” TAC offers a “holistic education” that’s ...

    14. Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore, PA
    • $45,700 Tuition
    • 1,534 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 720 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    Swarthmore College “has a lovely campus, the people are almost unbelievably friendly, it’s a safe environment, and it’s really, really challenging academically,” and “although it’s not one of the most well-known schools, those who do know of it also ...

    15. Mount Holyoke College

    South Hadley, MA
    • $43,700 Tuition
    • 2,189 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 670 Avg SAT Math
    • 660 Avg SAT Writing
    Situated in breathtaking western Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke is one of the nation’s premier colleges for women. Undergrads here quickly tout the school’s ability to both foster an incredibly “collaborative and inclusive atmosphere” and embrace ...

    16. Middlebury College

    Middlebury, VT
    • $45,637 Tuition
    • 2,526 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 680 Avg SAT Math
    • 700 Avg SAT Writing
    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 ...

    17. Hamilton College

    Clinton, NY
    • 1,900 Enrolled
    • 690 Avg SAT Reading
    • 700 Avg SAT Math
    • 700 Avg SAT Writing
    Upstate New York liberal arts school Hamilton College offers fine academics and an open curriculum that give students “preparation for the future that goes far beyond exam-taking strategies.” The focus on writing and speaking, the lack of core ...

    18. Grinnell College

    Grinnell, IA
    • $46,574 Tuition
    • 1,734 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 710 Avg SAT Math
    Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a small private liberal arts college in Iowa where innovative intellectual discourse is central to learning. Guided by a commitment to academic rigor and a “commitment to social justice,” the school stresses ...

    19. Beloit College

    Beloit, WI
    • $42,220 Tuition
    • 1,303 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    Beloit College is a small, liberal arts institution with “phenomenal academics” where “people are committed to their work out of passion, not out of pressure.” As one student notes, “It’s more about the community than competitiveness.” Another says, ...

    20. Smith College

    Northampton, MA
    • $42,840 Tuition
    • 2,563 Enrolled
    • 680 Avg SAT Reading
    • 680 Avg SAT Math
    • 680 Avg SAT Writing
    Smith College is “an incredibly prestigious, diverse, academically rigorous, socially liberal, and well-respected institution,” located in the consummate college town of Northampton, Massachusetts. A Smith education is all about “finding and ...


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