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Harvard College

Cambridge, MA
  • $40,418 Tuition
  • 6,694 Enrolled
  • 750 Avg SAT Reading
  • 760 Avg SAT Math
  • 760 Avg SAT Writing
Bully to those who get the chance to be a part of the “dynamic universe” that is Harvard College, who find themselves in an “amazing irresistible hell” that pushes them to the extremes of their intellect and ability. Unsurprisingly, the legendarily ...

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
  • $48,880 Tuition
  • 14,453 Enrolled
  • 700 Avg SAT Reading
  • 720 Avg SAT Math
The westernmost of the Ivies, Cornell University provides its students with a prestigious education, paired with “an unwavering commitment to leave a positive impact on the world.” The school is “more than a bunch of books and exams—it’s an ...

Brown University

Providence, RI
  • $46,408 Tuition
  • 6,548 Enrolled
  • 720 Avg SAT Reading
  • 720 Avg SAT Math
  • 720 Avg SAT Writing
At Providence stalwart Brown University, the reputation for being the “nice Ivy” is genially agreed upon and celebrated by all who set foot on the brick-lined campus. Students sing praises for the social activism, open curriculum, and research ...

Boston University

Boston, MA
  • $47,422 Tuition
  • 18,017 Enrolled
  • 620 Avg SAT Reading
  • 680 Avg SAT Math
  • 640 Avg SAT Writing
Long recognized for offering both the breadth of a large research university and the depth of a private college, the “various schools and colleges within Boston University provide students with access to almost every imaginable program of study.” In ...

New York University

New York, NY
  • $43,746 Tuition
  • 24,985 Enrolled
  • 660 Avg SAT Reading
  • 680 Avg SAT Math
  • 670 Avg SAT Writing
“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 ...

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
  • $45,729 Tuition
  • 7,089 Enrolled
  • 730 Avg SAT Reading
  • 740 Avg SAT Math
  • 740 Avg SAT Writing
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 attracted to the school. Of course, far more than simply ...

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
  • $41,820 Tuition
  • 5,391 Enrolled
  • 740 Avg SAT Reading
  • 760 Avg SAT Math
  • 750 Avg SAT Writing
As a member of the grand old Ivy League, Princeton University has long maintained a “sterling reputation” for quality academics; however, students say Princeton’s “unique focus on the undergraduate experience” is what makes their school stand out ...

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
  • $48,540 Tuition
  • 9,154 Enrolled
  • 680 Avg SAT Reading
  • 690 Avg SAT Math
  • 680 Avg SAT Writing
Boston College, a small Jesuit school on the outskirts of Boston, “is all about educating the person as a whole.” Its strong core curriculum ensures all students receive a “well-rounded” liberal arts education regardless of their chosen major. ...

Yale University

New Haven, CT
  • $47,600 Tuition
  • 5,477 Enrolled
  • 760 Avg SAT Reading
  • 750 Avg SAT Math
  • 750 Avg SAT Writing
Listening to Yale students wax rhapsodic about their school, one can be forgiven for wondering whether they aren’t actually describing the platonic form of the university. By their own account, students here benefit not only from “amazing academics ...

Duke University

Durham, NC
  • $45,800 Tuition
  • 6,646 Enrolled
  • 720 Avg SAT Reading
  • 740 Avg SAT Math
  • 730 Avg SAT Writing
Duke University is “all about academic excellence complemented by highly competitive Division I sports and an enriching array of extracurricular activities,” making the university “an exciting, challenging, and enjoyable place to be.” Undergraduates ...

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
  • $31,940 Tuition
  • 17,260 Enrolled
  • 620 Avg SAT Reading
  • 640 Avg SAT Math
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 ...

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
  • $43,620 Tuition
  • 6,851 Enrolled
  • 740 Avg SAT Reading
  • 760 Avg SAT Math
  • 720 Avg SAT Writing
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 ...

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
  • $41,794 Tuition
  • 15,224 Enrolled
  • 570 Avg SAT Reading
  • 600 Avg SAT Math
  • 580 Avg SAT Writing
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 ...

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
  • $42,534 Tuition
  • 17,400 Enrolled
  • 700 Avg SAT Reading
  • 720 Avg SAT Math
  • 680 Avg SAT Writing
Boston’s Northeastern University is all about “experiential learning, a global outlook, high standard academics and the balance of success with a happy life.” The major draw is the school’s signature co-op program, where students spend up to three ...

University of California--Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
  • $35,928 Tuition
  • 27,126 Enrolled
  • 660 Avg SAT Reading
  • 700 Avg SAT Math
  • 680 Avg SAT Writing
The flagship campus of the University of California school system with a “highly respectable name,” UC Berkeley “has great faculty, great research, great classes, and everyone knows it.” The school “really encourages us to go out and learn, both ...

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
  • $40,506 Tuition
  • 16,483 Enrolled
  • 670 Avg SAT Reading
  • 680 Avg SAT Math
  • 670 Avg SAT Writing
Along with the low in-state tuition, academic rigor is the reason many students choose UVA. “All our schools are pretty strong and we have beautiful facilities, numerous options to choose from in regards to liberal arts education, and most ...

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA
  • 18,740 Enrolled
  • 670 Avg SAT Reading
  • 710 Avg SAT Math
  • 690 Avg SAT Writing
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, ...

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
  • $31,505 Tuition
  • 18,350 Enrolled
  • 640 Avg SAT Reading
  • 660 Avg SAT Math
  • 640 Avg SAT Writing
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 ...

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
  • $48,048 Tuition
  • 7,595 Enrolled
  • 710 Avg SAT Reading
  • 710 Avg SAT Math
This moderately sized elite academic establishment stays true to its Jesuit foundations by educating its students with the idea of “cura personalis,” or “care for the whole person.” The “well-informed” student body perpetuates upon itself, creating ...

Pennsylvania State University--University Park

University Park, PA
  • $30,404 Tuition
  • 40,541 Enrolled
  • 580 Avg SAT Reading
  • 620 Avg SAT Math
  • 590 Avg SAT Writing
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 ...

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