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10 Schools Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges
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Show/Hide Williams College Williamstown, MA save school
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Williams College is a small bastion of the liberal arts “with a fantastic aca­demic reputation.” “Williams students tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how much work they have” but they say the academic experience is “absolutely incomparable.” Classes are “small” and “intense.” “The facil...

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Middle 50% Math score - 660-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-770

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 2077

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Show/Hide Harvard College   save school
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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 “very difficult” school attracts some of the count...

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Average GPA - 4.04

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-35

Total Enrollment - 6722

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Show/Hide Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA save school
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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 know of its wonderful reputation. It’s where to g...

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Middle 50% Math score - 670-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 1534

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Show/Hide Yale University New Haven, CT save school
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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 and extensive resources” that provide “phenomenal...

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Middle 50% Math score - 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 710-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 720-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-35

Total Enrollment - 5438

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Show/Hide Princeton University Princeton, NJ save school get a brochure
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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 among institutions. It attracts “really experienced...

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Average GPA - 3.87

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-790

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-35

Total Enrollment - 5336

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Show/Hide The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art   save school
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Gifted students clamor for a spot at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The universal “full-tuition scholarships” have been one of the school’s major selling points. However, the rigorous and “very reputable” aca­demic programs are the main reason to attend this unique New Yor...

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Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 610-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 610-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-33

Total Enrollment - 868

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Show/Hide Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY save school
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Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “per­fect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums home the idea that “it’s all about being unique an...

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Average GPA - 3.8

Middle 50% Math score - 650-730

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 2477

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Show/Hide Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA save school
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the East Coast mecca of engineering, sci­ence, and mathematics, “is the ultimate place for information overload, endless possibilities, and expanding your horizons.” The “amazing collection of creative minds” includes enough Nobel laureates to fill a jury box ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 750-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-770

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 33-35

Total Enrollment - 4528

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Show/Hide Amherst College Amherst, MA save school
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With about 1,800 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encour­ages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and “supportive” administration. “Professors come her...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-760

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 1785

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Show/Hide Pomona College Claremont, CA save school
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At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get “an academically rigorous educa­tion” in a “low-stress California atmosphere.” At this prestigious liberal arts school, “The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp,” and “All classes are taught by professors, not grad s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 690-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 690-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 1612