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79 Schools Best Value Colleges for 2014 – Private
Show/Hide Carleton College Northfield, MN save school get a brochure
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Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call “collaborative academia.” The “phenomenal” profes...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 2045

Show/Hide Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA save school
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Personal and intellectual growth is at the heart of the Gettysburg College experience. Students eagerly praise the school’s “friendly, community-oriented atmosphere,” and competent, caring professors. “The faculty takes a developed interest in the students’ academics and successes, [and] the campus...

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Middle 50% Math score - 600-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-690

Total Enrollment - 2533

Show/Hide Reed College Portland, OR save school get a brochure
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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 demons and love it!” In fact, “Reedies are proud ...

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Average GPA - 3.9

Middle 50% Math score - 640-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 1447

Show/Hide Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY save school get a brochure
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“Creative Thought Matters”: this is the motto of upstate New York’s Skidmore College, which can be found all over campus and in every student’s mind. The small school looks to turn out “well-rounded, open-minded, [and] interested” students, and to that end stresses “the doing of interesting things ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 570-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-680

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 2684

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

Show/Hide Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY save school
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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 school’s “amazing commitment to the arts” and “th...

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Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 570-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Total Enrollment - 2022

Show/Hide Barnard College New York, NY save school
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Barnard is a small school, an urban school, a resource-rich school, a school that “offers so many opportunities.” In some ways, Barnard College combines all the desirable traits one would want from an all-women’s liberal arts college. Located in New York City, here “you get the best of both worlds,...

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Average GPA - 3.86

Middle 50% Math score - 620-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 650-740

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 2489

Show/Hide Bates College Lewiston, ME save school
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A “small liberal arts college,” nestled in Maine, Bates College is dedicated to “empowering its students environmentally, academically, and socially.” The “picturesque” campus offers the traditional New England atmosphere but “with its own personality.” Students are drawn to the “warmth and friendl...

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Middle 50% Math score - 630-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 643-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-32

Total Enrollment - 1753

Show/Hide Berea College Berea, KY save school
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Kentucky’s Berea College is one of the nation’s few entirely tuition-free private colleges, providing a liberal arts education “to those who otherwise couldn’t afford college but who are deserving of the opportunity.” Berea is “truly a dif­ferent world when it comes to the atmosphere of the colleg...

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Average GPA - 3.42

Middle 50% Math score - 513-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 510-630

Middle 50% Writing score - 483-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-26

Total Enrollment - 1623

Show/Hide Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA save school
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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. Boston College’s well-respected education and business...

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Middle 50% Math score - 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 9049

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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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

Show/Hide Brandeis University Waltham, MA save school
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Located in the Boston area, Brandeis is a private research university that has “a little bit of everything.” The school “gives students the freedom to explore both in and outside of the classroom” It has a (rightful) reputation for tough academ­ics, particularly in the sciences, and this “pays off....

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Average GPA - 3.87

Middle 50% Math score - 630-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 3614

Show/Hide Brown University Providence, RI save school
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Known for its somewhat unconventional (but still highly regarded) approaches to life and learning, Brown University remains the slightly odd man out of the Ivy League, and the school wouldn’t have it any other way. The school’s willingness to employ and support different, methods such as the shoppi...

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Middle 50% Math score - 670-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-34

Total Enrollment - 6455

Show/Hide Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA save school get a brochure
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Bryn Mawr is all about “empowering women to achieve their dreams.” The school has a “reputation for strong academics,” and students confirm that work there’s “no joke.” Bryn Mawr is a small college, which means there’s not “a huge variety of classes,” but it also means that classes are small. One s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 1328

Show/Hide Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA save school
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Armed with a great reputation, Bucknell is a small university that still manages to provide a “large amount of resources and opportunities.” Surrounded by a “beautiful” campus, undergrads happily become part of a “strong, spirited com­munity.” Moreover, students here truly appreciate that the unive...

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Average GPA - 3.54

Middle 50% Math score - 620-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-680

Middle 50% Writing score - 600-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 3532

Show/Hide California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA save school
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Beyond arguably one of the most rigorous undergraduate educations in science out there, Caltech is a small, tight-knit community that is “geared towards training tomorrow’s leaders and pioneers in the field of science.” There may be a heavy emphasis on scientific learning and research, but “not to ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 770-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 720-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 720-790

Middle 50% ACT score - 33-35

Total Enrollment - 977

Show/Hide Centre College Danville, KY save school get a brochure
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Centre College offers “a genuine, personal, practical education in all areas of life.” Its “small classes” are focused and challenging, “and students definitely spend a lot of time studying, reading, and writing papers.” An international studies student comments, “I find myself working harder than ...

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Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 560-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 1381

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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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

Show/Hide Colby College Waterville, ME save school
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An absolute gem of Maine’s private, liberal arts colleges, Colby College is a “fun and smart community” that places an emphasis on internationalism and study abroad. The school’s “homey environment” offers “phenomenal aca­demics in a unique setting,” and small, discussion-oriented classes encourage...

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Middle 50% Math score - 640-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1820

Show/Hide Colgate University Hamilton, NY save school get a brochure
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Colgate University is known for its “very rigorous academic curriculum” and “invaluable” professors who “are the glue that hold the university together.” Many students say they chose Colgate because of “the opportunity to be a part of a small community where students can genuinely interact with the...

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Average GPA - 3.66

Middle 50% Math score - 650-730

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-32

Total Enrollment - 2890

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