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Show/Hide Cornell University Ithaca, NY save school
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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 exams­it’s an experience that challenges students to break free from th...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 640-740

Middle 50% Writing score - n/a-n/a

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 14393

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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 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC save school
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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 a great bargain in higher education, academic rigo...

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Public

Average GPA - 4.56

Middle 50% Math score - 610-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 590-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 18370

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Show/Hide University of Wisconsin-Madison   save school
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As a “nationally renowned” “top public university” that many call “the best college in the Midwest,” the University of Wisconsin’s primary campus at Madison offers a “great school for [a] good price.” UW—Madison offers a stunning array of resources: over 5,000 classes, more than 2,000 professors, a...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.81

Middle 50% Math score - 620-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 31319

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Show/Hide Pennsylvania State University--University Park   save school
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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 affordable public institution, PSU offers “highl...

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Average GPA - 3.57

Middle 50% Math score - 550-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 40085

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Show/Hide University of Kansas Lawrence, KS save school
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Located in the heartland’s quintessential college town, University of Kansas’s flagship campus is a “place of tradition” as well as opportunity, combining “stimulating academics with a community that is passionate about the school.” Most of KU’s 2,600 faculty members are “actively engaged in resear...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 19217

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Show/Hide Syracuse University Syracuse, NY save school
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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 students with the triple threat of “a great repu...

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Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 540-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 15097

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Show/Hide University of Florida Gainesville, FL save school
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Located in the “Gator Nation” region of Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida offers “a hell of a deal” on “one of the best educations in the nation.” Students are proud that UF is “the best state school in Florida” and “one of the top public universities in the nation”; they also love th...

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Average GPA - 4.2

Middle 50% Math score - 590-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 32776

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It’s easy to be dazzled by this University of California’s “incredible location” in stunning Santa Barbara, but UCSB is much more than a “safe and beautiful cam­pus.” “It has one of the top chemical engineering departments in the country,” a “highly ranked” mechanical engineering program, and is ge...

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Average GPA - 3.91

Middle 50% Math score - 570-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 18977

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Show/Hide University of South Carolina--Columbia   save school get a brochure
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An “affordable, large, and beautiful” public college with exuberant school spirit, University of South Carolina–Columbia offers “the perfect balance of education and fun” to more than 23,000 undergraduates. Choice is key to the USC experience. With 95 academic major programs to choose from, student...

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Average GPA - 4

Middle 50% Math score - 560-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 23363

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Show/Hide Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO save school get a brochure
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Colorado State University provides its 30,000 students with numerous academic resources that guide them toward academic success. Even in light of its size, there is “open communication” between students and the administra­tion, and “The institution strives to prepare students with hands-on experien...

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Average GPA - 3.61

Middle 50% Math score - 510-630

Middle 50% Verbal score - 510-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-27

Total Enrollment - 23798

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Show/Hide Tufts University Medford, MA save school
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The campus culture at Tufts University in Massachusetts is “thriving and alive,” and as such it really encourages students to merge their academic and social inter­ests and “pursue both in a passionate way.” This is a place where, through active discussion and a student body with a zest for life, “...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 690-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 5225

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Show/Hide Hampton University Hampton, VA save school
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Virginia’s Hampton University is one of the world’s top historically black univer­sities, offering students a progressive education in business, the sciences, and the liberal arts. This “school of tradition, family values, and excellent education” is well-known for its focus on STEM programs and it...

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Average GPA - 3.3

Middle 50% Math score - 510-530

Middle 50% Verbal score - 525-540

Middle 50% ACT score - 18-23

Total Enrollment - 3851

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Show/Hide The George Washington University Washington, DC save school
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Get ready for “hands-on learning in an environment unlike any other” at George Washington University, where a location “four blocks away from the White House, down the street from the State Department, and near nearly all world headquarters” means “connections and opportunity” for undergraduates. S...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-710

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 10406

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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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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 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA save school
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James Madison University has a reputation as “a school that values education, respect, and integrity.” The university boasts “one of the best BA programs for musical theater on the East Coast,” and an “amazing” business school. A communication major says, “James Madison offered a positive, enrichin...

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Average GPA - 3.8

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-27

Total Enrollment - 17900

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Show/Hide North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC save school
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The “largest and most diverse” of North Carolina’s public university system, NC State provides undergrads with a “high level education” and “great value.” The campus rings with a “welcoming, down-to-earth” vibe and “Wolfpack pride” is certainly infectious. Moreover, the university maintains “opport...

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Average GPA - 4.42

Middle 50% Math score - 590-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 24536

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Show/Hide Purdue University--West Lafayette   save school
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When people think of Purdue University, what usually comes to mind is its “outstanding” engineering and agricultural programs, but students pursuing other degrees want you to know there are “many other prestigious majors.” There are “an abundance of professors and programs…in areas other than engi­...

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Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 560-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-630

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-30

Total Enrollment - 29440

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Show/Hide Howard University Washington, DC save school
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Noted for “outstanding achievements as an institution as well as the accom­plishments of a great majority of its alumni,” Howard University takes great pride in preparing students “to compete on a local and global level.” With “inspiring faculty and a perspective that cannot be found anywhere else,...

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Average GPA - 3.2

Middle 50% Math score - 460-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 430-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 19-29

Total Enrollment - 7113

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Show/Hide University of Mississippi University, MS save school
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Ole Miss is a prime example of Southern hospitality combined with the oppor­tunity for greatness. Founded in 1848, the legendary university offers “‘big-time’ SEC athletics in the safe, quaint, and picturesque town of Oxford.” Many of the school’s services “are cheap if not free,” and the school “p...

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Average GPA - 3.46

Middle 50% Math score - 490-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 490-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-27

Total Enrollment - 16677