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Show/Hide Bennington College Bennington, VT save school get a brochure
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One big draw to Bennington College is its “Field Work Term program, where students intern every year for seven weeks to gain practical experience related to their academic interests.” This mandatory program provides a “real-world” opportunity many students appreciate. “It’s a huge advantage upon gr...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 560-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 619

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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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Private

Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 570-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-710

Total Enrollment - 2022

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Show/Hide Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY save school
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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 “a personal education” that’s “tailored to [each] s...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.6

Middle 50% Math score - 550-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-30

Total Enrollment - 1471

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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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Private

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

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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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Private

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

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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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Private

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 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR save school
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While living in Portland, Oregon, you may “get rained on a lot,” but that doesn’t stop many students from extolling about the otherwise “wonderful,” “perfect,” “ideal,” and “exciting” location. This “suburban-hilltop liberal arts college” sits in an “absolutely beautiful” spot “next to a huge fores...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 580-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-700

Middle 50% Writing score - 580-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 2126

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Show/Hide Pitzer College Claremont, CA save school
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Pitzer College is “small, personal, and unique,” but because students have access to the classes and “excellent resources” at four other local colleges through the Claremont Consortium, “you can choose to make your college experience as large or as small as you want!” Pitzer doesn’t have a lot of r...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.88

Middle 50% Math score - 590-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 605-710

Total Enrollment - 1099

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Show/Hide Emerson College Boston, MA save school
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“Perfectly situated in the heart of Boston,” Emerson’s campus sits “in close prox­imity to a plethora of other academic institutions and culture.” Emerson is “the number one school for film/television/media production.” The combination of a “very active” alumni network and plentiful “industry conne...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.59

Middle 50% Math score - 540-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 570-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 580-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 3698

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Show/Hide Beloit College Beloit, WI save school
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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, “I was most impressed by an emphasis on actual l...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.43

Middle 50% Math score - 540-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-710

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-30

Total Enrollment - 1306

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Show/Hide New College of Florida   save school
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New College of Florida, a uniquely small and unconventional public institu­tion, “provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their academic choices.” It’s all about “self-directed learning” here (working closely with faculty advisers, “th...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.92

Middle 50% Math score - 570-660

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-30

Total Enrollment - 793

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Show/Hide State University of New York--Purchase College   save school get a brochure
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In urging its students to “Think Wide Open,” SUNY Purchase features “unique and artistic minds” within in its “wonderfully diverse community of people.” Boasting both great value and close proximity to New York City, SUNY Purchase is consequently well known for its outstanding curricula in the arts...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.2

Middle 50% Math score - 480-570

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-610

Middle 50% Writing score - 480-600

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-27

Total Enrollment - 4155

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Show/Hide Wesleyan University Middletown, CT save school
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Tucked away in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a dynamic institution “committed [to] catering to its undergraduates.” The school cer­tainly attracts those with a high level of “intellectual interest and curiosity” and students “really engage their education in a meaningful way.” For...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.76

Middle 50% Math score - 660-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 650-740

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 2906

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Show/Hide Eckerd College St.Petersburg, FL save school
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Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, Eckerd College is a small liberal arts college that prepares students to be “well-rounded, educated peo­ple for the ‘real world’, rather than for just one job.” Indeed, 40 percent of all students will go on to pursue advanced degrees, and the schoo...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.34

Middle 50% Math score - 510-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-620

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 1821

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Show/Hide The Evergreen State College Olympia, WA save school
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“Keeping education in its purest form alive and well in the heart of the Northwest,” The Evergreen State College offers “a unique approach” to academ­ics. The school provides an “interactive environment—with a diverse, enriching learning method,” which allows students “to focus on your passions and...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.02

Middle 50% Math score - 450-580

Middle 50% Verbal score - 500-630

Middle 50% Writing score - 460-590

Middle 50% ACT score - 20-27

Total Enrollment - 4087

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Show/Hide University of Toronto Toronto, ON save school
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With “an excellent reputation and a huge selection of courses” as well as “a world-class city” to call home, the University of Toronto “provides expert knowledge in every field” to its 50,000-plus undergraduates and nearly 11,000 graduate students. True, it can be “hard to relate to the instructors...

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Public

Total Enrollment - 64970

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Show/Hide Warren Wilson College Asheville, NC save school
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Warren Wilson’s unique approach to education is encapsulated in its “Triad program.” This distinctive curriculum combines academics with “work and service.” Though this program might demand more of your time, undergrads here speak quite highly of it. As one psych major shares, Triad “allows student...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.5

Middle 50% Math score - 480-590

Middle 50% Verbal score - 530-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 520-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-27

Total Enrollment - 830

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Show/Hide Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO save school
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Colorado College has a unique program that breaks the school year into eight segments, or blocks, of three-and-a-half weeks each. Students take a single course during each block. And unsurprisingly, it’s hugely popular. Students “love the block plan,” calling it “an incredible way to learn” and a s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 2040

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Show/Hide Macalester College St. Paul, MN save school
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Macalester College in Minnesota is fast becoming an academic powerhouse; it “opens myriad doors for students to work incredibly hard at what they love and, through research, explore avenues of interest they may not have previously con­sidered.” The school attracts a high quality of “academic-minded...

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Middle 50% Math score - 610-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-740

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 2039

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Show/Hide University of Vermont Burlington, VT save school get a brochure
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At the University of Vermont—”a mid-sized university in a cute town that offers a quality education”—you’ll get that quintessential college experience: a relaxed but academically-focused atmosphere amid big stone buildings and beautiful foliage. The school is “earthy with a touch of prep, strong ou...

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Average GPA - 3.48

Middle 50% Math score - 540-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 540-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 10912