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Show/Hide Smith College Northampton, MA save school
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Smith College is “an incredibly prestigious, diverse, academically rigorous, socially liberal, and well-respected institution,” located in the consummate col­lege town of Northampton, Massachusetts. A Smith education is all about “find­ing and pursuing your passions.” Offering “academic freedom,” “...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.92

Middle 50% Math score - 600-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 2664

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Show/Hide Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO save school
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Washington University “is a top-tier university” that “offers students an opportunity to explore interests in a number of areas both academically and extra­curricularly” and, “manages to maintain core Midwestern values.” As one student notes, “While it may not be as well known on the East Coast, it...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 720-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 700-770

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 7336

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Show/Hide Loyola University Maryland   save school
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The Jesuits have a long history of excellence in higher education, and that tradition is richly reflected in the academic programs at Loyola University Maryland. The undergraduate experience is built around Loyola’s “fantastic core curriculum,” which ensures “a solid foundation in the natural scien...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.39

Middle 50% Math score - 545-630

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 24-29

Total Enrollment - 3917

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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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Private

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 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

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Show/Hide Scripps College Claremont, CA save school
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Academically focused women seeking “a more personalized education” will find it at Claremont, California’s Scripps College. Small class sizes, “extremely approachable, personable” professors who are “ready to sit down to help you one on one,” and strong academics are the rule of the day here. Becau...

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Private

Average GPA - 4.13

Middle 50% Math score - 640-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 640-733

Middle 50% Writing score - 660-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 990

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Show/Hide Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA save school
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Mount Holyoke is a “small student-focused liberal arts college,” “specializing in the higher education of women.” Students say it’s “an amazing school with a strong history of producing remarkable and intelligent young women who go on to achieve great things” and rave about the “supportive all-wome...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.66

Middle 50% Math score - 600-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 620-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 2183

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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 University of Chicago Chicago, IL save school
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Described as “an academic paradise near an awesome city,” the University of Chicago is a place where students “aren’t embarrassed by the fact that they’re smart.” Students say, UChicago “is a rigorous institution,” and they celebrate the fact that “you can’t just stick up your hand and not expect t...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 710-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 700-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 5590

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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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Private

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 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Needham, MA save school
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If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, (and reputation as) academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact that “Olin is constantly changing curricu­lum to try and better fit students’ needs” will. New Englan...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.9

Middle 50% Math score - 737.5-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 690-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34.25

Total Enrollment - 355

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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

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Show/Hide Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar, VA save school
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“A place where students want to be a part of something bigger than them­selves,” Sweet Briar College is a small, all-female, liberal arts college set in rural Virginia. Known as “a sisterhood” that fosters “leadership in and out of the classroom,” this college attracts women interested in a persona...

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Average GPA - 3.51

Middle 50% Math score - 458-590

Middle 50% Verbal score - 480-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 460-580

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-27

Total Enrollment - 703

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Show/Hide Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX save school
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Located on a tree-lined, “beautiful campus” in the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size private university with a lot going on. The school has a “unique culture” that relies on “top academics” and a “long-standing history of strong traditions” to build “incredible alumni sup...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.65

Middle 50% Math score - 620-700

Middle 50% Verbal score - 600-690

Middle 50% Writing score - 590-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-31

Total Enrollment - 6357

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Show/Hide Emory University Atlanta, GA save school
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As one of the South’s premier universities, Emory University provides stu­dents with “a rigorous academic environment [where students] are provided with the necessary skills to be successful.” Emphasis on a liberal arts education coupled with a “plethora of opportunities including location in Atlan...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.75

Middle 50% Math score - 650-760

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-32

Total Enrollment - 7836

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Show/Hide Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA save school
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Named for an English seaman, Christopher Newport University (located in the Hamptons Roads area of Virginia) is a liberal arts college that runs on a “determi­nation for student success.” The small school’s “modern outlook on education” is matched by its modern facilities (CNU is averaging one new ...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.7

Middle 50% Math score - 530-620

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 5094

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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 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

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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

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Show/Hide Northeastern University Boston, MA save school
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Northeastern University is renowned for its “unique cooperative program­ming,” which “integrates real-world experience and academics to form experi­ential learning.” Students say Northeastern is an “institution that is dedicated to real-world experiences coupled with classroom guidance,” and many s...

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Middle 50% Math score - 660-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 640-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 17107