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Princeton Review College Ranking
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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 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 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 Stanford University Stanford, CA save school
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The “passionate” undergrads at this academic powerhouse are enamored with the “amazing and unique” opportunities that Stanford has to offer. As a delighted sophomore explains, “Stanford has incredible resources, incredible people…and an unrivaled atmosphere of openness and collaboration.” An “entre...

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Private

Average GPA - 4.18

Middle 50% Math score - 700-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 680-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-34

Total Enrollment - 7061

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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 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH save school
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Oberlin College, a school “for laid-back people who enjoy learning and expand­ing social norms, allows each and every student to have the undergrad experi­ence for which he or she is looking, all the while challenging the students to change themselves and the world for the better.” Oberlin is a pla...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.61

Total Enrollment - 2959

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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 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 New York University New York, NY save school
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“Location, location, location” in “the most amazing city on earth,” along with “great facilities” and “top-notch faculty,” makes New York University an excel­lent choice for those seeking “an untraditional college experience” in “a paradise for the independent and motivated.” With more than 20,000 ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.58

Middle 50% Math score - 630-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 22615

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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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Private

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 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA save school
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This “rigorous” all-women’s school in Massachusetts is one of the most selec­tive liberal arts schools in the country, boasting notable alumnae such as Madeline Albright, Nora Ephron, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since Wellesley is all about “supporting women who will run the world,” students are “v...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 650-750

Middle 50% Verbal score - 660-760

Middle 50% Writing score - 670-760

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 2474

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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 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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Private

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 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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Private

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

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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 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 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 Marlboro College Marlboro, VT save school
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Teeny tiny Marlboro College in Vermont offers a “self-driven, free, and intimate academic climate” with a “rustic feel.” With an average class size of just ten students, the school is all about creating a serious academic setting “where stu­dents are on equal footing with teachers and decide their ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.11

Middle 50% Math score - 520-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 530-680

Total Enrollment - 240

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Show/Hide Grinnell College Grinnell, IA save school
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Offering “a great mix of serious academics and a fun community,” Grinnell College “is a crazy, unique, busy, caffeinated cornfield of geniuses” whose “hard work, critical thinking, and social consciousness” define the Grinnell experience. The school “is challenging academically,” so “you have to wo...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 630-770

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-730

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

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1721