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Show/Hide Columbia University   save school
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At Columbia, you are in a “fantastic city” where “everyone loves learning.” “Columbia should be considered by students who are willing to develop a breadth of knowledge before specializing, as it actively encourages intellectual­ism and academic excellence in every form.” The fact that this “great”...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 700-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 690-780

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-34

Total Enrollment - 6084

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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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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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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 Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA save school
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The deep tradition of this all-male Virginia institution dates to 1775, and it is reflected in the idea that Hampden-Sydney is seen as “one of the best schools for a stepping stone to business, law and medicine careers.” With that in mind, “academics are not easy at Sydney, but you will learn a lot...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.4

Middle 50% Math score - 510-615

Middle 50% Verbal score - 495-600

Middle 50% Writing score - 480-575

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-27

Total Enrollment - 1070

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Show/Hide Harvard College   save school
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Bully to those who get the chance to be a part of the “dynamic universe” that is Harvard College, who find themselves in an “amazing irresistible hell” that pushes them to the extremes of their intellect and ability. Unsurprisingly, the legendarily “very difficult” school attracts some of the count...

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Private

Average GPA - 4.04

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-800

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 32-35

Total Enrollment - 6722

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Show/Hide United States Military Academy West Point, NY save school get a brochure
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Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous gener­als, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institu­tion such as West Point doesn’t need to hear outside praise. The rigorous admission process (you must be nominated by your Congressional represen...

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Public

Middle 50% Math score - 600-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-695

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-665

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 4591

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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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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 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 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA save school
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If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to give students “the best education possible without sacrificing all the fun one expects of college.” P...

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Average GPA - 3.74

Middle 50% Math score - 610-693

Middle 50% Verbal score - 610-730

Middle 50% Writing score - 608-700

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1541

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Show/Hide West Virginia University Morgantown, WV save school get a brochure
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“One student reports that West Virginia University boasts “a relaxed, social, and extremely school-spirited environment,” and that WVU's academics “challenge students in the classroom” and prepare them “to be successful in the next step of life after college.” Another student praises the engineerin...

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Average GPA - 3.4

Middle 50% Math score - 480-580

Middle 50% Verbal score - 470-570

Middle 50% ACT score - 21-26

Total Enrollment - 22757

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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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Public

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 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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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 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT save school
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One of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the United States, Middlebury College in Vermont is about “creating a person both socially and intellectually prepared for the world.” The school has “a high level of global thinking and language acquisition in such a rural place,” and there ...

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Middle 50% Math score - 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-750

Middle 50% Writing score - 650-750

Middle 50% ACT score - 29-33

Total Enrollment - 2495

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Show/Hide Dartmouth College Hanover, NH save school
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Tucked away in bucolic New Hampshire, Dartmouth College manages to strike a nice “balance between the intimacy of a college [and] the opportunity of a univer­sity.” Students feel fortunate that the administration places an “emphasis on pursu­ing passions, and making the college experience your own....

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-780

Middle 50% Verbal score - 670-780

Middle 50% Writing score - 680-790

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-34

Total Enrollment - 4193

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Show/Hide Princeton University Princeton, NJ save school get a brochure
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As a member of the grand old Ivy League, Princeton University has long main­tained a “sterling reputation” for quality academics; however, students say Princeton’s “unique focus on the undergraduate experience” is what makes their school stand out among institutions. It attracts “really experienced...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.87

Middle 50% Math score - 710-800

Middle 50% Verbal score - 700-790

Middle 50% Writing score - 710-800

Middle 50% ACT score - 31-35

Total Enrollment - 5336

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Show/Hide Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA save school
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Loyola Marymount University is a “fun, beautiful, Jesuit institution,” with a top-tier teaching staff and “fabulous location” in sunny Los Angeles, California. The school emphasizes a well-rounded education, which balances academics with spiritual life and community involvement. Every student must ...

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Private

Average GPA - 3.72

Middle 50% Math score - 550-650

Middle 50% Verbal score - 540-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-650

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 6205

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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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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 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA save school get a brochure
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A warm private school in the heart of a big, vibrant city, Loyola University New Orleans excels at “helping everyone find their niche” through a well-rounded academic program and an “emphasis on individual success.” Not an ivory tower, Loyola strives “to provide students with the skills needed for ...

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Average GPA - 3.54

Middle 50% Math score - 510-610

Middle 50% Verbal score - 520-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-28

Total Enrollment - 2946

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Show/Hide Brigham Young University (UT)   save school
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Brigham Young University is a Mormon school that’s “all about putting religion and education together” and learning “about secular subjects through spiritual eyes.” The school provides a “high-quality” education in a “challenging” academic atmosphere. Students at Brigham Young strive for academic e...

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Average GPA - 3.8

Middle 50% Math score - 580-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 570-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 27765