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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 Ohio University--Athens   save school
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“Academically, OHIO has something for everyone, from astro­physics to the history of rock and roll,” students at this large state-run univer­sity boast. And students have an equally wide range of choices when it comes to committing themselves to academics; “You can take advantage of the vast amount...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.42

Middle 50% Math score - 490-600

Middle 50% Verbal score - 480-600

Middle 50% Writing score - 470-580

Middle 50% ACT score - 22-26

Total Enrollment - 23505

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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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Public

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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Show/Hide University of Iowa Iowa City, IA save school
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University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a “Big Ten univer­sity full of exciting opportunities,” yet it’s still able to maintain “a small-college feel.” Moreover, as the state’s flagship school, Iowa provides a “great educa­tion” at a “reasonable price.” Additionally, students h...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.61

Middle 50% Math score - 540-680

Middle 50% Verbal score - 460-620

Middle 50% Writing score - 480-610

Middle 50% ACT score - 23-28

Total Enrollment - 21974

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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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Private

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 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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Public

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 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL save school
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Florida State University is “a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search.” In addition to its strong academics, students tended to choose FSU for its “sports teams”—the Florida State Seminoles—the “great weather,” an...

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Public

Average GPA - 3.88

Middle 50% Math score - 550-640

Middle 50% Verbal score - 560-640

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-640

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-29

Total Enrollment - 32528

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Show/Hide University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL save school
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The University of Illinois’ massive size means “opportunities, lots of classes, lots of student groups,” and “an incredibly lively campus.” “The research sup­port is phenomenal on campus” and “There are a lot of resources to supple­ment your studies.” Students find the university’s “fantastic libra...

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Middle 50% Math score - 680-790

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-680

Middle 50% Writing score - 570-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-31

Total Enrollment - 32281

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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 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA save school
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Lehigh University is a “prestigious,” “small- to medium-sized school” that “offers great programs” and the “resources of a large university.” It “boasts a strong engi­neering program,” and students say it truly “lives up to its academic reputation.” Students “genuinely care about their education” a...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 640-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 4931

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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 The University of Texas at Austin   save school
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Students insist that the University of Texas at Austin has “everything you want in a college: academics, athletics, social life, location,” and it’s hard to argue with them. UT is “a huge school and has a lot to offer,” meaning students have “an infinite number of possibilities open to them and can...

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Middle 50% Math score - 590-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 550-670

Middle 50% Writing score - 550-680

Middle 50% ACT score - 25-31

Total Enrollment - 39979

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Show/Hide University of Georgia Athens, GA save school
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As at many large universities, UGA has a “mixed bag of professors,” but there are “more good teachers” than bad. Though students don’t love the core cur­riculum classes due to their large size and the prevalence of TAs, “once [you’re] in your particular program, the teachers are outstanding and eas...

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Average GPA - 3.86

Middle 50% Math score - 580-670

Middle 50% Verbal score - 570-660

Middle 50% Writing score - 560-670

Middle 50% ACT score - 26-30

Total Enrollment - 26278

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Show/Hide Bates College Lewiston, ME save school
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A “small liberal arts college,” nestled in Maine, Bates College is dedicated to “empowering its students environmentally, academically, and socially.” The “picturesque” campus offers the traditional New England atmosphere but “with its own personality.” Students are drawn to the “warmth and friendl...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 630-710

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 643-720

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-32

Total Enrollment - 1753

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Show/Hide Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA save school
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Boston College, a small Jesuit school on the outskirts of Boston, “is all about edu­cating the person as a whole.” Its strong core curriculum ensures all students receive a “well-rounded” liberal arts education regardless of their chosen major. Boston College’s well-respected education and business...

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Private

Middle 50% Math score - 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score - 620-710

Middle 50% Writing score - 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 30-33

Total Enrollment - 9049

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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 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 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA save school
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Armed with a great reputation, Bucknell is a small university that still manages to provide a “large amount of resources and opportunities.” Surrounded by a “beautiful” campus, undergrads happily become part of a “strong, spirited com­munity.” Moreover, students here truly appreciate that the unive...

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Average GPA - 3.54

Middle 50% Math score - 620-720

Middle 50% Verbal score - 580-680

Middle 50% Writing score - 600-690

Middle 50% ACT score - 27-32

Total Enrollment - 3532

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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 Kenyon College Gambier, OH save school
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This tiny midwestern liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. The school’s “academic vigor” and intense focus on writing (it is known as “The Writers’ College”) are two of Kenyon’s hallmarks, and the curri...

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Average GPA - 3.9

Middle 50% Math score - 600-690

Middle 50% Verbal score - 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score - 630-730

Middle 50% ACT score - 28-32

Total Enrollment - 1705