A “highly specialized” private academy, Webb Institute offers a single “prestigious” degree program in naval architecture and marine engineering. By all accounts, this tiny school does “an excellent job of preparing students with the technical skills, knowledge, and work ethic to succeed in the marine field.” The “rigorous” academic program comes with a notoriously “heavy workload,” as students master structural engineering, mechanical engineering, systems design, and other fields related to ship architecture. A current undergrad admits, “This is the hardest I’ve worked my whole life and passing with a C is considered a success.” Most, however, welcome the challenge, saying the school excels at “fostering values of hard work, perseverance, leadership, honesty, and respect” in every student. Because Webb is “a college the size of a frat” (there are only about eighty undergraduates!), “you know everyone, professors and president included.” Plus, “with no teaching assistants or graduate students, you always interact directly with the professor.” “Tough but accessible,” the school’s eleven full-time faculty members are “highly knowledgeable and are willing to help students understand the material, even outside of class.” They also “have significant work experience that they bring to the classroom to relate lessons to the real world.” On top of that, students “gain job experience by working for two months every winter” via the “mandatory internship program,” which means each “will graduate with eight months of work experience in the field.” Students are prepared, and it shows: The school boasts an incredible “100 percent placement rate” post-graduation. Even better, all admitted U.S. citizens receive a “full scholarship” covering their tuition—they are only responsible for the costs of room, board, and supplies.