<span>Colleges for a 20 ACT</span>

Colleges for a 20 ACT

The ACT is a standardized test that measures academic performance and compares it to that of other high school students across the country. A score of 20 on the ACT demonstrates that you correctly answered a little more than half of the questions on the exam.

Is a Score of 20 Good?

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 the best possible result. A score of 20 is just below the national average of 20.8 and means that approximately half of all test takers received a higher score on the test. One of the purposes of taking the ACT is to increase your competitiveness during the college application process and a 20 doesn’t necessarily accomplish that at most colleges.

I Want to Go to College, What Do I Do?

In order to improve on a score of 20, consider retaking the ACT.  If you’re a junior, there are still several opportunities to do so. In the time before the retest date, prepare for the exam by taking ACT Practice Tests. Consult the breakdown of your score in each of the test’s four subjects: science, English, mathematics, and reading. Those subject scores will give a sense of which fields of study to concentrate on.

For further test prep, utilize your high school’s ACT resources. Consult an academic advisor or college counselor for recommendations on practice test books. If you have time to do so, enroll in a test prep course overseen by your school or the district. For those who work best in a one-on-one setting, visit a private tutor if it’s within your financial means.

If you’ve decided to retake the ACT as a senior, there are typically test dates in the fall that will return scores in enough time for the latter half of admission season. Check out some colleges that have later application deadlines, in January through March, and see if any of them interest you. If retaking the test isn’t possible or doesn’t make sense in your situation, take a look at your college application as a whole and adjust how you’re labeling your safety, reach, and match schools.

What Colleges Can I Apply to With an ACT Score of 20?

A test score is only one component of the application and many institutions don’t have a “required” ACT score, but a range that they typically accept. However, the colleges and universities we have listed below have a history of admitting students who earned a 20 on their ACT.

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Originally founded as Hawai’i Vocational College, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo is a public liberal arts college on The Big Island. UH Hilo confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors including Hawai’ian Studies. The university also...

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I am a kinesiology and exercise major and the program her is good and getting better every semester. The Profs are good and challenging but they are always there for you if you need some extra help.

” – Devin from Palmer, AK

Originally founded as a school for women called the Livingston Female Academy, the University of West Alabama is a coeducational 4-year public university. UWA is home to five colleges and divisions offering undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic...

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The teachers here have an actual personality and care about their students. &#13;
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The atmosphere on campus is amazing; with ponds, lakes, and...

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Cornerstone University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life on campus is rooted in the college’s Cornerstone Virtue Project, which guides students in the exploration of virtue throughout chapel...

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I'm learning a lot. The teachers are great. If you don't think that they don't care, you are wrong. They care about their students. Professors do pray for you.

” – Jamie

Campbellsville University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist Church. The CU campus is based in rural Kentucky and is home to the Clay Hill Memorial Forest which is used as an educational and research area for woodland studies...

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Campbellsville University is a school were you feel you matter. It's religion based and has very supportive staff. We are even allowed to pray in class!

” – Marissa from Louisville, KY

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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The way the classes are set up, you won't miss anything that is said/signed in class.

” – Craigory from Cincinnati, OH

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

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Minot State has a wide range of really good classes depending on your major. The gen eds are ok, pretty standard, but they do have something called Diversity Requirement, which is a gen ed completely different from your major. It's a great way to...

” – Elizabeth from Minot, ND

Rockford University is a private, 4-year institution established on a suburban, 150-acre campus in Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations through the College of Arts and...

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awesome atmosphere. exceptional staff. perfect for small town kids like myself!

” – Morgann from Rockton, IL

Georgia Southwestern State University is a 4-year public institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSW is home to five colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 40 academic areas of study. Additionally, Georgia...

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GSW has a beautiful, safe, and friendly campus. All of the staff are equipped with the knowledge and willingness to help you with whatever you need. There is a wide variety of courses and majors to chose from.

” – Chelsea from Shellman, GA

The University of Saint Francis is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The campus features a number of historic facilities, such as the Brookside Mansion, which once was home to the entire college, and now hosts...

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The University of Saint Francis offers a vast majority of majors and minors to choose from. The classrooms are a wonderful small size so that the teachers can have more one-on-one time with individual students.

” – Briana from Fort Wayne, IN

Founded in 1850, the Defiance College is a private institution based in the rural town of Defiance, OH. The liberal arts college is closely affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The school houses the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity...

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Defiance is an excellent school because your are a person to them and not another number. They have so many activities for everyone to join. You're going to make a lot of new friends here before you even have your first day of classes.

” – Melanie from Medina, OH

Founded in 1896, Delaware Valley University is a private institution situated in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. DelVal confers undergraduate degrees in 25 majors focused on Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business, and all academic programs incorporate...

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Awsome campus! Would love to go there. Offer exactly what I want.

” – Elizabeth from Bath, PA

Nicholls State University is a public institution with “selective” admissions located in the rural town of Thibodaux, Louisiana, 50 miles west of New Orleans. The institution is named after Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, a brigadier general for the...

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The smaller classroom settings allow you to be more attentive, and it is easier to gain one-on-one time with professors.

” – Dakotah from Theriot, LA

University of the Ozarks is a Presbyterian-affiliated, liberal arts university that was founded in 1834. Located in Clarksville, Arkansas, at the base of the Ozark Mountains, the university is the oldest in the state and offers 59 majors and minors...

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The campus is really small and simple. I like that about it. I went to a campus day and met so many great people!

” – Kaitlin from Lincoln, AR

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

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Holy Names University is a great school! The campus is very community oriented, and it's small size allows for a student to know everyone. I enjoy everything down to the small class sizes.

” – Christi from Oakland, CA

Elizabeth City State University is a public HBCU situated in the rural town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a member of the University of North Carolina system and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. ECSU is a military-friendly university...

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I am hoping to do the Pharmacy program and since it is provided through UNC then I am sure that it will be accurate....Hopefully.

” – Shalonte from Winterville, NC

Originally founded in 1860 as St. Francis Solanus College, Quincy University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Illinois affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Quincy grants undergrad degrees in over 40 academic majors and provides a...

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Quincy University is a campus where everyone is felt welcomed and helped. The Teachers and the faculty go out of there way to make sure all the students have what they need for a successful school year. The scenery on campus in beautiful.

” – Kimberly from Hannibal, MO

Founded in 1852, Gordon State College is a public institution located in the rural town of Barnesville, Georgia. It is a member of the University System of Georgia and home to several athletic facilities that  include walking trails, racquetball...

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Gordon is a small junior college set in the small town of Barnesville, GA. Because the classes are so small, the students are able to have one on one time with the professor. The students are able to learn more and understand the lectures better. I...

” – Shakarra from Zebulon, GA

Limestone College is an independent liberal arts school located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The school has “selective” admissions and provides a curriculum based on Christian values and ethics. Traditional students attend the “Day” program, while...

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Limestone College is a very personal college. It gives you the opportunity to get to know others, as well as your professors easily. All the while offering a christian atmosphere.

” – Kori from Boiling Springs, SC

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

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A beautiful Christian community with nothing but nice genuine people, professors at the top of their academic game, and a relaxed campus a home away from home.

” – Acacia from Fresno, CA

Founded in 1808, Mount St. Mary's University is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. The school operates two campuses in Maryland, a main campus in the Catoctin Mountains of Emmitsburg and a satellite campus...

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I have heard so many things about the academics at Mount Saint Mary's. I am excited to pursue not only my major (biology/ biochemistry) but to continue my education in all fields of learning.

” – Amanda from Westminster, MD

Originally founded in Seattle, Simpson University is a Christian liberal arts institution in northern California and the region’s only Christian university. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson grants undergrad degrees in 24...

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Love it. Although it is a smaller, private and christian school it has a lot to offer on and off campus. Love the professors and people that work at the University.

” – SIBY from Sunnyvale, CA

Governors State University is a public, 4-year institution established south of Chicago in University Park, Illinois. GSU offers programs of study ranging from certificates in Digital Forensics to doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy. The college...

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The faculty/staff are very eager to help and want all returning adults to thrive/succeed.

” – Charles from Plainfield, IL

Wayland Baptist University is a private institution located primarily in Plainview, Texas, with satellite campuses throughout the United States and Kenya. Wayland Baptist has nine academic schools, which offer many programs of study taught in a...

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Wayland is a great school that has a lot to offer. The staff really cares about the students and they want to see us succeed. The transition from high school to college was much easier than I expected and that is primarily because of the staff and...

” – Timothy from Plano, TX

Situated on the banks of Little Riley Creek, Bluffton University is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite Church in northwest Ohio. Bluffton offers undergraduate degrees in over 85 academic areas of study. As part of the university’s...

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I have learned so much just in my short time here at Bluffton. All the classes I have have taught me things that will help me with not only my major, but throughout my entire life. I will carry these learned skills forever. Most of the professors are...

” – Ashley from Hopedale, IL

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Canton, OH. Founded in 1892, Malone has grown to offer 91 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs, some of which are available online. Standing out from the 50-plus majors...

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The classes are in-depth and challenging. If you're just looking to pass classes, this isn't the college for you; but if you want a challenging, enriching academic experience, I would recommend Malone.

” – Erik from Granville, OH

Erskine College is a private, liberal arts institution founded by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1893. Students are required to live on campus, in the rural and historic town of Due West, South Carolina. Erskine offers study abroad in...

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Erskine College has wonderful opportunities that allow all students to achieve their goals. With rigorous academics and many opportunities for extracurriculars everyone can find their niche here. Professors and faculty are always available to help...

” – H from SC

Originally founded as a women’s college by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in southern New Jersey. GCU hosts colleges of Nursing, Business, Education, and Arts & Sciences conferring...

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i would rate georgian court university a 9 on a scale of 10 being the best. when i had transferred to gcu, i was treated with the up-most respect and my needs were accommodated. having been at gcu only two months, my experience here has been amazing...

” – Christina from Jackson, NJ

Established by the Religious Society of Friends in 1873, William Penn University is a liberal arts institution in central Iowa affiliated with the Quakers. William Penn is home to seven academic divisions conferring degrees in over 20 majors. As a...

Marian University is a private Catholic institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The curriculum at Marian University combines classroom theory with practical work experience. The school is home to a wetland and lowland forest, the Indy Cycloplex...

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Marian is a great place where all the professors make you feel wanted. You're definitely not just a number at this University.

” – Meredith from Indianapolis, IN

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational college with “selective” admissions. Founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation is an homage towards their mission of “unity and love for all without...

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when i went to visit the school it was very beautiful and honestly took my breath away. Its a small school which means not alot of students are going to the school. the classes are very small which is a plus for anyone like me who is looking for more...

” – Karly from Salisbury, MD

Founded in 1890, Keuka College is a liberal arts school based in Keuka Park, New York. The Field Period at Keuka College is a required program chosen by the student that explores their interests through an internship, study abroad program, community...

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this is a rural campus that has a waterfront view of one of most beautiful finger lakes in the region. it's dedicated to education and makes sure that you leave here knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. every year you get the month...

” – Nichole from Brunswick, ME

Northwood University is a private, 4-year institution established in Midland, Michigan. The college maintains a number of regional education facilities in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, California, and online in order for students to complete...

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Some classes are easier than others, that's just how life is. Choose the right classes, put forth the effort, and you will be pleased with the results.

” – Kristen

Formed by the consolidation of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College, Middle Georgia State University is a 4-year institution with five central Georgia campuses. MGA is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees...

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This university is one of the most affordable, has a nurturing atmosphere, and the diverse student/faculty/staff body is like no other ... LITERALLY. There are many various degree fields/extracurricular activities/clubs/programs to attend and be...

” – Iris G.

Founded in 1839, Framingham State University is a public institution based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Framingham operates the Center for Social Research, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, and the John C...

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FSU is a small school that focuses on getting students to their next goal, whether it be a career or grad school, etc. Commuters are often forgotten and the parking situation can be like the Hunger Games. Individual programs can be tight knit and you...

” – Steph from Northborough, MA

La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

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They do care about their students and provide all means of following up them in their daily life so as to make sure they are living well loving the atmosphere and feeling well

” – Belyse

Fitchburg State University is a public Massachusetts institution founded in 1894. It has a “selective” admissions process and provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum integrated with professional programs. The most popular majors are exercise...

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I am definitely learning a lot. I am just heading into my sophomore year not, and really looking forward to it. Even in my freshman year I learned so much in mostly general education courses alone. For instance, I took a China course recently where I...

” – Shannon from Blackstone, MA

With campus overlooking the Rio Grande, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a 4-year public school in south Texas and a part of the UT System. UTRGV is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees and has been...

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I definitely am, this school has great professor, both strict and helpful. None of them will deny their time for the student and all of them are really opened to every possible way to help their students, as long as the student puts also the effort...

” – Monica from Brownsville, TX

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal arts institution based in Belmont, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Order of Saint Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church. The college houses the Saint Joseph Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours...

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I love Belmont Abbey. The small class room environments and personal interactions with the faculty and staff makes you capable of doing anything. The one on one time and attention to your course work and path that works best with your schedule is...

” – Chatney from Hickory, NC

West Liberty University is a public, 4-year institution established in the state of West Virginia. WLU offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for many different fields of study, such as Creative Art Therapy and Museum Education...

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an outstanding experience. best place to learn about art. the best school for me.

” – Ashley from Williamstown, WV

Lubbock Christian University is a private institution closely affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is based in Lubbock, Texas, and offers a Christ-centered professional curriculum. Popular majors include nursing, business, and design and visual...

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When it comes to the curriculum, there couldn't be a better one. The way professors teach us while incorporating Christian values is so amazing. One on one help is something a lot of students take advantage of; i know i do. Whether help is...

” – Niko from Lubbock, TX

Gardner-Webb University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It is located in the rural town of Boiling Springs and is the youngest Baptist university in the state. All students must complete four...

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Gardner-Webb University allows you to not just be part of the university as a student but to work along side the staff, professors and help the community in projects and activities. The classes are small which allows for a more personal interaction...

” – JB

Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence, La Roche University is a 4-year Catholic institution in Pittsburgh. LaRoche offers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic majors grounded in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. As a Catholic university...

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La Roche offers great education and diversity within the campus. You will meet lots of people and have a good time, but be able to focus on school work as well. If you are a crazy partier , this is not the place for you.

” – Sara from Allison Park, PA

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is a rural liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Thiel confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic majors and minors. For students who wish to...

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Thiel College is the perfect place to be if you are looking fo a great education in a small, welcoming atmosphere. With activities put on every weekend, there is alwasy something for students to do when they want to break away from the studying and...

” – Jessica from Cortland, OH

Shawnee State University is a public institution situated in Portsmouth, Ohio, with a “selective” admissions process. SSU students can apply for the Honors Program or take advantage of an accelerated program, which can lead to completion of...

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Shawnee State University is an amazing school. They have all kinds of different opportunities for everyone. Also if you ever need help there is always someone close by.

” – Erin from South Point, OH

Founded by an act of the state legislature in 1872, Concord University is a 4-year public school in Athens, West Virginia. Concord is home to three colleges that confer 12 bachelor’s degrees, as well as a Regents Bachelor of Arts Program designed...

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The professors really push me hard to learn to the best of my ability.

” – Holly from Sinks Grove, WV

With campus situated on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding community, California State University-San Marcos is a 4-year public institution in southern California and part of the Cal State system. CSUSM is home to colleges of Humanities, Business...

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the quality of the education really depends on the professor. I've had some GREAT professors and some not so great professors. Overall though, most of the professors really care about you as a student and are willing to help you in any way

” – Lindsey

Founded as a teachers college in 1887, California State University-Chico is a 4-year public school in northern California and the second oldest campus in the California State University system. Chico State is home to 10 colleges and schools...

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This is a green campus and is full of open-mined people that are kind and caring. The city surrounding the school is beautiful and though it is considered a 'party city' you don't have to be a party person. Their is almost no pressure to do something...

” – First Year Student

Established in 1794, Tusculum University is a private, 4-year institution located in Greeneville, Tennessee. Along with its main campus, Tusculum also maintains a satellite campus in Morristown and a Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in...

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At Tusculum we use a block schedule. Students go to one class at a time for three hours a day for eighteen days. I love this schedule because I only have one class to concentrate on and if it's a class I don't like, I'm done with it quickly. Since a...

” – Michelle from Murfreesboro, TN

Avila University is a private, 4-year institution established in Kansas City, Missouri. Academics at Avila are rooted in experiential learning, and students have the opportunity to take part in undergraduate research and internships. Full-time...

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In my opinion school is school no matter where you are or if you're in high school or college. However, I love living on campus and my roommates are great. The school is fairly small and I though I don't know everyone, it is a very friendly campus...

” – Brittany from Blue Springs, MO

North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school provides a liberal arts education and operates a main campus in Rocky Mount, NC, and six satellite locations. The college offers several...

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North Carolina Wesleyan College is a great school for adults who live a busy lifestyle. I work two jobs, but since Wesleyan provides night classes, I am still able to work and go to school. I am truly honored to be a student at North Carolina...

” – Kenneth from Goldsboro, NC