<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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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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I am able to focus a whole lot better because the classes are small and there are less distractions. I love that all my professors know me by name and not just as a number.

” – Lauren from Plainview, 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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The professors are wonderful and are willing to help in any part of the day. The university is small enough so that the professors can get to know you as a person, and not just a number.

” – Casey from Kings Mountain, NC

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 College is a small, yet bustling school. Professors and students throughout the school are friendly, always smiling, and eager to help in anyway they can. I transferred here but have never felt more at home!

” – Sarah from Brackenridge, 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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I have learned so much being at Thiel College. I've learned that being far from home isn't so bad; making good friends helps a lot; studying hard pays off; as well the first year is always rough!

” – Bonita from Pittsburgh, PA

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 in 1872, Concord University is located in Athens, West Virginia and offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level in over 60 programs of study.  The 123 acre campus is home to over 1800 students, and provides a complete undergraduate...

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The professors really know their fields and they're so helpful. They make sure you understand the material and are really willing to help if you don't. Also, Concord has free drop in tutoring for anyone who needs it.

” – Stephanie from Concord University

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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CSUSM has wonderful programs for students who are pursing business or nursing majors. The campus life is friendly and there are tons of activities to get involved. The resources and academic counseling offered by CSUSM is extensive.

” – Sarah from Santa Ysabel, CA

Named for Mother Colette Hilbert of the founding Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph, Hilbert College is a Franciscan college in the Buffalo metro area. Hilbert grants undergraduate degrees in 18 academic majors including one of the only Computer...

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Professors that allow you to offer your insight in discussions, not...

” – Janine from Springville, NY

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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The professors at California State University, Chico, truly care about your education. This past semester, only one of my professors did not know my name, and that's understandable because it was a large lecture class. Although large lecture classes...

” – Elizabeth from Sacramento, CA

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 College the schedule here is different. For 18 days, We have one class at a time. My first class was psychology 101 this year. Each class is 3 hours long. You could have a morning or afternoon class depending on your schedule. I learned...

” – Jessyca from kingsport, 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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Because this is a small campus, the professors have a better opportunity to answer as many questions as possible as well as have more one on one time with each student.

” – Vivian from Greensboro, NC

Founded by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes, Marian University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northeast Wisconsin. Marian offers bachelor’s degrees in 38 fields of study and all majors feature on-the-job training and service learning...

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Marian has helped me from the moment I took the campus tour two years ago up until my current enrollment in the school. We all have things come up in our lives and Marian made it easy to find courses and a...

” – Patricia from Beaver Dam, WI

The College of Coastal Georgia is a public institution located in Brunswick. It is part of the University System of Georgia and provides student-centered academic programs. The most popular majors are nursing, elementary education, and middle school...

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This college is an amazing college because of the simple fact that it had professors who are willing to actually work with you in order to help you succeed! CCGA is constantly improving the degrees that are offered and are creating more and more...

” – Danielle from Kingsland, GA

Coker College is a private liberal arts institution based in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker College offers a Trans4mations four-year undergraduate program that focuses on a different aspect of learning each year. All students must finish a...

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Great School

” – Toiekka from Timmonsville, SC

Founded in 1896 as an educational institution for freedmen, Oakwood University is a Christian school in northern Alabama and an Historically Black College and University. Operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oakwood is home to schools of...

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Both of my parents went to this college and they say that it was one of the most enriching environments that they've ever been in. It must be wonderful to be surrounded by people of your skin color who believe the same as you do and who want nothing...

” – K. R.

Glenville State College is a public, 4-year institution established in rural West Virginia. GSC, also known as the Lighthouse on the Hill, exclusively serves undergraduate students and maintains a student body of nearly 2,000 scholars. GSC’s academic...

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glenville has a wonderful learning environment. great classes and teachers. and wonderful students.

” – Miranda from Glenville, WV

West Texas A&M University is a public institution and a campus of the Texas A&M system. West Texas A&M is home to six colleges and schools granting bachelor’s degrees in 58 academic majors. The school also operates several research facilities...

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Here at West Texas A&amp;M University, I haven't had a professor yet that I didn't learn something from. THe professors are really good about taking time out to answer questions and make sure the concepts being taught are understood. They all have a...

” – Keagan from Amarillo, TX

Columbia College is a women’s liberal arts college in South Carolina’s state capital. Columbia confers undergraduate degrees in eight academic areas and also makes certain programs available in coeducational formats. Throughout the school year...

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The course is rigorous, but the teachers really care and are so willing to help and they want you to succeed. The education is well-rounded so that it's practical for life and creates a nice learning experience with different methods and fun classes...

” – Suzie from Simpsonville, SC

Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is a 4-year public school in the northwestern Nebraska panhandle and part of the Nebraska State College System. Chadron State confers undergraduate degrees in 52 academic programs. For fans of architectural...

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I love Chadron State College because of the people. The atmosphere is loving and welcoming and the small town-atmosphere is just wonderful. I am happy to attend a college where the professors actually care about their students.

” – Sophie from Germany

Pfeiffer University is a private institution based in Richfield, North Carolina. Pfeiffer is closely tied to the United Methodist Church. Many of the campus’ Georgian Revival-style academic buildings have been placed on the National Register of...

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Being that Pfeiffer is such a small school, students really connect well with their professors. The classroom sizes are typically small which adds to the one-on-one learning environment. I am a rising sophomore and have yet to have a class with more...

” – Amnazo from Charlotte, NC

Founded in 1886, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a public Historically Black College and University in southeast Maryland. UMES is home to schools of Business, Natural Sciences, Education, and Health Professions conferring undergrad...

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Yes you do learn a lot especially since every teacher I have had so far was willing to spend the extra time to make sure I was understanding the material they taught.

” – Jordan from Toms River, NJ

Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a 4-year Catholic school in San Antonio. OLLU is home to five schools granting undergrad degrees in over 30 academic majors and is a designated Hispanic...

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This college is amazing. They have been attentive to my every need helping me along the way. They have been like a family to me.

” – Oneisha from Houston, TX

Dickinson State University is a public, 4-year institution established on an urban, 110-acre campus in North Dakota. Dickinson State offers bachelor’s degree programs in over 70 fields of study, as well as a master’s degree program in teaching. The...

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Just make sure you bring WARM CLOTHES!!!! But other than that you wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

” – Dalmin from Newell, SD

Located in the hills of western New York, Alfred State College is a 4-year SUNY College of Technology institution offering more than 70 degrees. Alfred State maintains three colleges as well as an honors program and fully online degrees in areas such...

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Its a safe environment.
Its a neat environment.
Its makes one feels at home.

” – Dennis from Bronx, NY

Lees-McRae College is a 4-year institution in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Lees-McRae offers 20 majors and 20 minors on its campus, which sits at an elevation of 4,000 ft., making it the highest elevated campus in the eastern US. Providing 11...

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Lees McRae College is a very diverse campus with any and all type of persons attending. The college is small, yet it's heart is large, and it's students and faculty are very involved in helping the school as well as helping the small community it's...

” – Morgan from Wendell, NC

Originally founded in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, Saint Martin’s University is a Benedictine school in northwest Washington state. The only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains, Saint Martin’s confers...

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SMU is a small, liberal arts university with dynamic, enthusiastic and talented faculty. It's a fun and welcoming community that is easy to join. There are many opportunities to join clubs and get involved on campus.

” – Anonymous

Chartered in 1917, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a 4-year public school and the oldest institution of higher learning in south Texas. Texas A&M Kingsville is home to six colleges granting undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom space...

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TAMUK makes all of their students feel like they are family while attending. They also have so many activities that anyone can participate in which keeps the students more interested in campus. Texas A&amp;M University Kingsville has excellent professors...

” – Sierra from Spring, TX

Chartered in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College is a Catholic women’s college in Milwaukee. Alverno confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic majors and 27 minors. In addition, Alverno eliminates letter grades and provides...

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this is a great school for students who can adapt to an all women school. they are excellent for nursing majors. they do offer spacious and convenient dorms for those who want to stay on campus.

” – Nadine from Milwaukee, WI

West Virginia State University is a public, historically black college established in Institute, West Virginia. Academic studies at WVSU are divided into four colleges: the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business and Social Sciences...

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My classes are very informative and they are fun. High school had so many rules that prevented a positive learning experiance. College is different, but in some classes its still the same. Many teachers push you to be on time and to always attend...

” – Kim from Charleston, WV

Indiana University-South Bend is a public university and regional campus of Indiana University Bloomington. The school operates a main campus in South Bend, an education center in Elkhart, and offers online classes. IU South Bend provides...

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Indiana University-South Bend's Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is way underestimated. The professors are very qualified to teach their area of expertise and very easy to learn from. I went in thinking I would want to transfer after my first...

” – Jordyn from Elkhart, IN

Wilberforce University is a private institution and the nation’s first historically black university. Wilberforce is associated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Wilberforce requires all students to participate in the “cooperative program”...

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Wilberforce University is a very family oriented institution. Its atmosphere is just above average, having both good and bad times. The campus facilities are moderate but comforting.

” – Dahrion from Southfield, MI

Founded by a lumber magnate, the University of Wisconsin-Stout is a public university in northwest Wisconsin and the UW system’s designated polytechnic university. UW Stout features six career clusters offering undergraduate degrees in 50 academic...

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This school has very knowledgeable and helpful professors. It has been a huge help to me in order to understand the material for the classes. By actually asking the professor questions you have can make a world of difference. I have learned a lot...

” – Nicole from MN

Originally founded as a teacher training institution, New Jersey City University is a 4-year public liberal arts university in northeast New Jersey. NJCU is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Professional Studies, and Education conferring...

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I like all my professors and course loud is average but doable. Getting to class is a breeze as all public transportations are accessible. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. I call this my second home.

” – Rose from Jersey City, NJ

Mount Saint Mary College is a private liberal arts college based in Newburgh, New York. The school houses The Center on Aging and Disability Policy and The Collaborative for Equity in Literature Learning, as well as several other research centers...

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I'm a nursing major at MSMC and the first year was SO difficult. I had to learn how to manage my time really efficiently to get everything done. The more I studied, the more I realized how much I was actually learning unlike high school. The...

” – Ashley from Washingtonville, NY

Founded in 1854, Huntingdon College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Montgomery, Alabama. Academics at Huntingdon feature a unique core curriculum which aims to educate students in the fields of fine art, biblical...

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Huntingdon College is an amazing college for prospective students who love God and want to get a good education. The campus is beautiful and the teachers are awesome. The student count is also low, so the less student to teacher ratio.

” – Alexandria from Deatsville, AL

Founded in 1856, Mars Hill University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in western North Carolina and the region’s oldest institution of higher learning operating on its original site. Nestled among the mountains, Mars Hill confers bachelor...

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Mars Hill is great school really focused on helping students get the best education they can. The small scale of the school allows the students to have closer relationships with their teachers as well as the students on campus. It's wide range of...

” – Rebecca from Myrtle Beach, SC

Affiliated with the Baptist Church, Hardin-Simmons University is a Christian liberal arts college in central Texas. Hardin-Simmons is home to seven colleges and a seminary offering bachelor’s degrees in over 75 fields of study. As a Baptist...

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I have made many friends, not only through New Student Orientation, but through my major and extracurricular activities. The professors are helpful in every way and often times will even give you their cell phone number to contact them at any time...

” – Beth from Abilene, TX

California State University-Sacramento is a 4-year public institution and a member of the Cal State system in California’s state capital. A Native American Pacific Islander, Asian American, and Hispanic-Serving institution, Sac State is home to seven...

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My classes are not too difficult, and yet every time I exit the classroom I feel illuminated and accomplished for what I have learned. The teachers are friendly and always eager to help when you are having problems with a certain subject. They even...

” – Sergio from French Camp, CA

Lake Erie College is a private, 4-year institution established in Painesville, Ohio. LEC offers over 30 undergraduate and graduate majors, as well as over 25 minors, with a unique CORE general education curriculum that aims to cultivate all of the...

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Since I arrived at Lake Erie College, I have had the privilege of learning one life lesson after another. I have not only had the chance to excel in the classroom under the tutelage of amazing professors, but I have learned a lot about myself as a...

” – Michelle from Glouster, OH

Founded in 1928, Hope International University is a Christian university in Orange County affiliated with non-denominational churches of Christ. HIU is home to the Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies as well as four other...

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The professors here are amazing. It is a small school so you actually get to know your professors. They will work with you if you are struggling. They challenge your thinking and try to get you to think critically, not just accept everything you...

” – Laura from Valley Springs, CA

Webber International University is a private institution situated in Babson Park, FL, and has been labeled a "Best in the Southeast" and a "Best Value" college by The Princeton Review. Considered a business university, Webber has a focus on...

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Yes. You will learn a lot about getting ahead in the business world, running a business and even just gaining a job in this tough economy. I have taken may classes that helped prepare me for job interviews and how to handle myself in the workplace. I...

” – Dallas from Haines City, FL

Warner University is a private liberal arts college associated with the Church of God. The school is based in the rural town of Lake Wales, Florida, and offers students Christ-centered opportunities through mission work and service projects such as...

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The classes that I am required to take as a freshman like University experience and Christian Thought are fairly easy with little homework. The classes and interesting and I'm learning in them. All of the professors are really caring and honestly...

” – Warner student from FL

Cabrini University is a liberal arts institution with close ties to the Roman Catholic Church. Campus is based in Philadelphia, PA, and calls its core curriculum “Justice Matters,” and courses are rooted in social justice. It was one of the first...

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In college you have a lot more free time than you would think. They key to getting good grades and getting ahead is to use that free time wisely. First get your homework and studying done and then get active and join clubs!

” – Natasha from Philadelphia, PA

Affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University Texas is a 4-year private institution in Austin and a campus of the Concordia University system. Concordia is home to six colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in...

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Concordia is a friendly, small school with professors who care. Class sizes are small, allowing students and instructors to get to know one another, and facilitating high quality instruction. The campus is beautiful.

” – nontraditional student

Louisiana College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Pineville, Louisiana. Each semester, students are required to attend a number of chapel events. Students living on-campus at LC live in one of five gender-segregated residence...

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Louisiana College is wonderful. Everyone is like a big family. The campus is beautiful and has a lot of history.

” – Kaytlin from Vivian, LA

Founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists, Eureka College is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences institution in central Illinois, as well as the first college in the state to admit both genders. Eureka grants bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors...

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I absolutely love my college. The other students and the professors treat everyone with care and respect. I believe to look past Eureka College as an option would be a poor choice.

” – Timothy from Joliet, IL

The University of Dubuque was founded in 1852 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is based in Dubuque, Iowa, and follows a “Diamond” educational model that centers itself around Community and Character, Academics, Vocation, and...

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You will learn a lot of new things here. The gen. ed. classes may seem like classes you've taken in high school, but you will still learn something new in every single class you take. The work load is not too bad and if you are having trouble, the...

” – Laura from Illinois

University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a public institution based in Somers, WI. It is a land-grant institution with a “selective” admissions process. Top fields of study include communications, sport and fitness management, and marketing. The...

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside is one of the best schools in the UW system, but is one of the most underrated of all the UW schools. The business school is excellent and has provides many opportunities for success. UW-P is affordable and in a great...

” – Marie from Milwaukee, WI