<span>3.5 GPA Colleges</span>

3.5 GPA Colleges

Grade point average (GPA) takes into account all of the final grades from every class taken during your high school career to provide a single number that sums up general academic performance. A 3.5 GPA correlates to an A- average and indicates that you have consistently earned above-average grades.

Is a 3.5 GPA Good?

Arguably, as the top letter grade, an A- is considered “good.” A 3.5 GPA means that a student consistently performs well on homework, tests, and projects in every subject, making it a desirable GPA across the board. The national average GPA for high school graduates is 3.0 and a large number of colleges and universities consider a 3.0 the competitive benchmark. A 3.5 GPA exceeds that number and also matches the benchmark that several more selective colleges use.

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

As indicated above, a 3.5 GPA means that you’ll be able to apply to a very large number of colleges and be competitive for the vast majority of them. The best plan of action, no matter where you are in your high school career, is to keep it up.

For underclassmen, the real question now becomes what kind of college to attend. A 3.5 GPA will be highly competitive and admission can be reasonably expected at many colleges, but it’s not the most competitive at places like Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, which, on average, accept students with GPAs exceeding 4.0. Since a 3.5 GPA qualifies for consideration, and even possibly admission, to selective colleges and universities, it can elevate you to an entirely different playing field if that’s the route you’re interested in. If you’re dreaming of Ivy Leagues and are still in your first semester of freshman year, it’s possible to increase your GPA to as high as 3.9, but it would require flawless grades for 4 solid years. If available, taking honors or AP courses could make you eligible for an even higher GPA.

Being a well-rounded student involved in afterschool activities, sports, and community service should still be at the forefront of every high schoolers mind. Make sure to find subjects you’re passionate about—not only will this help you determine what to major in during college, but it also elevates the competitiveness of your application when the time comes.  

As for juniors, after establishing a 3.5 GPA, concentrate your efforts on preparing to take the ACT or SAT. Because most colleges weigh standardized test scores on par with GPA, do the studying necessary to make sure those scores are as representative of your skills as your GPA. Set aside study time throughout the week for practice tests and, if possible, enroll in an SAT or ACT prep course through your high school.

And for seniors, now is the time to make sure that all components of your college application are as strong as your GPA. Consult your college counselor so that they can give feedback on your essay and advice for making sure that your list of extracurricular activities represents your high school career in the best possible light. If an admissions officer from a college or university that interests you is visiting, attend the session and network with them. With a 3.5 GPA, you have a great foundation for getting accepted to most institutions, but standing out from the crowd never hurts!

What Colleges Can I Apply to With a 3.5 GPA?

A 3.5 GPA is eligible for acceptance at a sizable number of colleges and universities including some more competitive ones. We’ve compiled a representative sample in the list below. While GPA alone doesn’t guarantee admittance, all of these schools have a history of accepting students with GPAs in the 3.5-3.6 range.
 

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Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its...

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Your Gen Eds are a hit or miss but your teachers will generally know their stuff, some more than others. Overall, my classes taught me what they were supposed to and I genuinely enjoyed learning the courses I had chosen. You're the one responsible...

” – Ashley from Shohola, PA

Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, is a large public university founded in 1886, making it the first higher education institution in the state. ASU also has campuses in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, a Polytechnic in Mesa, in Lake...

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Arizona State is a rigorous state school that can provide many opportunities to those who know where to look. The school is expensive, but provides many unique services to the students. If one is willing to put in the work, ASU is a great place to be...

” – Joseph from Henderson, NV

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

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It amazes me how hungry my brain is for more these days!

” – Naja from Newark, NJ

Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is a 4-year public institution in Tucson and the first university established in the Arizona territory. Arizona features 21 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom...

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the university of arizona is an awesome campus that is just the right size to be able to easily walk across campus. although there are a lot of students at the school the campus has a community-like feel. there are so many clubs and programs to be a...

” – brianne from phoenix, az

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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The University of Miami is a prestigious school with a lot to offer. The school is diverse and gives a small university feel in a big town environment. The University of Miami is a great place to go to school because it provides a good degree, has...

” – Maureen from Webster City, IA

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

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Moving from Hawaii to Oregon was a huge culture shock for me, but definitely worth it. I had to learn how to navigate around the city, apply for classes, and do everything on my own, without my parents. Not only did I have to adjust to the heavy...

” – Jasmine from Kahului, HI

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

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As a student in the animal sciences program, I am learning so much more about animals than I thought possible just in my first year. Almost all of my professors have been easy to talk to and very interested in the subject.

” – Sarah from Arlington, WA

Originally founded as a teachers college, Central Michigan University has grown to become a 4-year public research institution. CMU encompasses eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs. In addition, CMU is home to...

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Central Michigan is a large MAC school with a small school feel. It is friendly and filled with people who seem to have a lot in common with me. There are a ton of options here, for everything from where to live to what to study to where to eat to...

” – Lauren from Bloomfield Hills, MI

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

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I am learning a lot at Ohio University! I am a sophomore who recently transferred here and so far I believe this decision was one of the best I ever made. The GenEd courses are not too hard but I have studied a lot and therefore learned a lot. Yes...

” – Hannah from Swanton, OH

Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

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The classes I'm taking are great. The teachers are very interactive with the class &amp; make learning very interesting. I'm learning a great deal in nearly every class. Whether it was expanding on topics I already knew about or learning something...

” – Zaeiah from Newark, NJ

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a 4-year public school in south Texas and the largest campus in the TSU system. TSU hosts nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 98 academic majors. Every year, Texas State unveils a Common...

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The learning aspect of college is sometimes the part everyone forgets, why else would you spend thousands of dollars on your education? You might as well benefit from it. Sure everyone refers to Texas State as the party school but it doesn't mean we...

” – Jerika from Cedar Park, TX

Oregon State University is an international public institution located in Corvallis, OR. Originally Corvallis Academy, 150 years and more than 200 degree offerings later, OSU is one of only three universities in the US to have a land-, sea-, space-...

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You definitely get out of every class what you put into it. On the whole the teachers are extremely willing to help you out in any way that they can. Teachers do want you to do well in your classes. The thing that is fun about OSU is that you are...

” – Alexandria from Corvallis, OR

The Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, more commonly known as Louisiana State, is the most comprehensive university in the state. This public university is located in Baton Rouge and is a designated land-, space-, and...

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This college is a lot of fun and offers many programs and clubs. They have a great student outreach program and have many events for students. There are many benefits to being at the college.

” – Megan from Port Allen, LA

Colorado State University is a land grant university located in Fort Collins at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Business Administration, Kinesiology, and Human Development are popular fields of study at this flagship university. A Student Recreation...

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CSU is known as the "Harvard of the West." It is one of the most affordable public universities in Colorado and is nationally renowned for many of its programs as well as research. Also, it is in one of the most beautiful places in the country...

” – Molly from Butte, MT

Georgia State University is a 4-year public university with seven campuses throughout Atlanta and the largest university in the state by enrollment. GSU features 10 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 100 areas of study. Additionally, the...

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The professors here are top-notch, no doubt about it, due in part because Georgia State is a research university; professors are doing research along with teaching as well. They really know their stuff and you'll find that most professors (well, all...

” – 3rd Generation GSU Student from Doraville, GA

Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

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It's amazing how much I learned. When I went to work during break, I got into a few conversations and started spitting out information that I learned at school that seemed so complicated when I was learning it. I learned a lot of life lessons in the...

” – Jessica from Smithfield, VA

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City, often considered one of the nation’s top college towns. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs. The...

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Iowa is a school full of spirit and wonderful academics! There are so many useful resources around the campus. This school has something to offer for everyone.

” – Ashley

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education...

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the university of kentucky-lexington is growing by leaps and bounds! there is lots of construction going on all around campus. in addition, all the administrators were welcoming as i explored the campus. i see blue!

” – marini from chicago, il

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

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Pace University is a place where people go to get their degree for what they want to become in life, but in pursuit they also find out who they are as a person. The atmosphere of the school is very tight nit and comfortable to the point it makes you...

” – Javon from Dorchester, MA

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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I highly enjoy my classes here at the University of Cincinnati. Not only are the classes academically challenging, but they are interesting. For my Introduction to Criminal Justice class we had multiple speakers come in and give us a real life...

” – Heather from Lima, OH

Located in Harrisonburg, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is a public institution offering more than 120 degree options. As a research university, JMU features a Research and Scholarship (R&S) administration, and is home to the...

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Overall, yes. I'm a sophomore so most of my courses so far have been gen eds and on average they're really good. In other words, some have been phenomenal and some I kind of had to muddle through, but you get that everywhere. I've learned a lot...

” – Lauren from Royersford, PA

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a 4-year public research institution and the largest university in the San Antonio region. UTSA encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College. Between...

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Learning depends on the type of person you are and the type of person your professor is. Sometimes you will have to adjust your learning styles in order to follow along. If your a visual learner you have to stay focused because most teachers lecture...

” – Parker from SAN ANTONIO, TX

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

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The University of Kansas has great professional schools with devoted professors who take education beyond the classroom. The campus environment is beautiful and the students population is very active in organizations. The University of Kansas houses...

” – Zach from Overland Park, KS

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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The college that no really knows what to expects but falls completely in love with. Iowa State offers a wide array of majors and minors along with some of the kindest professors teaching those classes. Without a doubt my home away from home in my...

” – Monica from Naperville, IL

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

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Not only do you learn from the professors, but the city also acts as a teacher in any subject. You are interacting with your environment, and learning about life.

” – Genevieve from Apollo Beach, FL

Founded in 1841 by the Catholic Diocese of New York, Fordham University is a Jesuit institution in New York City and the oldest Catholic university in the northeast. With three campus locations throughout the city, Fordham is home to four...

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Fordham University is a family with open arms waiting for you to walk in. Once you enter into the family, you are embraced and encouraged to tap into all of the family's resources. These resources WILL help your intellectual, moral and...

” – Constantine from Randolph, NJ

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a public university in southern California and one of two polytechnic institutions in the Cal State system. Cal Poly Pomona is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

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Although this is only my first year, I have already had top-notch professors. I love that this school is all about hands-on learning. Since I plan to major in animal science, this is especially important to me because I need as much experience as I...

” – Emily from Covina, CA

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the result of a merger between Indiana University and Purdue University and offers degrees from both institutions. IUPUI hosts 17 schools granting degrees in over 350 areas of study. Additionally...

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There are so many different classes you can take here!! I have so many different options for classes that I have to take for general education classes and my major requirement classes! The teachers really care about you! There also mentors that can...

” – Whitney from Lafayette, IN

Tulane University is private nstitution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. As one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, TU is considered a top research university. The campus features five undergraduate schools that provide...

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If there is one thing that can be said about Tulane, it's that the academics are miles above any school with which it's often compared. Multiple choice exams, 200-person classes, and TAs have little presence here; in my experience my professors have...

” – Jonah from Baton Rouge, LA

Originally founded as a small branch college, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a 4-year public university and an Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving institution. UNLV encompasses 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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The learning experience is quite beneficial, even though many would think being an in-state student doesn't give anyone an advantage. I would have to disagree with many who think that way. I can say that my entrance into UNLV was a pleasant surprise...

” – Monica from North Las Vegas, NV

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

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The University of Utah offers a wide range of class options within each major, making it easy to find classes that fit my interests. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, encourage open discussions, and most have quirky senses of humor that...

” – Lauren from Sandy, UT

Originally founded as an extension of New York University, Hofstra University is a 4-year research institution and the largest private university on Long Island. Hofstra is home to 12 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 160...

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Hofstra is a prestigious school that offers a lot of majors and minors. It is a healthy community that cares about its student body. It has left a good impression on me so far because there is so much to do!

” – Blair from Deer Park, NY

The University of North Texas is a public institution featuring a main campus in Denton. Ranked as a Tier One research university, UNT is home to an Office of Research and Innovation, as well as the Institutes of Research Excellence, which include...

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diverse student population, lots of nontraditional students and commuters. lots of options for food on campus. great teachers and class sizes.

” – Mia from Dallas, TX

Originally founded to educate returning World War II veterans, Portland State University is a 4-year public institution in the heart of Portland. The PSU campus encompasses eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120...

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This school offers a wide range of classes and with its University Studies program it is encouraged that you take advantage of that fact. This school not only wants you to expand your knowledge but your perspective as well.

” – Jourdan from Portland, OR

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a 4-year institution in central Illinois and the first public university in the state. The ISU campus hosts six colleges and schools as well as an Honors Program and Milner Library. In addition, ISU is...

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ISU is a great place to learn and grow as an adult. There are so many great people, professors, and faculty. It's not too small and it's not too big. It is great to be a Redbird!

” – Kelsey from Island Lake, IL

San Jose State University is the oldest public university on the west coast, and is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. Located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, SJSU offers more than 145 areas of study with an...

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The perfect medium between you and your future career, whether it be engineering, business, science, or humanities/arts related. We have a wide range of majors and minors, and amazing professors and teacher assistants that will guide you through your...

” – Daisy from Morgan Hill, CA

Northern Arizona University is a 4-year public research institution in Flagstaff and a designated Hispanic-serving institution. NAU is home to nine colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 12 academic divisions. To take advantage of its setting in the...

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beautiful and stunningly gorgeous. the winter's may be cold, but its worth it when there is fresh, untouched coat of snow laying on the ground outside your window. there is no place i would rather be in arizona.

” – Madeline from Granite Bay, CA

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences...

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When I first began to look at schools in high school, I really wanted to attend a UC school and found that my choices were rather limited to schools that offered comprehensive humanities and social science department. At UC Santa Cruz I have a...

” – Danielle from Chula Vista, CA

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is a 4-year public school in central Missouri and the first university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring degrees in 97 academic majors including the...

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Mizzou has a beautiful campus, great tradition, academics, and campus-wide activities. There are so many different things to get involved with and things to do. Of course, attending college in Missouri isn't the most appealing, but MU has been a...

” – Bryndon from KC

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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The professors are really nice, and a friend of mine has not had a single issue with any of his classes. It's really something to look forward to.

” – Alana from Salisbury Mills, NY

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a 4-year public institution in central Oklahoma. OU offers bachelor’s degrees in 170 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom space, the OU campus hosts the National Weather Center featuring a...

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The University of Oklahoma has a wealth of opportunity to offer. It is a beautiful campus and the classes are kept small to offer individual attention to students. It also offers a lot of ways to get involved and give back to the community as well as...

” – Brianna from Frisco, TX

Originally established as a teacher-training school, Towson University is a public institution in the Baltimore area and part of the University System of Maryland. TU is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 64 majors. In...

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I'm a Biology Major/Chemistry minor adnthey have some of the best professors here. They really know what they're talking about and if you're interested and do some of your own snooping around you can find some geat opportunities for reasearch or...

” – Ruth from Phoenixville, PA

With campus a short drive from the Delaware River, Rowan University is a public institution in southern New Jersey. Rowan confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study and is one of just over 50 American colleges to offer programs in...

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I'm excited to see what Rowan's classes have to offer within my major of education. My boyfriend loves his classes and professors. He says they are really approachable! He is a GIS major.

” – Rachel from Westampton, NJ

Established in 1837 and named for former Chief Justice John Marshall, Marshall University is a 4-year public research institution in southwestern West Virginia. Marshall is home to seven undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 57...

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Best. Decision. Ever.

” – Adam from Beckley, WV

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, CUNY Hunter College is a public college and the largest school in the City University of New York System. Hunter is home to six colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition...

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The college itself seems like a fantastic deal. The only problem is that there is extremely limited student dorm space, and the cost of renting an apartment in NYC is very expensive, so I'm sure that will add a lot to my yearly expenses. That's one...

” – Allison from Oswego, NY

Formerly known as Southwest Missouri State, Missouri State University is a 4-year public institution in southwest Missouri and the second largest university in the state by enrollment. The main campus of the MSU system, MSU Springfield is home to...

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mo state has some of the best professors that are willing to help you when needed, they are also willing to answer any questions that you have during class.

” – Ashley from Kansas City, MO

Originally founded as the Roanoke Classical Seminary, Manchester University is a liberal arts university in northeast Indiana affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Manchester is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities, Health Sciences, Business...

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From Principles of Biology to Spanish 201, the classes are never boring and you learn so much everyday. Each day is like the of life all over again....You never know what new thing you will learn today. It could be that a pinecone is female or...

” – Chelsea from Garrett, IN

Founded in 1881, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university is also home to a number of academic centers and...

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Everyone at Marquette is really friendly which makes the transition in very easy. There are so many opportunities to join clubs and be a part of the Milwaukee community. Also, the faculty really cares about your future and success and they are eager...

” – Monika from Village Of Lakewood, IL

One of five colleges affiliated with The New School, The Parsons School of Design is a college of art and design in New York City. Parsons is home to five schools of Art & Design History, Media, Constructed Environments, Design Strategies, and...

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I attend the summer intensive course this year (2011), I worked hard,long hours, but loved every second . My drawings from day one to the last day improved 1000%, recieved a B+

” – Brittany from Boca Raton, FL

One of the top 50 largest public schools in the United States, the third-largest university in the state, Kennesaw State University is a 4-year institution with two campuses in the Atlanta metro area. KSU is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in...

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kennesaw state is a clean and safe community that is very cozy and feels like home. the classes are tougher than you would originally imagine, but professors are overall very happy to help. the main downfalls of kennesaw state are the wifi, parking...

” – adalynn from stockbridge, ga