<span>Colleges for a 1500 SAT</span>

Colleges for a 1500 SAT

The SAT is a prominent standardized test for high school students that most colleges consult as part of their admissions process. The SAT is scored on a scale of 400 to 1600 and a 1600 is considered the best possible result. A score of 1500 shows that you excelled on the exam and answered the majority of questions correctly.

Is a Score of 1500 Good?

A 1500 puts you in nearly the 99th percentile of all 1.7 million test takers. Just 100 points shy of a perfect score, a 1500 makes you eligible to apply to every college and university in the country and be competitive for admission at almost every single one, including elite institutions. Since increasing eligibility and competitiveness for higher education institutions is the primary goal of taking the SAT, a 1500 is an extremely effective score.

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

With a score of 1500, the question is less about what you need to do to go to college and more about focusing on the type of college to attend. Pay a visit to your counselor to create a list of 7 to 10 colleges and universities that fit you, academically, socially, and regionally. Focus your efforts on maintaining or improving your GPA, fleshing out your extracurricular activities, and getting the other components of your college application together, such as your personal statement.

There are very few reasons to retake the SAT except to become an even more competitive candidate at elite institutions. For instance, the SAT score of the most commonly accepted student hovers around 1540, which you’re shy of. If you’re a junior and you have your sights set on the most selective institutions out there, there’s no reason not to give it another go. Schedule the test 4 to 6 weeks out so you have time to study and take several practice tests. It’s not uncommon to have to take this standardized test multiple times to achieve a score of 1540, so don’t get discouraged!

Retaking the SAT as a senior would likely be a difficult task, but, depending on where you are in the year, it’s not impossible. If there isn’t time in your schedule before the deadline for your dream college arrives, focus on the other components of your application. A 1500 SAT equates to stellar academic performance, so bring the rest of your application up to that same threshold. The personal essay is a chance to stand out from the pack of college applicants so set aside enough time to craft a piece that is meaningful and represents you. Put together a list of your extracurriculars, ask for good recommendations from your more influential teachers, and don’t forget to double check all deadlines!

What Colleges Can I Apply to With a Score of 1500?

A score as high as 1500 makes you eligible to apply to every college and university in the nation, from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities. We’ve put together a sample list of schools to consider below. No SAT score guarantees admission, but all of these institutions have a history of accepting students with a 1500.
 

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the oldest continuously operating technological research university in the United States. On top of the usual academic offerings, RPI has programs in current and emerging issues, including in...

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RPI is a great engineering school with the prefect combo of old and new. The campus has a nice feeling and the students and very helpful. Amazing education paired with a great campus, student body, and a good surrounding town.

” – Michaela from Brewster, NY

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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Case Western is a fantastic science and engineering school. It's location in Cleveland seems unappealing, but the campus has a way of setting itself apart from its surroundings. Case gives its students great opportunities for success.

Amherst College is a highly selective private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, that was founded in 1821. As a member of the Five College Consortium that has replaced student loans with grants on their financial aid plans, Amherst is...

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Amherst has great academics, if you can focus. The no-requirements curriculum can be your undoing if you're not a very self-controlled student.

” – Kaya

Formed by a merger between Marymount College and Loyola University, Loyola Marymount University is a private school affiliated with the Jesuit religion and one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the West Coast. Spread across 142 acres in...

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Being from a big high school, it's great to still have a small class size class in college. The average class size of all my classes is about 20. Professors know each student by name and even take attendance which can be a nuisance if you skip class...

” – Daniel from Mission Viejo, CA

Founded in Los Angeles in 1887, Occidental College is a 4-year private liberal arts college in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the most creative cities in the world. As one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast, Oxy offers more than 40 majors...

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Occidental was definitely not my first choice, but I am so glad that it was what I chose in end. The campus is beautiful, everything is about 5-10 minutes away from each other, and there are so many opportunities that are emailed to us weekly!

” – Stephanie

Opened in 1791, the University of Vermont is a public university in Burlington and one of the oldest universities in the US. One of the schools designated a “Public Ivy” university, UVM is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate...

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My classes not only provide me with a lot of knowledge, but my professors are enthusiastic about teaching as well. The learning environment is wonderful and I have learned so much in a short time.

” – Charlotte from Dedham, MA

The United States Air Force Academy is a military training institution in central Colorado and the youngest of five American service academies. USAFA confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and all students are expected to complete a core...

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It's a challenge, but there is a reward for every challenge you face. It's not meant to be easy, it is meant to help you grow. Here, you discover that you can do so much more than you thought you could.

” – Kathryn from USAF Academy, CO

Seattle University is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the largest independent university in the Northwest. SU consists of eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120 academic majors and...

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Seattle University is by far a University to honor in its dedication to educating the whole student. Life here is extraordinary and the scene here with the music in Seattle and the city life just astounds you and captivates you beyond your belief. Of...

” – College Freshman from HI

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

On 1,000 acres of Saratoga Springs, New York, is Skidmore College, a liberal arts institution that offers students 43 majors and more than 120 study abroad programs. Considered a "Hidden Ivy," Skidmore routinely makes national lists, including as one...

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Personally, my time at Skidmore were the best years I ever had. I was challenged academically, I met incredible people, and I worked with great professors. I could not have asked for a better college experience.

” – Jason from Fairborn, OH

Originally founded as a seminary for training future Marist Brothers, Marist College is a Roman Catholic school in southeast New York State. Marist grants bachelor’s degrees in 47 academic programs. Outside of the classroom, Marist maintains...

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Truly a great experience so far. I have no regrets in deciding to come to a small school rather than go to a large university.

” – Anonymous

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Welcome to the Block Plan, where you’ll take one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks. Prepare to dive into your current passion in small discussion-based classes, where professors will know your name, encourage you to grow, and respect your stride. Master...

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Energetic
Quirky
Outlier

” – Barry from Los Angeles, CA

Originally founded as Washington College in 1823, Trinity College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Hartford and the second oldest college in Connecticut. Trinity offers bachelor’s degrees in 41 academic majors and provides the chance to earn 200...

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All of the professors under whom I have studied so far have shown themselves to be extremely knowledgeable. The quality of the education, combined with the academic atmosphere, can be highly beneficial no matter what kind of learner you are.

” – Edwin from Havre, MT

Founded in 1961 by three Texas Instruments executives, the University of Texas at Dallas is a 4-year public institution in the Dallas metro area and a campus of the UT system. UT Dallas encompasses eight schools granting degrees in over 140 fields of...

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The University of Texas at Dallas is a pretty nice school. I have really enjoyed my time here so far. It gives a friendly feeling and it is very welcoming.

” – from Houston, TX

Belmont University is a 4-year liberal arts institution in Nashville and the largest ecumenical Christian university in the United States. Belmont is home to 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 90 fields of study...

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Belmont is a great school if one wants to learn how to become the best person they can be. The professors push you to do your best and encourage you to not give up. You don't just learn academically, but socially as well. Belmont is committed to...

” – Briana from Antioch, TN

With campus overlooking the Cannon River, Carleton College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Minnesota. Carleton offers bachelor’s degrees in 33 academic majors with a focus on developing skills that apply to all walks of life. For...

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If you are looking for an exemplary education, a strong sense of belonging, and an amazing experience, go straight to Carleton. You have found the perfect college.

” – Anthony from Haslet, TX

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

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The professors are excellent and helped me learn a lot in their classes.

” – Kelsey from Vernon Hills, IL

The University of British Columbia is a public institution with campuses located in the city of Vancouver and the city of Kelowna. The college is deeply rooted in academic research and maintains a number of research facilities, such as the Bamfield...

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1. Although UBC is huge, it is easy to feel a little bit lost at times but it but because of its big size, it's also easy to find your nietzsche. &#13;
2. UBC has one of the most gorgeous campuses in the world, hands down.&#13;
3. UBC has a great...

” – Anonymous

Hamilton College
Clinton Corners, NY

Named for Alexander Hamilton and founded in 1812, Hamilton College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central New York State. Hamilton confers undergraduate degrees in 43 academic concentrations and features an open curriculum policy. To provide...

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I'm so lucky to be able to call Hamilton my home. My fellow students are friendly and passionate and my professors are top notch. If I had to re-do college, there is no doubt in my mind that I would still choose Hamilton.

” – Liz

Reed College is a liberal arts and sciences institution in Portland, Oregon. The college is dedicated almost exclusively to academia and features bachelor's degrees in 40 majors and programs with no social clubs, fraternities, or varsity athletic...

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Reed College offers a unique opportunity: an opportunity to make your own path. The academics ask a lot from you, the people are incredibly quirky, and you'll know your professors on a first name basis, and all of those things are wonderful. But most...

Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian institution founded by the Jewish community and named after the Supreme Court’s first Jewish justice. The 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, and home to more than 100...

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Learning at Brandeis is largely what you make of it: I know I'm learning a lot because I take time to meet with professors, select interesting classes, and pursue a major that I'm passionate about. Brandeis does have distribution requirements to...

” – Rachel

Founded by Congregationalists in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts school in the Los Angeles area and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. Pomona confers bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors in the arts, social sciences...

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There are a wide variety of classes here which are intense but you don't have to do a lot of busy work. Since Pomona is part of a consortium with 4 other schools, you never run out of options for classes. The professors are absolutely amazing -...

” – Anonymous

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

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I have benefited knowledge wise from this school. The curriculum is challenging and I am still adjusting to it. I love the challenge because when I was in high school everything came easy to me, but here at TCU it make you go that extra step.

” – Kristen from Duncanville, TX

Founded in 1878 by the Society of Jesus, Creighton University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Omaha. Creighton hosts nine colleges and schools offering degrees in over 140 areas of study. As a Catholic institution, Creighton holds daily mass and...

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creighton university is the right size, big enough, but not too big, and located in an urban setting. the university is well run by jesuits, with a pleasant and open atmosphere. academics are rigorous, extra curricular and student life are plentiful...

” – parker from plymouth, mn

Founded with funding from the estate of a Massachusetts Bay colonist, Williams College is a liberal arts institution in northwest Massachusetts. Williams is home to three divisions of Mathematics & Science, Languages, and Social Sciences conferring...

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1. The school takes care of its own. Financial aid is excellent, even if the policies are a little quirky. The college provides events every once in a while to help students relax. There are advocacy groups on campus for mental health, sexual assault...

” – College sophomore

Bentley University is a private institution in the Boston area with a focus on combining business education with arts and sciences. Bentley confers undergraduate degrees in 25 academic fields of study and also enables students to customize a major...

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Bentley is a great place to study and interact with other equally serious students. The campus is awesome AND safe AND close to Boston. I have enjoyed great classes, fun activities and awesome athletic opportunities!

” – Lauren from West Hartford, CT

Originally founded in 1861 as a school for women, Vassar College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts college in southern New York State. Vassar grants bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors and was one of the first schools in the United States...

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Vassar has challenging academics and a vibrant social atmosphere, and students here are very good at balancing both. Vassar advocates an environment of inclusion and social awareness that ensures every student is made to feel at home. Overall...

” – Kimberly from Omaha, NE

Clark University is a private institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Clark offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors structured around Clark’s Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) curriculum which includes a small...

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Clark is full of people from everywhere with backgrounds all across the board. With a mix of all sorts of people everywhere you go it is hard not to have your horizons broadened. Additionally, what I have learned academically is great too. There is a...

” – Clark's Biggest Fan

Founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, Union College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in upstate New York. The first liberal arts college to offer a degree program in engineering, Union...

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When I sat in on a class I felt like the amount they throw at you is a lot. It will be challenging going to Union but in return you get an education like no other.

” – William from Winter Park, FL

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year private university of technology, arts, and design in northwest New York State. RIT is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, RIT offers a co-op program that...

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At RIT, you learn about your major. Most of the classes are about your major, with some flexibility for other classes. By the time you graduate, you will feel confident with what you have learned.

” – Allison from Williamson, NY

Founded by Jesuits in 1818, Saint Louis University is a private research institution and one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States. SLU is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. For students...

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Saint Louis University is a great school with a beautiful green campus. This school offers a variety of classes and community service opportunities to get involved in. It also has small class sizes and a great school philosophy of caring and...

” – Melinda from Ellisville, MO

Named after the patron saint of students, the University of St. Thomas is 4-year Catholic school in the Twin Cities and the largest private non-profit university in Minnesota. St. Thomas hosts eight colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in...

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I cannot even describe how much I have learned at UST. The professors are fantastic and present the material in a way that invites you to think in a new way.

Created by the merger of Lewis Institute and Armour Institute, The Illinois Institute of Technology is a scientific and technical research institution in Chicago. IIT hosts eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 40 fields...

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As a student at IIT, you will be pushed to excellence. You will be given a wealth of information and expected to be able to understand and explain with great detail that knowledge. Due to this, you will learn more than you thought possible....

” – Jenelle from Chicago, IL

Located near the Androscoggin River and Casco Bay, Bowdoin College is a 4-year liberal arts college in coastal Maine. With a focus on using education for the common good, Bowdoin offers undergraduate degrees in over 30 majors. Additionally, Bowdoin...

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Bowdoin is hands down the best school I applied to! The financial aid is Ivy caliber, the college is extremely competitive to get into, and the general atmosphere is excellent. At Bowdoin you feel welcomed from the moment you set foot on campus even...

” – Marcela from Saint Louis, MO

The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on...

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SMU is a great fit for a wide variety of students. Currently ranked the #58 best college in the nation, SMU has a lot to offer its students from all of its different degree-granting institutions. I was a little weary about attending SMU at first due...

” – Dylan from Indiana

Founded by the Presbyterian church, Davidson College is a 4-year private liberal arts college in southern North Carolina. Davidson confers bachelor’s degrees in 29 academic majors and 40 minors. Davidson also features an Honor Code forbidding...

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Davidson is known for being academically rigorous and quite frankly, it is. You're going to have to work hard and adjust your study habits as a Freshman. Even if you took the hardest courses available at your high school, nothing can prepare you for...

” – Jersey Girl

Founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars, Providence College is a Catholic, Dominican liberal arts institution located in the city of the same name in Rhode Island. PC offers 52 major fields of study and was the first college in the nation to offer a...

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The Rigor keeps moving

” – Nathan from Baltimore, MD

Lafayette College is based in Easton, PA, and is considered a “Hidden Ivy.” This private college leads all other liberal arts colleges in the US with the most Goldwater Scholarship recipients. Lafayette is ranked on several lists by The Princeton...

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Lafayette college is a great education. They have so many tools to prepare you for life after college, and they work hard to make sure you have a job before you leave. Over all it's alright, just a bit socially pretentious.

” – AMG from VA

Founded in 1800 as a ministry training school, Middlebury College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Vermont’s Champlain Valley and the first institution of higher learning established in the state. Middlebury offers bachelor’s degrees in over 45...

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Middlebury is an awesome school, with great diversity, atmosphere, and intellect. Even though I am just a freshman, I find there are plenty of opportunities for me to get involved on campus. I would love to see more midwesterners here!

” – Sarah from the Midwest

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1864. The college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its "most selective" admissions process is also need-blind. The 425-acre...

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Swarthmore is a small liberal arts school and is perfect for students who are interested in social justice and diversity. The faculty are very caring and reach out to students with opportunities and advice. Some things that students are working on to...

” – Kelly from Los Angeles, CA

Situated atop a hill overlooking the farms of mid-Ohio and featuring distinctive Gothic architecture, Kenyon College is a 4-year liberal arts college and the oldest private institution in the state. Kenyon offers undergraduate degrees in over 50...

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It has one of the top programs in English in the country. Kenyon is truly a prestigious liberal arts college.

” – Valerie from Eastlake, OH

Calling Des Moines, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small...

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I love Drake. I am learning so much. The classes are a lot harder than I expected, but that is what happens when you choose a school like Drake. I wanted a school to challenge me academically and Drake does.

” – Ashley from Des Moines, IA

Founded by evangelical abolitionists, Wheaton College (IL) is a Christian liberal arts college in the Chicagoland area. Wheaton College (IL) confers over 40 bachelor’s degrees and offers a Bible-centered general education program called Christ at the...

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Wheaton has an excellent academic program. The professors will push you to your potential.

” – Bethany

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college for women in eastern Massachusetts as well as a member of the Seven Sisters Colleges and Three-College Alliance. Wellesley confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 departmental and...

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A majority of things covered in class during my first semester were all new to me, so I can easily say that I am learning a lot. However, academics isn't the only thing I feel like i'm learning. The expectations at Wellesley are definitely much...

” – Student

With a campus adjacent to the battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln made his famous Gettysburg address, Gettysburg College is a liberal arts college in southern Pennsylvania. Featuring a curriculum focused on four key elements of a liberal arts...

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Classes are challenging, but professors are always willing to meet with you outside of class if you're having trouble with anything.

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a 4-year liberal arts college located in central Iowa. Grinell offers bachelor’s degrees in 27 academic majors and 13 concentrations. For environmentally-minded Grinellians, the college is home to the Conard...

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A very progressive college. Open and accepting to various types of people. A vibrant college when it comes to eccentricity.

” – from Grinnell, IA

Founded by the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University is a 4-year Jesuit institution in coastal Connecticut. Fairfield provides a liberal arts education and offers degrees in 44 academic majors as well as 16 interdisciplinary majors. As a Catholic...

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Fairfield University offeres a variety of majors within each designated school. There is more than a lot to do on campus, both academic and extracurricular. The campus is a beautiful, welcoming home.

” – Cassie from Pelham Manor, NY

Founded in response to neighboring Columbia University’s all-male admission policy, Barnard College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States and a member of the Seven Sisters colleges. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Barnard...

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Barnard is a wonderful college with so many activities, classes and resources that you wish you could be here for more than four years.

” – Barnard Student from Woodside, NY

Founded by a Presbyterian minister, the College of Wooster is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Ohio. Wooster grants bachelor’s degrees in 44 academic majors and every student’s academic career begins with a First-Year Seminar focusing on...

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The College of Wooster is a rigorous institution that prepares students for graduate-level schoolwork. While the classes can be difficult, classes are small and teachers are typically more than willing to answer questions and help you find a way to...

” – Sarah from OH

Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music located in Appleton, Wisconsin. On a bluff that overlooks the Fox River, the main campus is only one of three locations Lawrence University maintains. The 441-acre Bjorklunden...

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A truly inspirational institution with dedicated professors and eccentric people that are dedicated to learning.

” – Alexander from Northbrook, IL

Originally founded as The Academy of Idaho, Idaho State University is a 4-year public research university in southeast Idaho. ISU is home to six colleges conferring degrees in over 250 academic programs of study and offers a Career Path Internship...

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The teachers at ISU are always trying to find ways to help their students succeed and they do what they can to help you learn what you would like to learn. They take your feedback and use it to improve the class. There are also many programs...

” – Kimberly from Idaho Falls, ID