East Coast Colleges and West Coast Equivalents

on August 3, 2017

In many ways, the East Coast and the West Coast have completely different cultures and lifestyles. New England is very different California. Even so, there are a number of colleges on both coasts that possess considerable similarities. Below are three colleges on each coast that have similarities. 


University of Southern California and New York University


As large, competitive, well-respected private college in urban settlings, the University of Southern California (USC) and New York University (NYU) are frequently compared. While the weather is obviously a huge distinction — there are no snowy winters in Los Angeles — both universities have similar tuitions and acceptance rates, as well as diverse student bodies.


Both universities offer long lists of extracurricular activities and clubs, and both are known for their student involvement in local communities. Both USC and NYU have robust business and arts programs. Students in both locations students will get to take advantage of everything these big cities have to offer. One key difference: USC's campus is self-contained within Los Angeles and NYU's sprawls throughout Lower Manhattan, blending in with the city. 


Claremont McKenna College and College of William and Mary


Claremont McKenna College, located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Claremont, California, is a small suburban college of about 1,300 students. This liberal arts college is known for its undergraduate programs in economics, physical science and social sciences. Most students are described as open-minded intellectuals with a variety of interests.


Meanwhile, the College of William and Mary, situated in Williamsburg, Virginia, matches Claremont-McKenna category-for-category. This suburban college is nationally regarded for its legacy of liberal arts programs and politically active student body. Its students also are highly engaged in their local community and with the greater state of Virginia.


Penn State University and University of California, Santa Cruz


Penn State University, which has risen up the ranks to one of the top 50 colleges in the country, has about 47,000 undergraduate students on its campus. The university is known for its energetic student body, which is actively involved in over 950 student-run groups and very devoted to the university’s various sports teams. Penn State has an acceptance rate of about 50 percent, with rolling admissions for applicants who want to find out early.


The University of California, Santa Cruz, which is located just south of San Francisco, similarly accepts about 50 percent of its applicants on a rolling admission basis. UC Santa Cruz is smaller, with a student body of about 15,000. It is well known for its student support of the Division III athletic teams. Students love the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the university. Both Penn State and UC Santa Cruz are highly respected for their expansive teaching and research programs and opportunities, too.

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