Art Teacher Education

Art Teacher Education prepares students to become teachers of art, art history, and art appreciation at various educational levels. Future educators are trained in disciplines such as aesthetics, art criticism, art interpretation, creativity, production, and individual exploration. It further encompasses classes in specialized techniques like printmaking and 2-D design as well as more general subjects like art criticism and art philosophy. This degree also covers the creation and execution of lesson plans as well as teacher training classes. 

Art teacher education degrees are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels. Bachelor’s degree-holders are qualified to teach art at the K-12 level while postsecondary and college art teaching jobs require a graduate degree. All colleges and universities offering an art teacher education program must be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

I Want to Be an Art Teacher. Would I Make a Good One?

First and foremost, it’s important for all students to determine if they possess the mental outlook and skills conducive to becoming an art teacher. Teaching art on any level is a time consuming and often stressful process so it helps to have a passion for the subject and a sense of purpose as a foundation. It’s also important to possess leadership qualities, a sense of humor, and a willingness to collaborate as part of the educational process.

At some point, you’ll also need to choose the teaching level where you’ll feel most comfortable. Art classes are found at all different educational levels: elementary, junior high, high school, and college. Once you’re able to determine your focus, it will help you choose which kind of art teacher education degree to earn.

The next thing to consider is the education needed to be an art teacher. Besides the classes you’ll take in preparation for the degree, becoming an art teacher also requires experiential learning. This involves trips off campus to area schools to observe professional art teachers in action, as well as a student-teaching experience.

It’s important to note that not all art education degree holders teach in schools. Art teachers also find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, or even prisons. So if you have a passion for teaching the subject but aren’t sure if you want to spend eight hours a day in a classroom setting, it’s still possible to find work.

Associate level

The minimum art teacher job requirements in every state is a bachelor’s degree. There are no associate degrees specifically focusing on “art” teacher education, but that shouldn’t deter you from beginning at a 2-year institution. It can be a great way to save money, so head to a community college with a solid transfer program and choose a general major, such as “teaching” or even “art.” This way, transferring should be relatively seamless. You can even start teaching preschoolers or work as a teacher’s aide once you finish your associate if you’re eager to join the workforce right away.

Baccalaureate Level: How to Become an Art Teacher

The 4-year art teacher education bachelor’s degree can be broken down into two separate components. It requires students to study specialized art techniques and media such as design, painting, or sculpting. It also features classes in educational skills like lesson planning, teaching methods, and classroom organization. Most students also take classes in generalized art topics like color theory and art history.

All prospective bachelor’s degree recipients are required to teach classes at a local school under the supervision of a professional teacher in order to gain real world experience. Finally, all students must obtain a teacher’s certification from the state in order to find employment with any school district. The requirements for certification vary from state to state but a bachelor’s degree is mandatory. 

Certain colleges and universities also offer art education as a minor for students who have an interest in the field but aren’t certain that they want to become school teachers. This art education minor helps qualify students for art teacher jobs in non-traditional settings like hospitals, museums, and cultural organizations. It also helps train them to lead art therapy sessions.

Art teacher jobs at the bachelor’s degree level: After earning a bachelor’s degree, most art teacher education majors find jobs as K-12 level art teachers. 

How much do art teachers make? At this level, an art teacher salary ranges from $47,000 to $56,000.

If it turns out that you want to move outside of the classroom, art teacher education majors can also find employment in jobs like Graphic Designer, Art Director, Museum Educator, Art Curator, Exhibit Designer, Art Therapist, User Interface Designer, and Community Arts Program Director.

The average salary for these positions range from $35,000 for a museum educator and $48,000 for a graphic designer to $73,000 for an art curator and $80,000 for a user interface designer at the high end.

Online art education

It’s also possible for art teacher education majors to teach art online professionally. Art educators can find online teaching jobs through charter schools, colleges and universities, or even by starting their own web-based businesses. These employers require teachers to demonstrate a strong understanding of technological educational resources as part of the job application process.

Most of the teaching in online art classes is conducted via video so it’s especially important to be comfortable on camera and knowledgeable about streaming technology. Online educators will also frequently interact with students via one-on-one platforms like Skype or Facetime.

Graduate Level

For students looking to teach art at an advanced level, several schools feature a Master of Arts degree in art teacher education. These graduate level programs offer more in-depth art classes on the history of art education, teaching art for special populations, philosophy of art education, museum education, art advocacy, and art studies for diverse needs. Many of these master’s degree-granting programs are available online.

A master’s degree typically qualifies an aspiring professor to teach up to the postsecondary level. There are some community colleges that will accept a master’s degree for a teaching position but this varies from institution to institution. In order to become an art professor at the college level, it is commonly a requirement to earn a PhD in art teacher education.

This PhD usually takes between three to eight years to complete. The art education PhD focuses on composing scholarly literature and includes an internship, teaching practicum, dissertation, and a final research project or thesis. It covers advanced classroom topics such as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies as well as teaching theory.

Art teacher jobs at the graduate level: Graduates who hold a master’s degree or PhD in art teacher education often find work teaching at the postsecondary or college level. Outside of the educational world, graduate degree holders are also employed as a Museum Curator, Policy Maker, and Community Arts Organizer.

The average salary range for a postsecondary or college art instructor runs from $53,000 to $82,000. For other positions, salaries range from $40,000 for a Community Arts Organizer and $46,000 for a Museum Curator to $55,000 for a Policy Maker.

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Boise State University

Boise State is a Carnegie doctoral research university that is home to more than 26,000 students from every state and more than 60 foreign countries. Our metropolitan campus runs along the banks of the Boise River, just a quick walk from the heart of...

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

Established in 1969 after a merger between the Medical College of Alabama and the Birmingham Extension Center of The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a 4-year public institution. UAB is home to 12 colleges and schools...

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Coming from a different high school system in Washington DC, UAB has reinforced many of the things I have learned in high school. The curriculum is tailored to your specific major, and the professors are great overall!

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Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

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Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

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Alabama A & M University

Founded by a freedman, Alabama A&M University is a public Historically Black College and University situated in Huntsville and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Alabama A&M is home to colleges of Business, Natural Sciences, Engineering...

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AAMU is a great institution where students come first. The teachers care about us and were not just a number. When I have kids my kids will attend this great University.

” – Anthony from Decatur, GA
Brigham Young University-Idaho

Affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho is a 4-year institution in eastern Idaho and the state’s largest private university. BYU-Idaho is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

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When I came to this school, I thought I knew music and knew the Book of Mormon. I was dead wrong. I have learned more about music, life, and my own religion than I ever thought possible. I've only been there a year, but I feel like I've learned...

” – Cameo from Yucaipa, CA
Weber State University

Founded in 1889, Weber State University is a 4-year public school in northern Utah. Weber State awards undergraduate degrees and certificates in over 225 academic programs with a focus on integrating scholarship and community. For recreation, Weber...

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Weber State has been an excellent and affordable school for those seeking a higher education. It is a place where one can study and feel safe from many of the problems plaguing our society. It is also a place where each student can enter the pathway...

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Idaho State University

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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I love the class size for ISU. Students to professors ratio is 17:1, what could be better? There are a variety of classes as well to choose from, Physical Education Activity such as bowling or even fly fishing to add some spice to your general...

” – Amanda from Idaho Falls, ID
Carthage College

With campus on the shore of Lake Michigan, Carthage College is a liberal arts college in southeast Wisconsin affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Carthage offers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 areas of study and every major includes a...

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The classes at Carthage are all taught by professors who truly care about their student's learning. The Hedberg Library offers a large selection of books on basically any topic that one could imagine. The Heritage classes allows for a good amount...

” – Tyler from Kenosha, WI
Columbus State University

Originally housed in a renovated hosiery mill, Columbus State University is a public institution in western Georgia. Columbus State encompasses colleges of Business, Letters & Sciences, the Arts, and Education conferring undergrad degrees in 46...

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The teaching staff at Columbus State University is excellent. All of the professors are very knowledgeable, helpful, and do their best to create an experience conductive to learning. All the Professors welcome questions (even in larger classes,)...

” – Alex from Stockbridge, GA
Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

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College is a whole new experience compared to high school! In and out of the classrooms you learn a lot about yourself, your new community, college, your favorite subjects, and new cultures! The professors here are great, and if you do happen to fall...

” – Margaret from Clarkston, WA
Lee University

Lee University is a 4-year institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. They offer 55 majors on the more than 119 acre campus with the focus of “develop[ing] within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skill which will...

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In general, classes are challenging but not too overwhelming. Lee offers a variety of classes so that students can study subjects that really interest them.

” – Laura from Virginia
Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

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Wichita State University is a four year college that is placed within the ever-growing city of Wichita, Kansas. It has a great set of dorm rooms for oncoming freshman, but most students choose to commute since WSU is so close to everything. The best...

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Manhattanville College

Manhattanville College is a liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, and social and civic action. 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville hosts a globally diverse campus, serving 1,600 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate...

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Manhattanville College has a wonderful atmosphere for both learning and living that does not interfere with everyday activities. Academics at Manhattanville offer a small student to teacher ratio that allows for a one on one experience with the...

” – Sylvia from Purchase, NY
Bowie State University

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

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So far, I have found the professors to be very knowledgeable in their fields of study.

” – Jasmine from Clinton, MD

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit college of art and design in San Francisco and the largest private school dedicated to training artists in the United States. AAU confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in 22 artistic fields of study...

Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University is a 4-year private school in mid-Ohio affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Ashland is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing granting undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic...

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This school is great for education and business majors! There are more than 70 undergraduate programs here at Ashland but the majority of the students come here for business or education. They are great at getting you experience in the field you...

” – Megan from Commercial Point, OH
Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

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Lipscomb University is an incredible school with a positive atmosphere and community. The academics are challenging, and the professors are encouraging towards students. Lipscomb is a great place to learn and grow as a person.

” – Kelly from Orland Park, IL
Saint Joseph's University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit Catholic school in Philadelphia. SJU is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Studies offering bachelor’s degrees with a core curriculum...

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Saint Joe's has a great community aspect. If you're looking for a place where you will recognize people in the library, in the dining hall and in your classes, this is the place for you.

” – Isabella from Philadelphia, PA
Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

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At ORU the teachers and faculty don't take lightly the importance of an education. They truly care about the students and not just the grade earned in the class. Teachers and faculty teach students lessons that will be useful outside the classroom in...

” – Amber from Tulsa, OK
Saint Cloud State University

With campus located along the Mississippi River, St. Cloud State University is a 4-year public institution and one of the largest universities in Minnesota. St. Cloud State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs and is the only...

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You learn a ton in a short time. Some core classes will be easy and produce a lot of busy work, but if you get through those you should be well on your way to greatness. The people and the teachers provide a wide area for learning, and if you are...

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SUNY Buffalo State

Founded in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State is a public school in Buffalo and the largest 4-year college in the State University of New York System. SUNY Buffalo State is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Education, the Professions, and Sciences, and is...

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I have a very specific program that I am doing as a minor: Museum Studies. Buffalo State is one of only 12 colleges in the country that offer this at the undergraduate level, so I know I will be getting ahead in the museum field.

” – Deirdre from Baldwinsville, NY
Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University is a public institution focused on liberal arts and professional training. SCSU is part of the Connecticut State University System and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. All students must complete a Liberal...

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This was my first choice school because I got an amazing vibe visiting. The students and staff were so welcoming and excited to have new students coming to join the campus. The psychology program, is one of the best also. So my major is going to be...

” – Danielle from Vernon, CT
Delaware State University

Founded in 1891, Delaware State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the state capital of Dover. Delaware State is home to colleges of Humanities, Agriculture, Business, and Health Sciences conferring undergrad degrees...

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I definitely am learning a lot here I transferred from Long island University in Brooklyn NY, and I never had the opportunity to learn such variety of things. For example about black history, the most I knew about Black History was what they could...

” – Danielle from Brentwood, NY

Formerly known as Armstrong State University, Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus is a residential campus of the University System of Georgia. GSU-Armstrong offers bachelor’s degree programs in over 50 Georgia Southern majors from seven...

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small campus that allows freshmen to bring their cars on campus. professors are very friendly and openly encourage for students to come to them for one-on-one time if needed. 
a wide variety of degrees are available along with new ones being added...

” – Lindsey from Pooler, GA
University of North Georgia

University of North Georgia is a public university in Dahlonega, an hour north of Atlanta, and is a member of University System of Georgia. The university offers more than 100 programs of study through five academic colleges, boasting 50 academic...

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The classes are small,and your professor knows you by name! It makes it easier to ask questions,and receive help! They offer tutoring and have labs where you can go and receive free help!

Bridgewater State University

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Bridgewater State encompasses colleges of Science & Mathematics, Business, Education, and Humanities granting undergrad degrees in over 90 fields of...

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Every class that I have taken I have learned something useful from it. I enjoy most of the classes that I have/am taking. There are a lot of core requirements but most of them are helpful and you might even find a class that you enjoy and would like...

” – Breanna from Pittsfield, ME
Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

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I am learning a lot in Arcadia University. Academically, I'm a little behind, but I am learning much about campus involvement, safety, and I look forward to learning more.

” – Brittany from Bear, DE
Grambling State University

Founded by a group of African American farmers in 1901, Grambling State University is a 4-year public school in north central Louisiana. This Historically Black College and University is listed on the Louisiana African-American heritage trail. Part...

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Grambling is a great school because you get to experienve the life of a black college and how diffeerent some things at grambling are compared to other schools. Grambling also gives you the chance to make out there in the work world with the...

” – Domonique McElroy from Little Rock, AR
Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

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Most of my professors are extremely knowledgeable in their topics. I think that MTSU has hired many well-educated professors who really know their stuff. I'm learning a lot from all of them, and I think I will continue to do so as I go further in my...

” – Emma from Knoxville, TN
Northern Michigan University

With campus overlooking Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University is a public school and the largest university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. NMU confers undergrad and graduate degrees in 177 academic programs and all students receive either a...

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The teachers are so helpful. They will come in early or stay late in their office if you can't make their hours. When you ask a question they do their best to answer it. I even had teachers who would look it up and the answer it the next class. Some...

” – Bryanne from Canton, MI
Utah Valley University

With campus a short distance from Utah Lake, Utah Valley University is a public school in northern Utah and the largest public university in the state. UVU is a dual mission institution combining a teaching university and community college to confer...

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I LOVE going to school here! The Professors are fantastic! Every class I have had thus far has been taught by highly respected individuals; everyone has at least one Master's and they have all had experience working in their field! The class room...

” – Sarah from Pleasant Grove, UT
Tiffin University

Tiffin University is a private, 4-year institution located in Ohio and founded in 1888. It is a military-friendly school and houses the first public building to be wired for electricity in the nation. Criminal justice and law enforcement...

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I plan to go through either the Government and National Security or the Homeland Security and Terrorism programs and go into a Law Enforcement career or into the Air Force after I graduate and the skills I will learn here will definitely help me...

” – Victoria from Foresthill, CA
University of Minnesota Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth is a research institution located in Minnesota’s fourth largest city. Founded in 1895 as the Duluth Normal School, this medium-sized campus for a large university has grown since its humble beginnings as a teacher’s...

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I have taken a lot of different courses from different departments and I have learned a ton. My teachers actually care about how I am doing in their classes which makes me want to attend their classes.

” – Courteny from Saint Paul, MN
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Established in 1886, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an art school affiliated with the Art Institute and one of the oldest design schools in the nation. SAIC confers bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Studio, Writing, Art History, and...

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If there is anything I am learning about the art world at SAIC, its everything! Experimenting in different mediums and art types is daily routine. Film, sculpture, plaster, and sound are just a few things that I have dipped my hands into since being...

” – Cassie from Papillion, NE
Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts college in the state capital of Providence and one of the first art and design institutions in the United States. RISD confers bachelor’s degrees in 21 fine arts fields of study such as Ceramics...

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If you enjoy art and design, this is the school for you. Foundation year you take studios such as Drawing, 2D and 3D. The hours of those studios are long, however, you learn so much and the professors are great. You can get lucky or sometimes unlucky...

” – Catherine
Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

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I learn a varity of things. In my high school I wasn't taught everything I should've known to enter college. When I started my first semester of RIC it was pretty intense for me. I wasn't familiar with certain subjects but the good news is I now know...

” – nescarly from Providence, RI

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts...

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Calvin offers professors who know what they are talking about. The classes are smaller so you are able to get the help you need, and if your teacher can't help you then there are free tutors available that meet with you as much as needed. Calvin...

” – Cassondra from Grant, MI
Transylvania University

Founded in 1780, Transylvania University is a liberal arts college in Lexington and the first university in the state of Kentucky. Transylvania confers bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic majors and all students are required to take First Year Seminar...

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I have taken Biological Interactions, Women's Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Latin-American Civilizations, Computer Science, and Lifetime Fitness. I do not regret taking any of them because they have all taught me so much. The teachers are all...

” – Oriana from Lexington, KY
Palm Beach Atlantic University

With campus a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian institution in South Florida. PBA is home to seven schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors. As a...

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The teachers are great! they are very willing to help you succeed in class. My first semester teachers were lively and wanted to teach! I cannot wait to see what I get second semester.

” – Brittany from Saint Cloud, FL
University of Indianapolis

Originally founded as Indiana Central University, the University of Indianapolis is a 4-year private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. UIndy confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic fields of study including the only...

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University of Indianapolis has challenged me academically but has given me the resources I need to succeed at a higher level.

” – kimberly from Sellersburg, IN
Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a 4-year public school in southwest Utah. SUU confers bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and the university features a project-based curriculum that focuses on professional experience. Known as The University of the...

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In Southern Utah University, the class sizes are usually like 20 students or less. Sometimes it's even more. But even though the class is huge or small, the learning process never ends. The professors make it so easy for students to understand so...

” – Karen Criselda from Las Vegas, NV
Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

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All of my classes at Salem State teach me the basics of the subject, as well as things I will use in my every day life. This past semester in my Child Growth class, my professor gave us everyday examples of how we will use what we have learned. We...

” – Hayley from Methuen, MA
Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University is Connecticut’s oldest public university and the largest institution in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. CCSU is home to schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Graduate Studies...

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CCSU is awesome. I transferred from a smaller, private school in Boston and I have found the academic demands (and gains) at Central refreshingly strong. At Central, you are asked to pay a reasonable fee (as opposed to the price-tag of a few small...

” – MM from EH, CT
Beloit College

Diverse, curious, passionate, and drawn from nearly 50 states and over 40 countries, Beloit College students love to engage with ideas and the world. Over one-third of students double major, combining interests in creative and original ways. Beloit...

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The teachers here at Beloit are experts in their field and want to share their knowledge with you. Classes are interactive and fun and often relaxed, but you learn an enormous amount of information while enjoying yourself. I was surpised by how much...

” – Marlee from Lincoln Univ, PA

Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the...

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The classes at Western Oregon University are really good. You learn a lot in these small classes because you can ask questions and talk to the professors.

” – Melissa from Cornelius, OR
University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

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it is a great place to live and to study. i have met lifelong friends here after only one semester. i could not imagine a better school for me.

” – Ryan from Shawnee, KS
Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs...

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Before I write: I just wanted to say that I wrote a lot due to lack of student reviews on this college. When I was researching this school, I wish I had more student reviews.

You will learn a lot at this school. This college does its best to help...

” – Emily
The University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, the University of Findlay is a private institution based in Findlay, OH. UF is affiliated with the Churches of God General Conference and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. The school offers liberal arts-based degree...

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i love the university of findlay because of the small campus atmosphere. teachers and staff are always willing to talk to and help you with whatever you may need. classes are exciting and fun because the small class sizes allow for hands-on...

” – Kristen from Richmond, IN
Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-funded institution based in the rural town of Maryville, Missouri. The tree-filled campus is designated as the official Missouri State Arboretum. Business, elementary education, and communications are...

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Northwest has a lot of different offices around campus that can help you if you are struggling with any class you are in. There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to succeed here!

” – Alisha from Blue Springs, MO
Carroll University

Carroll University is a selective liberal arts college located Waukesha, Wisconsin, with an affiliation to the Presbyterian Church. Established in 1846, Carroll University was the first 4-year higher learning institution in the state and began with...

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Carroll University is a very small, friendly community. Everyone is so kind and helpful with making sure you are successful in many different ways. The faculty really cares about the students and their dedication and commitment is extremely evident...

” – Savannah from Ocononmowoc, WI

Affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown College is a private institution in south central Pennsylvania. Elizabethtown confers degrees in 56 academic fields of study and offers 100 minors and concentrations. With a focus on...

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The International Business (IB) Program is extremely well-run and is an excellent program with its study abroad, modern language, internship, international studies, and business componens. I have been able to double major in IB and Spanish as well...

” – Allan from Sellersville, PA
South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in eastern South Dakota and the state’s largest university. The oldest institution of higher education in South Dakota, SDSU awards bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic...

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SDSU has a great environment set up for learning and getting to that boring part of college we all dread...studying. The fact that most of the people in my dorm (Matthews) were involved in the same things as I am meant they were in a lot of my...

” – Joshua from Madison, SD
Marywood University

Marywood University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church that’s located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University’s 115-acre campus houses three colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of...

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They are a very good University where they challenge you in ways you never thought possible. The curriculum is set to help you not hold you back. They do what they can to make sure you are being the best person you can be.

” – Christi from Shamokin, PA
University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic school in San Antonio and an Hispanic-serving institution. The largest Catholic university in the state of Texas, UIW is home to 11...

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The best part about this school is that you learn a lot here. The professors here are amazing in helping you with your work. They know your name and your not just a number. They know what your good at and exactly what you need help in. Not only...

” – Macy from San Antonio, TX
Plymouth State University

At Plymouth State, you will actively learn with faculty and students, not just within your major but from diverse disciplines and with partners such as businesses and organizations, getting real-world, resume-boosting experience. The Plymouth State...

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I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...

” – Esia from Hudson, NH
Alfred University

Founded in 1836, Alfred University is a 4-year private school situated in a valley in western New York State. Alfred hosts five colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 40 academic majors. In addition to classroom facilities, Alfred...

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Alfred University has a very distinct and different learning community. It is definitely not like a Harvard or MIT learning environment (or at least what you picture when you hear them), it is much more student based. I wouldn't say that Alfred is an...

” – Douglas from Hellertown, PA

Founded in 1859, Averett University is a private 4-year institution situated in Danville, Virginia. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia but welcomes students of all faith, or non-faith, backgrounds. Top...

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the small classes offer a more personal level with the professors making easier to pay attention

” – Joey from Richmond, VA

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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Harding is a great school with great opportunities for students. Teachers are very helpful and truly care about students. I would recommend Harding to anybody looking to be involved in a tight community of students.

” – Janice from Bartlesville, OK
University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM...

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i love it here! the hills on the gorham campus are tough on your legs but it's worth it. the community is very accepting of everyone!

” – Jessica from Manchester, NH
The College of New Jersey

Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, The College of New Jersey is a 4-year public institution in the Trenton area. TCNJ is home to seven colleges and schools including the oldest teacher-training program in the state.  Today it is...

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College does change an individual, and I certainly am no exception. I went to TCNJ expecting to gain better writing skills and become immersed in learning about the journalistic world. In actuality, the real learning came from outside the classroom...

” – Brianna from Matawan, NJ
Taylor University

Founded in 1846, Taylor University is a private institution and one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the nation. The school is based in Upland, Indiana. All students, staff, and faculty are required to resist tobacco, alcohol, and drug...

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With most of the teachers, you can tell that they actually care about their students and want us to learn and succeed. The classes are usually pretty small, anywhere from 30 to 5 students. There's always a few lackluster professors anywhere you go...

” – Jennifer from Charlotte, NC

York College is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 50-acre campus in Nebraska. York offers 26 on-campus bachelor’s degree programs, as well as two online master’s degree programs in Education and Organizational Leadership...

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The classes are great here and all the teachers are so willing to help.

” – Megan from Grand Island, NE

Albion College is a private liberal arts college associated with the United Methodist Church, though the institution is committed to religious diversity and non-discrimination. It is included in the 2019 Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges in the US...

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I'll be a sophomore for the 2009-2010 school year. The classes I took last year were mainly the basic classes for starting your science major and I felt like I was learning a lot and it was challenging but manageable.

” – Ashley from Waterford, MI
Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

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Very challenging school

” – cali girl
Oklahoma City University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City University is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences university in Oklahoma’s capital city. OKCU hosts 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. For...

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I feel that I am challenged by several of my teachers. My English composition teacher Ms. Keller really helped me learn how to write a cohesive and interesting essay. My public speaking teacher helped me get over my fear of formally speaking in front...

” – Shavonne from Oklahoma City, OK
Olivet Nazarene University

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Olivet Nazarene confers bachelor’s degrees in over 140 academic areas of study. As a Christian institution, ONU holds twice...

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Because Olivet is such a small school, students can develop relationships with professors very easily. I always feel like I learn the most in classes in which I know the professors. For classes that I have struggled with, asking questions and...

” – Nicole
Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University is a public land grant university in central Missouri that was founded by African American Civil War veterans as an institution for educating freedmen. Lincoln is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 50 fields...

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All teachers are generally consistent with their teaching and availability to help you understand.

” – Chelsia from Kansas City, MO
Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

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I have attended Youngstown State University for 3 semesters and have already found myself being engaged in detailed conversations concerning my Nursing major. Being able to speak at a more intellectual level has shown how much I have learned from YSU...

” – Carly from Boardman, OH
Nazareth College

Located on a 150-acre wooded campus, Nazareth College is a 4-year private school in western New York State. Nazareth confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors featuring a general education curriculum linked to internships and career...

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So many things I could say! The campus is gorgeous year round, the people (students, staff, faculty, etc) are all so friendly, helpful, and supportive. There's always something happening on campus. The food is great (and the DH staff: Grace, Marisol...

” – Haley from Scotia, NY
Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. It ranks #22 in Top Public Schools by the U.S. News & World Report. The university offers its students the chance to participate in Moot Court, Model UN, and...

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Stephen F. Austin State University is one of the universities you will feel connected with your professors and fellow classmates. The classes are pretty averaged sized so therefore you can ask as many questions and have a lot more attention from your...

” – Tammy from The Colony, TX
University of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest public university and is a designated R2 research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The Vermillion campus is located along the bluffs of the Missouri River and home to seven...

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From day one the teachers are really excited about teaching. Many professors, while not able to get to know students in class, welcome office visits with open arms. The class variety makes it easy to explore options and get a taste of other majors...

” – Anne
Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana is an historically black college and university (HBCU) located in New Orleans. This 4-year, liberal arts institution is one of 10 to receive a Building Infrastructures Leading to Diversity (BUILD) award for their...

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Xavier University is made for those students who want a education. The library and all the staff give you the tools you need to succeed. Nothing is impossible here. You can never feel alone when you are in class or out studying with friends.

” – Dehzcha from Lithonia, GA
University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma is a 4-year public school in the Oklahoma City metro area and one of the oldest universities in the southwest United States. UCO oversees six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 121 areas of study and operates...

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The classes here are challenging, but the instructors understand that you have other classes so they don't overload you.

” – Lauren from Bixby, OK
Truman State University

Truman State University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in northeast Missouri. Truman confers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors and its Liberal Studies program combines “traditional learning” and “personal investigation.” Truman hosts...

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There is a wide selection of classes to choose from and while it is sometimes difficult to get into a desired class there are many more options open. The smaller class sizes really allow you to interact better with your teacher and so get more out of...

” – Keara from Wildwood, MO
Minnesota State University-Mankato

Originally founded as Mankato Normal School, Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year public school overlooking the Blue Earth River valley in central Minnesota. MSU Mankato operates six colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 130 fields of...

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Minnesota State University- Mankato is small, cheap, and has easy navigation. Mankato also has brand new dorms, a free bus system, cheap parking, and a well-rounded student body. The classes are small and very personal as well. I think it is a great...

” – Libbie from Stillwater, MN
Winona State University

With campus a short walk from the Mississippi River, Winona State University is a public institution in southeast Minnesota and the oldest school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. WSU is home to five colleges conferring...

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I love Winona State the people and the atmosphere is amazing! Everyone is very friendly. Also people are pretty out going which makes it even better because I'm pretty outgoing.

” – Stivalis from Minneapolis, MN
Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
Molloy College

Molloy College is a coeducational Catholic institution on Long Island. Molloy confers degrees in over 50 undergrad and graduate programs and the college is home to one of the largest nursing programs in the United States. As a Catholic college...

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I have heard so much of how this school has such good programs. I'm so excited because I'm going to be learning Speech pathology and i can't wait. I also see that this school has a nice student to teacher ratio which will help us, the students, to...

” – Ashley from West Hempstead, NY
Central State University

Founded in 1887, Central State University is a 4-year public school in western Ohio and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Central State hosts colleges of Education, Engineering, Business...

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Central State University is a great HBCU for African American Students. As the only HBCU in Ohio it provides students with with a rich learning experience. The professors go out their way to make sure students comprehend classroom material.

” – Armond
Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University is a 4-year institution located on 100 acres of land just outside of its namesake town in Texas. The university promotes academic, spiritual, and academic excellence centered around their central confession “Jesus Christ is...

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HBU has a lot to offer and has a very well rounded academic selection.

” – rohana from Houston, TX
South Carolina State University

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is a 4-year public school in central South Carolina and the only public Historically Black College and University in the state. SCSU is home to six academic departments conferring undergraduate degrees...

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Since I began Attending South Carolina State University I have learned so much. I am learning how to manage my time and study skills that help me to better understand material that I need help in. I am also learning discipline. At home I had my...

” – Aerial from Jonesboro, GA

Elmira College is a private, coeducational liberal arts school located in Elmira, New York, and nationally recognized as the “Twain Site” as the guardian to the Quarry Farm and home of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, as well as the Mark Twain...

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I have learned a lot through the required freshman courses. Freshman writing has taught me a lot about writing that I didn't learn in high school. Encore has helped me to broaden my view on music and performing arts. Community service has taught me...

” – Megan from Lawrenceville, NJ

Messiah College is a private liberal arts and sciences institution based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church and has a “more selective” admissions process. Students are required to sign a Community Covenant...

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Mostly my classes have been small enough to be able to get to know the teacher, yet large enough to have a discussion that has representatives from many different worldviews. Even the lecture classes have been small, especially considering what...

” – Messiah Student, Health and Exercise Science Major
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

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The teachers are amazing here. I have been a student since 2009; when I began my college journey I had no idea what to expect. I was actually very intimidated from what was to come. The professors are very friendly and easy to work with. The...

” – Ricardo from Aurora, CO
Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University is a private institution based in Ada, OH, associated with the United Methodist Church. ONU is a sister university of a private school in Seoul, South Korea, the Dankook University. ONU offers one of the only pharmacy...

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Smaller school but a lot of majors to choose from. Teachers will take an interest in their students

” – HS Senior looking for the right college
North Central College

North Central College is a private comprehensive institution located just 30 miles west of Chicago in Naperville, Illinois. Founded in 1861, North Central offers nearly 100 different majors, minors and programs that serve the needs and interests of...

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The teacher to class ratio number is great. They help you with anything you need.

” – Angelica from Aurora, IL

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a liberal arts college and an HBCU. It is a private institution based in Columbia, South Carolina, and home to the Benedict College Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places...

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Yes, Benedict College you do learn alot in your major. The teachers will give you research projects and writing papers to become more familiar with you studies. The library is alway open from early mornings to late nights, so you can always study.

” – Jasmine from College Park, GA
Otterbein University

Otterbein University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Westerville, OH, minutes from the 14th largest city in the US, Columbus. Founded in 1847, Otterbein has been co-educational from the beginning and takes pride in its diversity and...

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The small class sizes and individual attention from one's professor (as opposed to a graduate assistant as is the case at most large schools) sets students up for success. It's impossible to just blend in during a class.

” – Tara from Columbus, OH
Viterbo University

Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as a teaching school for nuns, Viterbo University is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in western Wisconsin. Viterbo is home to three colleges of Business, Education, and Health...

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many of the classes i took this past semester i had some background knowledge in but the liberal arts education that viterbo provides its students with is amazing. the academics are challenging at times depending on what program you are in. the...

” – Laura from Stillwater, MN
Albright College

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a 4-year liberal arts college in eastern Pennsylvania and the oldest institution of higher learning in its home county. Albright confers bachelor’s degrees in over 45 academic majors and also features an...

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All of the professors are extremely helpful and they really want you to succeed which is great. Many of the tests have reviews beforehand that tell you exactly what is on each test and most of the time there are no tricks when the actual test comes...

” – Meghan from Bowmansville, PA
University of Evansville

University of Evansville is the first in Indiana to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, which empowers students to improve the world around them as UE Changemakers. UE has an array of majors in business; engineering; the arts and...

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A very small school in southern Indiana where everyone is generally friendly. A very close campus community with plenty to do and a lot of clubs and organizations to choose from. I can not walk across campus without at least one person saying Hi, how...

” – Brooks from Washington, IN

Founded in 1838 by educational activist and politician Horace Mann, Westfield State University is a 4-year public school in south western Massachusetts. Westfield State is noteworthy for being the first co-educational college to admit students of all...

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Westfield State University offers a large variety of Major and Minor programs at a reasonable price. The school is excellent in its retention of students for both of those reasons, as well as a positive campus environment. The school also works...

” – Lindsay from South Windsor, CT
Mississippi College

Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest university in the state and has “more selective” admissions. It is affiliated with the Baptist Church and houses the Provone Chapel, which was used as a hospital during the Civil War. It hosts the...

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Small classes and dedicated professors create a dynamic learning environment where students can work together, ask questions, and a get hands-on learning experience. Most professors' have convenient office hours during which students are encouraged...

” – Laura from Collierville, TN

Greensboro College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in North Carolina. Greensboro is a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school with “selective” admissions. The curriculum is designed by both the Judeo...

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i currently play football for greensboro college. i would say the staff there are outstanding including all the professors. i have learned a great deal in a short time.

” – Dre
Augsburg University

Surrounding the city’s oldest parks in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Augsburg University is a test-optional, 4-year institution comprised of 18 main buildings, 3 dining venues, and more than 50 liberal arts academic programs to choose from...

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The professors are great! They go beyond what is taught in the textbook.

” – Nou from Coon Rapids, MN

Fort Hays State University is a public institution located in the rural town of Hays, Kansas. Admission to FHSU is rated as “selective.”  Many students choose to study business support services, nursing, or elementary education. The school operates...

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My classes are great! I have so much fun in them and learn a lot. Everyone has had those teachers that say they care but they really could care less about you or your grade. That is far from the case at FHSU the teachers really do care about your...

” – Taylor from Hays, KS
Capital University

Founded in 1830, Capital University is a liberal arts institution and one of the largest Lutheran universities in the US. The CU Chapel Choir is recognized for performing at Carnegie Hall, in different parts of the world, and for leading the annual...

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Ever since coming here I have been taught a huge amount. Not just from the faculty, but from the students as well. This college isn't just about learning from the teachers. You learn from your peers and they learn from you. It is an amazing thing...

” – Jordan from Frankfort, OH
Grand View University

Grand View University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines. GV offers 40 academic programs on their 50-acre urban campus, where students are immersed in the university’s Viking culture. On top of...

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I would give Grand View University an excellent rate. They are very helpful in many ways. It has many majors to offer and the major that I was interested in.

” – Brian from Des Moines, IA

The University of the Cumberlands is a private institution located in Williamsburg, Kentucky and associated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. UC operates a satellite campus for clinical rotations in Florence, Kentucky.  It is home to the Carl...

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The professors are actually caring and one on one service is always provided. Everyone cares for each other. No one is alone.

” – Kyla from Walton, KY

Northeastern State University is a public institution located primarily in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The college includes branch campuses in the city of Muskogee, the city of Broken Arrow, and online. NSU has classes available in the day, in the evening...

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NSU is a nice school where you feel safe.

” – Tayla from Tulsa, OK