Astronomy

The great philosopher Plato said, "Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another." From the beginning of time, man has looked at the celestial bodies above with wonder and amazement and used astronomy, one of the world's oldest natural sciences, to mark the seasons, explain the unknown, and keep track of time. Most importantly, astronomy helped man to learn about the world beyond his horizon. Astronomy majors study the origins and evolution of the universe's celestial objects, such as stars, planets, galaxies, supernovas, and black holes. The foundation for a career in astronomy begins at the secondary level. High school students need to have a solid foundation in math up to the pre-calculus level, physics, and chemistry before they enter college. In addition, membership in high school science groups, state junior academies of science, and local amateur astronomy clubs is strongly recommended. Most astronomy careers require a doctorate degree. Undergraduate students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree need to have a fairly strong background in physics and mathematics. Typical astronomy courses include electricity and magnetism, geology, chemistry, thermodynamics, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Students also work to develop strong writing and communication skills and good computer science skills. Students pursuing a doctoral degree specialize in specific areas, such as planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy, solar astronomy, galactic astronomy, cosmology, and extragalactic astronomy. Upon graduation, these students enter a post-doctoral research position where they work for two to three years under the supervision of a more experienced scientist. Individuals who hold bachelor's or master's degrees in astronomy can work as technicians or research assistants in a related field. Other students become middle or high school science teachers. Regardless of the educational path you choose, the astronomy field is an interesting and challenging profession.

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University of California-Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, is one of 10 campuses in the UC system. With 109 academic departments and more than 125 majors offered, as well as an average of one billion dollars funded for research every year and...

“…UCLA offers a great balance between being a challenging school and not being impossible. The classes are tough, and the quarter system makes it absolutely essential to stay on top of things. Classes last only ten weeks, so a missed lecture or a...” – Liz

Harvard College

Harvard College is an undergraduate liberal arts school located in Cambridge, MA, within Harvard University. Founded in 1636, this private, very selective, Ivy League college is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was...

“…Yes, I learned a lot here, but really, you can learn a lot anywhere you go. Learning depends less on the college and more on the student – obviously, the more work you put into your education, the more you’ll get out of it. I’m a freshman at...” – Linda from West Chester, OH

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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

“…The learning environment is so amazing at Penn State. There is literally something for everyone. A class for any type of interest. The professors show you things you never even thought about or heard about. The lessons are so in depth and there are...” – Ashley from Silver Spring, MD

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student...

“…The classes here are great. The professors are all the best at their field and teach with passion that is tangible. They really are geniuses. The classes taught vary from a class on just mushrooms to hip hop to harry potter to bird watching. I...” – Berkelium from SoCal

University of Florida

One of the few land-, space-, and sea-grant institutions in the US, the University of Florida is a public research university founded in 1853. It is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States. U.S. News & World Report have...

“…This is the best school in the state hands down, and is also a powerful name amongst all colleges in the nation, both private and public.” – Jerry from San Antonio, FL

Yale University

Yale University is a large research institution chartered in 1701, making it the third-oldest institution of higher education in the US. On top of the numerous academic undergrad degrees at Yale College, students also have access to Multidisciplinary...

“…Yale is a great place for an academic challenge and usually great socially, but it can be isolating for students from lower-income families due to the large number of extremely wealthy, boarding school/magnet school kids. The residential college...” – Taylor

University of Chicago

Founded in 1890, The University of Chicago is a private urban research institution. U of Chicago is home to an undergraduate college noteworthy for establishing the fields of Ecology and Sociology. In addition to classroom facilities, the U of...

“…The Core Curriculum grants students the opportunity to experience the different fields of study and the various departments available. Once you decide which course you want to take for an intended major, there is generally a numerous amount of...” – Gabrielle from Chicago, IL

Columbia University in the City of New York

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private research university located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The urban Ivy League campus houses 17 libraries and 20 schools, which offer upwards of 350 majors, as well as the Cathedral of St. John...

“…Columbia is easily one of the most intellectually stimulating universities in the north! While the core may seem stifling and constricting at first, you'll undoubtedly learn quite a bit concerning the roots of the Western literary tradition and...” – Eurick from Yonkers, NY

Cornell University

As an Ivy League, a research institution, and one of three private land-grant universities in the US, Cornell University admissions are highly competitive. Since Cornell was founded in 1865 in Ithaca, NY, it has been a co-educational, nonsectarian...

“…Cornell University is an unparalleled college, filled with opportunities. Currently, I am in the Arts and Sciences College and though I wish to aspire to be a doctor, I am given the chance to study Latin and Ancient Civilization as a minor and to...” – Lisa from Commack, NY

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Founded in 1817, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the state’s oldest university. U of M has very high research activity and is a often referred to as a Public Ivy. The university at Ann Arbor offers upwards of 260 degrees for undergraduates,...

“…School spirit is UNBEATABLE here. Big 10 school plus top 10 engineering school. Known for diversity and work hard play hard attitude.” – Julia from Ann Arbor, MI

Texas A & M University-College Station

Opening its doors on October 4, 1876, Texas A&M University’s College Station campus was the first institution of higher education in Texas. A&M is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic programs. This...

“…The professors at Texas A&M are well prepared and does a good job at covering all of the material at a timely pace. Some post the powerpoint slides the day before so that you can have them in class and take notes on stuff he talks about. They have...” – Johann from Killeen, TX

The University of Texas at Austin

A Public Ivy and space-grant institution, the University of Texas at Austin is one of nine academic universities in the UT system, and also the first. Founded in 1883 and home to 18 schools and colleges, it is one of the largest schools in the US but...

“…Your professors are experts in their fields, and bring an exuberance to classes that were rare in high school classes. They also make sure to provide you with the tools to succeed and inspire you to continue learning even after the class is over.” – Cailun from Houston, TX

Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“…very prestigious, well ranked university. beautiful campus and great location. all the resources you could ever need! ” – elizabeth from northern virginia

University of Arizona

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

“…The University of Arizona is great university that offers opportunities for undergraduate research. This is particularly unique, because it allows for the students to actively engage in research early in their careers. Overall, the University of...” – Madeline from Denver, Colorado

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…All of the faculty and staff at USC are highly educated and extremely knowledgeable in their field. Most of the professors perform research in addition to teaching, but this doesn’t prevent them from creating an excellent learning environment. As...” – Elizabeth from Pasadena, CA

Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university that was founded in 1764. The university offers more than 40 academic departments. The campus is home to program housing for students who share similar interests, plus substance-free,...

“…Brown University is a great place to expand not only your knowledge in academia but also your personal context in the world. This university is a place of diversity and freedom. The students, faculty, staff, and courses are all wonderful attributes...” – Vivian from South Windsor, CT

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…Amazing campus and beautiful buildings and people. The students are very diverse and all of them talented. With 40,000 or so students, you are sure to find friends whether you look for them or not.” – Daniel from Ridgefield, WA

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as a land-grant university in 1870, Ohio State University is a public institution in Columbus and the third-largest campus in the nation. OSU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

“…Yes, I am learning so much here. Although we are ran on a quarter schedules with only ten weeks to teach a subject it is manageable. As a freshman just finishing her first quarter, when I started to go to class I thought I was going to at least no...” – Joy from Washington, DC

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

“…You know how teachers and parents say You'd better get used to studying! You spend nearly three hours doing homework for every hour of class once you're in college! ? Guess what? They are completely right. What people don't tell you though, is the...” – Krystal from Geneva, IL

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a land- and sea-grant public research university in Athens, GA. Founded in 1785, University of Georgia is one of three public universities to hold the title of the oldest public university in the US. With 17 different...

“…At UGA you get what you sign up for. I am currently taking 15 hours and all 15 of those are spent taking serious notes and paying close attention to learn the new material. I am learning new stuff everyday and am tested on it every 3 weeks. Coming...” – Paige from Blythewood, SC

San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public research institution located in San Diego, California. What began as an all-female college for elementary school teachers now consists of 8 colleges that offer 95 undergraduate programs plus a variety of...

“…Every class at this university can be applied to the real world. The professors and teaching assistants have a genuine interest in their field of study and enjoy informing others about their passion. Also, the student tend to be very adamant about...” – Juliette from San Diego, CA

Indiana University-Bloomington

Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington is the largest university in the state and the flagship campus of the IU system in southwest Indiana. IU encompasses 16 colleges and schools hosting over 200 undergraduate majors. As a school with a...

“…The classes are so diverse, so adaptable to your interests, it's pretty much impossible to not learn so much. When I first came here, I had NO idea what I wanted to do. I took a few classes that seemed interesting to me, and after the first semester,...” – Carmen from Mooresville, IN

Baylor University

Founded in 1845 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor University is a 4-year Christian institution and the oldest continuously-operating university in Texas. Baylor offers bachelor’s degrees in 128 academic fields of study. As a...

“…Baylor’s education program was one of the main reasons I choose this school. I love the learning atmosphere because the teachers interact with the students. I enjoy having small classrooms where the teacher knows me by name. Having a smaller...” – Katherine from Houston, TX

University of Maryland-College Park

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland-College Park is a 4-year public research university in Maryland’s Capital Region and the flagship campus of the UMD system. UMD hosts 12 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 92 academic...

“…I am definitely learning a lot at the University of Maryland! There are 250+ majors; my major is Architecture (and I'm absolutely in love with it)! I just finished my first semester and I have to say is was an amazing experience. Academically, the...” – Eli S. from Fort Washington, MD

Central Michigan University

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

“…If you are coming to Central Michigan University you should be aware of and research of the multiple residential colleges, honors college, leadership institute, and Mac Scholar programs. Many of these colleges, Business Residential College, Science...” – Caleb from Lowell, MI

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh academy, the University of Pittsburgh is a 4-year state-related research institution. Pitt is composed of 16 colleges and universities granting undergraduate degrees in numerous academic majors and minors. The Pitt...

“…My favorite thing about Pitt is that you don't just learn in the classroom. I've gained more life experience here in the last year and a half than I have my entire life. The professors are hit or miss at times, but the you will always take something...” – Madison from Myerstown, PA

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public institution in Charlottesville. UVA encompasses 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields of study. For artistically-inclined students, UVA...

“…The great thing about UVA is that it is a public research university - meaning its resources attract the big names in most fields of study. This is great for you, the student, because you get to learn under such academics as Rita Dove and Larry...” – Jessica from Chester, VA

Georgia State University

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

“…I love Everything about this school. I have had some of the craziest and passionate teachers here. It is challenging sometimes but its all worth it in the end.” – Veronica from Atlanta, GA

University of Iowa

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

“…The English department at this school is a very well-developed program. The countless classes offered provide students with fantastic opportunities to pursue the things they love regarding English. Professors are all concerned for the well-being and...” – Rachel from Fredericksburg, IA

Rice University

Originally founded as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art, Rice University is a 4-year private institution in Houston. Rice encompasses six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over...

“…The campus is beautiful. It is surrounded by trees around and not visible from the outside, the city. It has lots of trees and luscious, green grass to sit and enjoy nature. ” – Fernando from Houston, TX

George Mason University

George Mason University is a public research university with three regional locations and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. It is considered to have the “Highest Research Activity” and ranks among the Best Southeastern Schools according to...

“…George Mason , home of the Patriots, is one of the most diverse schools in the state of Virginia. Not only does it have a beautiful campus but it is also located fairly close to our nations capitol. This school is full of innovation, constantly...” – Tomesha from Highland Springs, VA

University of Kansas

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

“…The campus is very beautiful, and well maintained. Basketball seems to be in the blood of every student at KU, everyone seems to enjoy it. It is a great school to attend, and be part of the Jayhawk culture.” – Nick

Stony Brook University

Originally founded as a school for math and science teachers, Stony Brook University is a 4-year public university on Long Island and part of the State University of New York system. Stony Brook is home to 12 schools and colleges conferring degrees...

“…Professors challenge you intellectually every single day. Science classes are extremely competitive especially to weed out pre-medical students. Be prepared for late nights studying. Meet some top people in their respective field. Will never get...” – Corinne from Douglaston, NY

University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and ranks #90 in National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. They offer Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), multiple honors programs, and an Education...

“…I am currently a freshman majoring in civil engineering as a freshman, and I can assure you that the level of difficulty in the engineering department is very challenging compared to AP courses. Rest assured though, engineering across all colleges is...” – Kevin from Lakewood, CO

Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites,...

“…I love the BYU experience! The classes are invigorating and fun! Sure, the Classes are difficult but you have access to professors you can talk to one-on-one, all-day tutoring labs, and study groups that you can have anywhere on this beautiful campus...” – Carol from Provo, UT

A top-ranked medical program and business school crown Dartmouth College’s liberal arts education. This Ivy League school, the second youngest but also the smallest, is located in Hanover, NH, where it’s easily the main attraction in town. 

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“…Dartmouth has some of the most welcoming professors, friendly student, and most comprehensive yet entertaining classes.” – Brian from Cedar Knolls, NJ

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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

“…I am already enrolled at UNLV to begin my first semester in the Spring of 2011. I have many friends who attended UNLV for the Fall semester & from what I have heard, the classes are packed full of learning experiences. They require much work, focus...” – Aubrey from Henderson, NV

University of Wisconsin-Madison

From its main campus located atop a hilltop in Wisconsin’s state capital, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UW system. Founded in 1848 at the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood,...

“…I went into the University of Wisconsin overtly confident that I was going to breeze through and be on my way to UCLA medical school. This university has challenged me more than I ever would have expected. Almost in every major offered Madison...” – Katie from Madison, WI

Wesleyan University

Founded in 1831 by a group of local citizens and Methodist leaders, Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution in central Connecticut. Wesleyan confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors. For students interested in the fine and...

“…A school that gave me the opportunity to receive a top-level education despite not having the financial resources to pay for tuition and all related costs. The school is giving me the chance to chase after my dream, and I plan to utilize their...” – Youngbo from Colorado Springs, CO

Northern Arizona University

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

“…I am a Bio major, and the course load is very indepth and very well presented to the students. The faculty are very approachable, which makes learning much easier because I am not ashamed or afraid to go up to my teachers and ask questions.” – Allena from Twentynine Palms, CA

University of California-Santa Cruz

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

“…UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful oasis. The views, environment, and opportunities are open to everyone. The teachers are just as inspiring as the classroom locations, because they are brilliant in their area of study and eager to help their students...” – chappy student

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

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

“…I took 2 AP classes in high school and studied often. I took a lighter workload and after my first semester at OU, I found that classes were not as difficult as I anticipated. Since OU is a public university, the class sizes are definitely bigger,...” – Marissa from Pacifica, CA

Villanova University

Founded in 1842 by the friars of the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova University is a 4-year research institution in the Philadelphia area and the oldest Catholic school in Pennsylvania. Villanova is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

“…villanova is a medium-sized school with large-scale opportunities and resources. they value community, academics, sports, and the arts. there is something for everyone, and anything is possible here.” – Lauren from East Brunswick, NJ

Lehigh University

Founded by a local industrialist and philanthropist, Lehigh University is a 4-year private school in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Lehigh is home to colleges of Business, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health, and Education granting...

“…The variety of classes offered here, along with the hard-working professors, will allow you to learn more than you ever have in high school.” – Samantha from East Northport, NY

Ball State University

Originally founded as a teacher’s college, Ball State University is a public institution in eastern Indiana. Ball State is home to seven colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 120 academic majors. Throughout the year, Ball State...

“…I feel that Ball State University wants you to succeed. If you actually pay attention in class and at least do the minimum of what you need to do in the class, I think you'll be just fine. The professors are what I enjoy the most. They are very...” – Christina from Columbus, IN

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The largest public university in New England, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is the original campus in the UM System. UMass is a land-grant university with the “Highest Research Activity" and the U.S. News & World Report ranks the UMass...

“…For a great undergraduate education you don't need to spend tons of money, especially if you are planing to continue you education after undergrad. UMass Amherst has understanding professors, knowledgeable teaching assistants, award winning dining,...” – Naja from Millville, MA

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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...

“…The academics are very difficult but rewarding. The professors know their stuff and are very accessible outside of class room hours. The students are all brilliant but are typically quite socially though less so than other major tech universities.” – Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA

Case Western Reserve University

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...

“…Beautiful campus, awesome campus life, and a phenomenal education. If you have the merit for scholarships and can handle the Great Lakes winter, this is a great school to attend!” – Maria from Cleveland, OH

Wayne State University

Michigan’s third largest institution of higher learning, Wayne State University is a public university in Detroit. Wayne State is home to 13 colleges offering over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, Wayne...

“…Most of my instructors are really good, and the ESP (Emerging Scholars Program) for math is phenomenal. It's a lot of work, but the extra hands on help and feedback really help you understand the math” – Audrey from Ferndale, MI

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa is a 4-year public university on the island of O’ahu and the flagship campus of the UH System. The largest and oldest of the Hawai’i campuses, UH Manoa confers bachelor’s degrees in 100 academic majors. Additionally...

“…the campus is so nice. the dorms are very clean and renovated, as are the classrooms. i love that the classes have a range of the number of students there are in a class. ” – rachael-ashlyn from issaquah, wa

Amherst College

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...

“…I love my classes. Our class sizes are REALLY small. My class sizes range from 8-25 students. Professors put you on the spot and ask you if you're sick if you missed class, and they know you by name the second day of class. We're reading original...” – Anonymous from CA

University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, the University of Toledo is a public research institution in northwest Ohio and a member of the state university system of Ohio. Toledo is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergrad and graduate degrees. For...

“…There are several teachers that are easy to learn from, talk to anyone that's taking the classes you are going to and it's easy to find all the good teachers here.” – Ethan from Caledonia, OH

Valdosta State University

Founded as a normal college for women, Valdosta State University is a public institution in southern Georgia and part of the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State confers degrees in over 100 majors, minors, and certificates. Additionally, VSU...

“…Valdosta State University is a very intellectual college. They have both average and rigorous courses. The professors actually care about you succeeding and the classes are small so that the teacher:student ratio is acceptable; helping to stimulate...” – Tempest from Valdosta, GA

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...

“…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. 2. UBC has one of the most gorgeous campuses in the world, hands down. 3. UBC has a great...” – Anonymous

Williams College

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...

“…The classes are fast paced and challenging, particularly the math and science courses. If you keep up with the coursework, reading, and go to office hours, you definetly learn a lot. English classes are not much different than high school. You have...” – Marsha from belmont, MA

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

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...

“…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

Union College
Schenectady, NY
Union College (NY)

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...

“…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

Swarthmore College

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...

“…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

Wellesley College

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...

“…Wellesley is an excellent liberal arts school because, in a nutshell, they teach you how to figure the world out for yourself. They have excellence in everything: faculty, location, students, campus, dining, residential staff, dorms, comprehensive...” – Christine from Salt Lake City, UT

Barnard College

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...

“…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

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Smith College

Smith College is an all-female liberal arts institution in western Massachusetts and the largest all-women’s college in the country. The biggest school among the Seven Sisters Colleges, Smith offers degrees and certificates in over 50 areas of study...

“…The academics at Smith are amazing. There are no core classes and the professors are excellent. If there's something Smith doesn't have, you can easily enroll in a class at one of the other colleges of the Five College Consortium. ” – Veronica from Plymouth, MA

Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

Haverford College

Haverford College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Philadelphia metro area. Founded in 1833 as a Quaker school, Haverford now grants bachelor’s degrees in 29 academic majors and all degrees culminate in a senior thesis research project. With a...

“…Haverford is a fantastic academic environment. In my experience, professors really care about their subject and their students. Overall, they are incredibly approachable and always interested in helping you learn and eager to discuss issues that are...” – female from MN

Stonehill College

Founded by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College is a Catholic liberal arts college in southeast Massachusetts. Stonehill confers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic programs and all students are required to participate in a...

“…At Stonehill, I feel as though I am learning a lot. I am currently a biology major. My classes are challenging although they are doable. There are only 2,500 students in my school which leads to an average classroom size of 25. My professors all...” – Nina from Mount Sinai, NY

Whitman College

Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman College is a liberal arts institution chartered in 1883. Today, the Whitman’s residential campus offers more than 35 departments and programs, houses its student body, and doubles as both an outdoor art...

“…Whitman is well known for its rigorous academics. To start with all freshmen must take an encounters course, which includes the study of texts most people would not have studied in high school (including The Qur'an or The Odyssey). This alone makes...” – Geneva

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is an independent, Doctoral/Professional University with a liberal arts curriculum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, the University offers more than 70 undergraduate...

“…Valparaiso offers a great honors program that usually has a group of 80-100 freshmen in it. They compose music, choreograph, write, and act in a drama production each fall, which definitely brings the whole class close together! In general, however...” – Rachel from WI

Fullerton College

Founded in 1913, Fullerton College is a 2-year community college in Orange County and the oldest community college in California. Fullerton awards associate degrees in 122 areas of study and is also home to over 100 certificate-granting programs. For...

“…Fullerton College is overall a very clean and safe campus; dedicated to providing designated smoke-free zones to help prevent second hand smoke. They also have a very large library with access to computers, copiers, printers, and reference materials....” – Shelly from Anaheim, CA

Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

“…You'll be stressed, and getting through the Hampshire system does take a lot of work and patience, but if you put in the time you'll learn so much you can't even fathom it. ” – Eliza from Columbia, MD

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in south central New Mexico. A designated Hispanic-serving research institution, New Mexico State encompasses six academic colleges conferring undergraduate...

“…New Mexico State provides many learning opportunities and many different styles of teaching. In fact, in my classes at NMSU, I find that I spend a lot of time outside of the classroom gaining hands on experience with people there to guide me every...” – Lyndi from Folsom, NM

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...

“…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

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...

“…You are able to learn the material in a matter of time and your time will not be wasted. The professors are willing to schedule days in which they can give you one on one help. There will be a lot of information that comes at once that you will need...” – Antonio from Minneapolis, MN

Mount Holyoke College

Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is a 4-year women’s liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. The oldest college among the Seven Sisters, Mount Holyoke grants undergraduate degrees in 48 academic majors and also gives students the...

“…Mount Holyoke is a great school with great facilities. There is also a great 5 College consortium that allows you to further expand your depth of knowledge and connections with students/professors in your field. The small class sizes give students a...” – Nia

Orange Coast College is a two-year community college serving Orange County, California. OCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and offers an honors program, as well as a transfer center that hosts visits from 4-year colleges to...

“…The most fantastic aspect of college is to feel that one is actually learning; acquiring knowledge by grasping new concepts, exploring different viewpoints, and improving at critical thinking. While high school often left me dozing through class,...” – Marat from Panorama City, CA

Palomar College

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training....

“…Classes are good, just be sure to pay attention and not fall asleep during lectures!” – Cate

San Diego City College

San Diego City College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Among the school’s many degree and certificate program options are many unique areas of study, such as Chicano Studies, Futures Studies, and Dance....

“…Many great teachers who want the students to learn and succeed” – Ranferi from National City, CA

Ohio Wesleyan University

Established by a local pastor in a former hotel, Ohio Wesleyan University is a liberal arts college in mid-Ohio. OWU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 90 fields of study and more than a quarter of the student body chooses to double major. Throughout...

“…Although it has a 66% acceptance rate, the classes are far from easy. Class sizes usually fall between 6 and 30 so participation is a must. Professors are fully invested in the enrichment of the students, so as students, we are expected to be focused...” – Jen from Spring, TX

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Originally founded as Hawai’i Vocational College, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo is a public liberal arts college on The Big Island. UH Hilo confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors including Hawai’ian Studies. The university also...

“…The campus is large and growing. It has a diverse campus life and offers many pathways of study. It has a PharmD program that is amazing.” – Ruby from Crescent City, CA

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a community college that can grant associate degrees and professional certificates. SBCC is a two-year institution with a high transfer rate to 4-year institutions around California. It has an open admissions policy and...

“…a beautiful campus with courses that meet the needs of the students interest and the community. i consider sbcc a college that gives not only in education, also cultural development.” – Lani from Montecito, CA

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Students attending SBVC have the opportunity to enroll in a large selection of associate, certificate, and transfer programs, as well as the...

“…An up to date modern Community college that is a great deal for those that want to learn new skills and get an education. The student center and tutors are quite helpful in overcoming learning obstacles. The campus has a new feeling since the...” – Darryl from Highland, CA

Saddleback College is a 2-year community college based in Mission Viejo, California, with an open admissions policy. It is part  of the California Community College system and confers professional certifications and associate degrees. Eligible...

“…This school has given me the tools and confidence to compete with any other student at any major university. For the most part the professors are great and easily accessible however there are a few exceptions. As a student who is transferring into a...” – Chad from Dana Point, CA

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is an institution focused on STEM programs. It is the first FAA-approved training center for airline certification in the US. The school is also home to the NASA Space Grant lab and the nation...

“…I am an Aeronautical Science major at the school. Since it is my freshman year I have not gotten into the meat and potatoes of the subject, but from what I have learned so far exceeded all of my expectations. All of my classes from English...” – Sheldon from Mission Viejo, CA

Bennington College

Bennington College is a private liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Bennington, Vermont. It is a nonsectarian institution with a “selective” admissions process. All students must complete an annual 7-week internship through the...

“…I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons: 1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...” – A high school senior from northern VT

Moorpark College

Moorpark College is a 2-year community college with open admissions based in Ventura County, California. The school operates an on-site zoo for the Exotic Animal Training and Management program, the only one in the nation, and is also home to the...

“…Most of the teacher really know their subject. Moorpark gets a bad reputation because its a community college, but its better than most think. Teachers here are required to have their bachelor's degree to be employed. The bad reputation is from the...” – anonymous

Cabrillo College is a public, 2-year institution established in Aptos, California near Monterey Bay. The campus features a modern Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Center, which is home to a number of classes, events, and performances throughout...

“…Beautiful surrounding, people are very nice and welcoming. the campus is only 10 min away from the beach. The campus looks new and has amazing teaches.” – Marlyn from Royal Oaks, CA

Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

“…There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.” – wendalement

MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oceanside, California, with satellite facilities located in Cardiff and Carlsbad. MiraCosta offers over 60 fields of study within its six pathway programs, including a bachelor’s degree...

“…Last week I was talking with the President of Miracosta, Mr. Rodriguez, he has a very interesting life story. Other then that he showed me that even though he was label in high school as mentally impaired, because of his lost of vision in one eye he...” – Michael from Oceanside, CA

Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. IVC offers Guided Pathway academic programs, which students can utilize to explore and achieve their goals. Students enrolled at IVC also have access to a...

“…Starting my freshman year at IVC was nerve wreck never the less enjoyed my experience the school provided learned more in a few weeks and a pace that was comfortable but at the same time enlightened.” – Alejandro from Norcross, GA

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is a private, liberal arts institution established in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In order to graduate, each student is required to fulfill an Enhanced Academic Experience, which can consist of a cooperative program,...

“…The faculty at Lycoming College really want you to learn and to succeed in class. They are all open to questions and are willing to do whatever it takes to help you.” – Jonath from Mifflinburg, PA

Wheaton College (MA)

Wheaton College is a 4-year, coeducational college located halfway between Boston and Providence in Norton, Massachusetts. Students can choose between more than 47 majors, all of which are influenced by the Wheaton Core Curriculum, which includes...

“…Wheaton is a small, intensive liberal arts college in Norton, MA. While the town of Norton isn't a great college town and the campus is small, Wheaton has a great campus community with active and engaged students, faculty, and staff. Classes are...” – Nicholas from Loudonville, NY

Lee College

Lee College is a community institution established in Baytown, Texas. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains a number of satellite campuses to service its 13 surrounding school districts. The school features a number of programs to...

Santiago Canyon College is a 2-year community college in Orange County, California.  SCC offers over 160 degrees and certificates, with 21 associate degrees boasting transfer guarantees to any California State University. Santiago Canyon also directs...

“…I have taken quite a few classes at SCC and I feel as though I have retained a large portion of what I have studied. I have taken anything from Psychology to English to Human Sexuality; the wide range of classes offered really makes SCC a great...” – Lisa from Anaheim, CA

Crafton Hills College is a 2-year community college with the highest degree/certificate completion rate in California’s Inland Empire region. CHC offers majors in over 50 academic programs, including degrees in Respiratory Care and American Sign...

“…crafton hills is a very good community college to go to. also it has the classes and programs i need to become successful in my future. the staff and instructors are pretty good at their jobs.” – Alexandre from Redlands, CA

State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is 4-year public liberal arts institution in the Hudson Valley region of New York State and the area’s only residential public university. SUNY New Paltz is home to seven degree-granting colleges and...

“…wonderful school! there curriculum for first time students gives students a jump start to what awaits them for the next four years. the campus is very serene and beautiful as well. the dorms are neat, proper, and the overall life at new paltz is...” – kayla from bronx, ny

Named for the founder of California’s first junior college, Hartnell College is a 2-year institution south of San José. Featuring a diverse student body, Hartnell is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and it has been named one of the...

“…Hartnell College is a fun and friendly school for students that want to understand what success feels like. At Hartnell College the teachers work with every student to help them become successful and well prepared for their future goals. Hartnell...” – Christian from Salinas, CA

Benedictine College

Founded in 1859, Benedictine College is a private, Roman Catholic institution sponsored by both the Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and St. Benedict’s Abbey. Located in Atchison, Kansas, Benedictine also has a campus in Florence, Italy. This...

“…benedictine college has an excellent spirit of community, great professors, and wonderful faith-based values. the student body is growing, and the school is quickly responding with new buildings and campus improvements. it's a great place to live,...” – Kristin from Loretto, MN

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Peninsula College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Along with the main campus in Monterey, MPC also maintains learning centers in both Seaside and Marina. Students enrolled at MPC have access to a...

“…I rate my school a 10 is a great school. the staff go step by step with students on informations especially the financial ladies.” – Maria from salinas, CA

Dodge City Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a 145-acre, suburban campus in Kansas. The college offers over 30 academic and vocational degree programs in a variety of fields, including Dietetics, Music, Agribusiness,...

“…Well your in Kansa for crying out lound!!! If you in joy rodeo this is the school for you. Basketball, Track & field and football these sports are good here too!! ” – Candace from Lauderhill, FL

El Camino College is a 2-year community college in the South Bay district of Los Angeles. El Camino offers transfer agreements with a number of 4-year colleges and universities and ranks second among all southern California community colleges in...

“…I first thought that El Camino was going to be a repeat of high school, little did i know that I learned new and interesting lessons. My classes are challenging but I love it. Everyday going to school is exciting. ” – Lisa from Torrance, CA

Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Pennsylvania State University-World Campus is the internet hub for all Penn State online classes. Penn State World confers degrees and certificates in over 150 academic programs entirely online. In addition, Penn State World does not require students...

Bryn Mawr College

Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts institution in the greater Philadelphia area and part of the Seven Sisters. Bryn Mawr offers undergraduate degrees in 37 majors and was the first women’s college to confer a PhD....

“…Fantastic school. Perfect fit for me. Accepted with the Posse Scholarship (four yr full tuition) and I am eternally grateful to be spending my next four years. Love the honor code. Love the welcoming atmosphere. Love the traditions. Absolutely...” – Jwahir from Cambridge, MA