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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Colleges

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 has a great student atmosphere: it includes great school spirit, rich history, excellent academics and research programs, and a well-rounded student body. it is also situated in west la, which is a great environment in itself to explore social...” – Kevin

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...

“…Harvard is a place of innovation and discovery. It is a community of scholars, who are very intelligent, ambitious, and collaborative. The most distinctive feature of Harvard is the vibrant energy that characterizes its student body, and that drives...” – CLAUDIA from CAMBRIDGE, MA

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...

“…Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.” – Michelle

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 environment is incredibly welcoming and you'll always find a place to fit in. It's definitely challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Personally, I adore it.” – Whitney from Berkeley, CA

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...

“…The University of Florida is a prestigious public university dedicated on accepting prospective students with not only a yearning for higher education, but a passion for involvement in extracurricular activities which allows the student to grow...” – Shawna from Gainesville, 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's plethora of books, resources, and cafe's is what attracts students and staff the world wide to study and teach in this revered university. Nestled in the heart of New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings with its prestige an old time charm and a...” – Pastor Clearance of Monuckabee, UT

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 University of Chicago is known more for its academic rigor and all-encompassing intellectualism than its campus life or party scene. This is far from true, however! If you're looking for hard-hitting academics, a picture-perfect campus, top-notch...” – Chris from Houston, TX

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 University is extremely challenging and therefore extremely rewarding. It does not allow you room to be average or mediocre because it encourages excellence. CU will show you what you are made of.” – Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC

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...

“…People at Cornell are some of the most passionate, intelligent, interesting people I've ever met. The environment is far more collaborative and engaging than it is competitive or negatively stressful, and the academics are well-balanced with...” – Allison from Deerfield, IL

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,...

“…A 360 degree experience. You get rigorous academics, competitive sports powerhouse, and lively social scene. A place to grow and explore.” – Kelly from New Hudson, MI

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...

“…Liberal, accepting, community.” – Joanna from Austin, 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,...

“…Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend should be somewhat independent and not afraid to take full advantage of the...” – Daniel from Staten Island, NY

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an institution in the UNC system and the first public university to confer degrees. A member of the Association of American Universities, UNC Chapel Hill is considered a Public Ivy and houses a...

“…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus, to me, is a great metaphor for the university as a whole; first off, it's full of color and zest, with all the beautiful trees everywhere. In addition, many of its buildings have very strange...” – Audrey from Athens, GA

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 is a wonderful school because of its diverse student body, strong academics, and recreational facilities. There are so many great tutoring and advising resources available for me whenever they need help with certain classes. Also, I...” – Maria from Tucson, AZ

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...

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, 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,...

“…It is very hard to describe Brown in three sentences; Brown is beyond amazing. Brown is a community, a melting pot, an institution to learn, and a hub of activity, but most of all, Brown is home. The people here are friendly and diverse, with...” – Brown Student

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...

“…The University of Washington is a challenging school that blossoms independence and creativity. The majority of all faculty members are enthusiastic about the subject they teach, and are willing to assist all students. This school provides excellent...” – Ronald from Honolulu, HI

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...

“…Ohio State is it's own small world. Once you get involved, which is a must, you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone you know. From academics to sports, Ohio State is an excellent school with long standing tradition. ” – Amarilis from Newbury, OH

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...

“…Great friendly campus in the middle of cornfield, USA. Classes are theoretical and challenging in the engineering dept. However, it's easy to take a variety of other classes (art, history, dance, etc), regardless of your major.” – Alleycats from Urbana, 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...

“…The University of Georgia has a beautiful campus that gives you a peaceful, relaxing feeling. Downtown is within walking distance where there are many different types of restaurants, a movie theater, book stores, and shops. The employees of UGA are...” – Nicholas - Hawkinsville, GA

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...

“…sdsu has given me a wide opportunity of expanding my interests in pre veterinary medicine, the honors college, and psychology. the water sports are a great option!” – Jamie from Moorpark, 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...

“…Bloomington is my new home and I cannot imagine ever loving any other school half as much as I love Indiana University. We offer twenty-four awesome sports teams, several hundreds of clubs, multiple world-renowned schools, the world's best college...” – Molly from Indianapolis, 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...

“…The atmosphere of Baylor is very relaxing. The people on campus are really friendly. It is easy to make friends on a campus this size.” – Chalice from Pflugerville, 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...

“…The University of Maryland is a fun and lively campus where there is no shortage of school spirit. The superior academics, endless list of clubs, neighboring cities, and great on-campus activities make the university one that you should definitely...” – Kerrigan from Severna Park, 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...

“…Central Michigan University has the best professors for the Recreation Department! Everyone here is a family and the people really do care about your well being and future. This college has made me a better person through it's programs.” – Jelina from Mt. Pleasant, MI

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...

“…uva is a great school with lots of history, traditions and spirit. life on grounds is rigorous but engaging. the area surrounding charlottesville is very nice.” – Sidney from Charlottesville, VA

University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City and Iowa’s first institution of higher education. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs....

“…U of Iowa is an institution that invites young minds to grow and develop with the help of highly educated leaders. Family values are important within the administration and add value to the environment within the grounds of the university. Service is...” – Eric from Pingrey Grove, IL

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...

“…Rice is outstanding in all areas of college life, from academics, to partying, right down to the weather. I was a little hesitant to leave New York for Texas and pay a little bit more than my other college options, but honestly Rice was worth the...” – Janet from Carmel, NY

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 University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging. ” – LISA from Falls Church, 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 University of Kansas has great professional schools with devoted professors who take education beyond the classroom. The campus environment is beautiful and the students population is very active in organizations. The University of Kansas houses...” – Zach from Overland Park, KS

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...

“…Good academics for students of all levels. Anyone can find academic and non-academic activities here to challenge them. It has a large, spread out campus, and a large student population (about 24,000 students).” – Medha

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 meeting outstanding academic challenges, which push me to the top of my game. I find time to access stunning mountains and ski resorts once weekly, and go mountain biking as often as I can. My roommate and friends in the Residential Academic...” – Out of State Student

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,...

“…Provides an optimal education at a fantastic price. The people are great and the spirit of the university is empowering. Incredible preparation for life in this fast-paced world.” – Nate from Houston, TX

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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“…I loved the welcoming atmosphere from the moment I stepped on campus, which I noticed during an admissions tour and certainly holds true. Be prepared for the fast pace of a ten-week term since Dartmouth uses the quarter system instead of semesters,...” – Sarah from PA

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 have a love-hate relationship with UNLV as I pretty much do with anything. The good definitely outweighs the bad though. It's virtually impossible to sum up my experience at UNLV in only three sentences!” – Jenny from Las Vegas, 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,...

“…The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the rare combination of academic rigor and excellence, a huge social scene, a beautiful campus, and endless opportunities for involvement. Whether you are a business student, a future engineer, or majoring...” – Austin from Downers Grove, IL

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...

“…Wesleyan is all-in-all a great university. It is small enough so that students have the opportunity to really connect with their professors and each other, yet large enough that you always have the opportunity to meet someone new, which is great...” – Rilwan from Middletown, CT

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...

“…This is a fabulous extended campus in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The class sizes are small. I feel like I matter at this college.” – AW Prescott, AZ

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 prestigious 4-year college in an ideal location. Not only do you have the beach and the small college-town feel, but when you're on campus, you are surrounded by beautiful redwoods and are set back from the bustle of the life in...” – Devin from Sacramento, CA

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...

“…The University of Oklahoma has a wealth of opportunity to offer. It is a beautiful campus and the classes are kept small to offer individual attention to students. It also offers a lot of ways to get involved and give back to the community as well as...” – Brianna from Frisco, TX

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 University is one big community where everyone is connected to each other. The faith throughout the campus is overwhelming and beautiful. I could not have wished for a more well-rounded university for me to attend.” – Emily from Wheaton, IL

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...

“…Lehigh University is a REALLY great school. Although the courses are more rigorous than I expected, they are do-able and serve as great character builders. It provides a friendly environment, overall, and, as it has made me happy, I'm sure it will...” – Benjamin from Phillipsburg, NJ

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...

“…A great school to find yourself. A fun school to meet new people and establish life long relationships. A wonderful place to prepare to take on the rest of your life.” – Dante from Crete, IL

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...

“…Due to the wide range of educational opportunities--whether those are research-based, scientific, liberal, political or extra curricular--The University of Massachusetts Amherst ensures that there's a niche designated for every type of student. With...” – Ashley from West Yarmouth, MA

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the oldest continuously operating technological research university in the United States. The main RPI campus in Troy, NY, is situated on 275 acres featuring 746 labs, studios, and technology...

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

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...

“…Case Western is a school that is very focused on academics and research. It is quite academically rigorous, but also very rewarding. Using "Think Beyond the Possible," as their motto, Case Western drives their students to achieve their goals, even...” – Elanda from Fairview Park, OH

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...

“…Wayne State University brings the entire package that you'd expect from a big college. I've definitely had some of the most challenging times of my life here despite being here for only a semester so far, but I've also had some of the best times....” – Daniel from Shelby Twp, 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...

“…university of hawaii of manoa is a great school. there are amazing students you will meet but also a very good place to live in because as most people describe it, it's paradise. you will enjoy going to uh manoa, go warriors!” – Marife from Honolulu, HI

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...

“…Amherst is a one-of-a-kind place and I could not picture myself anywhere else. Of course there are ups and downs as anywhere else, but I guarantee you will fall in love with this place once you settle in.” – Ornella from Amherst, MA

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...

“…not to big but not to small. classes are easy to find. students are very friendly and nice. the atmosphere is very prone to learning.” – Rudy from Lyndhurst, 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 is a very fun school. There is a good balance between academics and social life in the town!” – Marcia from Columbus, 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...

“…Williams College is a quiet giant. So few people outside the northeast seem to have heard about this amazing school that is the number one undergraduate education in the country, and yet some of the wealthiest, most successful people are Williams...” – Paige from Bonita, CA

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...

“…There is such an open and understanding atmosphere. Everyone takes academics very seriously, but I have never felt tension on campus as a result of that. It's not a place you will ever want to leave.” – animecrazy

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...

“…Union is a fabulous place to get an education. The courses are rigorous. the professors are excellent.” – zoli

Florida Institute of Technology

Founded as Brevard Engineering College in the midst of the Space Race, Florida Institute of Technology is a private research university with a focus on STEM programs. FIT is home to colleges of Engineering, Aeronautics, Liberal Arts, and Business. In...

“…fit is a fantastic school for engineering and psychology! the professors are experts in their fields and they will personally help the students in any way possible. i have never met a person on campus who was mean or negative towards me, and a beach...” – Amy from Cincinnati, OH

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 challenges me every day to be my best, and to learn for the sake of learning rather than going through the motions to get the best GPA possible. In just one year, I have been exposed to so many interesting and informative people and...” – Emily from Ellicott City, MD

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...

“…this place prizes excellence, yet has a wonderful sense of community. wellesley is incredibly diverse and accepting-- i've learned so much from my fellow students. this school has so many resources that it is impossible to take advantage of them all.” – Gina from Wellesley, MA

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 college is one of the most unique college experiences that exist- partly because of it's location in NYC, partly because of the affiliation with Columbia, and partly because of its existence as a women's college. Being a part of Columbia is...” – Cassie

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...

“…Smith College is a well-rounded, academic and exciting college, that allows Smithies to explore and cultivate their interests while opening doors to the work world. Smithies are driven, enthusiastic students, and the environment at Smith never fails...” – Megan from Stafford Springs, CT

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 College is giving me the well rounded education that I was looking for when first applying to colleges. To me, the most notable aspects about Haverford are the small class sizes that create a more intimate learning environment and the more...” – Sofie from the U.S.

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...

“…stonehill is a small catholic school just outside of boston. despite its size, it is nevertheless a great school academically. stonehill is a great place to live if you're looking for a tight-knight community full of awesome people; both faculty and...” – Michelle from Massachusetts

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 College is located in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman College challenges you in every way possible: from academics to sports to the meaning of life. Whitman makes you question everything you know and on top of that expects the very best of...” – Maricela from Los Angeles, CA

Valparaiso University

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University is a 4-year Lutheran liberal arts college in northwest Indiana. Valpo is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 academic majors and all first year students are required to enroll in a...

“… great engineering and meterology programs. nice small school atmosphere with good interaction with professors, friendly students, good choice for school. ” – engineering major

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...

“…A fantastic and economic education. I have been impressed by every single teacher I've had and the financial aid is more than helpful with such low costs for in-state students. The people and systems have also been very friendly about my many...” – Lindsay from Fullerton, 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...

“…Hampshire College provides a unique educational experience for independent students whose drive for higher knowledge takes them in directions beyond the societal norm. It's progressive nature and unconventional academic process gives it a cutting...” – David from East Windsor, CT

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 is a homey, clean, adjacent to everything kind of place. A great atmosphere and very nice people to meet. Everything is close by and students are friendly, always around to meet new people. ” – Adrianna from Tucson, AZ

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...

“…you'll get out of it what you put into it. if you work hard you'll do good. if you don't, you won't.” – Anonymous from 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...

“…msu-mankato ha been an amazing experience for me. i am doing well with my studies and have met a lot of new friends. i plan to earn my degree from msu!” – Anthony from Champlin, 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...

“…(first of all, sorry about lack of capitalization, somehow it's not working every time i submit it!) mount holyoke is mohome, an intellectual, comforting, and aesthetic paradise, full of incredible people with incredible dreams, drive, and...” – Miriam from Hillsboro, OR

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...

“…It's a great community college to get started right after high school. The staff is helpful and the students are diverse. Peaceful setting with a two-story library.” – Antoinette from Costa Mesa, CA

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....

“…palomar college is helpful in every department, especially the veteran's department. it is extremely hard to find parking. it needs more computers for the library.” – Whitney from Vista, CA

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....

“…amazingly easy to get started even if you have not attended in a long time. way easier processing for student needs and financial aid assistance than 30 years ago (when i last went) dont wait any longer go to school.” – TAFFY from IMPERIAL BEACH, CA

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...

“…This school is moderate to high level difficulty. If you can keep your self occupied and active you won't go insane from the smallness of Hilo. Variety in food, culture, environment, and people. :D” – Nicole from Mililani, HI

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...

“…SBVC is a great community college. It is local and the professors are awesome and have a lot of time for us with office hours. The campus is clean, but the only thing that stinks is trying to PARKING! ” – Sabrina from Bloomington, 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...

“…I dread driving the distance, but I enjoy every bit of my college life at Saddleback. The dance program is outstanding and each instructor for every class I have is determined. They love what they do, which encourages the students to do the same.” – Tatiana from Carlsbad, 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...

“…great school, great community, great professors. the size of the school makes it a much more intimate and involved experience. when i make it to other schools i feel like no one gets an education or experience quite like we do here at embry riddle. ” – Tyler from Ladera Ranch, 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...

“…bennington college is a place where intellectual development is highly and constantly encouraged. students are challenged using innovative ideas. the community is welcoming and close-knit.” – Brianna from New York, NY

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...

“…Moorpark College is a great school with a great staff that is always willing to help. Although it is tough to get into classes you need when you are in a class the focus is on your success. I have enjoyed attending this school and believe that the...” – Alethea from Moorpark, CA

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...

“…Overall, Cabrillo is awesome! The professors are all incredibly helpful and knowledgable. As a Music Major, I find Cabrillo's music department far beyond the community college level! The whole campus has a great feel! ” – Ryan from Salinas, 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...

“…Marlboro College is a unique, interdisciplinary learning experience where you know your professors personally, sometimes even having dinner at their own homes. Marlboro is prized for its serious academic rigor and success. The student body of about...” – Rebecca from Red Lion, PA

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...

“…MiraCosta gives motivation on succeeding and transfering to other universities. They support all students. The services and teachers are always willing to help students out. ” – Mariah from Oceanside, CA

Lycoming College

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,...

“…This school has offered me experiences I don't think I could receive anywhere else. The science professors have integrated a plethora of information into just the three years I have been there. In combination with the hands-on experiences, I have...” – Kayleigh from Byron, NY

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

With a campus situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a 4-year public university in southwest Illinois and a campus of the SIU system. SIUE is home to seven academic colleges granting...

“…SIUe is an average sized University on a large beautiful campus located in the metropolitan St. Louis area. It is currently one of the quickest growing Universities in the United States. If you want to get top of the line academic's, and leave with...” – Jesse from Galva, IL

Wheaton College

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...

“…You feel in paradise, You are surrounded by amazing people, The faculty members are always there for you.” – Alicia from Dominican Republic

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...

“…Lee College has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself so far because of the range of classes, the dedication to students, and the strength of those who taught me. Even as I was starting out and taking my first few classes, I...” – Miranda from Baytown, TX

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 college is full of opportunities, if you know where to look. there are outlets for leaders, academics, and friendship throughout the school. the professors are usually open to talking to you one-on-one about any subject matter that...” – Marcus from Highland, 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...

“…A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere but the parties are there if you want them. There are challenging courses with great professors, but also easy-get-by ones, SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY!! A green, pretty campus that is not too big but not too small.” – Kellie from Cutchogue, 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...

“…i love attending hartnell...i love all my classes and i find all my instructors to be very helpful and accomadating” – Victoria 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 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...

“…this is a really great college. i really do enjoy coming here and learning. i feel like this college will help me with my career goals.” – Tracy from Seaside, 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,...

“…Dodge City is a great college to attend if you are looking for a school with small class sizes and instructors who can personally help you. All the staff will do what they need to do to help you with anything you may need. The campus is constantly...” – Tara from Pierceville, KS

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 think one of the most important thing that El Camino College has done for me is allow me to breathe life into my soul. I use the term breathe because at a time when I was not sure how I was going to proceed next, I just knew that I had two passions...” – Dancer - Long Beach, CA

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....

“…It's a great community academically, as long as you're willing to work hard, you'll get plenty out of your time here.” – kfletcher