Computer Science

The study of computers and computational systems, Computer Science is largely algorithms and protocols that make up information processing. Common areas of study include programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence (AI), database systems, security, vision and graphics, human-computer interaction, and bioinformatics and theory. Computer Science is in use in almost every business, from financial to healthcare to software. 

This popular, albeit competitive, degree is conferred at almost every level, including certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Mobile app design, electronic music engineering, programming languages, software development, and video game design (amongst much else) is all encapsulated in this field.  

Associate Degree

An associate’s degree in computer science is a good way to dip your toes in the water of this field, but is unlikely to stand out amid baccalaureate-degree holders. Generally a 2-year program requiring 60-66 credits, graduates will learn the basic practices for maintaining computers and computer systems. A standard curriculum will include web development, pre-calculus, and information systems management, along with software engineering, an introduction to statistics, and operating systems. Programming in C++ and Java will likely also be incorporated. 

Baccalaureate Degree

Baccalaureate degrees in computer science can be earned in the standard 4 years, but it’s not atypical for computer science majors to spend six years earning their degree, especially if the math and science requirements are steep. Data structures, systems operation, theory of computation, data communication, software engineering, and calculus are all on the docket for a bachelor’s in computer science. 

A bachelor’s degree for this major can come in two forms: a bachelor of art or a bachelor of science. The BA and BS share the same foundation, but the bachelor of art will be surrounded by a liberal arts curriculum, while a bachelor of science will focus more heavily on math and science. A BS is ideal for engineering and other math-intensive fields, while a BA is good for technical professionals and leaders. The degrees are ultimately viewed similarly in the working world. 

Graduate Degree

A Master’s degree isn’t necessary for all fields of Computer Science, but can be required when research and development are part of the career goal, such as with AI. Computer language theory and advanced algorithms are core aspects of a master program, along with software development. Depending on the top of program, they can often be completed in one or two years and there are a few options, depending on whether the institution requires a thesis or project as the final culmination of the degree. 

A PhD in Computer Science is typically reserved for academia. Programs take between 4 and 7 years and are solely dedicated to the a single specialization, typically towards a new discovery in that field. 

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, certification plays a different role in Computer Science than it does in other fields. There are any number of classes, certifications,  programs, and licensing options available to computer science graduates, and they’re largely to keep professionals up-to-date on all of the latest technology, innovations, and discoveries. Even for those with a doctorate in computer science, periodically taking courses and certifications will play a vital role in this career. 

Careers in this field include: Application Analyst, Applications Developer, Data Analyst, Web Developer/Designer, UX Designer, Systems Analyst, Software Engineer, Multimedia Programmer, Games Developer, Forensic Computer Analyst, Database Administrator, Cyber Security Analyst, Network Engineer.

Salaries vary based on focus, but entry-level salaries are typically between $58,000 and $66,000. 

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Colleges

Missouri State University-Springfield

Formerly known as Southwest Missouri State, Missouri State University is a 4-year public institution in southwest Missouri and the second largest university in the state by enrollment. The main campus of the MSU system, MSU Springfield is home to...

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Their student activities council has at least one activity almost every day and thats not even counting the resident hall activities. Also the campus is big but its all close together. It was made for a student who wanted to live in a bigger city but...

” – Cassie from Wheatland, MO
California State University-Fresno

California State University-Fresno is a 4-year public school and the second largest university in the Cal State system. Fresno State encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition, Fresno State has been designated...

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There are many wonderful general ed courses one can choose from, whether it be 'Fundamentals of Public Speaking' or 'Introduction to Biology'. Also, every department has wonderful faculty and staff, each one ready to assist you in the best way...

” – Constantine from Fresno, CA
Manchester University
North Manchester, IN
Manchester University

Originally founded as the Roanoke Classical Seminary, Manchester University is a liberal arts university in northeast Indiana affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Manchester is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities, Health Sciences, Business...

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From the very first class of the semester, the learning started. Professors don't waste class time; they teach to you what needs to be learned. You may think going into a familiar class that it'll be an easy breeze; but, the professors always find a...

” – unanimous
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...

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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
Colgate University

Established in 1819, Colgate University is a selective 4-year private liberal arts institution in central New York State and one of the oldest universities in the northeast. Colgate confers bachelor’s degrees in 56 academic majors and the campus is...

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Colgate is a liberal arts university and there are a lot of distribution requirements that we must fulfill. Some people feel that this forces them to take classes that they would rather not take. However, I enjoyed all of my classes, even the ones...

” – Michele from Simsbury, CT
College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 61 undergraduate majors and 78 minors from six schools, plus 24 master's degree programs and 10 graduate-level...

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You learn many things from not only the classes, but the staff as well. With a wide variety of classes that can help any student find what direction one would want to find themselves in. Students that are even undecided get a good feeling of no...

” – Megan from Fort Mill, SC
Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, liberal arts institution in Orange, California, that offers 110 areas of study through 11 schools and colleges. Chapman is also home to several independent research centers, as well as creative research centers...

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I am learning about subjects that were unclear for me in the past, and being able to expand my knowledge on subjects that are interesting and not commonly discussed is what someone should look for in a college.

” – Erin from Woodland Hills, CA
Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a 4-year private university with a liberal arts curriculum located in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and 60 minors and it does not require students to...

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Wake Forest is not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be pretty challenging with teachers always there to help. From my experiences, the classes push you to your breaking point and some teachers just expect you to know the...

” – Hannah from NC
Elon University

Elon University is a selective, liberal arts institution located in central North Carolina. The 656-acre Greensboro campus hosts six schools and a number of academic ceenters, which include the Center for Enviornmental Studies, the Doherty Center for...

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overall, elon university is a great school in which you will obtain all the resources you need to succeed. from the impeccable environment, rigorous classes, clubs/organizations and people on campus, elon always exemplifies excellence and the belief...

” – Brian from Burlington, NC
Washington University in St Louis

Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, Washington University in St. Louis is a 4-year private research university. WashU encompasses seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 areas of study. For artistically...

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Wash U, as it is called, offers students unique opportunities that, I believe, no other college can. It truly has an international, or a global, community: you get to interact with some of the best minds from across the nation, as well as outside of...

” – Lindsay from Plymouth, MN
Kennesaw State University

One of the top 50 largest public schools in the United States, the third-largest university in the state, Kennesaw State University is a 4-year institution with two campuses in the Atlanta metro area. KSU is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in...

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Every teacher has a different perspective. They will definitely introduce you to an alternate way of viewing the topic. They will encourage you to form opinions and make sure you can have an intelligent conversation about whatever you are learning.

” – J-Elle from Kennesaw, GA
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

With campuses in Florida and Arizona, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the largest institution focused on aviation programs in the United States and the first FAA-approved training center for airline certification. Embry-Riddle offers...

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The professors at the Daytona Beach Campus are the best. I just completed my first year and I assure you it is a challenge from the start. However, don't let that deter you from coming to the Daytona Campus.

” – Darryl from Atlanta, GA
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...

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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
Hampton University

Founded in 1868 after the Civil War to provide education to freedmen, Hampton University is an Historically Black College and University on the Virginia Peninsula. Hampton is home to eight undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees and...

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hampton university i a beautiful school full of life and possibilities. it is the real hu and the professors here want to see you succeed. hampton university is the standard of excellence.

” – capri from philadelphia, pa
Kent State University at Kent

Originally founded as a teacher-training school, Kent State University is a 4-year public research university in northeast Ohio. Kent State hosts ten colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 300 areas of study. Additionally, KSU is home...

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Kent State University is an overall great school to attend. Between the academics, learning facilities, overall campus environment, camaraderie among students, and possibilities for student involvement you get the best of every world. It is just a...

” – Nicole from Kent, OH
High Point University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, High Point University is a liberal arts university in central North Carolina. HPU is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Methodist institution, High Point holds weekly...

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All the professors at High Point University are willing to help you and want to see you succeed. In biology lab, my professor was eager to help us when we had trouble or to just reassure us that we were on the right track. In my other classes, the...

” – Lindsay from Raleigh, NC
St Thomas University

St Thomas University is a private institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. STU is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and Archdiocese of Miami, and their institution goal is to “form[] a community of co-learners that teaches and worships...

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so far its been good. hope things stay like this throughout all four years.

” – Kris from Boynton Beach, FL
Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

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Loyola is a University that is willing to go above and beyond for their students. Administrative faculty and Professors are prepared to help elevate a students skills for their choice of job opportunity. Loyola will give you the confidence you need...

” – Zoe from Chicago, IL
Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

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I have just completed my first semester at Eastern and so far I have learned quite a bit. Everything from Risk Analysis on buildings and computers to Ethical decisions to learning different types of speech.

” – Tyler from Osseo, MI
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...

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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. On top of the usual academic offerings, RPI has programs in current and emerging issues, including in...

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If you've looked into RPI as your prospective university you know of its academic merit but that merit is tied to the expectation of your academic dedication and excellence. The professors will expect a lot from you but if you put in the effort they...

” – Diana from Lauderhill, FL
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...

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You will definitely work harder than you ever did in high school, but at the end of every class, you will also know that you actually learned something. Everyone at Case is very focused on their career goals, and the coursework teaches you exactly...

” – Brittany from Macungie, PA
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...

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I enjoy attending University of Hawaii at Manoa , we get some refreshing showers every now and then, the sun is almost always shining and your never too far away from the beach. Everyone is really friendly and it's always cool to meet other people...

” – Rocio
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Part of the University of Wisconsin system, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a 4-year public school and the largest university in Milwaukee. UWM confers degrees in over 195 academic programs and the university is one of two doctoral-degree...

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I love ALL of my classes. The teachers are very knowledgable. The best part is that if you are having trouble in your classes. We have free tutoring in the library! Also we have SI's (Supplemental Instruction students) They sit in your classes with...

” – Courtney from West Allis, WI
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...

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The thing I love most about Amherst is the relationships you can have with your professors. You hear about professors at small liberal arts colleges who go out of their way to help students, and form personal relationships with them, but you never...

” – Drew from North Easton, MA
Western Carolina University

Situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University is a public school in the University of North Carolina system with three campus locations. WCU features six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees encompassing over 120 majors, minors...

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If you are looking for a superb education, a beautiful campus, and a phenomenal college experience at a competitive price, Western Carolina University is the perfect college for you. Smack in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western Carolina...

” – Susan from Conover, NC
Occidental College

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

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The campus was really beautiful, and all of the students seem like family. The school strives to offer many unique academic opportunities such as internships, research abroad and grants for students to do undergraduate research. The students really...

” – Clarice from Portland, OR
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a 4-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Additionally, Western Michigan hosts the...

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I receive great teaching from professors that love what they do. They come into the lecture halls ready to give their all to the students. I am able to speak with my professors and get all they help that I need. I have a blocked schedule for my...

” – Janae from Redford, MI
University of Vermont

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

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Love this school. I feel like they actually care about you here and want you to succeed. Sure the academics may not be as rigorous as some other schools, but with the courses required and resources and encouragement at Uvm, I am more prepared for a...

” – Julia
Suffolk University

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private research institution in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. For students interested in...

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Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston; an ideal spot for college students in the city. The school is made up of about 5,800 students, offers hundreds of majors and minors, along with study abroad opportunities including Suffolk Madrid...

” – Emily from Weymouth, MA
University of Wyoming

Located on the high Laramie plains near the Snowy Range Mountains, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant institution and the state’s flagship institution. UW encompasses nine colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 80 areas of...

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I have yet to have a professor from whom I don't feel I learned enough. They are all extremely well-qualified to teach their subject and passionate about it as well. If a student is willing to learn the material, any professor is more than willing...

” – Jordan from Littleton, CO
United States Air Force Academy

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

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The Air Force Academy is a place that challenges you in all aspects of life. Everything you do here is important and has meaning. You will find who you are and what you represent after going through the four vigorous years here.

” – Isaac from U S A F Academy, CO
Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is a selective public university with a focus on research. The DeKalb campus is home to seven colleges with 46 schools and departments, and students can take advantage of regional centers in Chicago, Naperville, Rockford...

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the academics here are amazing and they also have a really good reputation. They have plenty of different clubs and organizations available that are strictly for education purposes. Your college advisors are there to help you and if your willing...

” – emmanuella from Round Lake Beach, IL
University of New Haven

Originally founded on the Yale campus in 1920, the University of New Haven is a 4-year private institution on the New Haven coast. UNH is home to six colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in over 100 fields of study. Additionally, the UNH...

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my course load wasnt unbearable for me. i actually enjoyed it. there are ALOT of resource's though if you feel you need help with anything.

” – Tori from Jamaica, NY
Seattle University

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

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Seattle University is an amazing college focused on the holistic approach to teaching. Although it is a bit pricey, the food, small class sizes, and one-on-one time with your professor is well worth it.

” – Kea - Lynnae from Green Bay, WI

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Southwestern College is a private school in southern Kansas. Southwestern confers bachelor’s degrees in 24 fields of study. As part of its technological initiative, Southwestern issues a laptop to every...

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This school has several faculty members who are here for the soul purpose of helping your get your desired degree. My favorite thing about these staff members is that even if one person can't help you, then you always have another staff member to...

” – Cody from Wamego, KS
University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is a 4-year public school in northwest Idaho and the oldest public institution in the state. The U of I hosts 10 colleges granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 300 fields of study. In addition to...

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Being a music major, I have been thrown right into the classes that I need to be a successful music teacher. I am about to start my fourth semester at the University of Idaho, and I feel like I have already learned quite a bit.

” – Rachel from Moscow, ID
Xavier University

Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Cincinnati and the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. Xavier is home to colleges of Arts & Science, Business, and Professional Sciences offering bachelor’s degrees in over 90 fields...

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Last year, my rating would not have been this high. Now, as a sophomore, I am seeing more and more connections between classes which is incredible. Who knew biology and theology had similar concepts?

” – Katrina from Westerville, OH
California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

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This college not only offers a variety of classes, it is a great place to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. The professors are very friendly, helpful, and intellectual. The campus offers many places to study, and has a variety of computer...

” – Amanda from Whittier, CA
University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is a public, 4-year, R3 doctoral research university. UWG offers over 85 academic programs, and is home to an Honors College. UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and...

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UWG is a Student Friendly Campus. The Professors and Staff care about the well-being of the student. Everyone at UWG is focused on ensuring the students SUCCEED!

” – Malcolm from Fayetteville, GA
Tennessee State University

With two campuses in Nashville, Tennessee State University is the only state-funded Historically Black College and University in the state of Tennessee and part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TSU grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in 77...

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TSU is an great school, full of educational opportunities, networking, and fun. You will become apart of the family. It is vital to stay on top of your work and paperwork at Tennessee State University.

” – Mikayla Austin from Cincinnati, OH
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Marist College

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

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Marist certainly gives students the opportunity to learn as much as they want to, not just in academics but also in life. The core requirements can be replaced with cultural or foreign language courses. So you learn what you want to learn.
The...

” – SG
University of Maine

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UMaine system. UMaine encompasses colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring degrees in almost 100...

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UMaine is a very welcoming community that embraces diversity. It has a beautiful campus that is full of many activities to take part in. And UMaine is innovative, it is working hard toward many sources green technology and other research.

” – Stephanie
Georgia Southern University

Founded in 1906 as a land-grant college, Georgia Southern University is a public research institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSU’s main campus at Statesboro is situation on 900 acres of land and offers more than 50...

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So far all my teachers have been helpful, you just have to ask if you need the extra help. Not all classes are easy, but if you put effort and time into your work, you will make a B or A. I have learned a lot from my first semester classes.

” – Curtis from Cataula, GA
University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the state's largest university as well as the land- and sea- grant institution. The main campus is based in Kingston, which, as of 2018, is named to the National Register of Historic Places, and spans 1,200 acres...

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Beautiful and well located campus with extremely friendly people. Mass number of events, clubs, sports and organizations to keep people interested and interactive around campus. Extremely impressive international engineering program for future...

” – Morgan from Wolfeboro, NH
University of Massachusetts-Boston

From its waterfront campus overlooking Dorchester Bay, the University of Massachusetts-Boston is a 4-year public research institution and part of the UMass system. UMass Boston is home to 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 77...

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I love UMass Boston. I have wanted to go to UMB for as long as I remember. Academics to physical surroundings of UMB are above par.

” – Angelia from Pepperell, MA
University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public institution ranked #6 in Top Public Schools and #14 in Regional Universities South by U.S. News & World Report. UNC Wilmington is a designated military-friendly university with ties to the...

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The classes at UNCW are very helpful, especially if you pay attention and do your work. You will learn a lot you didn't know before, and as you move into your major you will learn even more that interests you. I would recommend going to school here...

” – Joy from Mebane, NC
University of Memphis

Formerly known as Memphis State, the University of Memphis is a 4-year public research institution. U of M is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. In addition to classroom space, U of M...

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Professors are very friendly, easy to talk to, and almost always available for extra-help.

” – Margaret from Germantown, TN
Indiana State University

With campus a short walk from the Wabash River, Indiana State University is a 4-year public institution in western Indiana. ISU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and makes over 70 degree-granting programs available entirely...

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I started last year with the intentions of being a physical therapists and was really looking forward to the challenges. Unfortunately being away from home for the first time and the hard class schedule put me behind fairly quickly. As a freshman you...

” – Alexandria from Williamsport, IN
Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

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southern new hampshire univeristy online programs are easy to follow. the classes are set up well and the teachers are excellent. the staff in the book store and one stop are very helpful as well.

” – Ashley from Lexington Park, MD
Alabama State University

Originally founded by former slaves, Alabama State University is an HBCU situated in Montgomery and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The ASU campus hosts eight colleges offering over 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The ASU...

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Alabama State University is a well rounded school. The school offers a great amount of oppurtunities for the students that attend the school. The school is located around a lot of stores and businesses that offer plenty of jobs to the students...

” – Alexis from Long Beach, CA
Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a private, liberal arts college located midway between Manhattan and Toronto. IC offers more than 100 programs across five schools, including an Exploratory Program, which allows freshmen to take up to four semesters to try out...

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Once took a class called Intro to Communication Disorders for fun. Turned out to be a really hard class but I learned so much. There are so many classes people can take that have nothing to do with your major. It can just be something that intrests...

” – Ruth from Windsor, CT
University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a public research university on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. South hosts eight colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic programs. Additionally, USA is home to research centers such as the Stokes...

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I am currently really getting into the courses that are specific to my major and within these classes I feel adequately challenged, but at the same time, all my professors are more than willing to help me if I ever have problems. However, my first...

” – Kristen from Fairhope, AL
Florida Southern College

With campus along the shore of Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern College is a 4-year private institution in Lakeland, Florida. Florida Southern confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic programs. For students interested in history and...

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There are plenty of departments for everyone to go into. This school will fit to your standards.

” – Kristin from Lakeland, FL
Manhattan College

Founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Manhattan College is a Lasallian Catholic school in The Bronx modeled after the philosophy of the patron saint of teachers. Manhattan is home to six schools hosting more than 100 academic programs...

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Small College feel. Big city atmosphere. Everything I ever wanted.

” – Jordan from Spring Valley, NY
University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is located in Plymouth, England, with affiliated campuses located throughout South West England. The Royal Statistical Society selected Plymouth as the home for the Centre for Statistical Education and has been awarded the...

Carleton College

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

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

” – Anthony from Haslet, TX
University of Dayton

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

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UD is a beautiful and welcoming home away from home. Faculty is warm and inviting, upperclassmen are kind and welcoming, and there's a general spirit of inclusion on campus. You will be challenged academically but supported every step of the way with...

” – Taylor from Naperville, IL
Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University is a private, liberal arts institution established in Tiffin, Ohio. Students graduating from Heidelberg are all given the option to enroll in the school’s Plus One Advantage program, which registers students in a 1-year Master...

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The programs here are moderately challenging. Purpose with distinction is the school motto and it explains a lot about the university from an academic standpoint. If you apply yourself and study, you will be successful and opportunity will come your...

” – Sophie from Canton, NY

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

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University of British Columbia is a fantastic school. It is located next to 7 beaches and have their own rose garden and Japanese garden. UBC is top ten in Science as well.

” – Cameron from Tacoma, WA
Brandeis University

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

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

” – Rachel
Pomona College

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

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Weather is great! Really enjoying Pomona so far but its definitely some hard work. Work hard play hard i guess.

” – Liv from out of state
St. Joseph's College-New York

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph’s College is a Catholic liberal arts college with campuses in Brooklyn and Long Island. St. Joseph’s offers undergraduate degrees in 28 academic fields of study. In addition, all new students are...

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This college is in an urban area and well-suited for students seeking a smaller sized school. Current enrollment is estimated to be 2,000 students on the Brooklyn campus (there is also a Long Island campus). BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) offers...

” – Christopher from Brooklyn, NY
Montana State University

Established in 1893, Montana State University is situated in Bozeman, Montana. MSU is the state’s land-grant university and is the primary campus for the Montana State University System. Considered by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with a...

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the campus is set in a beautifully breathtaking area, surrounded by mountains, blue skies, and golden sun-rays. montana state university offers a wide range of exciting majors and classes, taught by witty and understanding professors, for all types...

” – Alyssa from Bozeman, MT
Creighton University

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

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Creighton challenges each student academically. It requires each student to study hard and make a great effort. At the same time there are many great resources for students. Each professor is willing to always make an appointment and make sure you...

” – Tina from Omaha, NE
Texas Southern University

One of the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, Texas Southern University is a 4-year public institution in Houston. TSU is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors...

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Texas Southern University is a fine institution, despite all the negative trash people say about it. Taking courses in chemistry, biology, and math at this college really made me see the important role that the classes played not only in science, but...

” – Brittany from Houston, TX
CUNY Queens College

Queens College, City University of New York is a 4-year liberal arts college in New York City and part of the CUNY system. Queens College hosts four academic divisions of Arts & Humanities, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Education conferring...

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Queens seems to offer many different classes, all in different buildings depending on what kind of class it is. The fact that it's been more diffcult to get into CUNY schools the past few years shows how many people are applying, and how many are...

” – Krysta from Warwick, NY
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is a public flagship university and the oldest university in the SIU system. SIU is home to ten colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors Program. For...

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I am currently going to be a senior at SIUC in Computer Engineering, and have found that the teaching in the engineering school is quite good. The classes are small enough that the teacher can get to know you personally and meet with you whenever you...

” – Robbie from Mahomet, IL
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...

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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
Saint Leo University

Established by the Order of Saint Benedict in 1889, Saint Leo University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in central Florida and the first Roman Catholic college in the state. Saint Leo is home to colleges of Business, Education, and Arts...

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I started the orientation that St. Leo offers for upcoming students, and just from the orientation I have learned so much about myself. In addition, I have discovered truly what a degree should mean and the statement I can make once I achieve it.

” – TENISHA from Newport News, VA
Clark University

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

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Feels like home. All around a great environment.

” – Savannah from Northern California
Rochester Institute of Technology

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

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I stated school at RIT in September, 2008. So far it has been one of the most unexpected learning experiences of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for the lessons that I am learning. I did very well in high school academically but what make the...

” – Alissa from Milton, NY
Norwich University

Founded in 1819, Norwich University is a private school in northern Vermont and the oldest private military college in the United States. The Birthplace of the ROTC, Norwich confers degrees in over 50 academic programs. Approximately two-thirds of...

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The classes are small and the teachers have enough time to help out a student when needed. Staff and teachers are friendly, helpful and approachable. If your in the Corps then you will learn a lot from your cadre(junior upperclassmen) and company...

” – Sarah from Jericho, VT
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...

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I came into this school pretty unprepared. I had planned on being an actress so switching to Chemical Engineering when I got to college was not something I had prepared for. However with the help of a great support system, mostly wonderful teachers...

” – Brittany from Cape Coral, FL
University of Portland

Established by the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1891, the University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university. UP is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Education conferring...

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UP is a thriving community in which the academic and extra-curricular opportunities available foster your intellectual, mental, and spiritual growth. Its core values are Teaching and Learning, Faith and Formation, and Service and Leadership and the...

” – Jan from Pasadena, CA
The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a public research institution considered to have the "highest research activity" by Carnegie.  THe campus in the heart of North Texas and features 9 different schools and colleges, a Smart Hospital, Gallery at...

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UTA has one of the best Nursing programs in the state of Texas and the nation as well.

” – Allison from Burleson, TX
Biola University

Founded in 1908, Biola University is an Evangelical Christian University in the Los Angeles metro area with a focus on Bible-centered education. Biola offers over 150 academic majors and programs and every student is required to complete 30 credits...

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A lot is an understatement to describe the amount of learning a student does at Biola. What is so unique and wonderful about this school is that you have the opportunity to receive top notch education from a high profile faculty on not only general...

” – Marco from Palmdale, CA
Eckerd College
Saint Petersburg, FL
Eckerd College

Located in St. Petersburg, FL, Eckerd College is a 4-year liberal arts institution on a mile-long waterfront beach. Eckerd offers upwards of 40 majors, all of which include 4 years of classes in art, literature, the natural and social sciences...

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I am a marine biology major at Eckerd College. While this major is in no way easy, it is a very mind opening one. I have learned much in just one semester here in Eckerd. This major does require lots of studying and dedication, but the end result...

” – Alexandra from Woodbine, GA
Central Washington University

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

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I have not been in a SINGLE class that I have not learned so much from! Every professor I have had make class fun, interesting, and extremely enjoyable! My grades have been higher than they have have here at CWU.

” – Taylor from Manchester, WA
Saint Louis University

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

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I was nervous going into classes at SLU because in high school classes were too easy. After being challenged and being put to the test of studying and putting effort into classes, I realized that I was actually learning information, especially in...

” – Juliana from Joliet, IL
University of St Thomas

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

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All the professors make the classes interesting. They are funny and very helpful. The professors also encourage students to ask questions and go to them for help. Students should make sure to apply themselves. If students make an effort they will...

” – freshman at UST
Illinois Institute of Technology

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

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You got to learn a lot of things if you want to keep up with what your professor is talking about. If you don't understand what they're talking about in lecture, all the professors will always welcome you during their office hours to help you out.

” – Gary from Fort Worth, TX
University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is the oldest, private university in California and has admissions that are more selective. The main campus is located in Stockton, and the university operates two satellite campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco...

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university of the pacific is a top tier education school relating to sciences in particular. it is an academically challenging school and provides a lot of student support for every student there. it also is a very close community and small campus.

” – long from sacramento, ca
Bowdoin College

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

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One of the best schools I've seen. Been living on campus during the summer since I was in 7th grade. Now I'm a senior and I'm sure this is the school for me.

” – Taylor from Baltimore, MD
Stetson University

Stetson University is a private university in DeLand, FL, with regional campuses in Tampa, Gulfport, and Orlando. Stetson is home to a college of Arts and Sciences and was also the first institution in the state to host schools of Business...

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Stetson definitely delivers on academics. A few programs are especially rigorous, like the music program. I personally am a biology major, and all of the professors I've had so far have been excellent teachers. They have also been very helpful and...

” – Jasmine from Palm Coast, FL
Southern Methodist University

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

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My experience at SMU has been very rewarding since it has open up for me many opportunities. After taking organic chemistry, I realized that I have a great passion for learning about how things happen at the atomic and molecular level. In addition, I...

” – Sarah from Richardson, TX
St. Mary's University

Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary, St. Mary’s University is a Catholic liberal arts college in San Antonio. The oldest Catholic university in Texas, St. Mary’s awards undergrad and graduate degrees in more than 75 academic programs. As a...

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I can definitely say that I am learning a lot here at St. Mary's University! When I say I am learning a lot I don't only mean in a classroom. At St. Mary's University I've learned to speak out, help out, and go all out. I haven't only grown mentally...

” – Patricia from El Paso, TX
Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is a 4-year private school and an Historically Black College and University in east Alabama. Tuskegee offers bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors and is the only HBCU to house a fully-accredited College of Veterinary...

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From academic lessons to life lessons I have learned alot and I just finished my first semester. It has taught me alot and I believe that I have grown so much in the past couple of months.

” – Keiasha from Tuskegee, AL
Providence College

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

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Excellent school with a beautiful campus and great people.
Classes are tough with a good deal of work, but people are there to support you.
So pleased to have applied and been accepted. Great place!

” – Mac
California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research...

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Even from my brief experience at Caltech for Pre-Frosh Weekend, I was impressed at how seriously my future upperclassmen work hard and play hard. Most amazing was how they respected each other and the Honor Code, which dictates the way the Caltech...

” – Jianing Jenny from Plano, TX
Duquesne University

Founded by missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne University is a 4-year Catholic institution in Pittsburgh and the only Spiritan university in the country. Duquesne is home to nine schools of study emphasizing the liberal arts...

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The teachers here so far are high-quality. They care about whether or not you learn what they are teaching you, and they are always willing to answer your questions and meet with you if you are having difficulties. Each has a different teaching style...

” – Kathryn from Bridgeport, WV
Middlebury College

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

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Midd has been my top choice since fourth grade. Its language programs are the best in the country. Every faculty member and student that I have met has been amazingly supportive and intelligent.

” – Ellen
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

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The First-Year Experience is amazing!!! They really want their students to be successful. I also love the sense of community here.

” – Anonymous
North Carolina A & T State University

Founded in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public Historically Black College and University and the state’s first land-grant university for people of color. N.C. A&T is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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We get hands on experience with the teachers. The classes are small enough to interact with your peers in a group discussions or class room discourse. There are also computer labs in almost every building and residential hall so that everyone can...

” – Jayla from Beltsville, MD
Augustana College

Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution founded in 1860. Located in Rock Island, IL, Augustana offers more than 90 majors and related study programs in the humanities and fine arts, natural and social sciences, and pre-professional...

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Fantastic! Though it is in the country and a little out of the way, the professors are intelligent, professional, and personable. During my first visit the Dean and Head of the Business Department learned my name, and the students were helpful and...

” – Aubrey from Algonquin, IL
Boise State University

Boise State University is a high-research public university founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church and located in Idaho's state capital. Boise State offers 200 areas of study through seven academic colleges, which include an honors college as well...

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Boise State education is some of the best that you can get in the state of Idaho. With the student to teacher ratio being around 1:19, you can always find the help that you need when it comes to the academics. Every year, BSU is improving the...

” – Brandon from Nampa, ID
University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. While it started as a teacher training institution in 1876, UNI now offers more than 150 areas of study for undergraduates  spanning from business and...

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Small enough to have a community feel, large enough to have plenty of opportunities. Numerous organizations and clubs to get involved in. Great academics.

” – Kirsten from Marion, IA
Wheaton College (IL)

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

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Wheaton College is an educational institution that challenges students at the highest academic level while also pointing them in the direction to learn the Bible and live a Christ-like life. Teachers are intelligent, educated from some of the most...

” – Kevin from Seminole, FL
Bradley University

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

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Bradley University is a top school in the engineering and nursing field. As an engineering student myself I am learning all sorts of interesting, helpful, and lifelong information. Bradley is opening the world to me through the eyes of a student...

” – Joshua from Sumter, SC
Lamar University

Named for the second president of the Republic of Texas, Lamar University is a 4-year public school in southeast Texas and a member of the Texas State University system. Lamar encompasses five colleges granting bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over...

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lamar university has small classrooms so professors can pay attention to all student needs. all faculty and staff are willing to help students accomplish their goals both inside and outside the classroom. lamar university has several hangout...

” – Cynthia from Beaumont, TX