Developmental and Child Psychology

People change as they age. Developmental and child psychology majors are responsible for understanding the changes we undergo as we grow up and become adults. This major is ideal for those who love the idea of working with children and teens and want to better understand the workings of young minds.Students majoring in developmental and child psychology find themselves learning about the various facets of development. These include cognitive and perceptual development, emotional development, personality development, biological maturation on behavior, theories of cognitive growth, testing and assessment methods, and the psychology of aging. You'll take classes in these subjects in various settings - some will take place in a traditional classroom, while some may require clinical observation, lab work, or interviews. After graduating, you'll find career opportunities in educational institutions, community health organizations, learning centers, or government or private research centers. Returning to school for a master's degree or doctorate will increase the number of job opportunities available to developmental and child psychology majors.

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Colleges

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...

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Although I've only attended Columbia for one semester, I have yet to meet any professors or grad students who haven't provided an informative and unique perspective on their chosen field. To me, this is the main benefit of attending an Ivy League...

” – Natalie from Seattle, WA
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...

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With the exorbitant amount of majors offered, it is extremely easy to find your niche at Cornell. As an engineer, I was worried about immediately being funneled into classes filled to the brim with only math and science majors and engineers. I was...

” – Samantha from Ithaca, NY
New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

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NYU isn't a tight-knit campus school because its buildings are scattered throughout Lower Manhattan, so meeting people and developing a network is more difficult than the traditional environment where you may often see the same faces around school...

” – Ian from Marietta, GA
University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style...

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The University of Pennsylvania is a school of opportunity, and is only as good as you make it. I loved it with all my heart, because I let it take my breath away every moment as I walked down the beautiful Locust Walk to my classes, dorms, or to meet...

” – Helen from New York, NY
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...

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At the University of Maryland – College Park, you will receive a first class education. At the university you have renowned professors, who put tremendous effort into teaching their students. For a large university, you feel like you are learning...

” – Anna from Glen Cove, NY
University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

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I have learned a LOT since going to the University of Houston. There are a lot of great professors, and there are a lot of tools to help you succeed. Some professors have their lectures recorded, and you can use those to review, or if you missed...

” – Washington from Houston, TX
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

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Boston College is an ideal school. With a mid-sized undergraduate body of around 9000 students, ample major options, a beautiful and navigable campus, and wonderful and accessible professors, it was an easy decision to decide to go here. Nothing...

” – Claudia from McHenry, IL
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

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As a student at Vanderbilt, you will have the opportunity to take classes from some of the leading researchers and scholars in the nation. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible depth of intelligence my professor's possess. And what's so...

” – Go 'Dores!
Johns Hopkins University

Named for a well-known abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. JHU confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs...

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Although painstakingly hard academically, the people you meet and the moments you have make up for all the long nights spent studying. You don't find opportunities; the opportunities find you when you're a student at Hopkins. It's a place like no...

” – Student at Hopkins
University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

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UCSD is everything I wanted out of a school -- I love it here! The campus life is definitely present, but decentralized enough that you are free to participate however much you wish to. The location is wonderful and the opportunities are endless --...

” – Isabella
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...

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the university of kansas offers a quality education while also teaching it's students important life skills. it is a place where one truly has the freedom to explore their interests, and it has all the tools they could possibly need to do so. the...

” – Samantha from Villa Park, IL
University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

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The University of Rochester offers a unique curriculum that allows students to explore their different interests. Instead of wasting time on General Education Requirements UR gives students the freedom to find what really interests them and what they...

” – Hillary from Palmyra, NY
Fordham University

Founded in 1841 by the Catholic Diocese of New York, Fordham University is a Jesuit institution in New York City and the oldest Catholic university in the northeast. With three campus locations throughout the city, Fordham is home to four...

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Fordham truly has some amazing professors and courses. Naturally, you'll also run into some not so awesome ones as well, but my positive experiences have far outweighed the negative experiences. I have found that the overwhelming majority of...

” – Lauren from Phoenix, AZ
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar...

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The classes are on a whole new level compared to high school. Although the whole college experience will take some time to get used to, the classes provide a way for students to explore what they love most. Much of our homework and studies are done...

” – M from Storrs, CT
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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I have found that LUC not only teaches us, but make us think about situations from different points of view. The Jesuit Tradition is big on having students consider all the reasons behind making a decision and the events that cause certain situations...

” – Joel from IL
Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

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My experience with Westerns professors is challenging yet very helpful in accommodating to the needs of students if they choose to ask for help. Being a student that speaks up in class and encourages the teacher to go further in depth is highly...

” – Alyssa from Carpinteria, CA
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 the the history that surrounds the University. This is an amazing place to get an education. I feel like a student and not a number here.

” – Shelby from Greenfield, OH
The University of Texas at Dallas

Founded in 1961 by three Texas Instruments executives, the University of Texas at Dallas is a 4-year public institution in the Dallas metro area and a campus of the UT system. UT Dallas encompasses eight schools granting degrees in over 140 fields of...

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This is my first year at UTD and I am learning so much more than I ever did in High School. The teachers are wonderful and are always willing to work with you on any problem. The are numerous tutor programs that are usually free to help you whenever...

” – Lindsay from Richardson, TX
Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

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The professors here take their jobs very seriously, and most, if not all, are always willing to help you out. They're easy to approach if you have questions or concerns, and teach their classes so that you will actually learn something. There is a...

” – Lauren from Baytown, TX
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
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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As a Freshman student at Duquesne University, I have learned so much during my first semester. I have taken courses in philosophy, English, and science. I learned something new in all of these course and each new idea expanded on the stuff I...

” – Erica from Powell, OH
Utica College

Utica College is a 4-year private institution founded in 1946 and located in central New York, in the town of the same name. Utica offers 38 undergraduate majors on its 128-acre campus along with 31 minors and 21 graduate programs. UC students can...

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Very big campus with a lot of resources available to you.

So many student organizations, it's pretty easy to join one and very rewarding.

The shuttles let you access the mall and the shopping center so you may get whatever you need without...

” – Charity from Indianapolis, IN
Savannah State University

Founded in 1890, Savannah State University is an Historically Black College and University in east Georgia and the state’s oldest public HBCU. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Savannah State grants bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic...

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I think Savannah State University has a beautiful Campus.
Savannah State University is inexpensive.
Savannah State University has adequate and even new housing.

” – Jordan from Union City, GA
Eastern Washington University

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

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

” – Margaret from Clarkston, WA
Lee University

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

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

” – Laura from Virginia
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

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The University of Minnesota offers an exceptional staff of great and well educated teachers who try to teach the students as much as they can in new and different ways. As a university known for its research the students learn a lot about different...

” – Bianca from Chicago, IL
Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

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Nice campus and very good reputation in SUNY schools.
Has complete course and major offerings.
Access to downtown area and buses to major cities and transportation hubs.

” – Nick from Delmar, NY
Lesley University

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

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I love my classes. I have taken classes in psychology, philosophy, dance, history, and sociology all in my first year. There is a good selection of very interesting classes, thought it is obviously not at expansive as you would get a larger school...

” – Catherine from Spencer, MA
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...

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An alternative learning environment for creative open minded students. The divisional system requires self motivation and direction but can be very rewarding. Faculty and staff are for the most part very understanding and enthusiastic about student...

” – Sakiya from Saint Louis, MO
Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

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The teachers really get to know the students and there is a lot of individual, personalized attention given to the students. There is a lot of help provided to everyone either with the teacher, students or in the Learning Resource Center where there...

” – Lucia from Los Angeles, CA
Maryville College

Founded in 1819 and situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville College is a 4-year liberal arts college in east Tennessee. Maryville confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic programs. Surrounded by a 140-acre forest, Maryville...

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It's a great campus. Maryville is about 20 minutes away from Knoxville. They also have a graduation rate.

” – Shemar from Cordova, TN
Metropolitan State University of Denver

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

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The learning level is good. There are a lot of different type of teachers there and from the one I've had they were really cool. Plus if for what ever reason you didn't understand the teacher they all have a wide range of office hours that you can go...

” – Joanna from Denver, CO
University of Maryland-Baltimore County

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a 4-year public institution based in Baltimore and part of the University of Maryland system. UMBC is home to seven colleges and schools hosting over 55 undergraduate degree-granting programs. In...

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Lots of information, but if you keep on top of the material, it is pretty easy to pass the exams

” – Emily from Germantown, MD
University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution based in Detroit, Michigan. The school is sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. The school operates three campuses, McNichols, Riverfront, and Corktown, making...

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The classes are difficult yet mangable and challenge you to strive to do your best and gets you ready for the real world.

” – Megan
North Dakota State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as an agricultural college, North Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in Fargo. NDSU is home to seven colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 45 areas of study. In addition to classroom space, North Dakota State...

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North Dakota State University is an excellent university with so much to offer. Not only is the campus beautifully landscaped and incredibly inviting, the professors and the educational experience a student receives here is worth every penny. Not the...

” – Sarah from Brooklyn Park, MN
Mount Ida College

This college is closed as of May 2018. 

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mount ida is a great school. i have made lots of friends and have learned many new things. i know have great leadership abilities that i did not have before.

” – Matthew from RUTLAND, MA
Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life on campus is rooted in the college’s Cornerstone Virtue Project, which guides students in the exploration of virtue throughout chapel...

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I'm learning a lot. The teachers are great. If you don't think that they don't care, you are wrong. They care about their students. Professors do pray for you.

” – Jamie
Gallaudet University

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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The way the classes are set up, you won't miss anything that is said/signed in class.

” – Craigory from Cincinnati, OH
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

The University of Saint Francis is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The campus features a number of historic facilities, such as the Brookside Mansion, which once was home to the entire college, and now hosts...

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The University of Saint Francis offers a vast majority of majors and minors to choose from. The classrooms are a wonderful small size so that the teachers can have more one-on-one time with individual students.

” – Briana from Fort Wayne, IN
Henderson State University

Henderson State University is one of only 10 public schools in the state and has the alma mater “The School with a Heart.” Rated as having “selective” admissions, HSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in aviation in the state. The Reynolds...

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Henderson State University is a terrific place to call home. There's always something to do on campus so there's no excuse for someone complaining about being bored. The professors are great and I haven't had not one professor who wasn't available...

” – Mr.Reddie2016
Wheelock College

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

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I attended a class in my prospective major when visited and found it was very engaging. Also they offer internships in your major beginning your freshman year.

” – Anna B. from CT
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...

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I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons:
1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...

” – A high school senior from northern VT

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...

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

” – wendalement

William Carey University is a private, Christ-centered institution located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with an additional campus in the city of Biloxi. WCU offers a variety of undergraduate programs, as well as a sizable selection of...

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Carey is a wonderful place to grow and learn. The small classroom style is perfect for individualized attention from professors. The best thing about Carey is the feeling of community.

” – Carey Student
Saint Mary's College of California

Founded by the local archbishop, Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Bay Area administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Saint Mary’s is home to schools of Economics, Liberal Arts, and Science...

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saint mary's is an amazing school, it has opened up so many opportunities for me. i am surrounded by good, truth worthy people that i feel safe around. saint mary's has helped me find my passion.

” – Amelia from Stockton, CA
Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a public, 4-year institution located primarily in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Along with the school’s main campus, MSU also maintains centers in both Midway and Minneapolis. While the college offers an expansive catalog of...

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Metropolitan state is a diverse school with supportive community. Been in my first I hard supportive instructors and peers who make my transition from high school to college in smooth way.

” – Adan from minneapolis, MN
Morningside College

Morningside College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Iowa affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside is home to over 65 undergrad degree-granting and pre-professional programs. Every school year culminates in May Term, a...

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Awesome school for Educators and Nursing.

” – Jane from Sioux City, IA
Eureka College

Founded in 1855 by a group of abolitionists, Eureka College is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences institution in central Illinois, as well as the first college in the state to admit both genders. Eureka grants bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors...

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you definitely get your money's worth with the attention you get from your professors

” – Jacob from Peru, IL

Brandman University is a private institution created to help working adults improve their careers through education. With 25 campuses, some of which are located on military bases, as well as several programs offered entirely online, Brandman...

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Brandman is great for students who work and have families outside of school. They work one on one with you to create individual educational plans and guide you to success. They also provide an academic coach to meet with each student to check up on...

” – Markie from Vacaville, CA
LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University is a private, Christian polytechnic institution situated in Longview, Texas. On top of providing education for traditional students, LETU operates education centers for nontraditional students in Longview, Dallas, and Houston. A...

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LeTourneau does not offer many, if any, fluff classes. Everything is educational, and since it is a Christian university, there is actually meaning in what you learn. 
History, for example, is not a bunch of names, dates, and places that need to...

” – David from La Crescenta, CA
Bay Path University

Named for a trail utilized by Native Americans, Bay Path University is an all-female undergraduate college in southern Massachusetts with co-educational programs at the graduate level. Bay Path confers bachelor’s degrees in 58 programs of study and...

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The professors build their schedules around you. You are not in a room with 150 other students. If you are having troubles, you can meet with your professors one-on-one, and get the help you need.

” – Elissa from North Haverhill, NH

Established in 1887, McPherson College is a private, Christ-centered institution located on a 27-acre, urban campus in Kansas. MC offers career-oriented programs in over 30 fields of study, as well as the opportunity for students to create their own...

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McPherson College is a fantastic school, it's the perfect size and people here really care about students. They have great extracurricular programs and student employment opportunities. The only down side is a lack of degree options.

” – James from Goddard, KS
Castleton University

Founded in 1787, Castleton University is a public liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Castleton, Vermont. It is the first institution of higher learning established in the state and home to the Jeffords Science Center, which is...

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This small college is made up of mostly students from Vermont and neighboring states. However, it does have many foreign students and offers a place for everyone. This college is great for someone looking for a small town, friendly, and close-knit...

” – Ryan from Andover, VT
East Texas Baptist University

East Texas Baptist University is a private, Christian institution established in the city of Marshall and featuring 8 schools that offer 43 undergraduate majors. Full-time students at ETBU are required to attend 22 scheduled chapels each semester...

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I can tell the freshman classes are just like high school (although i did take AP) I have heard some classes upper level classes are hard. I have heard some professors are hard but they care for you.

” – Charles from Houston, TX

Warner Pacific College is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 15-acre campus in Portland, Oregon, with satellite locations throughout the city and in Longview and Vancouver. WP offers over 50 undergraduate major and minor...

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Warner Pacific works on the basis of holistic education. The professors and staff want to help the community as much as the students do, and there are many groups on campus that work to help the Portland metro area. Attending Warner will give you a...

” – Samantha from OR

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a public, 4-year institution established in Nashville. The 500-acre main campus is situated approximately ten minutes from the downtown area and is accompanied by the Avon Williams Campus, which is directly in the...

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Tennessee Wesleyan is actually a wonderful college due to the apparent enthusiasm from the staff. The campus is small, quaint, and comfortable. And the food is delicious.

” – Dwayne from Vinton, VA
Emmanuel College (MA)

Emmanuel College - Massachusetts is a private Roman Catholic institution. Originally a women’s college, it is now coeducational. EC is a part of the Colleges of Fenway consortium and operates two satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn as well as a...

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I am a Biology major and the coursework is definitely rigorous and tough. With the surrounding hospitals and new science center it keeps you focused on your ending goals.

” – Erin from Boston, MA
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in Wesson, Mississippi. The college hosts satellite locations in seven other counties within the state as well. Students enrolled at Co-Lin can take advantage of a...

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I am planning on learning a lot in my course or study at Copiah Lincoln Community College.

” – LaTasha Hooker
Teachers College at Columbia University

Teachers College at Columbia University is a private, graduate institution established in New York City. Despite the college’s name, academics at TC are focused primarily on the fields of health, psychology, and education. Students attending the...

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

CUNY Graduate School and University Center is rated as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity and set in Midtown Manhattan. The graduate school is home to several research centers and promotes interdisciplinary research and...