Elementary Education and Teaching

The Elementary Education Degree

An elementary education degree programs focus on training future teachers in first through fifth or sixth grade levels. The elementary education degree focuses on strategies for instilling critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in young children. Most students earning this degree go on to become elementary school teachers. Elementary education degrees are available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels.

The Teaching Degree

An elementary education major is just one of several options you can choose if you want to become a teacher. If you know that you want to teach at an early grade level, elementary education or early childhood education are great fits. 

For students looking to teach at the junior high or high school levels, certain colleges offer a secondary education major. Another option to teach at the secondary level is to major in the subject in which you wish to specialize such as biology, history, or English. Regardless of which major you choose, you’ll have to get certified by your state of residence and obtain a teaching license in order to teach professionally. 

What Are the Requirements to Become a Teacher?

As mentioned above, an elementary education or secondary education major is helpful for becoming a teacher but it’s not a requirement. You don’t even need to attend one of the best colleges for teaching majors to enter the profession. Even if you decide you want to become a teacher after graduating, it’s still possible to research the requirements for teacher certification in your state and earn a teaching license in your area of expertise.

In most states, you’ll need to have student teaching experience in order to enter the profession. This will also give you a real-time sense of what teachers face every day as part of their job. You’ll be challenged to deal with children both as a class and in one-on-one situations. And you’ll receive evaluations and constructive criticism from a full-time teacher who functions as your supervisor. 

For students pursuing an education major, a student teaching experience will be programmed into the curriculum. For those majoring in a different subject or those who decide to pursue teaching as a profession after college, you can still pursue an internship that includes a student teaching assignment.

Once you earn a bachelor’s degree and finish your student teaching experience, you’ll need to get certified by your home state in order to become a full time teacher. Certifications differ depending on the grade level you want to teach and requirements to earn a license differ from state to state. In many states, you’ll need to pass a certification exam in order to earn your license. Search for your state’s teaching requirements online to get a sense of everything you need to do to become a teacher.

Associate Level

For students attending a community college who want to become teachers, an associate degree provides a grounding in the core courses needed to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree. Many community colleges offer an associate degree in elementary education although some schools refer to it as an associate degree in teaching. 

The curriculum includes courses in mathematics, history, humanities, and social sciences and many schools include a practicum. A typical associate degree takes two years to complete and most graduates transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Examples of classes at the associate level include: education fundamentals, intro to elementary education, theories of learning, education technology, and instructional techniques. 

Examples of Jobs You Can Get With an Associate Degree in Elementary Education Include: Preschool Teacher, Childcare Worker, and Teaching Assistant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $22,000 (Childcare Worker) to $30,000 (Preschool Teacher).

Baccalaureate Level

A bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a bachelor’s degree in teaching provide the training and foundation necessary to become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher. In addition to general knowledge classes in subjects like history and mathematics, the bachelor’s degree curriculum includes subjects specific to the educational field such as instructional planning, elementary reading methods, and educational assessment. 

A bachelor of elementary education program also features a student teaching assignment to provide real world experience and prepare you for the demands of the profession. Examples of classes at the baccalaureate degree level include: curriculum development, educational technology, evidence-based methods for students with disabilities, child development psychology, and classroom & behavior management.

For students requiring more scheduling flexibility, many colleges and universities offer an online elementary education degree. These programs feature classes in general education, child psychology, and teaching theory entirely online so students can complete them on their own schedules. An online teaching degree is especially helpful for working students or those raising families. Many online programs feature an in-person practicum requirement in order to gain hands-on experience.

Examples of Jobs You Can Get With a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Include: Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Instructional Coordinator, Standardized Test Designer, Guidance Counselor, Child Life Specialist, Admissions Counselor, Juvenile Corrections Worker, School Psychologist, and Career Counselor.

The average elementary education salary for teachers varies from state to state. Across the nation, the average salary is approximately $57,000 but be sure to check the figures for your state to get a more accurate picture of the average teacher salary where you live.

For the other positions, the average salary ranges from $42,000 (Guidance Counselor, Child Life Specialist, Admissions Counselor) to $51,000 (Instructional Coordinator) to $71,000 (Standardized Test Designer, School Psychologist).

Graduate Level

For students looking to land a teaching position in a better paying district or a job in school administration, several schools offer a master’s degree in elementary education. Certain master’s programs are designed for licensed teachers while others are teacher certification prep programs so be sure to research who a given program is designed for. 

The master’s degree program focuses on classes and research dedicated to teaching techniques and curriculum development. Some programs also focus on techniques for teaching specific subjects. A master’s degree in elementary education culminates in either a graduate thesis or a comprehensive exam and supervised practicum. Examples of classes at the master’s level include: learning theory, technology for teaching, the psychology of learning, and teaching English language learners.

Furthermore, for those looking to enter the school administration field or become educational researchers, some schools offer a PhD in elementary education. The PhD program features classes on subjects such as literacy development and theories of learning in education. These classes accompany independent research in topics like new educational technologies and progressive schools. A typical PhD program can be completed in five to six years.

Examples of Jobs You Can Get with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education Include: Principal, Curriculum Developer, Corporate Trainer, Child Care Director, Educational Policy Developer, and Educational Consultant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $66,000 (Corporate Trainer, Child Care Director) to $74,000 (Curriculum Developer) to $106,000 (Principal).

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Stanford University

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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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University of Florida

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

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The University of Chicago

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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University of Central Florida

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Boston University

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Arizona State University-Tempe

Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, is a large public university founded in 1886, making it the first higher education institution in the state. ASU also has campuses in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, a Polytechnic in Mesa, in Lake...

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Before attending ASU, I attended another state college. At that college, for most of my classes, my teachers were the heads of the departments. But for the other classes, though, it was a joke. At ASU, however, all of my classes have been challenging...

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Purdue University-Main Campus

Purdue University-West Lafayette is a public research university founded in 1869 and the main campus of the Purdue University System. Purdue is home to 11 colleges and schools including a nationally renowned School of Engineering conferring degrees...

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I am studying in the school of science. My classes are challenging, and I am definitely learning from my professors. There are plenty of resources to get extra help here as well such as free help rooms or study sessions with teaching assistants.

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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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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University of Arizona

Founded in 1885, Arizona is the state's flagship 4-year public institution. The University of Arizona features 20 colleges, more than 300 undergraduate degrees, and top-ranked online programs. Committed to innovation and impact, the university's...

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Not only do you learn academically, you learn in many other areas. Greek life, dorm life, and sports all have a great impact on learning and growing. You grow academically and intellectually here.

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Brown University

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

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I am actually learning a lot more than I expected to, and not just about classes. I came to Brown thinking I knew what I wanted to do (anthro and East Asian Studies) and the classes I have taken here have introduced so much more to me. I am shopping...

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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

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If you can get past the large number of students in your lower-level classes, learning will not be a problem. Professors, TAs and study centers are generally very kind and willing to help you out. If you seek help, you will get it.

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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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It's an Ivy League school. Education should be tough notch, as academics are taken very seriously.

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

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

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The teachers here are true professionals. They are experts in their respective fields, and really take the time to make sure you understand the material. The TA's are also very helpful; having just completed the course only a little while ago, they...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

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While I knew that attending a large university would lead to a large selection for academics, I was not expecting the attentiveness and intelligence of the professors on top of the variety. All professors I have had, including those for Psychology...

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University of Georgia

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

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

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Florida State University

Florida State University is the oldest institution of Higher Education in Florida. Located on 1,633 acres of land in Tallahassee, FSU is a space- and sea-grant research university offering more than 300 degree programs. The campus is home to the only...

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The classes are challenging and interesting. Our professors are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and are helpful to students who are willing to learn.

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University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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There is wide variety of classes that students can take. Even if you already know what major you intend to study, the opportunity to take classes outside that specific study is always available. The professors genuinely care for each student and are...

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Indiana University-Bloomington

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

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The quality of the education you get here is really reliant on which specific classes you take. I've had some really challenging, forum-based classes where I felt like I learned a lot, including a lot more beyond just the curriculum. I believe some...

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Howard University

Howard University is an HBCU comprised of 13 schools and colleges located two miles from the US Capitol. Nationally-ranked programs at HU include social work, business, and communication sciences and disorders. Howard has three honors programs for...

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I have learned more in the past year at Howard than I can honestly put into words. I have learned so much about Architecture my first year that I can confidently draft floor plans and elevations of a structure, and make a decent model of it, whereas...

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Baylor University

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

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Baylor will keep you busy. You will be learning from the best and the brightest. These professors are not like your High School teachers. They will push you to think critically (even though the subject that you are learning about may not be in...

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Washington State University

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

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The Professors at WSU are thorough in their teaching but sometimes lack the patience for slower students. The curriculum while tough is also very educational and I have found it to be rather enjoyable.

” – John from Clarkston, WA
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, you learn so much more than just facts and truths from textbooks and lectures. While the classes are extremely informational, and the professors and T.A.s are all very knowledgeable on their subjects, the real learning...

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Clemson University

Clemson University is America’s second-largest university by student population and South Carolina’s land- and sea-grant institution. Clemson is home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 academic majors. For...

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Not only do I learn a lot of material from the textbooks and outstanding professors, but Clemson teaches you how to manage your new independent life. It also reaffirms your basic fundamentals in school and out side of the classroom. You will be book...

” – Lenise from Decatur, GA
Central Michigan University

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

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Central Michigan University has the best professors for the Recreation Department! Everyone here is a family and the people really do care about your well being and future. This college has made me a better person through it's programs.

” – Jelina from Mt. Pleasant, MI
University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of South Florida is a public research university located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, offering more than 180 majors and concentrations. Ranked on multiple lists for its research efforts, USF’s Office of Undergraduate Research at the Tampa...

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I'm in the Honors College and a double major in Science and Language. All of my professors know what they are talking about and most are very willing to help you understand the material.

” – Joana from Viera, FL
Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

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Ohio University is a great academic school and I feel I have learned so much in just a year of attending this university. Although, freshman year is based on tier one classes and usually are only review and basics, they are great refreshers and help...

” – Caitlynn from Norwalk, OH
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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It's a Jesuit- Catholic university
The best decision.
Never boring - between academics and activities there is always something to do and something for EVERYONE.

Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 15 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to...

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I'm in the engineering program and I am learning tons about software and how computers work. I highly recommend Auburn to anyone who is looking for an engineering school.

” – Marissa from Stafford, VA
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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It is No. 17 based on US News Best College Rankings for various aspects of what people want out of a college and graduation rate and retention performance, etc. It has invaluable research opportunities for those seeking great opportunities to further...

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Temple University

Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public, four-year high research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Home to more than 37,000 students, Temple offers more than 600 academic programs in 17 schools and colleges, on several...

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You will get on of the best educations for less. They have built new high quality colleges like the new business and art school buildings.

” – Theeya from Philadelphia, PA
Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a 4-year public school in south Texas and the largest campus in the TSU system. TSU hosts nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 98 academic majors. Every year, Texas State unveils a Common...

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I received 42 credit hours from IB and AP classes in high school and my first semester courses were just basically review classes for me. However, since I have all of my core classes out of the way, I can take Upperclassmen and Honors courses for my...

” – Laura from Garland, TX
University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

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There is a wide range of classes available at the University of South Carolina. From various business classes, to languages, to music class (one about the beatles!), to whatever you want. The University has a wide range of majors, and is ranked...

” – Amber from Ladson, SC
Oregon State University

Oregon State University is an international public institution located in Corvallis, OR. Originally Corvallis Academy, 150 years and more than 200 degree offerings later, OSU is one of only three universities in the US to have a land-, sea-, space-...

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top rated forestry and eco engineering programs.

” – Sam from Monroe, WA
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

The Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, more commonly known as Louisiana State, is the most comprehensive university in the state. This public university is located in Baton Rouge and is a designated land-, space-, and...

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My case is quite different since I went to a college-like high school. LSU uses some of the same books and publishers my high school did. Regardless, some courses can be challenging, and the tests usually make you analyze and infer information. You...

” – Hannah from New Iberia, LA
Liberty University

Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

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This campus is very large, 5,000 acres, and has many colleges and majors to offer. Not only will I excel in academia, but I will learn good time management, and real life knowledge.

” – Alicia from Camp Hill, PA
University of Iowa

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

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The University of Iowa is a fantastic place to go to gain a higher education. Many of my family members have attended and absolutely loved it. I am very excited to be attending Iowa this fall.

” – Alexis
University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education...

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the university is a very beautiful place if you ignore all the construction being done at the moment. everyone at the school are extremely nice people and are there help you. there are tons of opportunities for you to have fun and also be successful...

” – adrian from pittsburgh, pa
DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

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The DePaul University professors are incredibly generous people that try their best to help out. Any professor that I have encountered is eager to provide help or advice to those who need it. It's just a very nice school that is well worth the price...

” – Patrice from Sauk Village, IL
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University is a public research university, one of the first nine original colonial colleges, and a land grant institution, as well. The largest university in New Jersey, Rutgers maintains 29 schools and colleges between its three campuses...

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Rutgers University provides a broad range of academic programs and exiting career fields. Students come from all over the world to take part in Rutgers academic tradition that has an educational legacy for over 235 years. The School of Arts and...

” – Samir from Jersey City, NJ
George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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The George Washington University is full of internship and job opportunities. Studying at the center of politics, many students share valuable connections and memorable experiences. With embassies, museums, monuments, students can always find...

” – Washington, DC
Pace University

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

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The teachers here are all professionals with terminal degrees. Most are very passionate about their subjects But as with all schools, a few are a bit stuck up and will need their egos stroked (mostly English department restricted)

” – Nazary from Brooklyn, NY
The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a 4-year public research institution and the largest university in the San Antonio region. UTSA encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College. Between...

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Learning depends on the type of person you are and the type of person your professor is. Sometimes you will have to adjust your learning styles in order to follow along. If your a visual learner you have to stay focused because most teachers lecture...

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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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There are so many varieties here at KU! There are around 50 languages, and the variety of majors is astounding! This is a great school if you're not sure what you want to do because you can learn so many different things!

” – Julia from Wichita, KS
Drexel University

Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

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Drexel gives you so many experiences.
Drexel gives you a chance to meet so many people.
Drexel gives you a helping hand when you need it.

” – Eliza
Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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The learning environment at Iowa State is unlike anything else, there's no doubt in my mind that it has been a challenge, but the school offers many resources for any student who is willing to seek them out. the collegiate learning experience demands...

” – Jennifer from Shoreview, MN
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 curriculum at the University of Rochester is what really makes it special. There are no general education requirements. The only required course for all majors is a writing class, which is offered in many subject areas to allow you to explore a...

” – Eloise from Rochester, NY
University of San Francisco

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

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USF is a beautiful school located in one of the coolest cities in the U.S. The classes are fun, the community on campus is lively and engaging, and the friends you meet are definitely the ones who will be in your life for a long time. I've really...

” – Laura from La Quinta, CA
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant research university located in the state capital, Raleigh, home of the annual state fair and Winterfest. The largest university in the Carolinas by enrollment, NC State is home...

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NC State has challenged me to grow personally and academically. Even though campus felt huge at first, it wasn't hard at all to learn my way around the place and find some great places to study. I love meeting new people in classes and getting to...

” – Michaela from Oak Ridge, NC
West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution that operates 10 experimental farms and four forests across the state. Sociology, Journalism, and the Arts and Humanities are popular fields of study at this research-intensive university...
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A lot of people judge WVU (because of the social atmosphere), but I have come to discover that WVU offers a great, quality education.

” – Marlee
Fordham University

At Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York, you’ll receive a rigorous education in one of the world’s greatest cities. Fordham students choose from three undergraduate colleges—Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and...

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Fordham University is full of great and knowledgeable professors. Fordham University at Rose Hill has beautiful campus. Fordham University is filled with a diverse group of students from all over the world.

” – Joseph from Bronx, NY
University of Colorado Boulder

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

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A great school especially if you are from Colorado. Everything about CU Boulder is welcoming and fun. You can't go wrong with this school!

” – Adam from Parker, CO
American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers...

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AU is a wonderful place for students wanting to be in Washington D.C. for future careers in government, the mentorship program for all SIS students is a perfect way to introduce the students to this part of D.C. AU is a very tied-in community with...

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Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 190 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the FIU campus houses the International Hurricane Research...

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College is not only about excelling in your classes in order to be rewarded with a degree but, it is also about life. At FIU you learn key concepts about working with your peers, time management and how to act in a professional manner. The university...

” – Stephanie from Hialeah, FL
Florida Atlantic University

With campus a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university in southeast Florida. FAU houses 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition to...

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I am a Music Education Major at Florida Atlantic University. I have performed with a majority of the ensembles and enjoyed my experiance and my professors as well. The school itself is small when it comes to its image but the school has great...

” – Justin from Delray Beach, FL
Brigham Young University-Provo

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

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BYU is a great college. There are those classes where you will learn a whole ton if you haven't graduated preschool, and then conversely there are classes that are so difficult that they are impossible. So far, I haven't taken either of those type of...

” – Tyler from Highland, UT
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the result of a merger between Indiana University and Purdue University and offers degrees from both institutions. IUPUI hosts 17 schools granting degrees in over 350 areas of study. Additionally...

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the teachers here are great. 71% of the classes have 30 or less students which help us have a more personal relationship with the teachers who prefer that because they want us to succeed. they give you their office hours and encourage you to come and...

” – Sara from Shawano, WI
University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is a 4-year public university in northern Delaware and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country—noting signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in its first graduating...

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Pulling an all nighter never seemed so exciting before. One computer science class, and I felt like I could tackle and computer programming question out there. Most classes are similar in the amount of learning that goes on. Everywhere you turn...

” – David from Fairfield, CT
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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

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Just meeting new people and getting to know a different world is a huge learning experience. The curriculum of my classes are really challenging.

” – Louis from Chicago, IL
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

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I'm very impressed with the way the professors are so willing to help students. I have had several instances in classes where I have not understood the material given, and I'm pleased to say that I have felt totally comfortable in going to my...

” – Katie from Sandy, UT
Hofstra University

Hofstra University boasts small classes, dedicated faculty, and an energized campus within reach of New York City. Students can choose from about 160 undergraduate programs and about 165 graduate programs, in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business...

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Very homey feel on the campus. The faculty appear to be very well educated. Students were kind and helpful.

” – Luis from Palmetto Bay, FL
Nova Southeastern University

Founded by a group of local businessmen over breakfast, Nova Southeastern University is a 4-year private university in southeast Florida and an Hispanic-serving institution. NSU is home to 18 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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NOVA has some of the best teachers that care for their students. 
NOVA gives students opportunities to excel with the various resources offered such as, mock interviews and free tutoring. 
NOVA might be expensive but everything they have to offer...

” – Omar from Miramar, FL
Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a 4-year institution in central Illinois and the first public university in the state. The ISU campus hosts six colleges and schools as well as an Honors Program and Milner Library. In addition, ISU is...

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Really great school for many different majors. I am a business major, and could not be happier with the professionalism and personal attention for all of the professors in the college of business. When here that Illinois State is a big school with a...

” – Paul from Pocahontas, IL
Miami University-Oxford

Founded in 1809, Miami University is a 4-year public research institution in southwest Ohio and the state’s second oldest university. Miami of Ohio confers bachelor’s degrees in over 120 fields of study. For recreation, Miami is home to a unique...

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Several teachers teach from the course textbook, but also draw from their own experiences and other media/texts. Miami gives a well-rounded education because they stress that non academic activities are important, too. Learning comes from the...

” – Samantha from Erlanger, KY
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, liberal arts university founded in 1891. The urban research campus offers 82 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and schools, as well as 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs...

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Due to the helpful orientation staff, my freshman year of college managed to be a great transition from high school. They were quite friendly, approachable, and genuinely there to help with any questions or concerns for the incoming freshman...

” – Shantell
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

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Definitely upholds the work-hard play-hard mentality. Because of its large size, the campus offers over 800 activities, including Badger games (whoop!). Still an extremely rigorous school.

” – Elise from Milwaukee, WI
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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Coming to Uconn has been the best decision I have ever made, and can't imagine myself anywhere else, including the other schools where I initially applied. From the food, to the busy campus, to all the friends I have made, my short time at the...

” – Matthew from Waterbury, CT
Appalachian State University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian State University is a 4-year public university in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. As a campus of the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to six colleges...

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appalachian state university is characterized by the level of care and compassion expressed its professors, and the devotion to success possessed by the students that call the university home. appalachian state may not be as well-known as some other...

” – tate from greensboro, nc
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a four-year public research institution in Flagstaff, Arizona, which is consistently named among the nation’s best college towns. A variety of award-winning student resources and support are available to all students...

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NAU prides itself for being a school with a wide range of academic class options with challenging and stimulating criteria. The professors are incredible and truly care about their students as a whole. Be sure to get in touch with them and utilize...

” – Colten from Fort Collins, CO
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Originally opened as a night school in Charlotte Central High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has grown to become a 4-year public research institution and campus of the UNC system. UNC Charlotte is home to seven colleges...

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It is a great school that has something for everyone. The teachers make a point to be available as often as possible and to learn the students names in their classes (even if they are large classes). The campus is beautiful and makes you feel at home...

” – Katherine from Winston-Salem, NC
University of Missouri-Columbia

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is a 4-year public school in central Missouri and the first university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring degrees in 97 academic majors including the...

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Mizzou is a huge learning experience in every aspect. I've learned not only about my subjects but about good study habits, organizational habits and myself. The teachers are generally understanding but tough and if you take the time to talk to them...

” – Philip from Saint Louis, MO
East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

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East Carolina has a beautiful campus. There is so much to do and plenty of time to do it. The community is extremely close and there is always something fun going on.

” – Madeline from Richmond, VA
University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 140 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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The professors truly know how to connect with students and make sure we get the full impact of the lessons. They even know how to get a laugh or two to make the classes interesting and not so boring.

” – Ashlie from East Rochester, NY
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

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As much as UIC offers, it's hard not to learn a lot. Some of the professors may be be tough, but they are dedicated to their work, and have no problems helping you understand subjects better. They will even help you find outside resources, if you...

” – Kristen from Lansing, IL
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

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

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OU professors really teach you to think for yourself, especially your English professors. OU professor also teach you different research skills. You really do have to study a lot to make the grade but it is worth it. There are so many diverse...

” – Jayla from Tulsa, OK
Towson University

Located in Towson, MD, a suburb of Baltimore, Towson University is a diverse and inclusive campus community where your interests and talents have the platform to shine.

At Towson U, you get top ranked programs, small classes, and professors who will...

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I recently transferred from a 4 year public college closer to my home, to Towson University mainly because of their Business Program. At Towson, they were very professional and the students and teachers knew fully what they were talking about...

” – Felicia from Ridgefield Park, NJ
Mercer University

Founded by Baptists in 1833, Mercer University is a private non-denominational institution in central Georgia. Mercer houses both the largest pharmacy school and the oldest college of nursing in Georgia as well as one of only four medical schools in...

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Mercer University is a challenging college with rigorous courses. The college is a small college with a very friendly vibe and people always looking to hang out and have fun. Mercer's programs prepare you for the real world if you are successful and...

” – Angela from Macon, GA
Butler University

Butler University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler’s 300-acre campus houses six academic colleges: Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication, Education, and the...

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Butler University is a small school with all of the benefits of a large school. The professors know me by name, the students truly care about each other, and the university makes it easy to feel at home. It is perfectly located close enough to...

” – Miranda from Maple Grove, MN
Marshall University

Established in 1837 and named for former Chief Justice John Marshall, Marshall University is a 4-year public research institution in southwestern West Virginia. Marshall is home to seven undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 57...

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While studying at Marshall University, I have had some wonderful experiences. Although I have had some absolutely horrible professors, I believe that Marshall is a great college to attend. I would recommend Marshall University to anyone who wants a...

” – Ginny from Huntington, WV
CUNY Hunter College

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, CUNY Hunter College is a public college and the largest school in the City University of New York System. Hunter is home to six colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition...

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Hunter is cultural, dynamic, liberal, and brilliant. Open-minded professors and students alike make for an innovative learning environment. I have learned more than what I hoped to learn.

” – Tracy from LAKE WORTH, FL
University of Arkansas

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of the UA system and the largest university in the state. Arkansas is home to six colleges and schools hosting undergraduate degree-granting...

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I am an International Business student in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Throughout my time at the University of Arkansas I have learned more than I ever imagined. My business classes were focused and interactive...

” – April from Fort Smith, AR
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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I have learned a lot about my physical body and nutrition in our PE Class and about the world economy in my Economics class. Textiles has been interesting to see the different kinds of material that clothes can be made from. Art has been a learning...

” – Jessica from Chillicothe, MO
Morgan State University

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore and Maryland’s preeminent public urban research institution. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Morgan State offers degrees in more...

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Along with the education I am receiving in the classroom, being so far away from home gives me the opportunity to really grow up. I have learned so much about myself in the year and a half that I have been here. I value the lessons I am learning...

” – Briana from Clarksville, TN
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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It is a relatively small school that only has a few main building, but it is a close knit community of students. EVERYTHING is within walking distance so no need for a bike, but a car is pretty much necessary due to the fact that it's pretty far out...

” – Caleigh from Lafayette, IN
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 campus is amazing and Lehigh has everything I am looking for. I want to be very active in clubs and in the community and I get the impression Lehigh would be able to fulfill that. I did not know about Lehigh until I researched it for softball...

” – Jeanine from Forest, VA
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 62 undergraduate majors and 80 minors from six schools, plus 23 master's degree programs and 9 graduate-level...

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I transfered to CofC from my hometown university, University of Texas El Paso, The courses here at CofC are more challenging than UTEP but the quality of the material and the professors is far superior than UTEP. I have been challenged in all of my...

” – Tiffani from El Paso, TX
Marquette University

Founded in 1881, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university is also home to a number of academic centers and...

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The quality of the education and professors at Marquette University is excellent. All of my professors last year were extremely knowledgeable and besides teaching the curriculum, they also taught life lessons and gave advice.

” – Allison from Ballwin, MO
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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if you want a beautiful campus, great small-town community feel just minutes away from some of the greatest los angeles area landmarks (including disneyland!), plus a strong academic community, this is the school for you. it has a fantastic variety...

” – Sara from Napa, 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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The professors challenge students because they know only the brightest get accepted. In each of the classes I have taken, I have learned a lot that is applicable in real life, as opposed to high school classes, where it seemed like we learned facts...

” – Jennifer from Lake Bluff, IL
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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Elon provides so many wonderful opportunities from bringing world-renowned speakers to campus to providing alternative break service trips across the globe. Elon's emphasis on engaged learning and providing students with hands-on experience through...

” – Jane from NH
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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The quality of education I have received at Washington University has been amazing, which I assume is why most people consider Wash U. The faculty there have done real research and are experts in their fields, which has in turn allowed my...

” – Andrew from Dahlgren, IL
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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There are good teachers and bad. Study hard it helps you make good grades! Don't take a class your not interested in early unless you are a morning person.

” – Aisha from Mcdonough, 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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So far all the professors are great, they will work with you and are very willing to meet with you even outside of office hours if you make an appointment. Classes for the most part are approximately 100 or less from my experience even in the core...

” – Rachael from Sandy Creek, NY
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 is a diverse institution with a meaningful legacy and beautiful campus. It is a great college to learn the essence of professionalism and importance of upholding principles. While Hampton is about business, it is also a place to...

” – Shaniece from Brooklyn, NY
High Point University

High Point University is The Premier Life Skills University. Having radically transformed the campus since 2005 under the leadership of President Nido R. Qubein, HPU knows transformation well. That’s why leaders commit to preparing students for the...

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Attend Summer Experience before your freshman year, you'll earn credit hours, meet other freshman and learn your way around.
Be sure you go to class. Classes are small and you will be missed.

” – Shana from Lexington, 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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Professors are great. Whats best is the same class sizes; they allow for a more personalized education. Plenty of areas of study to choose from, however, the classes in less demand are on rotation so you might have to wait a semester to take a class...

” – STU Bobcat from FL
Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

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SCU has a beautiful campus with beautiful people. Go here if you're looking for a casual school with good academics and a decent social scene. Don't go here if you're looking for top tier academics or cannot deal with a diverse group of students.

” – Kelly from Denver
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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The classes here tend to be very difficult. There are high standards that every student is held to. Studying should be a main priority if attending Loyola. Loyola focuses on getting every student to take various core classes to expand ones knowledge...

” – Fernando from Berwyn, IL