Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Pre-med majors aren’t the official title of the degree earned in school, but it’s a simple way of saying that the next step is to become a medical professional, usually an MD or DO. Pre-med students can major in just about any subject, not just in biological or physical sciences. Applying a pre-med track to majors such as Sociology, Statistics, English Literature, and Spanish come with a variety of benefits, some of which include excellent communication, research methodology, problem solving, and adept critical analysis, which can be valuable for testing into medical school.

Regardless of the chosen major, though, medical schools require a certain number and type of classes to be completed.

At the bare minimum, most med schools require:

  • One year of biology with lab

  • One year of general chemistry with lab

  • One year of organic chemistry with lab

  • One year of physics with lab

  • At least one semester of biochemistry

  • A math course (varies based on school)

  • One year of English

Every institution has a different series of requirements, though, so be prepared to satisfy all requirements. These requirements are in place for two reasons: to lay the foundation for graduate work, but also to score well on the MCAT, the Medical College Admission Test.

The goal for most pre-med students is to graduate with a baccalaureate and head straight to medical school, and carefully planning out your pre-requisites schedule and MCAT testing day are required to accomplish that.  Pre-med students must complete their required pre-med course by Fall of their junior year to prepare for the MCAT the second semester of that same year. The very latest a student can take the MCAT to move directly into medical school after graduating is the end of their junior year, in early May. Application submission dates for med school start on June 3rd, secondary application from July to September, and interviews will begin in September and conclude in March of senior year. It’s a much longer, more involved process than many other majors, so being prepared and meticulous with scheduling is a must.

There are also options that include taking 1 to 2 years off after graduate school, depending on completion of the pre-requisites and MCAT testing day.

Medical schools look at three things when reviewing applications: GPA, MCAT, and experience. As for the GPA, they look at the entire culmination of schooling as well as the BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, and math) GPA, so high grades are an absolute must. For the MCAT, the most common score accepted is 509 of 528, while the average score is 500. Keep that in mind and aim for 509 or higher to be at the most competitive level. Volunteering or working an internship, within the medical industry or not, is closely reviewed by medical institutions when tendering acceptance. Any experience that involves communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills is notable.

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Colleges

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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

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

University of Chicago

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

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

Boston University

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

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

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

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

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a 4-year private research institution in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools and is renowned for its Medill School of Journalism, Kellogg School of Management, and Bienen School of Music....

“…Northwestern is a great school, blending first class academics and Big 10 sports in a way that typically isn't seen among comparable universities. Students are bright and are typically highly motivated, passionate, and active in leadership roles....” – Kayla from Camdenton, MO

Baylor University

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

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

University of Maryland-College Park

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

“…UMD, College Park is a school full of opportunities and great education. It has a campus feel, but is large enough to feel like it's own town and easy access to Washington, D.C. and other commercial areas, providing plenty of opportunities for...” – Jennifer from Western Maryland

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...

“…Clemson has a beautiful campus, and has so many things to offer its students. Clemson also has a staff that is always willing to help its students. Most of all, Clemson makes you feel at home and the bond between fellow students and faculty members...” – Kristen from Latta, SC

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is one of the nation’s top religious schools and holds mass multiple times a day. U.S. News & World Report rates the school as #18 in National...

“…The University of Notre Dame is a privately funded, Catholic, liberal arts university. It is most well-known for athletics, especially football, ethics and social justice studies, and the Mendoza School of Business. Notre Dame also boasts a beautiful...” – Marcus from WI

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....

“…Johns Hopkins University is an esteemed research university where students are pushed and challenged to achieve their potential and then surpass it. It's not a place where students come to have fun but a place where leaders, innovators, researchers,...” – Chidera from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

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...

“…The university is a fun place to meet new people. It gives you a great education and the professors are really interested in teaching the topic. The location of the university is also great and has many surroundings to help you enjoy your college...” – Kayla from West Jordan, UT

Hofstra University

Originally founded as an extension of New York University, Hofstra University is a 4-year research institution and the largest private university on Long Island. Hofstra is home to 12 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 160...

“…Hofstra is a great college, with an at home feel that will increase your chance of success. The campus is clean, the professors helpful, and the food is good! There is no other college I would have rather attended.” – Lorie from Minnesota

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...

“…This beautiful campus has something for everyone. There are thousands of clubs and activities and even though we may not look diverse, the range of personalities is unlike any other. The medium class class is the best of both worlds; not...” – Emily from Cincinnati, OH

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...

“…Mercer University is a great college for students who want academic rigor, professors who know their names, and a place to meet all kinds of people.” – Kelsy from Tifton, GA

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...

“…This university has a diverse, smart, and eclectic student body. The classes never fail to impress me, and neither does the sheer beauty of the campus.” – Molly from Fort Smith, AR

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,...

“…Fun quite college, every one is friendly. All your Professors wont's to help you. Classes are small usually about 15 to 20 students.” – Jordan from Indianapolis, 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...

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

Ball State University

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

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

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...

“…Hampton University is an extremely strict insitution, were freshman are given a curfew and have limited freedoms. This maybe in order to have control over the freshman class and have them focus on school work, but to those who are mature, this is a...” – Myles from Baltimore, MD

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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

“…Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an amazing engineering-based campus, capable of preparing future engineers for their futures! Although expensive, the curriculum, opportunity, and experience are well worth it! I enjoyed my first year here,...” – Nikki

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts institution with three regional campuses in western Michigan. GVSU offers undergraduate degrees in 91 academic fields of study. For students who wish to experience another culture during their...

“…grand valley is a great school, it is very easy to get connected and find a community. the professors are awesome and want to help you succeed and find your purpose in life. they offer lots of extra curricular activities to keep you involved, in...” – Rachel from Ionia, MI

University of Dayton

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

“…ud is the perfect school for a home away from home! academically, they have tons of programs and more classes than you can imagine with amazing professors. student life is so fun every night whether staying in with your floor mates, going out to the...” – Morgan from Cincinnati, OH

Campbell University

Founded by a Baptist minister in 1887, Campbell University is a 4-year Christian institution in central North Carolina. Campbell encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, concentrations, and tracks. As...

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

Montana State University

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

“…Montana State University has a very inspiring feel to it. Not only am I surrounded by motivated learners on a daily basis, I am also surrounded by intriguing landscapes that constantly reward my efforts. I've found my niche in the Earth Sciences...” – Erika from Polson, MT

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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

“…The physical functionality of the school has its ups and downs. Though there are some students here with non-academic goals, there are just as many dedicated, aspiring professionals. The teaching and administration, and the opportunities offered are...” – Ashaun from Carbondale, IL

Florida Institute of Technology

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

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

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Located near old Route 66 in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico is New Mexico’s flagship public university. UNM is home to 12 colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 94 academic programs and its Health Sciences Center is New Mexico’s largest...

“…UNM is a great school, with a very tight community. The teachers are great. The on campus living is an amazing experience.” – Ailbhe from Santa Fe, NM

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...

“…eckerd college is like no other college you'll find, often times referred to as camp eckerd. located on the waterfront, this very small college focuses largely on protecting environmental and marine habitats. eckerd provides amazing people, programs,...” – Mattie from St. Petersburg, FL

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Jefferson is a 4-year institution born out of a merger between Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. TJU was founded in 1824 and, as of 2015, was the largest free-standing health sciences university in the state. Philadelphia U was...

“…Philadelphia University is a beautiful university. The faculty here will do all it can to make sure you succeed in your future career or field. It provides many opportunities that many other universities do not, including free tutoring, personal...” – Rachel from Weatherly, PA

Augustana College

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

“…i am so glad i decided to come here! all of the professors have doctorates and so far they have genuinely cared about my education. the campus is absolutely gorgeous.” – Meridith from Byron, IL

Boise State University

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

“…Boise State University is a beautiful school. It is very socialized with tons of campus activities such as sports. I enjoy going to school here as well as living in the dorm on campus.” – Yonsoo from Boise, ID

Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is a 4-year institution in Waterville, Maine, that serves only undergraduates. The test-optional school promises to meet 100% of demonstrated need through the Colby Commitment so that “the most talented students from...

“…colby perfectly encompasses the liberal arts with plenty of research and internship opportunities. the campus, people, and staff/faculty are all truly beautiful on the inside and out. people are constantly looking out for you, while still keeping a...” – Bridget from Eliot, ME

Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University is a 4-year Christian university in the greater Birmingham area affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Samford is home to 10 colleges conferring numerous undergraduate degrees and all classes are focused...

“…samford is a great place to learn in a christian environment. there is a great student to faculty ratio, giving students plenty of opportunity to seek individual help. the faculty are warm and inviting, and always willing to help students improve...” – Megan

Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

“…Lipscomb seems to be very lively. There's always something to do and people are proud to be Bisons. The school is its own community, in a way.” – Katharine from Metamora, IL

Midwestern State University

Founded in 1922 in Wichita Falls, Midwestern State University is the only institution in the state to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The 255-acre campus near Sikes Lakes offers 49 undergraduate programs and...

“…Midwestern State has a very nice campus, small yet spread out, with well maintained buildings and lawns. The small class sizes give students a chance to connect with their professors. It was rated the best value in the nation among public...” – Richard from Highland Village, TX

Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

“…on a 1 to 10 i rate oru a 10. it is truly a fine university academically, athletically, and spiritually. it is an honor to say i attend oru!” – Michael from North Carolina

Lincoln Memorial University

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Lincoln Memorial University is a liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee. LMU offers over 30 bachelor’s degree programs including one of the only Conservation Biology majors in the United States. To ease the...

“…LMU is an awesome college. I transferred from Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge and LMU is so much better.” – Robert from Jellico, TN

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in south central Oregon. SOU confers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic fields of study and provides numerous opportunities to engage in field study, internships, and capstone projects...

“…i have attended the preview weekend and the campus is especially nice. people-students and staff-are extremely kind and helpful. the food is really wonderful as are the dorms.” – Katelynn from Clearlake, CA

Immaculata University

The Immaculata University is a Catholic university in Malvern, PA, that was founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Christian core values of charism and tradition permeate the more than 60 majors available at Immaculata,...

“…This is a beautiful campus with alot of wonderful architecture. All the people I spoke with took the time to answer questions and to find out a little about me. The academic program was also very good.” – Jas

Northern Michigan University

With campus overlooking Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University is a public school and the largest university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. NMU confers undergrad and graduate degrees in 177 academic programs and all students receive either a...

“…A friendly, fun environment. The School is really involved with the Community and vise verse. A great size and good pricing, I'm paying the same or less than I would have to go to some of my in-state School” – Kaitlin from Skokie, IL

Dominican University

Founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Dominican University is a Catholic institution in the Chicagoland area. Dominican is home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors. As a Catholic university,...

“…It is a small cozy college with a beautiful campus. Teachers are amazing friendly and caring about each student individually. The campus is old fashioned, but with a modern twist. ” – Wiktoria from Melrose Park, IL

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…the university of tulsa is an extremely diverse campus. many students from all over the world attend here involved in many of the extracurricular clubs available. furthermore, the professors treat each student as an individuals, truly intent on...” – Blc

Faulkner University

Originally founded as Montgomery Bible School, Faulkner University is a Christian liberal arts school in Montgomery affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Faulkner confers undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors and its honors program...

“…very proactive hands on teachers that are serious about helping you to learn.” – Colea from Montgomery, AL

Southeastern University

Originally founded as the Alabama Shield of Faith Institute, Southeastern University is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in central Florida affiliated with the Assemblies of God Church. Southeastern grants bachelor’s degrees in more than 70...

“…southeastern is an amazing experience no matter where you are in your life. it seems as though every professor and administrator are on your side and are truly trying their hardest to give you the most.” – Derek from Sebring, FL

The University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, the University of Findlay is a private institution based in Findlay, OH. UF is affiliated with the Churches of God General Conference and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. The school offers liberal arts-based degree...

“…i love the university of findlay because of the small campus atmosphere. teachers and staff are always willing to talk to and help you with whatever you may need. classes are exciting and fun because the small class sizes allow for hands-on...” – Kristen from Richmond, IN

Averett University

Founded in 1859, Averett University is a private 4-year institution situated in Danville, Virginia. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia but welcomes students of all faith, or non-faith, backgrounds. Top...

“…averett is a great opportunity for any person. it's easy to adapt to and it's worth every bit you put into it. averett helps build the character of a person as well as the mind.” – Kevon from Midlothian, VA

Macomb Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses in Warren and Clinton Township, Michigan. The college features a wide variety of unique academic programs, with subjects ranging from Court Reporting to Fire Science. Students...

“…This college is great, I really rely on the tutoring that is offered on campus. The class size and instrutor ratio is satisfactory, along with some instructors that take time out to explain/teach to students. Students services can also be a great way...” – Valerie from Warren, MI

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...

“…Maryville College is a beautiful, historical college; every building tells a different story. You learn so much in your four years here and you graduate knowing all your professors, and some you didn't even have, on a personal level. Beware though:...” – Ravyn from Knoxville, TN

Newberry College

Founded in 1856, Newberry College is a 4-year liberal arts college in South Carolina affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Newberry offers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors. For musically inclined students, Newberry is home to nine...

“…Newberry College is the best choice for students who are looking for a school with a good sense of community, good academics, and great opportunities all around. This school has everything from a wonderful student body and staff to a welcoming place...” – Anonymous

Ohio Wesleyan University

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

“…It's a good school, but one where you only get out what you put in. This school has a surprising degree of academic rigor, but only if you seek it out; it has a lot of advanced and specialist scholarship opportunities, but only if you seek them out;...” – Jay from Dayton, OH

Colorado Christian University

Originally founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute, Colorado Christian University is a 4-year interdenominational Christian college in the Denver area. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors and 37 minors. As a Christian...

“…i have never attended a school where they were so encouraging. i was guided every step of the way. anyone looking to go back to school should enroll at colorado christian university. ” – Diamound from Las Vegas, NV

Vincennes University

With campus overlooking the Wabash River, Vincennes University is a 4-year public school in southwest Indiana. The first public college founded in the state, VU operates four campuses around Indiana and confers bachelor’s degrees in 18 academic...

“…i give them five stars for their teachers, advisers, and councilors, but only four stars with there financial aid office. they are positive and accommodating towards people that have difference goals and live different life styles. the only quarrel i...” – Jessica from Newberry, IN

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...

“…cornerstone university is an academically inclined and friendly environment that is centered on jesus christ. each student is recognized for his or her own strengths. faculty and staff do their best to make students feel comfortable and welcomed in...” – Jessica from Zeeland, MI

Minot State University

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

“…although you wouldn't guess it by school size and location, minot state university is a fantastic place to study. you can find great professors who have gone out into the world to work in their field and, one day, decided they'd rather settle down...” – Megan from Rapid City, SD

Defiance College
Founded in 1850, the Defiance College is a private institution based in the rural town of Defiance, OH. The liberal arts college is closely affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The school houses the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity...

“…Defiance college is a small school that set students on the right path for a career. The small size classes make students gain confidence to ask questions and approach the professors.” – Robert from New York, NY

Snow College

Snow College is a public institution located in rural Ephraim, Utah. Snow is a community college that offers a variety of associate degrees and professional certifications as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Music and a Bachelor of...

“…Snow College has helped me to become a well-rounded young adult. This institution has aided me in the process of becoming an excellent student and a contributing member of the community. I have loved every second of my experience at Snow College. ” – Amber from Spanish Fork, UT

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is a 4-year women’s college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Sweet Briar grants undergraduate degrees in 16 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Sweet Briar is home to a renowned equestrian program and features the...

“…Sweet Briar is a wonderful school where the academics are challenging, the friends are forever, and the professors know your name. You aren't a number here. Everything is personal. ” – Sweet Briar Girl

Bluffton University

Situated on the banks of Little Riley Creek, Bluffton University is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite Church in northwest Ohio. Bluffton offers undergraduate degrees in over 85 academic areas of study. As part of the university’s...

“…bluffton university is a very good university. the teachers are very helpful and are willing to spend extra time with you, to help you understand the material. the classes aren't very big which is good because you have more of a one on one...” – billy bob

South Plains College is a 2-year community college based in Levelland, Texas with satellite branches in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC awards professional and technical certifications as well as associate degrees. Popular fields of study include welding,...

“…This school encourages you to pursue your career goals. The teachers are very helpful. The small environment encourages students to learn and get more face time with teachers.” – Jaslyn from Lubbock, TX

Butler Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in El Dorado, Kentucky, with satellite campuses in Rose Hill, Andover, Wichita, Marion, and Council Grove. Butler offers Meta Majors as one of their many pathway options, which are...

“…Butler has opened my eyes to the possibilities that a school can offer. Butler has also opened my eyes to seek a higher education for the benefit of my family. Butler is a fantastic regional community college, which has a reputation for students who...” – Mario from Wichita, KS

East Mississippi Community College

East Mississippi Community College is a 2-year degree program and public institution based in rural Scooba, MS. The college offers associate degree programs and 1-2 year technical certification programs. Admissions are open and nontraditional...

“…This is an excellent school to attend. Teacher's really care and try hard to help students. Its a peaceful environment to be apart of and the sports teams are great.” – Brea from Hattiesburg, MS

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christian liberal arts college in upstate South Carolina affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. SWU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 25 academic fields of study. Additionally, the university sponsors a 9-month...

“…The AGS program is great for working students because we meet class one night per week. The classes are five to seven weeks in length. The professors are all qualified in the subject they are teaching. The classes incorporate your Christian values...” – Mildred from Camden, SC

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private liberal arts institution situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina. It is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lenoir-Rhyne University offers an Engaged...

“…Lenoir-Rhyne is a very exciting place to be. It also has a very homey feeling to it.And its never boring here.” – S'Mia from Kernersville, NC

Touro College

Touro College is a private institution under Jewish sponsorship based in New York City with selective admissions. The school operates multiple programs in Chicago, Nevada, California, Israel, Berlin, and Moscow. TC houses the Lander College of Arts...

“…Touro college is a small school with smaller classes which allows the professors to build individual relationships with students. The professors are interested in the students overall and display enthusiasm for their area of study. The campus is...” – Sara

Avila University is a private, 4-year institution established in Kansas City, Missouri. Academics at Avila are rooted in experiential learning, and students have the opportunity to take part in undergraduate research and internships. Full-time,...

“…I'm very excited to be attending Avila University. The staff and faculty are so friendly and supportive. Also, there are many clubs and activities to choose from! ” – Katie, KS

North Carolina Wesleyan College

North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school provides a liberal arts education and operates a main campus in Rocky Mount, NC, and six satellite locations. The college offers several...

“…North Carolina Wesleyan College is a great school if the student wants a great education. This school also offers one-on-one with the teachers meaning the teachers know you by name. Also, the teachers make sure the student learns the curriculum.” – Monica from Alton, VA

Palo Alto College is a public institution located in San Antonio, Texas, and is one of five community colleges serving the Greater San Antonio area. PAC offers a number of uncommon programs alongside its more traditional options, allowing its...

“…home away from home, i feel at home here and the staff is wonderful. everyone here is so friendly and kind. i enjoy attending palo alto college come and join me.” – Genevieve from San Antonio, TX

Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University is a private institution based in Richfield, North Carolina. Pfeiffer is closely tied to the United Methodist Church. Many of the campus’ Georgian Revival-style academic buildings have been placed on the National Register of...

“…Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive private not for profit methodist liberal arts university in rural Misenheimer North Carolina. The University presents many opportunities for students to experience new learning opportunities and cultural lessons...” – Sarah from New Market, MD

Mt Hood Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Gresham, Oregon, with a satellite location in Portland. The campus features a wide variety of facilities for students to visit, such as the Visual Arts Center Gallery, the...

“…mt. hood is a wonderful way to get started on your academics, and help you find out what you want out of life. ” – Erica from Gresham, OR

El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College is a 2-year community college based in El Paso, Texas. The school operates five campuses and offers courses throughout the El Paso and Hudspeth counties. EPCC has an open admissions policy and offers programs for...

“…el paso community college is a great place to learn because the learning is more hands-on and personal. classes are usually available in different areas allowing less money on gas and more on educational materials. classes are also smaller allowing...” – Robin from El Paso, TX

Kilgore College is a community college based in Kilgore, Texas, and is one of the most affordable institutions of higher education in the state. Kilgore offers professional and technical certifications as well as associate degree programs....

“…As a high school Senior I have advanced my ranking with the help of Kilgore College dual credit courses from 17 to now ranked 4th in my graduating class, graduation May 25th. Kilgore College's help line and staff have been there to make any...” – Kadi from Gladewater, TX

Temple College

Temple College is a community college operating the main campus in Temple, Texas, and multiple branch locations throughout the state. Temple College is recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” Leader College, with a goal of degree completion for all...

“…At first, I was a little insecure about going to a community college, but what I have discovered is that it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is a medium-sized, comfy community college with many fun and active people. They also transfer...” – Julie from Taylor, TX

Grand Rapids Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Michigan. GRCC values experiential learning, offering students the ability to learn in environments beyond the traditional classroom in Service Learning...

“…grand rapids community college is a school that wants the best for you. this college is all about preparing you for the future. if you want a quality education without paying through the nose to get it this is the college for you.” – Isabelle from Grand Rapids, MI

Angelina College

Angelina College is a two-year community college based in Lufkin, Texas with nine other campuses throughout the state. The school has an open admissions policy and offers associate’s degrees and certifications. College credit is offered for life...

“…this college has been a great experience. the professors at angelina have given me the tools i need to transfer to a 4 year university. enjoyed the experience that angelina has to offer. ” – James from Nacogdoches, TX

Holmes Community College is a public, 2-year institution established primarily in Goodman, Mississippi. Along with the main campus, the college maintains satellite facilities in Kosciusko, Webster, Grenada, and Ridgeland. HCC offers a wide variety of...

“…i have been going to night class, this is the best. i am now taking day class and i love the campus and the instructors they really care about the student. the advisor have an open door policy... it's great” – Robbie from Flora, MS

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

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

“…siue is a place where you can get a great state school experience and education at an affordable cost. the campus is very scenic and detached from the city, which gives everything a more intimate feeling. there's always something to do on campus, in...” – Mikaela

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

The West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public school in the Philadelphia area and the largest institution in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU is comprised of seven colleges including the College of Arts & Humanities,...

“…West Chester is a very well-rounded university with so much to offer at such a reasonable price. It is a great place to discover new interests and follow your passions. Everyone attending this university is united and proud to be a Golden Ram!” – Nicole from Pottstown, PA

Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College is an all-female, private liberal arts college based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is an independent college, but historically associated with the United Church of Christ. The school hosts an annual Media Literacy Week headed by...

“…Cedar Crest College is a leader in educating its nursing students. They teach students a global perspective to successfully prepare them for their career. They excel academic expectations. ” – Tasha from Bethlehem, PA

San Juan College is a 2-year community college with four campuses in northwest New Mexico. SJC houses six academic departments conferring degrees and certificates and its Native Studies program includes courses on Native American history, art, and...

“…For a community college it is a very inviting and friendly place to go for fresh out of high school students. The professors are all very friendly and work well with the students in helping them succeed in their classes. The campus isn't too large or...” – Richard from Aztec, NM

MCPHS University

Founded in 1823 as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, MCPHS University is a private school of healthcare programs in Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the nation. MCPHS is home to 12 schools of healthcare hosting over 100...

“…i absolultey love the experience that i had while attending mcphs. the community is very welcoming, education is superb, and the faculty and staff are very welcoming. overall great college to attend,” – Aurora from Boston, MA

Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College is a 2-year community college that confers associate degrees and technical certifications. The school is part of the Alamo Colleges District and offers several Academic Workforce Programs through the Healthy & Biosciences...

“…Taking courses at Northwest Vista College has been a pleasant experience for me so far. The staff have always been friendly and helpful. The tuition is inexpensive. ” – Me

Rose State College is a public, 2-year institution established in Midwest City, Oklahoma, seven miles from downtown. The campus features a number of recently renovated facilities, such as the Aquatics Center, the H.B. Atkinson Theatre, and the newly...

“…Rose State is a great school. The staff are friendly and helpful. Good school choice.” – Raven from Midwest CITY, OK

Northeast Community College is a 2-year institution with four campuses in northeastern Nebraska conferring over 110 degrees and certificates. NCC’s Wind Energy program positions students to work in one of Nebraska’s fastest growing renewable energy...

“…Smaller than the average college, but definitely worth the money to go there!” – Sara from Wisner, NE

North Idaho College

North Idaho College is a two-year community college based in Coeur d’Alene, ID. NIC offers transfer degrees, professional and technical certifications, and associate degrees. Many students choose to study communications, computer programming, or...

“…coeur d'alene is a great city for a college, and the campus is situated in an excellent part of town with a beach and a bit separated from the main city. north idaho college is a relatively small campus with lots of opportunities to connect with new...” – Chris

Itawamba Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Mississippi, with three campuses in Fulton, Belden, and Tupelo. Classes at ICC are provided during daytime, evening, and on the weekends in order to suit any...

“…If I were to rate ICC on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it a ten. This school is great! I would recommend this college to all entering college students because it is a great start for college.” – LaKeisha from Nettleton, MS

Casper College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Wyoming. The college offers associate degrees and certificates across all subjects, as well as programs in continuing education, workforce training, and adult education....

“…Casper College has provided me with the opportunity to further my education, develop my social skills, and become an overall well rounded student. The faculty that has assisted me in my endeavors has been more helpful than I ever could have imagined...” – Katherine from Casper, WY

Howard College

Howard College is a 2-year community college based in Big Spring, Texas, with an open admissions policy. Howard offers a LEADS program to gain more hands-on experience outside of the classroom and also partners with more than a dozen 4-year...

Northwest Mississippi Community College is a public, two-year institution established in the city of Senatobia. Northwest serves a population of over 7,000 students, and offers academic pathways to each of the public, four-year institutions within...

“…northwest is the best! the campus has a great vibe and everyone is very friendly and eager to help you with all of your needs. if you are looking for a college to be yourself in, this is the college for you!” – Shelby from Sarah, MS

Anderson University (IN)

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana, and it is affiliated with the Christian Church of God. AU’s mission is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society through their five...

“…Anderson University has given me the tools I need to succeed. They have programs specifically designed for working adults as well as traditional college students. ” – Stephanie from Muncie, IN

Lourdes University is a 4-year Catholic and Franciscan institution established in Sylvania, Ohio. The 127-acre suburban campus offers majors in arts and sciences; business and leadership; social sciences; and nursing, as well as unique apartment...

“…lourdes is a very friendly, accepting, and easy-going school that has staff and students that are always willing to lend a helping hand. it's main ideals are to create a community of learning, reverence, and service and they truly do so! lourdes...” – Ellen from Toledo, OH

St Philip's College

St. Philip's College is a public community college located in San Antonio, Texas, with an open admissions policy. SPC is an HBCU and an Hispanic-Serving Institution, the only college to be federally recognized as such. They offer associate’s degrees...

“…St. Philip's community college is a great school to attend your first two years of college. The staff and teachers really care about the students and will do everything they can to help you be successful. I'm so glad chose to attend St. Philip's...” – Janielle

Stark State College

Stark State College is a community college with transferable higher education and career development programs. SSC primarily confers associate degrees, but students can earn a bachelor’s degree at Stark State College’s main campus through a...

“…Is a rapidly expanding local college with alot to offer! The teachers really care and there are all kinds of resources to help you achieve your long term goal. Very organized!” – Carrie from Canton, OH

Hill College

Hill College is a public 2-year community college based in Hillsboro, Texas. The school operates four campuses, Hill County, Rodeo Grounds, Wallace for cosmetology and nursing, and Wallace for welding. Hill College is part of the North Texas...

“…I find that Hill College helps their students with any questions, concerns, or difficulties they might run into. They also look out for the student's best interest. I would give Hill College high scores on everything from teaching, counseling,...” – Cherilyn from Burleson, TX

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. The main campus located in Perkinston, MS, while several satellite campuses and academic centers operate throughout the state. Mississippi Gulf Coast...

“…The instructors are very nice and are always trying to help student reach their full potential. The classrooms are big and very clean. The students who attend here are very nice and friendly.” – Cassey from Gauiter, MS

Eastern Arizona College

Eastern Arizona College is the only community college in the state, as well as the oldest. Founded in 1888 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the main EAC campus is located in Thatcher, while there are slo two satellite sites in Gila...

“…Eastern Arizona College is a home away from home for anyone willing to get involved with College Life locally. The small campus size gives you the opportunity to make more friends and take better advantage of teacher assistance. Definitely worth...” – Lenna from Thatcher, AZ

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon's Rock is an early college with “more selective” admissions where high school students can enroll before graduation. The average age at entry is 16. Simon’s Rock is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and provides a...

“…the teachers are great; the administration is for the most part very good. student life on campus is very active. great barrington consists essentially of main street and a few small streets adjoining to it, and can sometimes be boring.” – Theresa from Middletown, NY

Established in 1919, Garden City Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Kansas. The college offers programs in Business & Industry, General Education, and a number of Career Technical fields, many of which are...

“…Garden City Community College had great teachers and a well-maintained campus.” – Tajia from Garden City, KS

Bethel University (TN)

Founded in 1842, Bethel University is a private institution based in rural McKenzie, Tennessee. The school operates campuses around the state in Jackson, Nashville, Paris, Clarksville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. It is closely affiliated with the...

“…This university is a great choice for traditional and adult learners. They provide personal attention to each student. This school's goal is that you possess an education that will be beneficial in the future.” – Danesa from Clarksville, TN

Andrew College

Andrew College is a private, 2-year institution located in Cuthbert, Georgia. Students attending Andrew campus have access to a number of state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Jinks Gymnasium, the ceramics studio, and the Jones Chapel. Andrew...

“…Andrew offers a very small learning environment. It allows students to get used to living away from home, but it still provides them with plenty of academic and emotional support while they get used to the college experience. The classes are small,...” – Nathan from Blackshear, GA