Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

There is an art to systematic instruction in any subject, which is where earning a degree in education comes in. Offered at the associates, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate levels, education degrees are a mix of theoretical and applied courses. There are facets to education degrees, such as early childhood education, primary teaching, or secondary education. The key goal behind acquiring a degree in this area of study is to learn how to create a dynamic learning environment, typically within a specific age range or in a certain topic.

Associate Level

Associate degrees in education typically take 2 years to complete when attending full time. There are two different types of degrees offered at this level, an Associate’s in Science and an Associate’s in Art. The AS focuses more on science and mathematics, making it a precursor for teaching in those areas. An AA is geared towards the liberal arts, including literature, music, performing arts, and art. This level of education also comes with a few different specializations, including in Early Childhood, Paraprofessional, Elementary and Secondary.

Careers for graduates with an associate degree in education include: Teacher Assistant, Preschool Teacher, Childcare Worker, Tutor. The entry-level salary ranges between $21,000 and $29,000.

Baccalaureate

Education management and the psychology of students is addressed more in-depth at the baccalaureate level. Educators play many roles in students’ and parents’ lives and learning how to wear those different hats is crucial. Learning to create a lesson plan, and then learning to be flexible about it are both necessary skills at this level. Curriculum will include classes on developmental psychology, social and personality development, classroom technologies, assessment strategies, arts education, mild and moderate disabilities, as well as teaching english, math, and foreign languages.

Like the associate’s degree, baccalaureate degrees are conferred in two different ways, as a Bachelor’s in Science or a Bachelor’s in Art, and they function the same way. At the baccalaureate level, however, there’s room to take on a second major or a minor that complements the focus of the education major. For instance, minoring in Spanish can be a huge leg up towards becoming a high school Spanish teacher. The average salary for graduates with a baccalaureate in education is $43,000.

Careers for graduates with a bachelor’s in education include: High School Teacher, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, Recruiter, Admissions Staff, Adult Educator, Job/Skills Trainer, GED Instructor, English as a Second Language Instructor, International Teacher, School Board Member, School Administrator, Museum Learning Programmer, Standardized Test Developer, Instructional Coordinator, Education Consultant, Textbook Author/Editor, Prison System Teacher, Health Educator, Activities Director.

Master Level

Much like the associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, there are several paths for earning a Master’s in this area of study: a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.), a Master of Science in Teaching (MST), or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). For the MAT and MST, the focus of the 2-year program is the grade of students taught and the subject matter. This level and type of degree is popular for concentrating in Special Education and is often considered a pre-professional degree. In other words, the intention is to teach. Many colleges offer a 5-year program that ecompasses both a baccauleate and master degree.

A Masters of Education is geared more towards advancement within the educational world and focuses on research rather than applied knowledge. The focus of the degree is limited to curriculum and instruction; counseling; school psychology; and administration. It’s often used as a precursor for a doctoral degree, as well. Other similar degrees include  a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) and a Master of Science in Education (MSEd).

The primary perk for earning a master’s degree is the ability to become a National Board Certified Teacher. This certification can open a number of opportunities within the academic world, as well as a generally higher salary. Available careers, depending on degree type, for a master’s level graduate include: Principal, Administrator, Special Education Teacher (higher level or specialized), School/Career Counselor, Educational Coordinator, Corporate Trainer, Curriculum Developer/Instruction Specialist, Academic Dean.

Doctorate Level

There are options aplenty at all levels of the education field of study, and that include at the doctorate level. The two prominent options are a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) and the Doctorate in Education (EdD). Unlike what’s typical, the PhD is designed for further knowledge to put in practice, whereas the EdD is geared toward research and improvement of the educational system as a whole.

Career options for doctorate holders include: School Board Executive, Education Researcher, Policy Maker.

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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...

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No matter what class you take, your bound to pick up some information. Whether it is just a general education class or a class to enter your major, you will learn something. One of the benefits of going to such a large school is the diversity in the...

” – Jen from Newww Yorkkk

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the flagship of the University of California system of higher education, with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its academic excellence, student activism...

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Berkeley is a great school chock full of award-winning, book-publishing, enthusiastic professors who really know their stuff. If you take classes you're really interested in, you'll learn more. Don't forget about office hours, tutoring sessions, and...

” – Karina from Los Angeles, CA

Duke University

Duke University is a selective, private research university that calls Durham, NC, home. Founded originally as Trinity College in 1838, it was renamed by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in 1924 and became the “Gothic Wonderland” campus it is today...

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In high school, I found that I could ace any class with a study cram the night before any test. By doing this, I never truly learned anything. Sure, I remembered enough for the tests and exams, but if someone were to quiz me a week later, I would...

” – Sophomore from Florida

University of Central Florida

Featuring the largest single-campus enrollment in the United States, the University of Central Florida is a public university in Orlando. UCF is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in over 200 academic majors. Additionally, UCF is a space-grant...

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At UCF, you end up learning more than you knew was possible. It is such a great experience and because the student body is so large there are so many opportunities. Not only do you gain knowledge about your class topics, but you also learn more about...

” – Tara from Cooper City, FL

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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Amazing campus and beautiful buildings and people. The students are very diverse and all of them talented. With 40,000 or so students, you are sure to find friends whether you look for them or not.

” – Daniel from Ridgefield, WA

University of California-Davis

The University of California in Davis is a public institution in northern California and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the UC System. UC Davis is home to four colleges conferring undergraduate degrees and six professional schools...

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The University of California school system has a reputation of being one of the best in our nation. For 100 years, UC Davis has proved itself to be a school that values excellence in all the roads education has to offer. One in every three...

” – Michelle from San Jose, CA

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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Even some of the introductory classes are harder than high school classes. If you're in the honors program, you will be challenged by the honors classes, but if you aren't, the second level classes (especially in science) are very challenging.

” – Sal from Metairie, LA

University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

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The campus treats you like a family and everyone is extremely friendly and engaging. It is a very safe university and has one of the most beautiful parks in California. Your education here will be progressive and a learning experience, even if...

” – Matthew from Elk Grove, CA

University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

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I went to a top-rated, public high school and thought I was going to coast in college. I am taking 2 chemistry classes, math and English and am really being challenged. I have also been able to get the help I needed from professors and affordable...

” – Alexandra from San Diego, CA

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 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...

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Students feel like they are immediately a part of the tradition and history of a school that so many people love.

” – Therese

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 found Auburn to be challeging but fun. You will not make it through school there without learning a lot. The quality of content and teaching is great. I was a transfer student from a community college to Auburn and found that the quantity and...

” – Lydia from Huntsville, AL

Johns Hopkins University

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

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Johns Hopkins University is a gateway to a world of opportunities in nearly every field. Hopkins prides itself on making incredible opportunities accessible to everyone. At Hopkins, students from all over the world engage in groundbreaking research...

” – Katrina from Nampa, ID

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 English department at this school is a very well-developed program. The countless classes offered provide students with fantastic opportunities to pursue the things they love regarding English. Professors are all concerned for the well-being and...

” – Rachel from Fredericksburg, IA

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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Depaul University is providing a wide range of classes dedicated to your major. As an added bonus they send you alerts about other classes you may be interested in to make your job career even better.

” – Stephen from Chicago, IL

University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects...

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With the quarter system, you will be amazed on how enormous your learnings will be. All you need to do is keep up and put real effort because every class, you will have something new to learn.

” – Diana from Aurora, CO

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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The University of San Francisco can be summed up in a word: diverse. From the students who go there to the classes that are offered, there are hardly any days that are the same. USF is a school where you will be challenged to the very core of what...

” – Warren from Los Angeles

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 offers a lot and I am so psyched to start my freshman year! The School of International Service is superb.

” – Sophie from Burlington, VT

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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The teachers are here to teach, not to just train you for a job. All of the teachers want you to succeed and do well there are always opportunities for students to get help.

” – Courtney from Kansas City, MO

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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The classes offer an incredible amount of insight and new information. Classes tend to start off a little slow in my experience, but when they did get going they got going quickly and I learned a lot in short amounts of time.

In addition, classes...

” – Adam from Las Vegas, NV

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...

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I love Hofstra and I'm so glad I chose to come here. The campus is beautiful and they are always doing their best to make sure everything looks good. They have a bunch of different food and everyone that goes here is so accepting.

” – Victoria- Massachusetts

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 Southeastern University is an excellent choice for any child who wants to go to college. Moreover, the class sizes are extremely small and they give you value for your money.

” – Peta-Gaye from Coral Springs, FL

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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I love to learn and this is definitely the place to do a lot of that. I have learned much more in just the first semester here than I did in any one year of high school.

” – Caitlin from Broadway, NC

University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 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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I have learned a lot in many of the classes I have taken so far here. UB has a great range of class sizes, anywhere from 20 to 450 student classes. I think that it is easier to learn in the smaller classes. As a history major, I have had many good...

” – Kelsey from Rochester, NY

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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This school I believe by far is one of the best schools in the New York State. The academic courses are challenging but they really help you learn. I am currently in the nursing program and I have learned so much. I am truly prepared to go out into...

” – Cheyenne from Laurelton, NY

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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The classes at Missouri State are challenging enough to keep me learning, but manageable. I do not feel discouraged when I am challenged in class, but rather ready to learn more. The required class, PED 100, the class everyone expects to be a...

” – Jessica

College of Charleston

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

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The majority of your educational experience will likely be fantastic. My professors have ranged from very good to excellent, and my classes have all been very interesting and well-taught—although, this is partly because most of my gen-ed stuff is...

” – Laura, who is an Astrophysics/Biology major, who is at CofC

Kennesaw State University

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

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

” – J-Elle from Kennesaw, GA

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

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a member of the Kentucky State University system and the first city-owned public university in the US. Louisville features three campuses hosting 12 colleges and schools and the university’s Health Sciences Center is...

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It is a great place to learn a great deal. I have had the chance of meeting and being taught by amazing professors. They care for you and truly want you to do your best!

” – Christopher from Sunnyside, WA

Troy University

Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School, Troy University is a 4-year public school in southeast Alabama and the flagship of the Troy University System. Troy is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 260...

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Beautiful campus with wonderful professors and an incredible admissions staff. I have had nothing but great conversations with the financial aid office. And I have already made several friends down in my visits.

” – Tristan from Pell City, AL

Western Michigan University

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

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I would have to base this question off of lots of different things, i am learning a lot academically but who doesn't when the step in the front door to college? I also am learning a lot about myself that I never knew, i am learning how to deal with...

” – Christopher from Concord, MI

Spelman College

Spelman College is an historically Black college and the first in history for women only, which is still the college's primary focus today. The most selective women's college in the nation, Spelman has also topped US News & World Report's list of...

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The professors are beyond outstanding and you can tell they thoroughly enjoy what they're teaching. I love how some of the classes are designed specifically for students of color.

” – Samantha from Springfield, VA

Seattle University

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

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

” – Kea - Lynnae from Green Bay, WI

The Evergreen State College

With campus along the shores of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts institution in Washington’s state capital of Olympia. Evergreen offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees without formal majors and...

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You can't summarize this college in just three sentences. This school is unlike any traditional style college; to quote it's website: its new and different, dynamic and relevant. The best things about this school; there are no grades, all classes are...

” – Marcella from Graham, WA

University of New England

With campus situated a short distance from Saco Bay, The University of New England is a 4-year institution in coastal Maine and the largest private university in the state. UNE is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy...

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I had many great teachers in three years that I spent here upon transferring. Some of the classes I got to take like gross anatomy are not often offered to undergraduate students, but they are here due to the medical school. I also had the...

” – Amy from Biddeford, ME

University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is a 4-year institution and a doctoral research university. Originally founded as an agricultural and mechanical school, UWG has grown to offer 43 bachelor’s degrees and is home to an Honors College. To provide a break...

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Make sure you go to class!

” – Shannon from Marietta, GA

Tennessee State University

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

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” – Shawna Kay from Opa Locka, FL

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Marist College

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

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Marist College is my home away from home. This higher education institution has and continues to effectively prepare me for my future. I am confident that the years that I have spent at Marist College will positively impact me for the rest of my life...

” – Kaitlyn from Allentown, NJ

Georgia Southern University

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

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

” – Curtis from Cataula, GA

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College

Colorado College is a liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. CC offers over 80 academic majors and minors as well a thematic minor for students who wish to choose their field of concentration from several...

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Colorado College is an intensive, environmentally responsible college with only the most capable, involved students. It runs on a block program where students take one class at a time, totaling 8 blocks a year. The many opportunities include research...

” – Meagan from Chicago, IL

University of Memphis

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

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If you put the effort forth to get something out of the class you will, however it is pretty easy to coast through some courses. Most of my experience is with the journalism department and I've noticed that more and more the it is focusing its...

” – Chelsea from Memphis, TN

University of Redlands

Originally founded by the American Baptist Convention, the University of Redlands is an independent 4-year private institution in inland southern California. Redlands confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic programs of study. Additionally, the...

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The University of Redlands is one of the best decisions of my life because it is full of the friendliest, most dedicated and most amazing people I've ever met. My professors know who I am and actually care about me. The groups on campus will be the...

” – Lily from Redlands, CA

University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, the University of Toledo is a public research institution in northwest Ohio and a member of the state university system of Ohio. Toledo is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergrad and graduate degrees. For...

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not to big but not to small.
classes are easy to find.
students are very friendly and nice.
the atmosphere is very prone to learning.

” – Rudy from Lyndhurst, OH

Coastal Carolina University

With campus a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Carolina University is a 4-year public liberal arts institution in South Carolina. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study. In addition to the academic facilities on its...

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This is a great school to attend and still be close to my home and family. The professors really work well with students as a whole or individually if needed. The advisers make time to sit and assist you with any questions or concerns you may have...

” – Kelsey from Mullins, SC

Alabama State University

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

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I am an honor student and I really enjoy all my classes and teachers.

” – Jakiera from Columbus, GA

University of Plymouth

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

University of Dayton

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

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Beautiful campus with a lot of trees and greenery. Classes are really centered around learning. It's all about community!

” – Dylan from Indiana

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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

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Its nothing like High School, to make the grade you have to study and go to class, but I am leaning alot and am enjoying class...Now if only I didn't have 8am classes

” – Amy from O Fallon, IL

Norwich University

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

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the professors here are outstanding, and the small class size allows me to get any questions i have answered so that i thoroughly understand the material.

” – joseph from piscataway, nj

Florida Institute of Technology

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

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When I visited the University it was great! I got to meet some of my professors that I would have and met with a lot of the admissions office. Everyone was friendly and helpful and really took the time to answer questions.

” – Kayla from Lenox, MA

University of St Thomas

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

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Beautiful private college campus located in a big city that offers opportunities both on and off campus. Small class size so you get a lot of attention from your profs. World class education!

” – Emily from Osceola, WI

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the oldest university in the state and flagship of the NU system. Nebraska is home to nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, the NU campus hosts The...

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UNL is big, but not as big as it initially seems. There will definitely be something that interests you. Find your niche or enjoy exploring all your options.

” – Christina from Omaha, NE

Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is a 4-year public school in the greater Charlotte area. Winthrop consists of five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 40 fields of study and is also home to Think College, a program that offers post...

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With smaller class sizes, I feel that I'm learning a lot and more efficiently that friends I know at larger Universities. Professors are always open to questions and constantly stress that their office are meant to give us the help that we need to...

” – Jess from Chapin, SC

Elmhurst College

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

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If there is one thing to brag about Elmhurst College, it's their faculty. Since my time here I have not had a problem with any of my professors. All the professor's are extremely helpful and are willing to set appointments with you if you are having...

” – Kellie from Chicago, IL

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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The class size and the accessibility to the professors during class and also during office hours is what has made me succeed. The class size at Bowling Green is well sized and very comfortable which makes it easy to build a relationship with your...

” – Caitlyn from LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH

Park University

With campus overlooking the Missouri River, Park University is a 4-year private school in the Kansas City area. Park grants bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and is also home to eight associate degree-granting programs. In addition, every...

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At Park University, professors are more about hands-on learning. Also, they prefer not to make students memorize terms or definitions, but to help students understand the information they receive. I was given the opportunity to explore and I have...

” – Syerra from Holden, MO

Wright State University-Main Campus

Named after Wilbur & Orville Wright, Wright State University is a 4-year public school in Dayton. Wright State features eight colleges and three schools granting degrees in 295 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, Wright State hosts the...

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I am working on a degree in Computer Engineering.
I have already learned SO much in my first year there.
One of the latest projects was to program a video game.

” – Mik? from Ravenna, OH

Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

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WKU is an extremely welcoming school. Students and staff are friendly and convey that they really care about my future. From day one, students will feel like WKU is home.

” – M from Indiana

Jackson State University

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the Mississippi state capital of Jackson and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State is...

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Not only academically have I learned a lot, but about myself and life in general. Being thirteen years younger than my sister, I had to figure out college in its entirety on my own. I thought it would be extremely challenging. The instructor's and...

” – Christiana from Milwaukee, WI

Utica College

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

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

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

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

” – Charity from Indianapolis, IN

Canisius College

Founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private institution located in Buffalo, New York. The school is known for its health science and biological fields. Admissions are rated as “selective.” Biology, psychology...

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Canisius has great programs for the majors and minors that they offer. The science programs are very demanding, but will prepare you for medical, dental, and vet schools.

” – Lauren from NY

North Park University

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

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The college provides a Christian atmosphere for prayers and worship, but also variety of opportunities to share your own beliefs and views. It has an interest for students, especially those with interesting backgrounds, whether it is projects...

” – Winnie from Chicago, IL

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is a 4-year public school with a main campus and four regional sites. EKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic majors including the only Aviation program in the state. Additionally, Eastern Kentucky makes over 21...

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The professors are the best of the best. They are very educated in their fields and are extremely effective in their exchange of information. Making it to class, participating, and doing all of the reading is key! Personal responsibility is essential...

” – Karman from Lancaster, KY

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...

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Samford is a small university where you will build lasting friendships and the professors know your name. It is located in Birmingham where there are lots of things to do when you have the time to explore.

” – Anna from Huntsville, AL

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The second largest university in Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year public school and part of the UL system. Louisiana Lafayette is home to nine colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 80 academic majors...

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The campus is very clean and I love the atmosphere. The dorms are much more spacious and comfy than many other colleges I have been to. I will defiantly be attending this school.

” – Ryan from Trout, LA

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Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northwestern New York State. Niagara is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality granting degrees in...

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niagara university has a great teaching staff; some of which work int the field they teach. they are very good about keeping you aware of current and up coming events. biggest criticism the current parking arrangement; be prepared to walk about 2-3...

” – Dawn from Niagara Falls, NY

Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a public, 4-year institution established in the state of Maryland. FSU offers a wide variety of degree programs, many of which are unique, such as Adventure Sports Management, Forestry, and Ethnobotany. The school bases...

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I'm really glad I chose to attend Frostburg. I've met a lot of new people and made a lot of friends. I've become even more open minded and learned a lot from my experiences there.

” – Tiara from Owings Mills, MD

Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

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this is a great college, but i have to say it varies greatly by campus, i have been to two different ones, one i cant stand, and one i love. this is just like any other college, many students are mistaken to think it will be easier because it is a...

” – Sarah from Houston, TX

Hamline University

Named for a Methodist bishop, Hamline University is a liberal arts school in St. Paul affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the first university founded in Minnesota. Hamline offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic fields of study...

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The professors were amazing! Very helpful.

” – Brittany from South Saint Paul, MN

Trinity University

Founded in 1869, Trinity University is a private liberal arts and sciences institution situated in San Antonio, TX. Trinity is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and offers undergrad degrees in 47 academic majors. All freshmen must take a First...

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Great School! Has terrific law school. Great education and easy to get in to.

” – Robert from Austin, TX

Gannon University

Founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania and one of 11 Diocesan universities in the United States. Gannon grants bachelor’s degrees in 64 academic fields of...

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The professors at Gannon are great. They will work with you and around your schedules to make sure that you are up to par and where you need to be. I find it great that there are certain classes that everyone has to take and they are often very...

” – Elizabeth from Mc Donald, PA

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...

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The Professors here are extremely knowledgeable. I am a Theology Major and we are truly blessed to have such a strong leadership at ORU. I know that I will leave ORU with the knowledge that I didn't waste time by coming here, and that I was truly...

” – John from Tulsa, OK

Stockton University

With a main campus surrounded by the Pinelands National Reserve, Stockton University is a 4-year public institution in southern New Jersey. Stockton grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over 160 academic fields of study. To promote...

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Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is an amazing college. The atmosphere is very inviting and promotes academic brilliance. The classes are varied and the professors are attentive.

” – George from Rochelle Park, NJ

Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

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No matter what school you choose be sure to get involved in some way, it makes college much more enjoyable and Murray is a great place to get involved.

” – Kayley from Morganfield, KY

Bridgewater State University

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Bridgewater State encompasses colleges of Science & Mathematics, Business, Education, and Humanities granting undergrad degrees in over 90 fields of...

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Bridgewater State University is an innovative, growing university that provides an excellent education both through academics and co-curricular activity. BSU transforms its students into career ready professionals and global citizens. It is a jewel...

” – Gabriella from Taunton, MA

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

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I have learned so much since being at Arcadia, not just facts I need to know for my major but I have been able to learn a lot about myself and other important things. My knowledge has expanded so much thanks to the help of my professors.

” – Theodora from Warren, NJ

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...

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I am learning TONS! Of course, it depends on your professor and if you're actually interested in the class, but for the most part I've had wonderful classes. But, you learn so much more than the topic of the class. You learn about what's happening...

” – Gabrielle from Tigard, OR

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

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I'm just a freshman, but I love all the diverse classes offered.

” – Shannon from Murfreesboro, TN

Wesley College

Founded in 1873, Wesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Delaware state capital of Dover and the oldest private institution of higher learning in the state. Wesley offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors. In addition, Wesley...

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My mom went to Wesley twice and thoroughly enjoyed her time there.

” – Jacqueline from Dover, DE

University of Minnesota Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth is a research institution located in Minnesota’s fourth largest city. Founded in 1895 as the Duluth Normal School, this medium-sized campus for a large university has grown since its humble beginnings as a teacher’s...

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umd is a fantastic but underrated school. not many people know about it outside of minnesota and wisconsin, and even fewer consider it during their college search, but it is a wonderful school nonetheless. it has miles of trails, a great city down...

” – Jill from Grayslake, IL

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private institution located in Bristol, RI, that was named for a 17th century visionary who advocated for religious liberty, equality, and a government free of religion. What began as a junior college back in 1956 is...

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The academics that are offered at Roger Williams University are incredible. I will soon be going into my second year at this university and so far I am very impressed. I am pursuing the major of business-law and, this school, as well as my academic...

” – Brittney from Bristol, RI

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...

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They are the absolute best at making students feel welcome and secure in their new environment with new ways to meet faculty and other students. TU provided great support when registering for classes and making sure that the students are on the right...

” – Justin from Denver, CO

Adams State University

Adams State University is a 4-year, liberal arts institute in Alamosa, Colorado. ASU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, and the university is also the center of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...

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A good majority of the teachers here are highly qualified to teach the classes they are teaching. The teachers are more interested in helping the students and making sure that they fully learn the material, as opposed to just making the grade.

” – Brittney from Pagosa Springs, CO

Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

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I learn a varity of things. In my high school I wasn't taught everything I should've known to enter college. When I started my first semester of RIC it was pretty intense for me. I wasn't familiar with certain subjects but the good news is I now know...

” – nescarly from Providence, RI

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college located north of Chicago, Illinois, near Lake Michigan. The school offers over 200 study abroad programs in places such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Poland, and Vietnam. Top fields of study...

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I came to Lake Forest College hoping to find a small, tight-knit community. I wanted to be someone and find myself. Instead of finding a school, I found a home.

” – Amanda from Nashville, TN

Grove City College

Founded in 1876, Grove City College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania. Grove City grants bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic majors and all courses feature a focus on Christian faith. As a Christian college...

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I would definitely suggest visiting the campus before you make any decisions. The campus at Grove City is gorgeous and the staff and faculty are really nice and super helpful. And of course it is really helpful to be on top of things, and make sure...

” – Alex from PA

Western Oregon University

Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the...

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The classes at Western Oregon University are really good. You learn a lot in these small classes because you can ask questions and talk to the professors.

” – Melissa from Cornelius, OR

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is an independent, Doctoral/Professional University with a liberal arts curriculum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, the University offers more than 70 undergraduate...

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Valparaiso offers a great honors program that usually has a group of 80-100 freshmen in it. They compose music, choreograph, write, and act in a drama production each fall, which definitely brings the whole class close together! In general, however...

” – Rachel from WI

University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

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Took a campus visit a while back and it is just breathtaking. Very suitable if you dont want a very crouded campus and a bunch of people to deal with!

” – Austin from Blue Springs, MO

Delta State University

Delta State University is a public institution based in Cleveland, Mississippi. DSU began, and continues to be, a teacher’s college, but also offers programs in traditional areas as well. It is home to the Delta Music Institute, the Bologna...

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Delta State University is a small school where the teachers genuinely care about the education their students earn. Everyone knows everyone, and we are all one big Fighting Okra family. Delta State University is a perfect example of what a university...

” – Magnolia from Hernando, MS

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...

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Southeastern University is AWESOME! I love the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the campus. The students and staff are extremely nice and helpful.

” – Hannah from Clewiston, FL

Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

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Great faculty and diversity in course selection.

” – Martin from Saint Louis, MO

Blinn College

Founded in 1883, Blinn College is a 2-year community college with four campuses in southeast Texas. Blinn confers associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic fields of study. For students looking to complete a 4-year degree, Blinn features...

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At Blinn College, I learned a great deal about the American government through my government class. I can now contribute to conversations about politics that I used to shy from.
I also learned a great deal about the nations that surround us through...

” – Ariel from College Station, TX

University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic school in San Antonio and an Hispanic-serving institution. The largest Catholic university in the state of Texas, UIW is home to 11...

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This is the best valued school for being a private institution. I have very small class sizes where the professors know me by name. The professors are all genuine and want their students to succeed and there are various things on campus such as the...

” – Jessica from Sherwood, AR

Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

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I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...

” – Esia from Hudson, NH

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is a private liberal arts university based in Saint Charles, MO, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Lindenwood’s eight academic schools offer more than 120 programs, which can be completed traditionally, online...

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lindenwood has been an amazing college to attend, and i should know because this is the third university i have attended. i finally feel comfortable at a school, and i feel like i am actually getting the education i am paying for. when i graduated...

” – Caitlin from St. Charles, MO

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...

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the small classes offer a more personal level with the professors making easier to pay attention

” – Joey from Richmond, VA

Harding University

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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Harding offers such a wonderful variety of classes to choose from, and the teaching is exceptional. The teachers are extremely caring and understanding to the students' needs at all times. They take their time to go through all of the material...

” – Kristin from Miami, FL

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM...

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usm is a great school that is often taken for granted. there are tons of opportunities available once you become involved in the community. usm is also known to have some of the best programs around, in certain majors.

” – Jenae