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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Your Penn State Experience hinges solely on what you make of it. The University is bursting at the seams with opportunity, you just have to be your best advocate and find them. If you do, it'll be the most rewarding experience of your life.

” – Jacob from Bellefonte, PA
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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The environment is incredibly welcoming and you'll always find a place to fit in. It's definitely challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Personally, I adore it.

” – Whitney from Berkeley, 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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Most professors genuinely care about their students although attending your teacher's office hours is highly recommended to fully understand topics taught in a 300 student lecture hall. However, most classes are much smaller, giving the class an...

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

” – Madeline from Seattle, 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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If your looking for a great learning experience, there is something important that you have to know, it all depends on YOU. So if you are, the advice I would give you and stuff you've probably already heard is to get to know your professor, research...

” – Vianey from rancho cucamonga, 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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I am currently seeking a dual degree in Computer Engineering and Psychology, with a double minor in Theatre and Mathematics. THAT is a lot to be studying! But University of Miami really makes it all possible! Here, they want you to study whatever you...

” – Rachel from Coral Gables, FL
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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UCI is a very quiet school in terms of partying, but there are always activities going on throughout the day that any student can participate in. The school is fantastic in Academics and has many research opportunities.

” – Bi0N3rd
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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The University of Oregon is not only a beautiful campus but offers the kind of liberal arts studies that I prefer. The excitement of living on campus and attending favored sporting events has contributed to my enjoyment at this school. I look forward...

” – Katharine from Claremont, 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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WSU has become my home away from home. The people are great and you truly feel like you're part of a family (I recommend going to the football games if you don't feel this way). The only bad part is the cold weather, so be prepared!

” – Isabella from Hoquiam, 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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The professors know and fully understand you are not there to become a slave towards textbooks, they realize each individual has passions outside of academia. With that in mind, the professors do a great job challenging each individual, not by...

” – Benjamin from Temple City, CA
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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Auburn is definitely a highly academic school. Just because Auburn is in Alabama does not mean that it is by any means easy. It was actually just ranked as one of the hardest grading colleges in the nation. This is not a place for slackers. Be ready...

” – Jennifer from Snellville, GA
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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All of the classes are full of material and even the intro classes go above and beyond what one would have learned in high school, and even in an AP class.

” – Alyssa from Grand Blanc, MI
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 education is top-notch here at U of Iowa. The campus is beautiful and it's a Big Ten school with a small school feeling. At University of Iowa you will really feel like it's your home away from home.

” – Kevin from Crystal Lake, IL
University of Kentucky

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

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

” – adrian from pittsburgh, pa
DePaul University

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

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

” – Patrice from Sauk Village, IL
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 it's enormous pricetag, DU may seem rather intimidating at first, but it is worth every penny. The smaller class sizes, accessible professors, and friendly community of students make it a very welcoming place to study. When you're not studying...

” – Jonathan from Castle Rock, CO
American University

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

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American University has a wonderful, intensive general education program. It gives a great foundation and helps you to become a well-rounded student. In addition, the School of International Service (SIS) has an excellent International Relations...

” – Molly from Eaton, OH
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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I love the BYU experience! The classes are invigorating and fun! Sure, the Classes are difficult but you have access to professors you can talk to one-on-one, all-day tutoring labs, and study groups that you can have anywhere on this beautiful campus...

” – Carol from Provo, UT
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
Hofstra University

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

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Hofstra has been everything I wanted in a school and more! Literally it's a fairly small sized school, but the resources and connections are endless. Their programs are very well established and it's easy to study diverse subjects.

” – Mary from Murfreesboro, TN
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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small class sizes

” – Shaniqua from Saint Marys, GA
University at Buffalo - SUNY

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

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I feel like since I have attended college this fall I really have learned quite a lot of new material. A lot of the classes I am taking now are General Education requirements that everyone has to take unless you have received credit for these courses...

” – Hannah from Saratoga Springs, 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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The professors here at Hunter are very knowledgeable and are also very diverse. Most of the professors that I have had so far are very fair and are also very helpful. Just make sure you read your syllabus before hand so that you are never behind...

” – Oluwadara from Brentwood, NY
University of Arkansas

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

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

” – April from Fort Smith, AR
Missouri State University-Springfield

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

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Every professor is willing to help. Even when I did have a problem with a teacher I went to my advisor and the problem was cleared up that day! Everyone wants you to succeed.

” – Paige from Bolivar, MO
College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 62 undergraduate majors and 80 minors from six schools, plus 23 master's degree programs and 9 graduate-level...

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Professors at CofC are truly invested in their students. They urge students to get help during office hours and do their best to make sure you are learning the material. The majority of the courses I have taken are challenging yet interesting which...

” – Sophomore Biology Major
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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Amazing school.

” – Heather from Cherry Tree, PA
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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The University of Louisville is an excellent college with an outstanding health/science program. I am interested in the Nursing Program at the University of Louisville's Nursing Program because of their Instructor's qualifications and background and...

” – Alyssa from Cleveland, OH
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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I learn a lot because of the variety of students.

” – Breanna from Pensacola, FL
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-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. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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Learning through a college environment is much different than High School. The classes are more specialized about their subject. What I have learned in these classes has helped me decide my major, which will be Finance. The professors were always...

” – Sharndeep from Canton, 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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Spelman college is a historically black college where they focus on the advancement of women, specifically of African descent. This illustrious institution consist of scholarly students and professors who truly care about one another and want to...

” – Amani from Sacramento, CA
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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I love attending The Evergreen State College because of the top quality education, student-supportive learning environment, and tailoring of educational experience based on my individual needs. Professors get to know you and celebrate your growth...

” – Olygirl
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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You WILL fall in love with the location. The University is harder to stay in than it is to get in, so be prepared to be challenged! UNE is full of many different types of people, but most of us strive to help others.

” – Sophie from Hamilton, MT
University of West Georgia

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

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University of West Georgia is a great school. The location is nice, it's like the town is only for the school. Everywhere you go you see something that might say "UWG", its just cute. The school also has a great balance between doing your work and...

” – freshman
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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Tennessee state university also known as the land of golden sunshine in my opinion has a warm family feel environment. The student are close, teachers also have close relationships with the students. Since the classroom sizes are so small your able...

” – Ma'Khya from Southfield, MI
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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Georgia Southern is definelty a big scale, small feel university. The resources here are great, you get a great education here, and the campus is beautiful. I am really glad that I chose Southern

” – Ashley - Alpharetta, GA
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College

Welcome to the Block Plan, where you’ll take one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks. Prepare to dive into your current passion in small discussion-based classes, where professors will know your name, encourage you to grow, and respect your stride. Master...

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Colorado College is one of four colleges within the U.S. that teaches on the block plan. This innovative schedule means that students take one class at a time for three and a half weeks, in which time frame they gain four credit hours. The beauty...

” – Kirstie from El Paso, TX
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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There are ALWAYS things going on in the Tiger Den or on the track field. It's easy to get yourself in a game of ultimate frisbee or kickball. The SAC also does a great job getting fun events a few times a month.

” – Margaret from Henry, 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 offers class sizes that are small and allow you to a have a great learning experience with the Professors. The Professors on campus truly are some of the best because of their enthusiasm, love for what they do, and they...

” – Zachary from Lake Arrowhead, 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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The University of Toledo is an excellent school. In the classes that I am taking right now, I am learning a lot. I feel like by the time I graduate, I will have received an excellent education.

” – Sarah from Sagamore Hills, 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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Every class I walk out of, I feel that I have learned something new each day. Whether it be how to communicate in groups effectively to what began the civil war, I feel more knowledgeable.

” – Caroline
Alabama State University

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

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alabama state university is a well rounded school. the school offers a great amount of oppurtunities for the students that attend the school. the school is located around a lot of stores and businesses that offer plenty of jobs to the students...

” – trevion - rex, 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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Classes are hands on, and in my opinion, experience is the best teacher.

” – Jessica from Columbus, OH
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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All of my teachers at SIUC overall have been fantastic. I especially recommend Dr. Hahn for Philosophy 104 and Dr. Martin for Sociology 108. Dr. Hahn is a wonderful teacher and does a good job keeping lectures very interesting. He does not put up...

” – Lauryn from Illinois
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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Norwich University is a small, beautiful, historical campus split down the center: One half is civilian, the other is the corps of cadets. The classes are small with about 20 students and the work is challenging, but very rewarding. The University...

” – Katrina
Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech is home to the serious seekers, the relentlessly curious, bold and driven scholars who learn best by doing. Our hands-on approach to education includes a cooperative education program, field research projects, capstone experiences...

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Im majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology. I love how the labs are hands on. Almost every biology lab has one or more research projects that you work on for the semester. It teaches you how to design, conduct, and present research. This skills...

” – Stephanie from Hudsonville, MI
Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a 4-year interdenominational private school in Phoenix and the largest Christian university on the planet. GCU hosts eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. The university is also home...

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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The professors at this university really push you to your academic limits and help you to be the best student you can be. If you ask for help or extra tutoring, the professors are more than willing to set aside time for you.

” – Mirella from Burnsville, MN
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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The absolute only reason why I only put 4 stars is because as being a freshman I had to complete some general study classes that I felt was impractical for my major and felt I didn't benefit from. The classes designed for my major I would without a...

” – Alisha from Jackson , MO
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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Not only do you learn about your field of interest, but you also learn how to interact with so many different types of people. Winthrop is all about diversity!

” – Sarah from Columbia, SC
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst University 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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I really am learning a lot in this school. I'm not just learning things for my major but also things that I can apply towards life in general. Going to a liberal arts school helps you learn many things that can used for many majors.

” – Liliana from Glendale Heights, 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 professors are great and there are a ton of classes to choose from. (remember, this is college, meaning you will get out of it what you put into it.) i would highly recommend taking some random classes just because they sound interesting even if...

” – Jessica from Hilliard, OH
Park University

Park University offers a comprehensive selection of academic programs, while boasting a rich international culture, championship athletics programs, engaging student life activities, coupled inside a traditional university atmosphere. Located on the...

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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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I am going into my second year at WKU and I feel that I have already noticed a big difference in how I think about certain topics. The majority of my professors have opened up my eyes to certain topics that never really crossed my mind in high school...

” – Kaitlyn from Louisville, KY
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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Jackson State University is a medium sized campus and very diverse. The campus is beautiful, the professors care and the campus is full of history. I made a great decision of picking my HBCU, I hope others do the same! :)

” – Jasmyne from Saint Louis, MO
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
Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University is a 4-year, private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in Winchester, Virginia. Founded in 1875, Shenandoah has grown to include six locations throughout the Valley it was named after, offering...

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I go to the Conservatory of Shenandoah University and just from my first semester of Basic Acting, I have learned so much. There are two (at least at this time) different first year acting teachers, both have completely different teaching styles but...

” – Rebecca from Winchester, VA
Canisius College

Founded in 1870, Canisius College is a private, Jesuit institution located in Buffalo, New York. Admissions are rated as “selective.” Biology, psychology, finance, accounting and Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation are among the most popular...

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The teachers know their material very well and have time to help students in and out of the classroom. Material that has been covered in high school is expanded on and you will begin to develop your own conclusions in certain subjects.

” – Al from Lancaster, 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 professors here at this university are great. Since the class size is about 30 students, it is easy for the student to get to know their professors and spend time focusing on their key points in class, work on their flaws and correct whatever...

” – Ulysses from Wauconda, IL
Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond, KY, is a regional, public institution of higher education offering more than 100 diverse and in-demand degrees and concentrations. EKU provides a high-quality and affordable education to nearly 15,000...

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Eastern Kentucky University, an incredible school in Richmond Kentucky, gives students an undergraduate career that they've always dreamed of. Academics are challenging yet informative. Eastern keeps up with the latest technologies and tools to...

” – Kristen from Louisville, 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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From the standards of the admissions as well as the partnerships that Samford holds, I really do believe that learning will be taking place, both inside the classrooms and out.

” – TYEA from Birmingham, 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 teachers can either underestimate the amount their students can learn or overestimate what their students already know. Many teachers assume that their students cannot understand anything but the few that do not really rely on other teachers...

” – Christine from Lafayette, LA
Niagara University
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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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Attending Frostburg State University will teach you alot about yourself. You either make it or break it out here.

” – Edwina from Columbia, 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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HCC is a Community College designed to help students in many ways, such as financially or in planning their college career. The professors are a diverse group, but if you find one that has been rated well, their classes are usually worth taking. They...

” – Anna from Sugar Land, 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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Trinity University is a challenging school and most of the people that attend it are intelligent and ambitious. It is in a great city that is full of cultural opportunities. The professors are also very knowledgeable and really enjoy teaching and...

” – Taylor from Colleyville, 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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Gannon University provides a great environment for learning with small classes. Teachers really care about each students success. It is easy to maneuver around campus.

” – Kathleen from Cleveland, OH
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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Not only am I learning SO much in regards to my media major and other general courses, I feel that I am learning so much about life and how to be a prospect for change in my community.

” – Chris 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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Stockton was an amazing experience for my undergraduate education. The school is located in the middle of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and offers a campus that reflects the institution's dedication to environmental preservation. An ever-expanding list...

” – Cory from Sicklerville, 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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Arcadia has so many fun and interesting classes. The school's curriculum requirements mean that you're not stuck in the classes for your major. Instead, you get to experience amazing classes you couldn't in other schools. A really awesome part of...

” – Ashley from Collegeville, PA
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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SOU has a beautiful campus, great academics, and the student who go there are very nice and unique individuals.

” – Kaylie from Long Beach, CA
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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The college courses that I am currently enrolled in make me try my best and learn all I can in them. The professors try to actually make the classes interesting so students will want to return.

” – Jessica from Lewisburg, TN

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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Small classes, supportive staff, numerous majors/minors....

” – Laura from Bronx, NY
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
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
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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Lake Forest College is a small school with a great sense of community. Small class sizes make the classes interactive with professors who care. Athletic scene a close knit and is prominent here as well even for being a Division 3 school.

” – Kiersten from Temecula, CA
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

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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WOU is a medium-sized public university with strong programs in education, American Sign Language (ASL), the performing and visual arts, and criminal justice. The small-town environment is friendly and safe. The faculty are strong teachers who care...

” – Christian from Monmouth, 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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Several times I have scheduled college visits here. Everytime I found out exactly what I needed to learn for my upcoming year.

” – Elizabeth from 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 has an incredible staff of teachers, coaches, and advisors. The courses taught really help prepare the students for what they want to do after graduation. There is a lot of school spirit and activities.

” – Lydia from Zephyrhills, 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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CSU has an excellent location close to stores and eateries ,two minutes from a water park and close to downtown Charleston and the beach. The campus is BEAUTIFUL and peaceful, and sized just right! And the campus is still growing, to accommodate...

” – Angel from Sumter, SC
Carroll University

Carroll University is a selective liberal arts college located Waukesha, Wisconsin, with an affiliation to the Presbyterian Church. Established in 1846, Carroll University was the first 4-year higher learning institution in the state and began with...

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On average, the class sizes are about the size of a high school class (20-30 students), which means each student has a better opportunity to talk to their professor. I am someone who really likes science, so I really enjoy how the science labs have...

” – Erin from Appleton, WI
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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The professors here are definitely knowledgeable and are always happy to help you understand anything you might not. The small class sizes also contribute to how much individual attention you get from your professors, both inside and outside class...

” – Susan from Houston, TX
Plymouth State University

At Plymouth State, you will actively learn with faculty and students, not just within your major but from diverse disciplines and with partners such as businesses and organizations, getting real-world, resume-boosting experience. The Plymouth State...

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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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The five stars are not a joke. I am currently a freshman at Lindenwood University and I have learned so much within my first semester. Already I have learned with hands on experiences and in the classroom with terrific teachers. Those who are...

” – Candice from Eagleville, TN

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

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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At Harding University, the classes are challenging and the teachers are well educated and truly enjoy their jobs and their students. I have enjoyed every class I have been a part of, even Geology! All the classes truly involve you in what you are...

” – Kaitlyn from Searcy, AR