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Show/Hide Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO save school
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Washington University “is a top-tier university” that “offers students an opportunity to explore interests in a number of areas both academically and extracurricularly” and, “manages to maintain core Midwestern values.” As one student notes, “While it may not be as well known on the East Coast, it …

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Middle 50% Math score – 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score – 680-750

Middle 50% ACT score – 32-34

Total Enrollment – 7138

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Show/Hide Pomona College Claremont, CA save school
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At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get “an academically rigorous education” in a “low-stress California atmosphere.” At this prestigious liberal arts school, “The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp,” and “All classes are taught by professors, not grad st…

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Middle 50% Math score – 690-770

Middle 50% Verbal score – 680-780

Middle 50% Writing score – 680-780

Middle 50% ACT score – 31-34

Total Enrollment – 1586

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Show/Hide Elon University Elon, NC save school
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Elon University works hard to “broaden students’ horizons in all aspects of life, both in and out of the classroom” by “embracing the idea that student involvement is a key tool to developing a strong future.” Central to this mission is the school’s emphasis on experiential learning. “You will wor…

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Average GPA – 3.97

Middle 50% Math score – 570-660

Middle 50% Verbal score – 570-660

Middle 50% Writing score – 570-670

Middle 50% ACT score – 25-29

Total Enrollment – 4995

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Show/Hide The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC save school
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It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigo…

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Average GPA – 4.5

Middle 50% Math score – 610-700

Middle 50% Verbal score – 590-700

Middle 50% Writing score – 590-690

Middle 50% ACT score – 27-32

Total Enrollment – 18430

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Show/Hide Rice University Houston, TX save school
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A sunny and social place to get a prestigious degree, Rice University is Houston’s answer to the Ivy League. Consistently ranked as “one of the top universities of the nation,” Rice maintains a stellar faculty, a “vibrant research program,” and a “diverse selection of courses and departments.” “Pro…

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Middle 50% Math score – 690-790

Middle 50% Verbal score – 650-750

Middle 50% Writing score – 660-760

Middle 50% ACT score – 30-34

Total Enrollment – 3529

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Show/Hide Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA save school get a brochure
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Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics, “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “perfect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont McKenna is known for its government and economics ma…

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Private

Middle 50% Math score – 670-760

Middle 50% Verbal score – 630-720

Middle 50% Writing score – 640-730

Middle 50% ACT score – 29-32

Total Enrollment – 1301

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Show/Hide University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA save school
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The University of Southern California boasts “a dynamic and culturally diverse campus located in a world-class city which is equally dynamic and culturally diverse.” Everything related to cinema is “top notch.” Among the other 150 or so majors here, programs in journalism, business, engineering, an…

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Average GPA – 3.72

Middle 50% Math score – 670-770

Middle 50% Verbal score – 610-720

Middle 50% Writing score – 650-740

Middle 50% ACT score – 29-33

Total Enrollment – 17414

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Show/Hide United States Coast Guard Academy New London, CT save school get a brochure
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Students at the United States Coast Guard Academy applaud their school for providing “an outstanding education” while affording undergrads the “opportunity to [become] America’s leaders of tomorrow.” Many appreciate the “regimented environment,” which, according to one management major, “gives me …

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Average GPA – 3.78

Middle 50% Math score – 590-670

Middle 50% Verbal score – 550-640

Middle 50% Writing score – 540-630

Middle 50% ACT score – 25-29

Total Enrollment – 1045

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Show/Hide United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO save school get a brochure
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The United States Air Force Academy is “a leadership laboratory” and “an incredibly prestigious institution” that provides “rigorous academic and military training” for future Air Force officers. Students here have “the opportunity to travel the world, making a difference in lives and in history.” …

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Middle 50% Math score – 630-710

Middle 50% Verbal score – 590-680

Middle 50% Writing score – n/a-n/a

Middle 50% ACT score – 29-32

Total Enrollment – 4413

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Show/Hide Stanford University Stanford, CA save school
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The “passionate” undergrads at this academic powerhouse are enamored with the “amazing and unique” opportunities that Stanford has to offer. As a delighted sophomore explains, “Stanford has incredible resources, incredible people…and an unrivaled atmosphere of openness and collaboration.” An “entre…

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Middle 50% Math score – 690-780

Middle 50% Verbal score – 670-770

Middle 50% Writing score – 680-780

Middle 50% ACT score – 30-34

Total Enrollment – 6988

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Show/Hide Clemson University Clemson, SC save school get a brochure
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Located in sunny South Carolina, Clemson University is “the total package: challenging academics, beautiful campus, sports, a thriving Greek life, Southern edge, and that extra something that just makes me excited to be here every morning when I wake up.” “Nowhere else feels more like home,” says a…

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Average GPA – 4.1

Middle 50% Math score – 580-680

Middle 50% Verbal score – 550-650

Middle 50% Writing score – 500-600

Middle 50% ACT score – 25-31

Total Enrollment – 15459

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Show/Hide Middlebury College Middlebury, VT save school
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Home to “smart people who enjoy Aristotelian ethics and quantum physics, but aren’t too stuck up to go sledding in front of Mead Chapel at midnight,” Middlebury College is a small, exclusive liberal arts school with “excellent foreign language programs” as well as standout offerings in environmenta…

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Middle 50% Math score – 650-740

Middle 50% Verbal score – 640-740

Middle 50% Writing score – 650-760

Middle 50% ACT score – 30-33

Total Enrollment – 2507

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Show/Hide Princeton University Princeton, NJ save school get a brochure
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As a member of the grand old Ivy League, Princeton University has long maintained a “sterling reputation” for quality academics; however, students say Princeton’s “unique focus on the undergraduate experience” is what makes their school stand out among institutions. It attracts “really experienced …

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Average GPA – 3.89

Middle 50% Math score – 710-790

Middle 50% Verbal score – 690-790

Middle 50% Writing score – 700-790

Middle 50% ACT score – 31-35

Total Enrollment – 5220

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Show/Hide Amherst College Amherst, MA save school
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With just more than 1,700 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encourages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and “supportive” administration. “Professors …

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Middle 50% Math score – 670-770

Middle 50% Verbal score – 670-770

Middle 50% Writing score – 680-770

Middle 50% ACT score – 30-34

Total Enrollment – 1795

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Show/Hide Carleton College Northfield, MN save school get a brochure
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Students interested in “discovering what it is you want to learn and then learning it within a wide context” are drawn to Carleton College, a small and extremely rigorous school that’s “strongly liberal arts oriented” but also boasts “serious science departments.” One freshman explains the reasonin…

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Total Enrollment – 2018

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Show/Hide Wheaton College (IL) save school
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Wheaton College strives to cultivate students’ knowledge and to “prepare them to enter the world as strong and capable individuals who serve Christ and His Kingdom.” This “academically rigorous” and deeply religious liberal arts school is equally as interested in the character of each student, with…

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Average GPA – 3.73

Middle 50% Math score – 610-700

Middle 50% Verbal score – 600-730

Middle 50% Writing score – 590-710

Middle 50% ACT score – 26-32

Total Enrollment – 2434

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Show/Hide Virginia Tech save school get a brochure
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Students at tech schools don’t typically brag about their quality of life, but then again, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, otherwise known as Virginia Tech, is not your typical tech school. Here, students happily discover that they can enjoy “a diverse community,” “an accepting…

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Average GPA – 4

Middle 50% Math score – 570-670

Middle 50% Verbal score – 540-640

Total Enrollment – 23700

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Show/Hide West Point – The United States Military Academy West Point, NY save school get a brochure
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West Point “is all about transforming a regular citizen into an intellectual soldier with unparalleled skills of leadership, fit to lead America’s sons and daughters,” a grueling process to be sure. The West Point experience entails “an intensive academic, physical, and military curriculum” in whic…

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Middle 50% Math score – 590-690

Middle 50% Verbal score – 560-680

Middle 50% Writing score – 550-660

Middle 50% ACT score – 25-31

Total Enrollment – 4624

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Show/Hide Pennsylvania State University–University Park save school
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Pennsylvania State University “offers an amazing education [and] a sense of community, family, and pride,” its students tell us, and while students appreciate the “hundreds of classes to choose from (you can literally take any class you could ever dream of)” and the “endless opportunities for acade…

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Average GPA – 3.55

Middle 50% Math score – 560-670

Middle 50% Verbal score – 530-630

Middle 50% Writing score – 540-640

Total Enrollment – 38630

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Show/Hide United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD save school get a brochure
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Students at the United State Naval Academy are overjoyed about the amount of discipline involved, both academically and militaristically. Students feel “the structure is unparalleled, and the fact that PhDs routinely teach in class even for freshman core classes is amazing.” Midshipmen here appreci…

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Middle 50% Math score – 590-690

Middle 50% Verbal score – 550-670

Total Enrollment – 4603