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Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri)

How many Wash U students does it take to change a light bulb?

3 – one to pay too much for it, one to bring it from the East Coast, and one to put the great experience on his CV.

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There’s only one university currently ranked by US News and World Report in the top 15 which is not a household name, and it’s Washington University in St. Louis. But despite not (yet) enjoying the same nation-wide recognition as, say, Ivy League Cornell, which is ranked below it, Wash U more than deserves its spot among the stars.

A middle-sized institution with tremendous academic prowess, fast-paced campus life and an ample endowment, Wash U attracts some of the finest minds from all over the country as a lesser known alternative to the all-star colleges. Though you may never have heard of the city of St. Louis (or even Missouri, a mostly unremarkable state bang in the middle of the country), it is a fantastic place to live, vying with Chicago for the best Midwestern college town award.

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