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Amherst College

Amherst College

Take every stereotype you can imagine about New England colleges. The Puritan ethic, the white wooden buildings, the preppy students, the snow… Compile them all and you will have a fairly accurate vision of Amherst. This small college has long been hailed as one of the best of its kind in America more..

Bard College

Bard College

Bard is perched on the edge of a small town overlooking the Hudson River in upstate New York, and is a college of liberal arts and sciences. Students here are focused on finding their place in the world, not just a career, and they are strongly encouraged to pursue personal as well as academic interests more..

Barnard College

Barnard College

Although it is a pretty safe bet that most English students, regardless of their education up to this point, are not too keen to lock themselves up in single-sex institutions for the next four years, it is worthwhile giving Barnard a mention. For all those girls out there who are looking for a top-rate more..

Bennington College

Bennington College

If you are free-spirited, liberal-minded and don't have an aversion to body hair or clogs then Bennington could be the place for you. It's known not only for its distinctly artsy student body and breathtakingly beautiful Vermont campus but also for the free hand that students have in planning and fulfilling more..

Boston University

Boston University

Most people think that Boston University doesn’t actually have a campus. It’s certainly hard to spot it – a lot of people walk through the whole thing thinking that they’re just in an interesting part of town. But actually the jumbled stretch of buildings all the way down Commonwealth Avenue more..

Brown University

Brown University

Brown has no core requirements. For some British students this can be a great thing. If after your GCSEs, you swore that never again would you look at a chemical equation or critique a sonnet, this flexibility seems the ideal situation.more..

Columbia University

Columbia University

It takes a certain type of person to thrive at Columbia. New Yorkers are known for being as tough as they come and life at New York’s top university follows this trend. Many quiet country mice will be turned off by the overwhelming nature of the big city, the constant noise, and the proximity of Harlem more..

Cornell University

Cornell University

It is a standing joke among Ivy League students that Cornell undergrads get away with having to do absolutely no work. This is certainly not true and there are many far more serious contenders to this claim (for example, ‘we have no mandatory courses’ Brown). more..

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

In many senses the Dartmouth atmosphere bears much resemblance to that of a British uni. If you are feeling homesick, there is tea served every day at four. Even more importantly for those used to non-Draconian drinking laws, the campus has its own pub – The Lone Pine Tavern – a rare institution more..

Hampshire College

Hampshire College

Hampshire is a member of the Five Colleges consortium (meaning students are able to take classes and use the facilities of any of the other four Amherst, MA, schools) but is an entirely unique college experience unto itself. This is because of the passion students and teachers alike have for alternative more..

Harvard University

Harvard University

You can always spot the English people who get into Harvard. Ask them where they’re going to university and they’ll somewhat shiftily reply, ‘America’. Ask them where in America and they’ll say, ‘Somewhere in Boston’. Pry further and you’ll eventually be rewarded by a combination of pride more..

Hunter College

Hunter College

Do you want to wake up in a city that never sleeps? Do you want to make those little town (little island?) blues just melt away? Come “be a part of it” at Hunter, NYC’s cool commuter college. A public “City” university in both the official and urban sense, Hunter has a long history of educating more..

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT is a campus obsessed by brains. If you do not relish the odd academic challenge and the daily competition that springs from being surrounded by America’s brightest – this is not the place for you more..

Middlebury College

Middlebury College

It’s hard to find anything wrong with Middlebury. Located in a small but quintessential college town in western Vermont (itself the quintessential New England state), it is one of the happiest and most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the country. Known for being very rigorous and academic more..

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College

A small, old, prestigious, all-female liberal arts college in rural Massachusetts (one of the so called "Seven Sisters", traditionally the women's Ivy League colleges where the smart girls went when Harvard etc were male only), Mount Holyoke remains firmly among the Massachusetts academic elite and one more..

New York University

New York University

NYU may not be the best college for you if you are the kind of person who likes to slack off or if you want a bona fide American campus experience. New York can be a lonely and scary place for those who are not gregarious or determined enough to go out there and make something of it. But if you have more..

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College

Located in Westchester County, New York, Sarah Lawrence is considered a top-tier liberal arts college, known for its superb writing programme. Their very different learning environment means that students don’t have to deal with grades, requirements, tests, or majors and have the luxury of classes more..

Skidmore College

Newsweek recently named Skidmore one of America’s '25 New Ivies', but rest assured, it does not have the ego of an Ivy League. Skidmore is somewhat off the beaten track in upstate New York, in a small wooded campus that, for some, is reminiscent of a summer camp more..

Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse is in many ways an ideal university, combining the good points of both big-college and small-college education along with an independent and occasionally experimental approach. Fairly mainstream in its social life, Syracuse has a strong frat/party culture, but also lots of alternatives and more..

Tufts University

Tufts University

Ask anyone to expand on Tufts’ reputation and they will probably mention two things - elephants and international relations. This small but prominent university, located on a hill next to Boston, is dominated by its college mascot (who appears in statues all over the campus) and its excellent international more..

University of Vermont

University of Vermont

The biggest university in a tiny state, and one of the oldest universities in the country, the University of Vermont (UVM) is an alternative school for a certain type of alternative. Having said that, the particular niche to which this school appeals actually encompasses a very large number of people more..

Vassar College

Vassar College

Vassar is situated on 1,000 acres in the Hudson Valley of New York state - and every inch of it is lovely. In fact, Vassar looks more like a botanical garden than a college campus. Forests, meadows, gardens, and well-manicured lawns permeate the grounds. And the academic and residential buildings more..

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan has been coined the ‘Diversity University’. The campus tends to lean toward extreme political-correctness and, according to The New York Times, is “naively liberal”. But don’t expect to see a non-stop show of tree- hugging hippies, angry protesters and naked parties. By most measures more..

Williams College

Williams College

Williams is one of the few American colleges that draws only two reactions from its students – either they love it or they hate it. Fortunately, for the success of this small and thriving East Coast school, the majority of its undergraduates fall into the former category. But prospective students more..

Yale University

Yale University

Jewel. Muckheap. Two of the words that spring to mind when trying to describe Yale and its local town, New Haven. Yet while the reasons why one of the prettiest college campuses in the US ended up at the centre of one of its ugliest industrial cities remain enigmatic, the secret of the college’s success more..

 

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