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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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 students need to have a certain amount of resilience and the courage to promote themselves both academically and socially. It is Ivy League folklore that Cornell has the highest suicide rate of any of the colleges, something which is traditionally blamed on the gorges more..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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 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 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..
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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