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A Visit to Hampshire College

Sue at Hampshire College
About “Disrupt the status quo.” These are the words of the Hampshire College website. Since deciding not to accept SAT and ACT scores, Hampshire is nowhere to be found on the U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” list—and the trailblazing community takes pride in that fact. The researchers who compile the “Best Colleges” list simply don’t know how to deal with the institution’s forward-th...
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A Visit to Providence College

Campus chapel
About Providence College (PC) is a Catholic university of the Dominican tradition located two miles from downtown. The campus buildings are lovingly maintained, as are the plentiful green spaces. With an active, 100-year presence of robed friars on campus, it’s not surprising an ongoing discussion about human existence – including life’s meaning and purpose – is of central importance during th...
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A Visit to Amherst College

About A top-ranked, private liberal arts institution, nestled amongst quaint New England villages, Amherst College is the site of several historic “firsts”: the world’s first intercollegiate baseball game, the country’s first collegiate athletics program, and the nation’s first undergraduate neuroscience program. The 1,800 friendly and intelligent Amherst undergraduates reflect a commitment to g...
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A Visit to Auburn University

On a sunny fall afternoon, Tom (my trusty travel companion and husband) and I made the easy 90-minute drive from the Atlanta airport to Auburn, Alabama. The staff at the beautiful Hotel at Auburn University warmly greeted us. Auburn is a small, charming town with unique shops and restaurants. We ate dinner at The Hound, a family-owned restaurant famous for its delectable “bacon and bourbon.” Tom...
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A Visit to Mount Holyoke College

Holyoke Auditorim
A gifted teacher and persistent trailblazer, Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke College (MHC) in 1837 by seeking donations during a severe economic depression. Her famous words, “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do,” are the cornerstone of the MoHo (as the students affectionately call their school) experience. The first college to join what was to become the Seven Siste...
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A Visit to Smith College

Campus
By Sue Luse About With applications to women’s colleges on the rise, Smith College – a member of the original Seven Sisters – is prepared to successfully launch a growing number of future Ph.D. candidates into society. Founded in 1871, Smith College is overseen by the institution’s 11th president, Dr. Kathleen McCartney, who was the first in her family to attend college. Dr. McCartney parlayed ...
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A Visit to Brown University

Campus statue
By Sue Luse About Founded in 1764 as an Ivy League institution, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States, with undergraduate and graduate programs, the Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Professional Studies. The Brown community – composed of approximately 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and 500 me...
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A Visit to the Rhode Island School of Design

RISD
By Sue Luse About RISD (“RIZ-dee”) is the nation’s best-known and most selective art and design school with approximately 2,300 students. The campus sits next to Brown University on College Hill in Providence. Many campus buildings date from the 1700s and are beautifully preserved. One of the most interesting facilities is the RISD Museum – home to over 91,000 amazing pieces, including ancien...
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A Visit to Florida Gulf Coast University

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By Sue Luse I recently vacationed in Bonita Springs, Florida, and was looking forward to checking out Florida Gulf State University. So on a breezy, sunny day, I took off to tour the campus and explore the area. From their website: Fast Facts: Public University 10 percent from out-of-state 13,000 undergraduates 80% live on campus Annual cost of out-of-state tuition is $35,000 ...
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A Visit to Furman University

By Sue Luse Location Furman University is located in Greenville, South Carolina, an hour from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The downtown is filled with traditional southern charm and has won awards for being one of America's hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. The revitalized downtown is home to quaint shops, boutiques, fabulous restaurants and a world-class collection of muse...
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A Visit to Warren Wilson College

By Sue Luse Location Warren Wilson is located in Asheville, North Carolina, in the western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture. Its Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums. About Warren Wilson is a private four-year liberal arts work college. They are one of the few work colleges around. In additi...
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A Visit To The University of North Carolina – Asheville

Sue at UNC Asheville
By Sue Luse Location Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture. Its Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios. UNC - Asheville is only a mile from town and has a gorgeous campus - beautiful view of the...
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A Visit to Bob Jones University

By Sue Luse Location Bob Jones University is located in Greenville, South Carolina, an hour from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The downtown is filled with traditional southern charm and has won awards for being one of America's hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. The revitalized downtown is home to quaint shops, boutiques, fabulous restaurants and a world-class collection of m...
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A Visit to Clemson

By Sue Luse Location Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina, a college town that is small and rural. It lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the banks of Lake Hartwell. The nearest airport is in Greenville, South Carolina.X Academics Clemson has the perks of a big school but with small classes. There are 17,000 undergraduates. They lead the way in providin...
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A Visit to The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina

By Sue Luse Location The Citadel is located about a mile from downtown Charleston. Known for its beautiful beaches, world-class cuisine and historic downtown, Charleston, South Carolina is the number one tourist destination in the US according to Conde Naste Traveler's 2011-2014 rankings. Plenty to do in this city filled with southern charm, a friendly atmosphere and a unique culture. From ev...
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A Visit to the University of South Carolina

By Sue Luse Location USC is located in Columbia, South Carolina, which is the capital and largest city in South Carolina. Columbia is very scenic and lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River,which merge to form the Congaree River. As with most of South Carolina, Columbia is known for it's mild winters, early springs, warm autumns and, of course, it's hot and humid summer...
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A Visit to College of Charleston

By Sue Luse Location The College of Charleston is a beautiful, historic college located in one of the south's most popular and charming cities! A coastal city, Charleston is home to three beautiful beaches including Folly Beach on James Island. The City of Charleston embraces the College of Charleston providing jobs and internships. Many of the faculty live close by. Sue visited on a beautiful ...
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A Visit to Rice University

By Sue Luse Overview Rice University, a private university which leads in research, is located in Houston, Texas. A small and very diverse campus of 3,800 students, Rice provides rigorous coursework in various sciences as well as humanities & music. Competitive programs that are consistently top rated include engineering, architecture, pre-med, and pre-law. Undergraduate research both on ...
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A Visit to Hillsdale College

By Sue Luse History & Values Hillsdale College is an independent non-sectarian liberal arts college rich in history and tradition, located in rural southern Michigan. Founded in 1844 by a group of men and women of the Free Will Baptists, this small college prides itself on sound learning and maintaining independence. Hillsdale was the first American college to prohibit in its charter ...
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A Visit to the University of Michigan

By Sue Luse Campus Overview Located in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is a large, exciting campus with the dynamics of a smaller more personal experience. Nice open spaces. An arboretum on campus.  The Huron River runs through Ann Arbor which makes canoeing and  boating a popular recreation among students. Close to two state parks. Student Life There are 28,000 undergrads and appro...
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A Visit to Hope College

By Sue Luse About Hope Known for academic excellence and a vibrant Christian faith. Approximately 3,400 ecumenically diverse students. The faculty is not required to be Conservative Christian. Chapel is not mandatory and no faith statement is required as part of admissions. There are no GLBT groups. Hope is striving to be more diverse and more national. Location Holland, Michigan is a rea...
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A Visit to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

By Sue Luse Location/Overview Located in an urban setting in Knoxville with abundant lakes and rivers and only 40 minutes from the Smoky Mountains. Great college town. Founded in 1794 and became a land-grant university in 1869.  The campus is 580 acres - very walkable. A new Student Union is opening in 2016. They have their own police force and a blue light system. Student Life ...
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A Visit to Kalamazoo

By Sue Luse Location & Area Kalamazoo College (fondly referred to as "K") is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a city of approximately 240,000, located in scenic southwest Michigan. This city is a 10 hour drive from the Twin Cities and there are direct flights to/from Minneapolis and the Kalamazoo Airport. Kalamazoo is just 35 miles from Lake Michigan and approximately 140 miles from both D...
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A Visit to Whittier College

By Sue Luse About Whittier College is a small, private liberal arts  college in the heart of Southern California. Founded by the Quakers in 1877, this is no longer a Quaker institution, but still holds Quaker values, such as consensus-building, commitment to community, a global perspective, and respect for individuality. With approximately 1,700 students, Whittier is able to maintain a 13 to ...
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A Visit to Wheaton College

By Sue Luse Overview/Location Wheaton College is located in the affluent city of Wheaton, Illinois, which is approximately 25 miles west of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Downtown Wheaton is within walking distance and there is also a train stop right on campus. Wheaton is a non-denominational Christian College where students must have a Christian commitment. This institution is considered a top ...
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A Visit to Lake Forest College

By Sue Luse Campus Overview Lake Forest College is an easy 6 hour drive from the Twin Cities.  Located 30 miles north of Chicago and only minutes from Lake Michigan. This campus is beautiful, surrounded by a forest in a very affluent area.  The atmosphere feels like a cute New England town. An old campus with historic buildings. Admissions/Financial Aid Admissions Counselor for Minneso...
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A Visit to the University of California San Diego

By Sue Luse Overview As you might imagine, UCSD is the number one surf school in the country and has gorgeous weather year round. There are approximately 23,000 undergrad students - lots of skateboards and flip flops. This school is more conservative than Berkeley.  Engineering and science are strong here. Very diverse student with plenty of international students. Asian students comprise 45%...
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A Visit to the University of San Diego

By Sue Luse Overview The University of San Diego is a private, catholic university founded in 1949. Beautiful campus on 180 acres with new buildings. Easy to navigate and pedestrian-friendly campus. Beaches, mountains, downtown and the Mexican border are all within a short drive. The student body is approximately 50% Catholic and about 46% of students are from out of state.  International stu...
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A Visit to the University of Notre Dame

By Sue Luse About Located 100 miles east of Chicago,  just outside South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame is a 1,250 acre campus comprised of 8,500 undergraduate students. Notre Dame considers itself a Catholic academic community with ample opportunities for prayer, contemplation and celebration. Lovely grounds, a grotto, two serene lakes and a beautiful Gothic Basilica. Academic...
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A Visit to Valparaiso University

By Sue Luse About Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour's drive from Chicago. Valparaiso has a very cute downtown with a population of 31,000. They are known for engineering, nursing and business and also offer a meteorology program. Valparaiso also houses a law school. Valparaiso has a family atmosphere where students are very fri...
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