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slides: GoLocal’s Super Ranking: Top New England Colleges 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

 

What are New England's 86 best colleges and universities?

GoLocal has the answer, revealed in its 2nd annual Super Ranking: Top New England Colleges 2013.

After hundreds of hours of research and assessment, GoLocal names the region's best--from major universities to tiny liberal arts colleges--in a super-ranking that combines the nation's top educational rankings with grassroots student-oriented assessments. The result: a fresh view of how the full educational experience stacks up… from the Ivies to the NESCAC, and beyond.

A well-rounded snapshot

In search of a truly well-rounded snapshot of each college and university in New England, GoLocal utilized a combination of rankings derived from national sources, including US News & World Report, the Princeton Review, Forbes Magazine, and Washington Monthly, as well as Inside College, the Daily Beast, and College Prowler. From there, our researchers assessed more than 60 different factors, from overall quality rankings both nationally and regionally to rankings for best professors, housing, diversity, nightlife, career preparation, social/academic balance, and of course, food.

To read more about GoLocal's Top Colleges methodology, go here.

With a proprietary formula created to value the many characteristics that combine to form an overall picture of the "greatness " of a college or university campus, GoLocal's 2013 New England College Super Ranking presents a fresh view of the best of the best in New England.

Did your school make the list? 

With Sabrina Abballe, Elizabeth R. Koh, Monica White. Student quotes are from College Prowler

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#80T Western NE Univ.

Western New England University, Springfield, MA

www.wne.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 2,673
Tuition: $31,912
Admission rate:79.8%

Western New England is a small private university in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is a growing school that just transitioned to university status in 2011 and offers degrees in both Liberal Arts and pre-professional studies.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #70 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“The pre-pharmacy major at my school is an excellent program. The curriculum is very time consuming, but the work load is not impossible. All my teachers are absolutely amazing, and I look forward to going to their classes every day.”

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#80T Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts

www.stonehill.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 62

Enrollment: 2,471
Tuition: $35,110
Admission rate: 65.2%

Stonehill College is a private, Catholic college located in the suburbs of Easton, Massachusetts.  Stonehill offers 31 programs of study and a large, three story library. The Skyhawks compete in Division II athletics and fun-filled intramurals. Notable alumni include James “Lou” Gorman, former general manager for the Boston Red Sox.

2013 ranking highlights:

National Liberal Arts Colleges #100 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“I would totally choose education again if I had to do it all over again. I love the program and I'm very confident in the fact that I'll be able to get a job in my field after I graduate.”

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#80T St. Michael's Coll.

St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont

www.smcvt.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 44

Enrollment: 1,996
Tuition: $37,510
Admission rate: 78.1%

St. Michael’s is a private, Catholic college in Colchester, Vermont. The Liberal Arts education features small classes with a 12:1 professor to student ratio. Almost all students live on campus and 80% of students come from states outside Vermont. Also home to St. Michael’s Playhouse, a talented theater program.

2013 ranking highlights:

Great Town Gown Relations #8 (Princeton Review)

National Liberal Arts Colleges #90 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Small class sizes make for fantastic, enthusiastic conversation. Because the school is so small, course offerings may not live up to your expectations. Seminars are where it's at: they make you a more confident speaker and sophisticated thinker.”

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#80T St. Joseph's College

Standish, Maine

www.sjcme.edu

2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 1,039
Tuition: $31,826
Admission rate: 78.4%

Saint Joseph’s was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912 as an institution for women and was located on the convent grounds in nearby Portland until 1956 when it moved to its lakeside location in Standish. In 1970, Saint Joseph’s became coeducational and six years later began a distance education program for working adults. 

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #82 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

"They serve lobster during our weeks at school!"

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#80T Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

www.spfldcol.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 2,353
Tuition: $29,580
Admission rate: 67.8%

Springfield is a private college located on Watershops Pond in Massachusetts.  The college specializes in health sciences and human and social services. Springfield is known as the “Birthplace of Basketball” since notable alum, James Naismith, is the inventor of the sport.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #55 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“I love my program, and have no doubts about my career choice. I am going to be a physical therapist, and am confident I will be prepared for work.”

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#80T Endicott College

Beverly, Massachusetts

www.endicott.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 2,655
Tuition: $28,166
Admission rate: 67.0%

Endicott College is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts Bay. The college is best known for its applied learning strategy that requires all students to fulfill a set amount of internship hours to combine classroom and work experience. Notable alumni include Libby Moore, Chief of Staff at Harpo Productions.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #86 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Endicott's internship program sets it apart from other colleges and universities comparable to it in that most others don't require students to do internships. This program allows Endicott students to actively try out some jobs in their field to see whether or not they like their major or want to go in a different direction. It is an excellent opportunity to make future connections and get professional experience while still in undergraduate school.”

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#80T Assumption College

Worcester, Massachusetts

www.assumption.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 75

Enrollment: 2,089
Tuition: $33,805
Admission rate: 75.1%

Assumption is a Roman Catholic college in Worcester, Massachusetts that grants Bachelor of Arts degrees. The college features the French Institute, a prominent research center for studying French history, language, and culture. Assumption’s student publications include Le Provocateur newspaper, Phoenix, a literary magazine, and Thoreau's Rooster, a creative nonfiction journal.

2013 ranking highlights:

A+ School For B Students #38 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“I LOVE being an English Major at Assumption College. The professors are wonderful and the classes are interesting. We always have guest speakers and are able to talk to authors and people working in the field.”

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#79 Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

www.anselm.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 44

Enrollment: 1,899
Tuition: $33,810
Admission rate: 71.4%

Saint Anselm College is the third oldest Catholic college in New England.  Saint Anselm builds well-rounded individuals through its nationally accredited two-year humanities program entitled “Portraits of Human Greatness.” The ice hockey team is a successful sports program, as the Hawks have won 7 Northeast Ten Conference championships.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Campus Food #10 (Princeton Review)

Great Town-Gown Relations #20 (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“St. A's dining has some of the best food I have ever had in my life. They are nationally ranked for dining and have been for several years running, and this rating is well-deserved. There are tons of delicious hot options every night and it fits all sorts of lifestyles."

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#76T UMaine-Fort Kent

University of Maine-Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine

www.umfk.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 1,077
Tuition: $7,575 (In-State), $17,535 (Out-of-State)
Admission rate: 69.3%

Fort Kent is a small, public university in Northern Maine. Located near the border of New Brunswick and Quebec, this Liberal Arts school is well-acquainted with French American culture and many people in the region are bilingual.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (North) #13 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Being in northern Maine, people who love the outdoors and small-town life will feel right at home. Since you’re pretty far from the nearest city (and recreational opportunities), you learn to have fun with limited resources you have. I am from southern Maine and I can honestly say I have more fun in Fort Kent, Maine, which I never thought I’d say 2 years ago.”

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#76T MA Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

www.maritime.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 62

Enrollment: 1,278
Tuition: $6,867 (In-State), $21,064 (Out-of-State)
Admission rate: 62.8%

Massachusetts Maritime is the oldest continuously operating maritime academy in the country. The Academy promises high quality training in marine transportation, engineering, and environmental protection.  Students also ship down to the Caribbean between semesters to serve their Sea Terms, a voyage of about 52 days.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (North) #3 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Mass Maritime is very strict, after all it is a military based school. It definitely is a tough school to attend, but the challenges build you as a person, and the job opportunities this school offers, are by far one of the best in the country.”

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#76T Maine Maritime Acad.

Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

www.mainemaritime.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 62

Enrollment: 943
Tuition: $15,925 (In-State), $21,525 (Out-of-State)
Admission rate: 63.97%

Maine Maritime is a public, nautical training college that offers Bachelor’s degrees in engineering, biology, and science. Students are not required to participate in regimental lifestyle and their is no mandatory military service after graduation. The goal of the Academy is to instill leadership and management skills in its students.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (North) #3 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“A good percentage of students participate in the Regiment of Midshipmen which require students to follow certain rules, wear certain uniforms, and perform certain tasks to prepare them for life as a Merchant Marine. On the other hand there are majors that do not require the Regiment and many of those students live ordinary college lifestyles.”

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#75 Worcester State Univ.

Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts

www.worcester.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 54

Enrollment: 5,277
Tuition: $8,157 in-state, $14,237 out-of-state
Admission rate: 65.4%

Worcester State is a public college with popular business, education, and nursing programs. Approximately one quarter of students reside in the three on campus residence halls.  Worcester State was the only state college in Massachusetts to be ranked on the list of Best Northeastern Colleges in 2013.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeastern Colleges #133 (US News & World Report)

Top Public (North) #45 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“My program/major being Education has many benefits. The faculty is always there when you need them to be. The workload requires a lot of effort, but you know in the end it will all be worth it, because you will be successful.”

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#74 Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire

www.franklinpierce.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 1,696
Tuition: $29,950
Admission rate: 84.0%

Franklin Pierce is a private university located in rural New Hampshire. Overlooking Pearly Pond, Franklin Pierce houses the Center for Communication, Institute of Nature, and the Center for Civic Life. Intramurals are rather popular here, with almost half the student body participating, as well as the Adventure Recreation program.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #124 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“The school is small so it is easy to get to know one another and be included in things to do when you are not in class. The professors are really accessible and want to see you succeed.”

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#73 MA Coll. Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Massachusetts

www.mcla.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 53

Enrollment: 1,673
Tuition: $8,525 (In-State), $17,470 (Out-of-State)
Admission rate: 66.9%

Massachussets College of Liberal Arts is a public liberal arts college resting in the scenic Berkshires of North Adams, Massachusetts. The college is regularly recognized as a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College due to its intimate classroom setting of a 1:13 faculty to student ratio, research opportunities, and caring community.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (Liberal Arts) #10 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Academics at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are wonderful. I have learned a lot and have become an even more passionate student thanks to the courses and curriculum offered."

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#71T Eastern CT State Uni

Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut

www.easternct.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 54

Enrollment: 5,346
Tuition: $8,911 in-state, $18,492 out-of-state
Admission rate: 70.4%

Eastern Connecticut State University is a public liberal arts university located in Willimantic, Connecticut. The school’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum aims to mold students into dynamic leaders beyond college.  Eastern graduates have no problems finding employment , with 91% being employed or in graduate school after graduation.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (North) #29 (US News & World Report

What students say:

“There is an outstandingly diverse group of people at Eastern. There are no cliques or racial profiling that I have seen. Everyone gets along and acts like a family.”

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#71T Bard College/Simon's

Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

www.simons-rock.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 75

Enrollment: 350
Tuition: $44,915
Admission rate: 87.2%

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a small and intensive college located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires. Known as the “early college”, students are accepted after their sophomore or junior years in high school and are exposed to an inspiring curriculum and professors trained at prestigious universities.

2013 ranking highlights:

Class Discussion Encouraged #10 (Princeton Review)

Professors Get High Marks #14 (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Professors here have earned the highest degrees in their field and they REALLY know their stuff. They are extremely supportive and will challenge you more than you’ve ever been challenged before.”

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#70 UMaine-Farmington

University of Maine-Farmington, Farmington, Maine

www.umf.maine.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 48

Enrollment: 2,213
Tuition: $9,137 in-state, $18,225 out-of state
Admission rate: 81.7%

The University of Maine-Farmington is a nationally recognized liberal arts college and a “Best College” by US News & World Report for 16 consecutive years. Their excellent academic program has produced four of the last five Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients. Students also have ample opportunity to ski, snowboard, hike and bike in the great outdoors.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Value (North) #7 (US News & World Report)

Top Public (North) #5 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“So far my professors have been excellent. I came to Farmington for the teaching program and the small school feeling. The teachers give great one-on-one attention and push you to do your best.”

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#69 Univ. of New England

University of New England, Biddeford & Portland, Maine

www.une.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 2,790
Tuition: $31,870
Admission rate: 81.6%

The University of New England is an innovative health-sciences university and centered in liberal arts. Through offering over 40 degree programs and the only medical school in Maine, UNE prepares its students with comprehensive health education mission to excel in healthcare fields including pharmacy, dental health and nursing.

2013 ranking highlights:

Campus Housing B- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“The professors here are amazing, flexible, and willing to work with students.”

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#68 URI

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

www.uri.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 61

Enrollment: 13,219
Tuition: $10,878 (In-State) $26,440 (Out-Of-State)
Admission rate: 76%

The University of Rhode Island is a public learner-centered research university located in Kingston, Rhode Island.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (National) #77 (US News & World Report)

Students Study The Least #17 (Princeton Review)

What students say:

"There is a wonderful variety of clubs for you to become involved in, but there seems to be way too much focusing on partying."

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#66T Western CT State Uni

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut

www.wcsu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 6,407
Tuition: $8,104 in-state, $17,326 out-of-state
Admission rate: 62.38%

Western Connecticut State University is a public university located in Danbury, Connecticut. The university has four undergraduate schools in business, arts and sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional studies. Students also have access to a a center for legal counseling, which is fully funded by the student government.

2013 ranking highlights:

Best Northeast Colleges #70 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Academics are difficult to schedule. Offices should be open later at least a couple of days per week to enable non-traditional students to access necessary personnel.”

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#66T UMass-Lowell

University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts

www.uml.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 15,431
Tuition: $11,852 in-state. $18,965 out-of-state
Admission rate: 65.03%

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public university in Lowell, Massachusetts. Students learn from over 1,100 faculty members and can choose from over 100 degree programs as undergraduates. Lowell also has a strong sciences program, and has a radiation laboratory and Van De Graff accelerator for students in physics and nuclear engineering.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public (National) #94 (US News & World Report)

A+ Schools for B Students #170 (US News & World Report)

What students say:

"Varsity athletics at UML are fairly popular. Hockey is most popular, being D1 and receives the most amount of fans."

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#65 University of Maine

Orono, Maine

www.umaine.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: NR

Enrollment: 8,911
Tuition: $10,594 in-state, $27,454 out-of-state
Admission rate: 77.71%

Located on the banks of the Stillwater River, the University of Maine’s Orono campus is just 100 miles from the Canadian border. The UMaine Black Bears are best known for their competitive hockey NCAA D1 hockey program. Notable UMaine alumni include bestselling horror author Stephen King, who wrote Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile.

2013 ranking highlights:

National Universities #156 (US News & World Report)

Party Schools #19 (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“The hockey games are like no other! so much fun!!! other sports compare but the hockey games are a must!”

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#63T Univ. of Southern ME

University of Southern Maine, Portland, Gorham, Lewiston, Maine

usm.maine.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 54

Enrollment: 7,311
Tuition: $8,900 in-state, $21,260 out-of-state
Admission rate: 80.0%

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public urban comprehensive university and part of the University of Maine System. Originally founded as two separate universities (Gorham Normal School, University of Maine at Portland), the two state universities were combined in 1970 to help streamline the public university system in Maine and eventually expanded by adding the Lewiston campus in 1988.

2013 ranking highlights:

Regional Universities North #124 (US News & World Report)

Nightlife B- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Apparently noted people in their respective fields choose to retire in Maine and teach a few classes. 90% of the profs are amazing and you wonder what the heck they are doing at USM.”

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#63T Central CT State

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

www.ccsu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 49

Enrollment: 10,092
Tuition: $8,321 in-state, $17,902 out-of-state
Admission rate: 63.1%

Founded in 1849 to train teachers, CCSU has expanded over time to become a four-year degree granting institution. In the Connecticut State University system, CCSU is the most selective.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public #37 (US News & World Report)

Guys C+, Girls B- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“We don't have much team spirit, probably because our sports teams aren't very good which in turn makes for small fan support. Intramural sports are fun to participate in though.”

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#62 Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

www.ric.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 7,762
Tuition: $7,558 in-state, $18,256 out-of-state
Admission rate: 73.0%

Rhode Island College is the oldest of the three public institutions of higher education that operate under the aegis of the Board of Governors for Higher Education in Rhode Island. Notable alumni include actor Viola Davis and US Congressman James Langevin.

2013 ranking highlights:

Top Public North #36 (US News & World Report)

Nightlife B (College Prowler)

What students say:

“It worked out very well. They do a fantastic job catering to the needs of so many and making dreams come to reality.”

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#60T Westfield State Univ

Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts

www.westfield.ma.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 5,397
Tuition: $8,139 in-state, $14,219 out-of-state
Admission rate: 61.2%

Founded in 1838 by noted educator and social reformer Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender and economic class, Westfield State University is the most residential of public institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts. 

2013 ranking highlights:

Regional Universities North #108 (US News & World Report)

Food B- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“There are always lots of activities going on around campus and many clubs to join. Heck, if we don't have the club you could start one up in a heart beat. The campus is very beautiful in the months of nicer weather, and there is a huge park across the street with the most wonderful rose garden ever!”

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#60T College of the Atlan

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

www.coa.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 36

Enrollment: 354
Tuition: $37,701
Admission rate: 58.2%

The College of the Atlantic was conceived by Mount Desert Island residents who wanted to stimulate the island's economy during the off-season by creating a year-round institution of higher education. In 1968, Father James Gower, a Catholic priest and peace activist, and his former football teammate from Bar Harbor High School, businessman Les Brewer, conceived the idea for the College of the Atlantic. The school's curriculum is based on human ecology and focuses on interdisciplinary learning.

2013 ranking highlights:

#12 Best Value Liberal Arts (US News & World Report)

#14 Class Discussions Encouraged (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Yes, it feels weird at first to all have the same major, but since everyone does something different with it, it starts to make even more sense. Human Ecology becomes something unique for each student and even the faculty don't always agree on what it is, but the more time that I've spent working in other places outside the school, the more I realize how much that sort of mentality is appreciated.”

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#59 Hampshire College

Amherst, Massachusetts

www.hampshire.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 39

Enrollment: 1,500
Tuition: $44,700
Admission rate: 71.4%

Hampshire College was opened in 1970 as an experiment in alternative education, in association with four other colleges in the Pioneer Valley. Hampshire is known for its alternative curriculum, focus on portfolios rather than distribution requirements, and reliance on narrative evaluations instead of grades and GPAs. Further, the college is well respected for its support of study of film, music, theater and the visual arts.

2013 ranking highlights:

#112 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News & World Report)

#4 Most Free-Spirited (Daily Beast)

What students say:
“Hampshire is built around the idea of academic freedom, and holds to that in all regards. Your committee will be behind you every step of the way, and help you pick the concentration that most enriches you over the course of your time here.”

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#58 US Coast Guard Acad.

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

www.cga.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 29

Enrollment: 1,045
Tuition: $0
Admission rate: 16.1%

The United States Coast Guard Academy is a military service academy located in New London, Conn., overlooking the Thames River. Unlike the other service academies, admission to the Coast Guard Academy is based purely on merit—a congressional nomination is not required.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 Top Public North (US News & World Report)

#3 Most Accessible Professors (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“When you are a cadet, you are expected to uphold a standard of behavior that does not leave space for keg parties and typical college hijinks.”

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#57 Southern CT State

New Haven, Connecticut

www.southernct.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 47

Enrollment: 8,696
Tuition: $8,541 in-state, $18,122 out-of-state
Admission rate: 71.8%

Southern Connecticut State University began in 1893 when three teachers and 84 students met at the old Skinner School in New Haven to create a two-year teacher training school. By 1937, Southern had grown into a four-year college with the power to grant bachelor's degrees. SCSU's men's soccer team is the most successful on the national level, having won six titles, the most for any Division II men's soccer team in the country.

2013 ranking highlights:

Food B (College Prowler)

Diversity B (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Everyone gets along at Southern regardless of race or religious affiliations. While there is a fair amount of diversity here, it is not something that is really celebrated, and I think that is a shame.”

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#56 UMass-Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

www.umassd.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 7,580
Tuition: $11,681 in-state, $18,363 out-of-state
Admission rate: 70.0%

UMass Dartmouth is best known for its programs in engineering, nursing, marine science, business, visual and performing arts, and also its Portuguese studies programs. The university has one of the nation's most extensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Portuguese language and literary studies, offering both a BA and an MA in Portuguese Studies, as well as a new Ph.D. program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory.

2013 ranking highlights:

#79 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

#21 Top Public North (US News & World Report)
B Nightlife (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Everyone has their own style and own clique but everyone is friendly at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.”

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#55 Emmanuel College

Boston, Massachusetts

www.emmanuel.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 60

Enrollment: 2,224
Tuition: $33,650
Admission rate: 55.7%

Founded as a women's college by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1919, Emmanuel went coed in 2001. The college was mostly known for training teachers but President Sister Janet Eisner secured millions in federal science grants to fund the construction of a $50 million science center, which opened in 2009.

2013 ranking highlights:

#47 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

Food, Nightlife A- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“The tuition is not cheap, there is no Greek life, and sports aren't very prominent so academics is a large focus among the student body.”

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#52T Univ. of Hartford

University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut

www.hartford.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 74

Enrollment: 5,350
Tuition: $32,172
Admission rate: 71.1%

The University of Hartford is a private, independent, nonsectarian, coed university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. The university was chartered through the joining of the Hartford Art School, Hillyer College, and The Hartt School in 1957.

2013 ranking highlights:

#79 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Greek life is a very big part of the university. They do a lot and are seen everywhere. If it is not for you then it's not that big of a deal but if it is then you're in luck.”

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#52T Salve Regina Univ.

Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island

www.salve.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 75

Enrollment: 2,028
Tuition: $33,950
Admission rate: 69.5%

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina was chartered by the state of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the university acquired Newport mansion, Ochre Court, and welcomed its first class of 58 students. 

2013 ranking highlights:

#38 A+ Schools For B Students North (US News & World Report)

Facilities B (College Prowler)

What students say:

“I am a nursing major, and like all nursing majors will tell you, the workload is brutal. No surprise there though. Salve tries to space the classes out a little so you're not take too many at once, but the classes are difficult.”

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#52T Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut

www.fairfield.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 40

Enrollment: 3,835
Tuition: $41,690
Admission rate: 69.4%

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1942, the primary objectives of a Fairfield University education are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. 

2013 ranking highlights:

#2 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

#11 Best Value North (US News & World Report)

What students say:

“Fairfield is definitely a rich school. All the guys here are pretty hot, and there are a lot of athletes. All the girls have the designer bags and shoes. But there are still the students that are just from a middle class family, there on a scholarship.”

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#50T Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

www.gordon.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 62

Enrollment: 1,573
Tuition: $32,100
Admission rate: 39.7%

Gordon College (GC) is a liberal arts college located on the former Princemere estate in Wenham, Massachusetts. Founded by Baptist minister A. J. Gordon as a missionary training institute, the predominantly undergraduate college is largely Christian. Students are required to sign the school's Statement of Faith, though the religious conclusions and commitments among students and faculty remains diverse.

2013 ranking highlights:

#130 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News & World Report)

A- Housing, Girls (College Prowler)

What students say:

“We have a dry campus and for the most part there is no alcohol or drug scene. If you know certain people it is possible to get drugs and alcohol, but it is frowned upon by the rest of the campus.”

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#50T Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

www.bennington.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 44

Enrollment: 686
Tuition: $44,220
Admission rate: 72.4%

Bennington College is a private liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont. The college was founded in 1932 as a women's college and became co-educational in 1969. The Atlantic recently named Bennington's MFA in writing one of the nation's best, and Poets & Writers Magazine named it one of the top three low-residency programs in the world.

2013 ranking highlights:

#100 National Liberal Arts (US News & World Report)

#3 Class Discussions Encouraged (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Since we have houses here, it's a completely different experience. Every house is different and has its own kind of rules, people, and personalities, and all of the houses rock.”

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#49 Simmons College

Boston, Massachusetts

www.simmons.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 42

Enrollment: 1,785
Tuition: $34,350
Admission rate: 46.6%

Established in 1899, Simmons is a private women's undergraduate college and private co-educational graduate school in Boston. The school's MBA program is the first in the world designed specifically for women.

2013 ranking highlights:

#15 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

#15 Stone-Cold Sober Schools (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Simmons is in the Fenway area of Boston very near Harvard Medical School. It's Boston, teeming with students from just about everywhere with plenty of outside activities to take advantage of as well as nightlife. It's a great city!”

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#48 Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

www.bryant.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 33

Enrollment: 3,337
Tuition: $35,940
Admission rate: 76.7%

Bryant University was founded in 1863 as a branch of Bryant and Stratton, a national school which originally taught bookkeeping and methods of business communication. Originally located in downtown Providence, the school moved to its current location in 1971 when the founder of Tupperware, Earl Silas Tupper (a Bryant alumnus), donated 428 acres of land.



2013 ranking highlights:

#15 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

A- Guys (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Since going D1 Bryant athletics has really stepped up their game and so has the student body in fan support and school spirit.”

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#47 Lesley University

Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts

www.lesley.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 75

Enrollment: 1,478
Tuition: $32,098
Admission rate: 66.5%

Lesley University is a private university known for its education, expressive therapies, creative writing, and arts programs. The university's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is consistently ranked as one of the best low-residency MFA programs in the nation. 

2013 ranking highlights:

#86 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

B Food, Greek Life (College Prowler)

What students say:

“At Lesley they require you to take two internships as part of your studies which I absolutely loved and was a reason I chose to attend. This opportunity puts you ahead of other adults when you graduate and looks great on your resume.”

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#46 Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

www.babson.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 31

Enrollment: 2,007
Tuition: $41,888
Admission rate: 33.8%

Babson College, a private business school, is one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world, having received many accreditations for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Babson's undergraduate school has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship for 16 years.

2013 ranking highlights:

#5 Lots of Race/Class Interaction (Princeton Reviews)

#9 Foreign Students (Daily Beast)

What students say:

“It is almost a mini United Nations on our campus the way so many countries, states, and cultures are represented. If you can think of a country, odds are there is a Babson student on campus from that country.”

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#45 Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

www.keene.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 54

Enrollment: 5,109
Tuition: $12,776 in-state, $19,676 out-of-state
Admission rate: 74.8%

Founded in 1909 as a teacher's college, Keene State College offers nearly 40 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs, and selected graduate degrees. The Education major is a respected teacher education program, and Keene State hosts major annual seminars in children's literature.

2013 ranking highlights:

#98 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

B+ Nightlife (College Prowler)

What students say:

“The Greek life is a great contribution to the school. Many efforts to increase the social lives of students here as well as give back to the community.”

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#43T Southern NH Univ.

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, Hookset, New Hampshire

www.snhu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 81

Enrollment: 7,351
Tuition: $28,050
Admission rate: 87.2%

Also known as SNHU, this is a private university in Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire. Paul LeBlanc, the university's President, is one of the signatories of American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and in 2007 SNHU became the first carbon-neutral university in New Hampshire.

2013 ranking highlights:

A Food (College Prowler)

B+ Housing, Diversity (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Doing my undergrad in a very diverse university I was happy to see how diverse SNHU is too. In all my classes I've had classmates that come from different backgrounds than me and that what makes our classes a better space to learn.”

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#43T Plymouth State Univ.

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire

www.plymouth.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 68

Enrollment: 4,455
Tuition: $12,560 in-state, $19,460 out-of-state
Admission rate: 73.8%

Plymouth State University was founded as Plymouth Normal School in 1871. Over time it has been a teachers college, a state college, and finally a state university in 2003. The school made headlines in 1985 when Sports Illustrated featured PSU running back Joe Dudek as its pick for the Heisman Trophy. Dudek earned the attention for breaking Walter Payton's mark for career touchdowns.

2013 ranking highlights:

#41 Top Public North (US News & World Report)

#23 Party Schools (Daily Beast)

What students say:

“It's a different atmosphere than bigger schools like UNH. The workload is challenging, which keeps us going."

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#42 Marlboro College

Marlboro, Vermont

www.marlboro.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 50

Enrollment: 300
Tuition: $36,560
Admission rate: 87.3%

Students at Marlboro create an individualized course of study in collaboration with faculty members and participate in a self-governing community. The campus hosts the famed Marlboro Music Festival.

2013 ranking highlights:

#13 Students Study The Most (Princeton Review)

#17 Professors Get High Marks (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Broomball. That's what really matters. Soccer and Skiing are fun, but only broomball draws the full attention of the student body.”

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#41 Roger Williams Univ.

Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

www.rwu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 54

Enrollment: 4,451
Tuition: $31,618
Admission rate: 77.7%

Although named for Rhode Island co-founder and theologian Roger Williams, this private liberal arts university has no religious affiliation. The university has drawn attention for its program in civil discourse, including the journal Reason and Respect, which has brought speakers including  Salman Rushdie, David Gergen and others to campus.

2013 ranking highlights:

#55 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

#5 Best Food (Daily Beast)

What students say:

“I'm an architecture major and am learning more than I can handle! It's fantastic.”

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#40 Franklin W. Olin

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts

www.olin.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 29

Enrollment: 344
Tuition: $40,475
Admission rate: 16.4%

Olin College, as it’s known, is a private undergraduate engineering college located in Needham, Massachusetts. Olin is noted in the engineering community for its youth, small size, project-based curriculum, and large endowment funded primarily by the F. W. Olin Foundation. Olin admitted its first full class of 75 students in 2002

2013 ranking highlights:

#10 Town-Gown Relations Great (Princeton Review)

Very Best College Dorms (Inside College)

What students say:

“The professors are genuinely passionate in their field and enjoy teaching their students.”

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#39 Univ. of New Haven

University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut

www.newhaven.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 50

Enrollment: 6,385
Tuition: $32,750
Admission rate: 63.76%

The University of New Haven is comprised of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Forensics, and Lifelong & eLearning for adult and online students. Students can choose from 160 clubs and organization to fill their time, or take a shuttles to go shopping, to the beach, or to downtown New Haven.

2013 ranking highlights:

#100 Best Northeast Colleges (Princeton Review)

A- Diversity (College Prowler)

What students say:

"While many find it annoying, we are constantly getting emails about events on campus. There are always events that anyone can participate in and are usually free of cost, which is huge for college students."

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#38 WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

www.wpi.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 40

Enrollment: 5,778
Tuition: $41,380
Admission rate: 56.72%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has 14 academic departments that offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The school is known for its Global Perspective Program, which sends more engineering students abroad than any other US college or university.

2013 ranking highlights:

#25 Foreign Students (The Daily Beast)

A- Academics (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Thanks to the career development center at WPI I do not have any concerns about finding a job in my field.”

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#37 Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

www.conncoll.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 23

Enrollment: 1,903
Tuition: $44,890
Admission rate: 34.42%

Connecticut College is considered to be part of a group of colleges called “Little Ivies,” which also includes schools like Amherst College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University. It is known for its interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research, and service learning.

2013 ranking highlights:

#10 Most Beautiful (The Daily Beast)

#41 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News and World Report)

What students say:

“The atmosphere inspires happiness and familiarity. The student and faculty are the kind of people who I would have chosen to surround myself with because we share the same ideals.“

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#36 Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

www.sacredheart.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 67

Enrollment: 4,173
Tuition: $33,905
Admission rate: 53.7%

Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic university founded in 1963 and was the first Catholic university in the US to be staffed by the laity. SHU is the second largest Catholic university in New England, behind Boston College.

2013 ranking highlights:

#38 Regional Universities North (US News & World Report)

#14 Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review)

A- Guys (College Prowler)

What students say:

"Athletics at Sacred Heart are a major social aspect of campus life. The school spirit is always present at games and throughout the entire school.”

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#35 Wheaton College

Norton, Massachusetts

wheatoncollege.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 43

Enrollment: 1,622
Tuition: $43,712
Admission rate: 60.2%

Founded in 1834 as a female seminary, Wheaton College is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. Wheaton became a women's college in 1912 and did not admit men until 1988, more than 150 years as a female-only institution.

2013 ranking highlights:

#60 National Liberal Arts College (US News & World Report)

#19 Brainiacs (Daily Beast)

What students say:

“There is an occasional party but they get old really fast.”

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#33T Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

www.providence.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 34

Enrollment: 4,448
Tuition: $40,975
Admission rate: 60.56%

Providence College is comprised of four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Professional Studies, and Continuing Education. Its academic approach is well known for its two-year Development of Western Civilization program, also known as “DWC” or “Civ.” Notable alumni include actor John O’Hurley, film director Peter Farrelly, and rising NBA star Marshon Brooks.



2013 ranking highlights:

#5 Best Value (North) (US News & World Report)

#3 Everyone Plays Intramural Sports (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“I absolutely love Providence College and can't imagine myself anywhere else. We have SO many extracurricular options, and I feel very lucky to have a Division I atmosphere at a small, close-knit school.”

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#33T Johnson & Wales

Johnson & Wales University

www.jwu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 50

Enrollment: 10,848
Tuition: $26,112
Admission rate: 76.49%

Johnson and Wales University operates in four locations nationwide, and each consists of the College of Business, the College of Culinary Arts, the Hospitality College, and the School of Arts and Sciences. The Providence location offers additional undergraduate and graduate schools in subjects like Education and Technology.

2013 ranking highlights:

#98 Best Northeast Colleges (US News & World Report)

What students say:

Johnson & Wales is very conveniently located next to Providence Place Mall which makes for a great hang out spot during your down time. Also, downtown Providence is full of things to do such as ice-skating in the winter time and water fires and festivals in the warmer weather.“

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#31T Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

www.suffolk.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 66

Enrollment: 9,292
Tuition: $30,792
Admission rate: 78.99%

Suffolk University, located on Beacon Hill, is the third-largest university in Boston. The school has three on-campus dorms and housing is determined on a first-come-first-served basis, which can make it quite competitive. Suffolk has hosted high profile speakers such as John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and George H.W. Bush.

2013 ranking highlights

#18 Great College Towns (Princeton Review)

Colleges with Great Career Preparation (Inside College)

What students say:

“The academics are challenging, the school is located in the Heart of Boston, the professors truly care about their students, and I got a great job upon graduation.“

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#31T UNH

University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

www.unh.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 36

Enrollment: 15,172
Tuition: $16,424 (in-state), $28.884 (out-of-state)
Admission rate: 74.16%

The University of New Hampshire is the largest in the state, and boasts over 100 majors and 2,000 course offerings. Its main campus is located in Durham, while another campus is located in Manchester. Students can participate in some 200 student organizations that cover a broad range of interests.



2013 ranking highlights:

#20 Lots of Beer (Princeton Review)

#17 Greenest (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“Our schools campus activity board, or CAB, is always doing something fun. If you don't like something CAB puts on you must live under a rock.“

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#30 Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

www.holycross.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 20

Enrollment: 2,905
Tuition: $43,400
Admission rate: 33.12%

College of the Holy Cross is known for its Monsterrat Program for first year students. The program forms small groups of students that take the same classes, live in the same themed residence areas, and take part in group activities. It also emphasizes discussion in small seminars and interdisciplinary “clusters.”

2013 ranking highlights:

#5 Return on Investment (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“School With a Heart – I came to Holy Cross for athletic and academic reasons, but ended up staying because the Jesuit identity really does wonders for establishing a solid, loving community on campus.“

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#29 Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

www.champlain.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 28

Enrollment: 3,084
Tuition: $29,865
Admission rate: 84.58%

Champlain College is a private non-profit college located in Burlington, Vermont. The college boasts a unique atmosphere due to many of its buildings being restored Victorian-era private homes. Its academic approach is its signature Upside Down Curriculum, in which students pursuing professional ventures and taking classes in career-oriented majors right away.

2013 ranking highlights:

#2 Class Discussions Encouraged (Princeton Review)

Nightlife: A- (College Prowler)

What students say:

“Champlain College is very accepting, even encouraging of their diverse student body. Burlington, VT is a very liberal place to live; this population seeks out and embraces new ideas and ways of life.“

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#28 Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

www.bentley.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 25

Enrollment: 5,565
Tuition: $39,628
Admission rate: 43.35%

Bentley University aims to create ethical, socially responsible, and creative organizational leaders across the fields of business and the arts and sciences. Notable alumni include WJLA-TV broadcast journalist Gail Huff and Big Brother star Mike Malin.

2013 ranking highlights:

#18 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs (Princeton Review)

#16 Best Career Services (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“It's a business school and that's exactly what you are going to get, a business education. All classes seem to have some sort of a business focus. If you are into business, the quality of the education doesn't get much better than what you'll find here. “

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#27 Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

www.clarku.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 30

Enrollment: 3,462
Tuition: $38,450
Admission rate: 67.92%

Clark University is a small research school in Worcester, MA. Clark’s education model is LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), which combines real-world and workplace experience with its liberal arts curriculum. Twenty-five percent of Clark’s graduating class stays to pursue a “tuition free” master's degree in one of 14 areas of study.

2013 ranking highlights:

#28 Best Value (US News & World Report)

Colleges with a Social/Academic Balance

What students say:

“It's true when they say they have a large international population. The US Citizens are also very diverse in their own ways too. Clark has a climate that praises diversity so it is never absent in your experiences. You'll find diversity in terms of races, politics, sexuality, beliefs, income level, and general personality.”

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#26 Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

www.emerson.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 38

Enrollment: 4,438
Tuition: $34,198
Admission rate: 48.44%

Emerson College is a private university in Boston. It is the only school in the country devoted exclusively to educating students in communication, media, and the arts in a liberal arts context. The urban campus has building located throughout city’s Washington Street Theatre district, offering stunning views of the iconic Boston Common.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 LGBT Friendly (Princeton Review)

#1 Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“I would pick this school again in a heartbeat. The program is unbeatable. The teachers are all employed in their fields of study and have excellent knowledge of the courses. I'm not terribly concerned about finding a job in my field because there are infinite networking options at Emerson. Everyone helps each other out; it's like a big, crazy, artsy family.“

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#24T Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

www.trincoll.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 21

Enrollment: 2,440
Tuition: $45,730
Admission rate: 30.4%

Trinity College is a private liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. Coeducational since 1969, Trinity students matriculate to the university by signing the matriculation register — a practice in place since 1826. Students enjoy a 10:1 student to teacher ratio and five a capella groups.

2013 ranking highlights:

#18 Most Politically Active

What students say:

“For a small school, we have a lot of pride. Our mascot is a bantam, which could be defeated by a panther or a bobcat in real life, but we are proud of this fighting rooster, wearing t-shirts that say 'fear the chicken.'”

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#24T Quinnipiac Univ.

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut

www.quinnipiac.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 34

Enrollment: 8,352
Tuition: $38,000
Admission rate: 63.13%

Quinnipiac University is a private university in Hamden, Connecticut. Near Sleeping Giant State Park, Quinnipiac is also 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. In addition to 52 undergraduate majors, Quinnipiac has 20 graduate programs and a law school.

2013 ranking highlights:

#17 Most Beautiful Campus (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Things are definitely great around campus!  There is so much support and great people. The facilities are also amazing.”

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#22T UMass-Amherst

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

www.umass.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 32

Enrollment: 28,084
Tuition: $13,230 in-state, $26,645 out-of-state
Admission rate: 65.63%

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research university in Amherst, Massachusetts. Known for its strong research programs, Amherst also offers 88 undergraduate majors to its students. Students at Amherst enjoy a variety of extracurricular groups, including its newspaper, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, and two radio stations.

2013 ranking highlights:

#3 Best Campus Food (The Princeton Review)

What students say:
“The dining halls serve a wide variety of foods. There are a lot of on campus restaurants and businesses that serve really good, cooked to order food.”

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#22T Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

www.brandeis.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 24

Enrollment: 5,828
Tuition: $43,708
Admission rate: 39.99%

Brandeis University is a private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts. Named for the first Jewish Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis is home to multiple a cappella groups, theater and sketch comedy troupes and improv-comedy groups. It is also home to a number of research centers and institutes, including the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

2013 ranking highlights:

#15 LGBT Friendly (The Princeton Review)

#13 Most Liberal Students (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“The fact that it is a small school compared to others makes it unique. It gives you a chance to meet a lot of people on campus and see familiar faces you experience your college life with. The facilities are always kept in top shape and the life is relaxing.”

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#21 Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

www.bates.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 18

Enrollment: 1,769
Tuition: $44,300
Admission rate: 27.0%

Bates College is a private liberal arts school located in Lewiston, Maine. The first New England college to admit both men and women, Bates also made the SATs optional for admission in 1984. The college has a strong commitment to sustainability, installing occupancy sensors and passive lighting to minimize electricity use.

2013 ranking highlights:

#12 Best College Radio Station (The Princeton Review)

#11 Best Campus Food (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“I love Bates College, plain and simple. It is truly a home for students. There are so many options that fit what everyone wants but what truly makes Bates special are the uniquely nice and enthusiastic people that go to school here. Enthusiastic about learning, about our sports teams, and about going all out for school events like the puddle jump!”

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#20 Univ. of Connecticut

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

www.uconn.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 19

Enrollment: 17,815
Tuition: $11,242 in-state, $29,074 out-of-state
Admission rate: 47.3%

The University of Connecticut is a public university in Storrs, Connecticut. Students at UConn can choose from over 100 majors and 87 minors at any of the university’s six campuses. Many also choose to live on their respective campuses and enjoy a variety of school traditions, from mud volleyball to an annual lip-syncing contest.

2013 ranking highlights:

#18 Jock Schools (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“It’s a great challenge to know that you are working towards a specific field of studies. Although UConn can be challenging, the feeling when you complete a course and attain so much information can feel so rewarding.”

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#19 Northeastern Univ.

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

www.northeastern.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 27

Enrollment: 12,913
Tuition: $39,736
Admission rate: 34.5%

Northeastern University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is known for its open spaces and close proximity to other major educational institutions, like the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. Students at Northeastern live in the heart of Boston’s Fenway Cultural District, with easy access to the T and the city’s world-renowned Symphony Hall.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 Best Career Services (The Princeton Review)

#12 Dorms Like Palaces (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Northeastern students have built a great reputation with the employers we've worked with over the years, so options for students continues to grow. Not only do students have access to an incredible variety of existing "co-op" employers, but Northeastern students are highly encouraged to create their own positions with new organizations, both domestically and abroad.”

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#18 Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

www.bu.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 16

Enrollment: 18,140
Tuition: $42,994
Admission rate: 49.4%

Boston University is a private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the nation’s largest private universities, Boston University is also one of Boston’s largest educational institutions. It operates programs in 6 other locations around the world, from London to Dubai.



2013 ranking highlights:

#4 Great College Towns (The Princeton Review)

#22 Computer Geeks (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“BU is located in a great area of Boston. With easy access to the T it's easy to get almost anywhere. The House of Blues and Fenway Park are right around the corner from campus (literally).”

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#17 University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

www.uvm.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 26

Enrollment: 11,482
Tuition: $15,254 in-state, $35,582 out-of-state
Admission rate: 75.4%

The University of Vermont is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. The fifth oldest college in New England, the University of Vermont has 7 colleges and a separate Honors College which students can enroll in concurrently. The university also has a strong commitment to sustainability, with plans to achieve carbon neutral electricity by 2015.



2013 ranking highlights:

#7 Greenest (The Daily Beast)

#17 Gay-Friendly (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“Burlington is great! You have walking and bus access to Church Street with quaint shops, restaurants, malls, and concert venues downtown.”

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#15T Mount Holyoke Coll.

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

www.mtholyoke.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 13

Enrollment: 2,352
Tuition: $41,456
Admission rate: 51.5%

Mount Holyoke College is a private women’s liberal arts school located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The first member of the Seven Sisters consortium, Mount Holyoke offers 50 different majors and the option to design one independently. It also offers dual-degree programs in conjuction with other schools like the California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

2013 ranking highlights:

#10 Most Beautiful Campus (The Princeton Review)

#15 Best Classroom Experience (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“If you like studying in a tight knit community with a lot of diversity among the student body, lots of traditions, beautiful campus, AWESOME professors then this is definitely the college for you.”

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#15T Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

www.bc.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 16

Enrollment: 9,088
Tuition: $43,878
Admission rate: 28.0%

Boston College is a private Jesuit research university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Founded in 1863, Boston College has eight research libraries, with one dedicated to the storage and preservation of rare books. It also boasts strong athletics, with five national championships won by its ice hockey team.



2013 ranking highlights:

#4 Athletic (The Daily Beast)

#7 Best Food (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“The school is in Boston, a huge melting pot of all types of ethnic backgrounds. There's no one way to categorize the students. The school offers many different programs in many different fields.”

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#14 Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

www.smith.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 12

Enrollment: 2,627
Tuition: $41,460
Admission rate: 45.5%

Smith College is a private women’s liberal arts school located in Northampton, Massachusetts. The largest member of the Seven Sisters consortium, Smith College boasts multiple notable alumni, including Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Julia Child, Madeleine L'Engle and Sylvia Plath.

2013 ranking highlights:

#2 Dorms like Palaces (The Princeton Review)

#11 Best Quality of Life (The Princeton Review)

What students say:

“The fact that there aren't any G.E. courses necessary for graduation is really freeing, and I'm able to take only classes that really interest me.“

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#13 Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

www.wesleyan.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 14

Enrollment: 2,882
Tuition: $45,628
Admission rate: 24.2%

Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts school located in Middletown, Connecticut. Founded in 1831, Wesleyan boasts strong programs in the sciences and mathematics and offers 15 interdisciplinary programs. Students at Wesleyan also enjoy a strong social scene on campus.

2013 ranking highlights:

#13 Artistic (The Daily Beast)

#18 Foreign Students (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“The academics are great. Not too suffocating but definitely challenging. Also, there is no tangible competition that I've felt between my peers. Everyone is willing to work together.”

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#12 Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

www.tufts.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 15

Enrollment: 5,194
Tuition: $44,666
Admission rate: 21.9%

Tufts University is a private university in Medford, Massachusetts. Located seven miles from Boston, Tufts also has a satellite campus in Talloires, France near the Alps. Tufts also houses the nation’s oldest graduate program in international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

2013 ranking highlights:

#8 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs (Princeton Review)

#15 Best College Newspaper (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“I cannot imagine myself anywhere else, to be honest.  The people are possibly the best part of the experience--the student body is filled with a rich and diverse group of students, most of which have many strong passions in a wide variety of areas.”

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#11 Colby College

Waterville, Maine

www.colby.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 9

Enrollment: 1,815
Tuition: $55,700
Admission rate: 29.4%

Located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine, Colby College is a private liberal arts school founded in 1813. Among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the country, Colby was also the first New England school to accept women. The college’s Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in Maine, and offers free admission to its notable collection of American Art.

2013 ranking highlights:

#10 Professors Get High Marks (Princeton Review)

#13 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs (Princeton Review)

What students say:

“Beautiful Campus, Dorms, and Buildings! I chose Colby after I immediately fell in love with the campus. It's so beautiful in the fall, and even in the winter. The campus has a strong NE college feel to it.“

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#10 Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

www.wellesley.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 11

Enrollment: 2,502
Tuition: $42,082
Admission rate: 30.95%

Wellesley College is a private women’s liberal-arts college. The college is known for its rigorous academics and stunning 500-acre campus, which features a lake, woodlands, and arboretum, and open meadows. Wellesley places emphasis on the Honor Code for most policies, which states that students will act with honesty and honor.

2013 ranking highlights:

#10 LGBT Friendly (Princeton Review)

#9 Stone-Cold Sober Schools (Princeton Review)
Colleges for Independent/Mature Students (Inside College)

What students say:
“I adore the classes at Wellesley. You are really treated like an adult, challenged and respected in the classroom, and you can choose to study a wide range of topics. The professors are incredibly smart and approachable, and students give a lot of important feedback on courses.”

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#9 Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

www.amherst.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 8

Enrollment: 1,791
Tuition: $44,610
Admission rate: 13.32%

Amherst College offers over 30 different majors in an open curriculum. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium, which includes Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Its inclusion in the consortium allows students to take courses at any of these colleges.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 Best Value (Liberal Arts) (US News & World Report)

#4 Most Politically Active (Princeton Review)

What students say:
“Amazing Professors and Curriculum – I love the small size of the classes and the fact that I can choose my own classes with the open curriculum. I don't have to take a math or science class if I don't want to and all of the students in my class WANT to be there since there are no required classes.”

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#8 Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

www.middlebury.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 10

Enrollment: 2,507
Tuition: $44,111
Admission rate: 18.32%

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont. One of the first New England colleges to go co-ed in 1883, it was also the first college to grant a degree to an African-American when Alexander Twilight graduated in 1823. Sixty percent of its students major either in interdisciplinary concentrations or double concentrations.

2013 ranking highlights:

#13 Best Classroom Experience (Princeton Review)

The Very Best of College Dorms (Inside College)

What students say:

“Midd Kids are beautiful people. We love the outdoors, and tend to be pretty active people. We like to have fun. Not only are the people at Middlebury beautiful and fit, but they're also hard working, brilliant, interesting and engaging individuals who are passionate about something.”

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#7 Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

www.williams.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 6

Enrollment: 2,109
Tuition: $44,920
Admission rate: 17.28%

Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The rural college utilizes a 4-1-4 academic calendar, consisting of two four-course semesters and a one-course “winter study” term in January. The curriculum is divided into humanities, sciences, and social sciences, wherein classes have a student to teacher ratio of less than 10:1.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News & World Report)

#13 Accessible Professors (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“Professors are AMAZING – All of the professors I've had are extremely engaging and really care about their students' learning experiences. They love going out to coffee, lunch or dinner with students to continue the fascinating discussion in class.”

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#6 Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

www.bowdoin.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 5

Enrollment: 1,778
Tuition: $44,118
Admission rate: 16.11%

Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college in coastal Brunswick, Maine. The school is well known for its friendly and happy atmosphere, and its interdisciplinary focus gives students the support to take risks with subjects that inspire them to become citizens acutely aware of the social and natural world.

2013 ranking highlights:

#6 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News & World Report)

#2 Happiest Students (Princeton Review)

What students say:

"There is a definite reason why nearly all students choose to live on-campus all four years; the options are amazing and very accommodating."

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#5 Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

www.dartmouth.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 7

Enrollment: 6,144
Tuition: $45,042
Admission rate: 10.14%

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League school located in Hanover, New Hampshire. The school operates on The Dartmouth Plan, an academic schedule of four 10-week terms that allows undergraduates a more customized academic experience. The classic comedy film Animal House is loosely based on stories from a Dartmouth fraternity.



2013 ranking highlights:

#3 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs (Princeton Review)

#15 Future CEOs (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

"I love how involved everyone is in the school, in every sense. There are so many awesome clubs and organizations, and it's not like people are categorized into groups by their organizations, because everyone is part of such diverse groups. Everyone has so much school spirit, too, which just gives a positive feeling to the campus. Everyone loves it here and wants to be here."

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#4 Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

www.brown.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 4

Enrollment: 8,768
Tuition: $43,758
Admission rate: 8.91%

Brown University the third oldest institution of higher education in New England. The university is distinguished by its academic excellence in more than 70 concentrations, competitive athletic teams, active community service programs, diverse cultural events, and beautiful campus on College Hill.

2013 ranking highlights:

#12 Best Quality of Life (Princeton Review)

#8 Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review)

#4 Best College Newspaper (Princeton Review)

What students say:

"Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at Brown. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one."

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#3 MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

web.mit.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 3

Enrollment: 10,894
Tuition: $42,050
Admission rate: 9.73%

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school specializes in math, science, and engineering, but also offers programs in architecture, the humanities, management, and social sciences. Students enjoy 400+ student-run groups, 33 varsity sports, 20 intramural sports, 30 club sports, and over 500 arts-related events on campus each year.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 Gay-Friendly (The Daily Beast)

#9 Activists (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

"Frat life at MIT is amazing. Almost 60% of guys join one, and they have a really good sense of community. They are pretty much the entire social scene at MIT for freshmen and sophomore years."

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#2 Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

www.yale.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 1

Enrollment: 11,875
Tuition: $42,300
Admission rate: 7.73%

Yale University is a private university comprised of the undergraduate school, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 13 professional schools, Its notable alumni include actress Meryl Streep and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Yale is also known for its secret societies, of which George W. Bush and John Kerry are members.

2013 ranking highlights:

#3 Best College Theatre (Princeton Review)

#19 School Runs Like Butter (Princeton Review)

What students say:

"I love the dining hall food! Almost definitely the best compared to other college options. 12 places to eat at, some with their own specialties."

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#1 Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

www.harvard.edu

GoLocal 2012 ranking: 2

Enrollment: 19,872
Tuition: $40,866
Admission rate: 6.26%

Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the country, boasting 8 US president alums and one of the most acclaimed academic libraries in the world. In addition to the undergraduate school, Harvard is comprised of 13 others throughout Boston including the prestigious Business, Medical, and Law Schools.

2013 ranking highlights:

#1 Best Value (US News & World Report)

#11 Happiest (The Daily Beast)

What students say:

“Harvard also has amazing financial aid support so there are students from so many different economic situations that no one would ever feel isolated due to their economic background.”

 
 

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Comments:

Charles Beckers

How many colleges and universities were included in the evaluation?

How many college and universities located in New England were not included in the evaluation? Why were they not included?

Howard Miller

the college the most people attend in RI id the college of hard knocks

Thomas Ryan

How is Keene beating Fairfield? Or Clark University and Quinnipiac ranked higher than WPI, Holy Cross and PC? Brown beating out Dartmouth?

These "rankings" lack any credibility

Richard Rendine

Rather incredible rankings. According to this survey URI is the lowest ranked school in the state of Rhode island. URI is also the lowest ranked among the six flagship state universities. In fact, URI is outranked by many of the smaller regional state schools - URI outranks only UMaine-Farmington, UMaine - Fort Kent, Worcester State, and Eastern CT State U. Very surprising.

Lisa Schwartz

Um...Brandeis is not a college, it's a UNIVERSITY. This error does not lend confidence to this "ranking."




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