Best Kept College Secrets

Colleges for Real People

Wait! Everyone Knows That College!

It suddenly struck me that there is a group of colleges profiled in America’s Best Kept College Secrets that are no secret at all to counselors and families in their region.  These are colleges that enroll from outside their own state but within a particular section of the country.     In the Northeast, for example, many families will at…

Ten Best Kept Tech Secrets!

MIT and Cal Tech get all the love, but ten of the programs described in America’s Best Kept College Secrets are among the best anywhere!  Here are examples of news reports from our top ten:     1.  CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY - A Case Western Reserve University engineer won a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to grow…

But I Love The Outdoors… Where Can I Go To College?

Almost every college supports some kind of outing club or outing program, and almost all make it reasonably easy to leave the campus and get into something like a wilderness setting.  There are some colleges, however, that are uncommonly well suited to the use of outdoor resources and some that have an uncommon determination to bring outdoor education into the curriculum. Here’s a selective list of the top ten in my view:

The University of Vermont 


Bowdoin College


University of Arkansas


Green Mountain College


The University of Colorado – Boulder.


Warren Wilson College – North Carolina


Davis and Elkins College – West Virginia

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Middlebury College – Vermont 


 Simon Frazer – British Columbia, Canada


Montana State University 



Best Kept Secret Rivalries

Army / Navy Alabama / Auburn Michigan /  Ohio State Duke / UNC OK, we could add a dozen more famous rivalries, rivalries that make players rise to unexpected levels of heroism, that warm the hearts of graduates and bring out the battle of the mascots.  Amherst vs Williams, Stanford vs Cal, Texas vs Oklahoma, Yale vs Harvard. Notre Dame…

I’ve Never Heard of That College

OK, if you’ve heard of a college or university it is: a. A state university. b.  One of the most successful of the 119 colleges that play Division I Football or one of the most successful  345 colleges that play Division I Basketball. c.  A college or university in your state or region. d.  Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Stanford.  MIT,…

Do you really want to know ? Admissions outcome at the most selective colleges and universities

Seriously!  One would think a nation in some economic difficulty would see the number of applicants to institutions costing more than $50,000.00 per year start to decline – – – but, for the most part, NO! There are some interesting observations to be made about the most recent season: 1.  The number of institutions admitting fewer than 20% of applicants…

How do I know if I can get into the college of anybody’s choice…?

This is the season in which countless juniors begin to “get real” about college planning.  Their parents have begun the “conversation”, and by “conversation” I mean the relentless, anxiety-fueled hinting, prodding, and poking that will remain the mode of discourse until next May when decisions are FINALLY made.  College counselors are sagely recommending courses for the senior year, the appropriate…