Best Kept College Secrets

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What ARE the best-kept secrets this year?

The new edition of America’s Best Kept College Secrets is in the works, and I thought it might be great to pass on the latest compilation of colleges and universities coming soon to a book/Kindle near you.  Short descriptions of each can be found by investigating the regional tabs on the home page.









The Northeast


The University of Maine – Orono, ME

College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor, ME


The University of Vermont – Burlington, VT

Saint Michael’s College – Colchester, VT

Green Mountain College – Poultney, VT

Marlboro College – Marlboro, VT

Bennington College – Bennington, VT

New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire -Durham, NH

Saint Anselm College – Goffstown, NH

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Endicott College – Beverly, MA

Simmons College – Boston, MA

Lesley University – Boston, MA

Curry College – Milton, MA

Wheaton College – Norton, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Worcester, MA

Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA

Rhode Island

Johnson and Wales University – Providence, RI


The University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT

Quinnipiac University- Hamden, CT

Fairfield University – Fairfield, CT

New York State

Clarkson University – Potsdam, NY

Paul Smith’s College – Paul Smith’s, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY

Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY

Hartwick College – Oneonta, NY

The Culinary Institute – NY

Eugene Lang College /New School – New York, NY

The Middle Atlantic States

New Jersey

Drew University – Madison, NJ


Juniata College – Huntingdon, PA

Muhlenberg College – Allentown, PA – Pittsburg, PA

Allegheny College – Meadville, PA


Goucher College – Baltimore, MD

Saint Mary’s College of Maryland – Saint Mary’s City, MD

Washington College – Chestertown, MD

McDaniel College – Westminster, MD

The Southeast

West Virginia

Davis and Elkins College – Elkins, WVA


James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA

Hampden-Sydney College – Hampden-Sydney, VA

Sweet Briar College – Sweet Briar, VA

Emory & Henry College – Emory, VA

Hollins University – Roanoke, VA

Christopher Newport University – Newport News, VA

Lynchburg College – Lynchburg, VA

Randolph College – Lynchburg, VA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Blacksburg, VA

North Carolina

Guilford College – Guilford, NC

UNC Wilmington – Wilmington, NC

Appalachian State – Boone, NC

Warren Wilson College – Swannanoa, NC

UNC at Asheville – Asheville, NC

South Carolina

Presbyterian College – Clinton, SC

Furman University – Greenville, SC

Wofford College – Spartanburg, SC

College of Charleston – Charleston, SC


Berry College – Mount Berry, Georgia

Agnes Scott College – Decatur, GA

The University of Georgia – Athens, GA


Eckerd College – Saint Petersburg, FL

Rollins College – Winter Park, FL

Stetson University – Deland, FL

New College of Florida – Sarasota, FL


University of the South – Sewanee, TN

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Rhodes College – Memphis, TN


Centre College – Danville, KY


University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Alabama Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama Huntsville – Huntsville, AL

Auburn University

Samford University – Homewood, AL

University of Montevallo – Montevallo, AL


Millsaps College – Jackson, MS

The University of Mississippi – Oxford, MS


Hendrix College – Conway, AK

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AK


Southwestern University – Georgetown, TX


Loyola University – New Orleans, LA

The Midwest


John Carroll University – Cleveland, OH

The College of Wooster – Wooster, OH

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Ohio Wesleyan University – Delaware, OH

Wittenberg University – Springfield, OH

Miami University – Oxford, OH


Earlham College – Richmond, IN

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

DePauw University – Greencastle, IN

Wabash College – Crawfordsville, IN

Rose-Hulman Institute – Terre Haute, IN


Lake Forest College – Lake Forest, IL

Knox College – Galesburg, IL

Illinois Wesleyan College – Bloomington, IL


Albion College – Albion, MI

Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, MI

Ferris State University – Big Rapids, MI

Northwood Institute – Midland, MI


Beloit College – Beloit, WI

Ripon College – Ripon, WI

Lawrence University – Appleton, WI


Coe College – Cedar Rapids, IA

Cornell College – Mount Vernon, IA

University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA


Hamline University – Saint Paul, MN

St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN

St. John’s University/ College of Saint Benedict – Collegeville, Minnesota

University of Minnesota at Duluth – Duluth, MN


University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Stephens College, Columbia, MO


Montana State University – Bozeman, MT

The University of Montana


Colorado School of Mines – Golden, CO

University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO


University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT


University of Idaho – Moscow, ID

Boise State University – Boise, ID

New Mexico

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – Socorro, NM

The University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM

Santa Fe University of Art and Design – Santa Fe, NM


Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ

Prescott College – Prescott, AZ


California State Universities

California Maritime Academy – Vallejo, CA

Cal State Stanislaus            – Turlock, CA

Cal State Sonoma – Sonoma, CA

San Francisco State University – San Francisco, CA

University of San Diego – San Diego, CA

Redlands University – Redlands, CA

Whittier College – Whittier, CA

University of the Pacific – Stockton, CA

Saint Mary’s College – Moraga, CA

University of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

Dominican University – San Rafael, CA

The University of California Merced – Merced, CA

The Pacific Northwest


Willamette University – Salem, OR

Pacific University – Forest Grove, OR

Lewis and Clark College – Portland, OR

Oregon State University – Corvalis, OR


The Evergreen State University – Olympia, WA

Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA

Western Washington University – Bellingham, WA

Whitworth University – Spokane Washington




1 comment for “What ARE the best-kept secrets this year?

  1. Marybeth Ritchie
    January 3, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Please let me know when the new edition is out! Loved the current book!
    Love Tulane! Why didn’t it make your list?

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