Best Kept College Secrets

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Category: Middle Atlantic

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE – ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

Muhlenberg College – Allentown, Pennsylvania   Muhlenberg is one of the highly regarded colleges that offer admission to roughly fifty percent of applicants – slightly more in some years and slightly fewer in others. That level of selectivity puts Muhlenberg near the highly selective colleges that are not profiled in this book. I include Muhlenberg because it remains a distinctly…

McDaniel College – Westminster, Maryland

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Outside the classroom, McDaniel is a comfy, happy campus, with an active but not monolithic Greek system.  Social activities seem to be as easily managed through residence halls and special interest groups as through the frats, and the number of clubs and organizations on campus certainly speaks to the initiative of numbers of…

Washington College – Chestertown, Maryland

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Creative writers know all about Washington because the college offers an astounding prize to its best writer each year.  the Sophie Kerr Prize for Creative Writing carries an award that has grown to at least $60,000.00.  Yes, a graduating senior trots off the stage with a check for sixty grand to start a…

Goucher College – Towson, Maryland

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Goucher’s campus is pretty – always has been – in a same-stone-building-on a-leafy-campus kind of way.  Unlike many of the women’s colleges approaching the same birthday milestones, Goucher actually had a plan, implemented in the 1950’s.  The idea was to use local stone, beige Butler Stone, in modern buildings that actually considered the…

Allegheny College – Meadville, Pennsylvania

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Outside of the classroom, Allegheny is also unique.  Although the college draws heavily from its region (Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Western New York), it is the college of quality in its region and attracts ambitious, interesting, focused students.  One student characterized his classmates as “Rust Belt Intellectuals,” and while that contention cannot be…

Juniata College – Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Juniata is another of the colleges that counselors adore and another college that is still under the radar on many college searches.  Juniata’s lack of flash, or, rather, its genuine modesty comes from a set of principles that are all about substance and conviction. Don’t worry.  Juniata is a real college with real…

Drew University – Madison, New Jersey

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Madison, New Jersey is an historic and picturesque town of about 16,000, frequently featured as backdrop or setting on television programs or in films, as is the university.  The Sopranos visited Drew on their college trip, and Alicia Keyes used the university in her video, “Teenage Love Affair.”   When The Daily Show did…