Best Kept College Secrets

Colleges for Real People

Category: Midwest

Lawrence University – Appleton, Wisconsin

  Lawrence is an academic powerhouse and a cultural Mecca. The range of course work and complimentary events offered by the university approach those of a much larger institution, and the students accepted into the Conservatory are among the most gifted in the nation. Lawrence promotes engagement in learning, and it succeeds beyond all expectations. Pride in the university is…

Cornell College – Mount Vernon, Iowa

  Cornell’s entire campus is included in the National Register of Historical Places and is set squarely in the midst of Mount Vernon, Iowa, a charming small town, recently cited as on of America’s Coolest Small Towns. That designation came as a writer for Budget Magazine wrote, “Every now and then you stumble on a town that’s got everything right…

Wabash College – Crawfordsville, Indiana

Coming soon to America’s Best Kept College Secrets – Third edition The article on Wabash is under construction, but for the nonce, please enjoy this description from the college: ABOUT WABASH FOUR YEARS HERE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. SERIOUSLY. Since 1832, we’ve educated countless lawyers, doctors, artists, scientists, and CEOs. Graduated Rhodes Scholars and Academic All-Americans. And continually turned out men of…

Wittenberg University – Springfield, Ohio

  Ohio may have more college gems per square mile than any other state; Wittenberg University is certainly among them.  Springfield is a city of about a hundred thousand west of Columbus and north of Dayton.  To be ruthlessly honest, the greatest of Springfield’s assets is probably the handsome campus of Wittenberg University.  The university was founded by the English…

Ripon College – Ripon, Wisconsin

  Ripon College belongs to the cohort of excellent and ambitious small liberal arts colleges that sprang up in the Midwest in the eighteenth century.  Like its peers, Ripon has graduated doctors, lawyers, scholars, corporate chiefs, and educators galore.  In its current iteration, Ripon is noted for thoughtful mentoring of individual students, an array of uncommon major programs exceptional in…

Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana

A great state university ought to be exciting, and challenging, and responsive, and beautiful, and fun.  A really great state university ought to offer football on Saturday afternoons in the fall, basketball in a crowded arena, festive celebrations throughout the spring, and, perhaps, one of the best conservatories of music in the world.  Indiana University is an exceptional institution; there…

Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington, Illinois

If this book accomplished nothing other than bringing Illinois Wesleyan to the attention of the college bound, I would be delighted.  Not only is Illinois Wesleyan the model of the effective, responsive, well designed, thoroughly successful small liberal arts college/university, it is also an institution that hums with positive energy and which engenders deep feelings of attachment and loyalty among…

Ferris State University

Ferris State University is part of Michigan’s public university system, currently enrolling about fifteen thousand students on campus and a considerable number at the satellite campuses – Dowagiac, Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City, and University Center.  At the Big Rapids campus, the university is organized around eight colleges, one of which, the College of Engineering Technology, is the subject…

Albion College – Albion, Michigan

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets: Albion – the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain, and the name of the first college in the state of Michigan to receive a chapter of Phi beta Kappa. Today Albion College athletic teams remains the Fighting Britons, and the college trots out the British Eighth, a red-coated marching band reminiscent…