Best Kept College Secrets

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Category: Midwest

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Terre Haute, Indiana

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Rose-Hulman declares itself, “the nation’s top undergraduate engineering, science, and mathematics college.” That sets a pretty high standard, and yet from all accounts, it is entirely defensible. Rose-Hulman is an anomaly; the acceptance rate is above seventy percent in most admissions seasons, and yet the quality of programs and native ability of its…

Miami University – Oxford, Ohio

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “I don’t know why every college movie is not filmed at Miami; the buildings are uniformly “just right” – just the right blend of red brick and white column, just the right scale, set in just the right place, surrounded by just the right landscaping.  Paths cross in just the right ways at…

DePauw University – Greencastle, Indiana

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “The balance between a strong academic program and a lively social scene makes DePauw a most attractive option.  This is a college in which togas might be seen in a first-rate production of a Greek tragedy, in a splendidly staged musical comedy, or in one of the sixteen fraternity or fourteen sorority houses…

Lake Forest College – Lake Forest, Illinois

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Unlike most colleges of its size, Lake Forest offers an uncommonly wide range of course offerings.  LFC has called itself, “ Chicago’s National Liberal Arts College,” with good reason.  An Ethics Center, a program in Urban Studies, an ambitious Theater department join Economics and Business and Education in broadening this solid liberal arts…

Knox College – Galesburg, Illinois

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “The exact parameters of quirkiness are unclear, but the general agreement seems to be that Knox students are ambitious, bright, and somewhat hyper-focused.  Academics are important to a significant portion of the student body, and the college has produced some top-notch scholars.  Community seems to be equally important; lots of Knox students report…

Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, Michigan

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “The college is set almost perfectly on its own hillside, tree-lined, classically “collegiate” campus – some Georgian red brick and white columns, some faux Victorian – literally across the street from Western Michigan University.  This is literally the best of all three worlds, as Western Michigan is a venue bringing the most popular…

Hamline University – Saint Paul, Minnesota

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Hamline is a rare example of a small and extremely successful comprehensive university located in a residential area of a major city.  As a result, Hamline’s students have the opportunity to explore city life without having to be tossed into the hurly burly of city living.  Ninety percent of first year students live…

St.Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “My observation is that those commendable and very attractive Midwestern virtues of kindness and hard work really do prevail.  The Lutheran thing is important to the College, but only about 200 of the 2000 students make it to the daily chapel service.  “Oles” have fun and frolic, just like real college students, and…

St. John’s University – Collegeville, Minnesota

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “St. John’s is a college for men and is attached at the hip to Saint Benedict’s College for Women.  Both offer exceptionally solid instruction and well regarded preparation for graduate and professional programs.  What sets St. John’s apart is a healthy tradition of athletic achievement and the active involvement of most of the…

Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Not only does Beloit generate strong feelings of attachment, it maintains real bonds of loyalty.  Beloit’s students love their college and are grateful for the opportunities they find here.  They recognize that their professors are exceptional and exceptionally willing to engage with students.  They recognize that they, themselves, are an unusual and talented,…