Best Kept College Secrets

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Category: Northeast

University of Connecticut – Storrs, Connecticut

Husky mania has swept New England and may have infected the rest of the nation as well. Unexpectedly, Husky gear is now more commonly spotted that Georgetown’s Bulldogs or Syracuse Orange; national championships for both men and women raised their visibility, and the streak of undefeated women’s teams in basketball has made them a true powerhouse in Division I athletics.…

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY – EAST HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

Quinnipiac-Piac-Piac, Quinnipiac, Piac! Not a cheer you’ve heard frequently? Well, that is about to change. Not only is Quinnipiac an increasingly popular destination for students in the region, it is also now a frequent contender for Division I national championships in men’s ice hockey and coming on very quickly in men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s…

COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC – BAR HARBOR. MAINE

Maine is celebrated for its rocky coastline, fisheries and lobster traps, and ruggedly stunning islands, one of which, Mount Desert Island, has famously welcomed families of enormous wealth and power. Much of Acadia National Park on the island was donated by John D. Rockefeller whose elaborate summer home is among those built by J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the Astors.…

Clark University – Worcester, Massachusetts

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – The campus is compact – primarily tucked into about two square blocks – easy to navigate and comfortable.  Clark Hall, the oldest building and the iconic landmark is an odd brick confection, slightly clunky but certainly central.  Many of the other buildings on campus are strikingly effective in their design.  The Bioscience Center is…

Hampshire College – Amherst, Massachusetts

Appearing soon in America’s Best Kept College Secrets – Third Edition Here’s the problem in describing an experience such as Hampshire: Individuals respond VERY differently to a small, ideologically directed, intellectually diverse college in the woods. An academic program that encourages individual initiative and responsibility, the absence of formal grading reports, an openly radicalized student body – all promise a…

Endicott College – Beverly, Massachusetts

Endicott was founded as a college for women in the 1930’s and has grown exponentially since its founding, now enrolling approximately two thousand, five-hundred undergrads (male and female) and another two thousand graduate students on its expansive campus. The college is impressively equipped in comparison with many of New England’s liberal arts counterparts, but the most distinguishing feature in assessing…

The University of Maine – Orono, ME

I’m going to go out a limb here. The University of Maine may be the only public university I know in which students are openly grateful for the opportunity their state has afforded them. They are also open in recognizing that U. Maine is not an Ivy League sure ticket to Wall Street, but they appreciate the care with which…

Green Mountain College – Poultney, VT

Wow! Talk about a transformation! A few decades ago, Green Mountain was a comfy two-year college for women, handsomely set in prototypically quaint Vermont village. Today, same village, still quaint, but GMC has become a vibrant, ambitious, well equipped, and distinctive opportunity for men and women who have an abiding interest in the environment AND the liberal arts. An emphasis…