Best Kept College Secrets

Colleges for Real People

Category: Northeast

Bennington College – Bennington, VT

Bennington is tiny (fewer than seven hundred students) and notably unconventional college with an international reputation in literature and the arts. Its program is distinctive and notably “experimental” (students adopt “The Plan” rather than take on a major/ each year includes a Field Term); its student body independent and creative. The town of Bennington is colonial quaint, the mountains are…

University of Vermont – Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont – Burlington, Vermont Location. Location. Location. The University of Vermont could not be more handsomely located. Lake Champlain, the sixth largest lake in the United States, abuts the small (very small) city of Burlington. Burlington is a picture-perfect college town, packed with great eateries, cafes, and clubs. A quick glance over the shoulder reveals the Green…

The Culinary Institute of America – Hyde Park, New York

THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA – HYDE PARK, NEW YORK  “Food is Life” – motto of the Culinary Institute of America “Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has The Institute.” —Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Many of us have become “Foodies”;…

Ithaca College – Ithaca, New York

Ithaca College is not small; more than six thousand undergraduates find their way to this relatively under-appreciated large college.  Actually, Ithaca is one of those “if-you-know-about-colleges-you-know-about-Ithaca” phenomena because it has a universally appreciated school of communications and has graduated the current President of the Walt Disney Company and David Boreanaz, Buffy’s vampire forbidden love and Dr. Temperance Brennan’s boy toy…

Fairfield University

I’m stunned that Fairfield is not mentioned in the same breath as Georgetown or Villanova.  As is the case in almost every other conversation about national reputation, it probably has something to do with championship seasons and impact sports at the Division I level.  Fairfield is one of the nation’s twenty-eight Jesuit universities (like Georgetown and Villanova) and does play…

Bard College at Simon’s Rock/ The Early College

Simon’s Rock is an energizing experience for those who have genuinely outgrown their secondary school and absolutely thirst for a genuine college-level experience.  Some do transfer to a larger school after two years, and the placement record of those students is impressive.  An equal number remain, continuing to explore their own intellectual interests in the company of a diverse and…

CURRY COLLEGE – Milton, Massachusetts

The first principle of Curry’s mission is RESPECTING INDIVIDUAL UNIQUENESS, followed by BUILDING SUCCESS.  The history of the college and its legacy of respecting individual uniqueness has created a program of study in the liberal and communicative arts that serves students of great promise, many of whom are identified as having learning differences, particularly language based disabilities and attention deficit…