Best Kept College Secrets

Colleges for Real People

Category: The South

University of North Carolina at Asheville – Asheville, North Carolina

  The more commonly recognized campus of the University of North Carolina is in Chapel Hill, while the increasingly popular UNC Wilmington continues to attract large numbers of applicants.  UNC Asheville is distinctive for several reasons – an incredible location, one of the lowest price tags of any college in this book, access to the wilderness, and an NCAA basketball…

Stetson University – Deland, Florida

  The two most commonly reported observations about Stetson, in fact, are that the faculty is amazingly accessible and supportive and that the student body is inclusive, friendly, and uncommonly happy.  One obvious indicator of the university’s sincerity in promoting the success of its students is in the staffing of the Academic Success Center.  The Center provides tutoring and disabilities…

Randolph College – Lynchburg, Virgina

  Like many colleges that were single sex (female) until fairly recently, Randolph’s campus feels a bit more carefully tended to, its interiors a bit more thoughtfully decorated, than its more careless peers.  Randolph starting enrolling men in 2006, and is now almost forty percent male.  The success with which the college has attracted an ambitious student body of both…

Furman University – Greenville, South Carolina

It hardly seems possible that Furman is included in a collection of best kept college secrets; Furman is one of the most beautiful colleges in any region and quite possibly the most beautifully appointed college in the South.  The American Society of Landscape Architects places the Furman campus among the most beautiful places in America!  The casual visitor, struck by…

U. of the South – Sewanee, Tennessee

From the Sewanee website: The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, providing the accompaniment to a song by Birmingham band Act of Congress, appears on a new recording project called The Wind Will Carry the Voice of the People. The project is a fundraiser in response to the Alabama tornadoes. From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – Well, which is it?  “The University…

Rollins College – Winter Park, Florida

From the Rollins website: Rollins was recently named by USA Today as one of the top 20 colleges most committed to community service.  Earlier this month, Rollins was also honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Rollins was one of six colleges and universities…

Eckerd College – St. Petersburg, Florida

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Let me begin by asserting that Eckerd is an astoundingly good college deserving wide celebration from coast to coast.  Eckerd certainly belongs in any conversation about liberal arts colleges located in a city setting, or any conversation about liberal arts colleges consistently bringing innovation to a sound academic curriculum, or any conversation about…

Berry College – Mount Berry, Georgia

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets – “Mount Berry is essentially a rural attachment to the city of Rome, Georgia, almost equidistant from Chattanooga to the north, Birmingham to the west, and Atlanta to the east.  Rome is a handsome city in its own right, but the gem in this region of Georgia is Berry College. You may think you…