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These comprehensive universities offer graduate degrees in fields such as liberal arts, engineering, medicine, business, and law. For smaller colleges with more of an undergraduate focus, check out the list of top liberal arts colleges. Listed alphabetically, these ten universities have the reputations and resources to rank them among the best in the country and are often some of the hardest colleges to get into.

Students typically begin their college search with review of university academic programs in the field they plan to study. It can be hard to single out the “perfect” school because there are many high-achieving institutions in the country that offer a wide range of degrees and programs. Why go to college in Florida? Florida has much to offer college students, including the recent ranking as Best State for Higher Education by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, many Florida graduate programs also rank best in the nation, and Florida’s MBA programs have worldwide appeal.
Niche User: Our tour guide was well trained. He waited for someone to leave the dorms to have them tell the group what the best thing was about Amherst. The Dean was very intelligent and knowledgeable and gave a great information session presentation to the group. It is a small liberal arts college which is academically based and hard to get into. A mini Harvard that was scaled down. A shuttle transports you to the other 5 colleges connected with Amherst (University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Smith College, Mount-Holyoke College and Hampshire College). If accepted into any one of these colleges, you can attend classes, sports, activities at any of these colleges if they offer something that you are interested in. A nice feature to have offered because all of a sudden there is a larger area of interest, sports and activities to choose from. Making it almost impossible not to have something that you are looking for or interested in which can happen at small schools with limited choices.
Freshman: An amazing school with so many different positive qualities about it! There's also a lot of balance - Greek life doesn't dominate but it's still there and pretty open to most people. Academics are challenging/rigorous but so captivating that you're motivated to work hard. There is a variety of social, political, economic, religious views represented on campus and yet almost everyone is respectful and open about getting to know about why you think the way you do. To cut a long story short - best college in the world, and I couldn't be happier.
Like Harvard and Princeton, Yale University frequently finds itself near the top of rankings of national universities. The school's location​ in New Haven, Connecticut, allows Yale students to get to New York City or Boston easily by road or rail. The school has an impressive 5 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and research and teaching are supported by an endowment of nearly $20 billion.
Freshman: I love Notre Dame! It's a beautiful place, inside and out. We've got all sorts of clubs, students and academic interests. Personally, I am very pleased with the Mass and Sacrament availability as well as all the Catholic-related activities. Of course, not everybody is Christian; Notre Dame is a home for all. I've already found some solid friends with whom I enjoy spending these cold (and warm) Indiana days. ND meets 100% of financial need; this assistance extends beyond tuition and has allowed me to get the full Notre Dame Experience. Everyone here is passionate about something, and one passion we all share is a love for Notre Dame, Our Mother. Go Irish!

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Freshman: I love Notre Dame! It's a beautiful place, inside and out. We've got all sorts of clubs, students and academic interests. Personally, I am very pleased with the Mass and Sacrament availability as well as all the Catholic-related activities. Of course, not everybody is Christian; Notre Dame is a home for all. I've already found some solid friends with whom I enjoy spending these cold (and warm) Indiana days. ND meets 100% of financial need; this assistance extends beyond tuition and has allowed me to get the full Notre Dame Experience. Everyone here is passionate about something, and one passion we all share is a love for Notre Dame, Our Mother. Go Irish!
California - 15 (Stanford University (below), Caltech, UCB, UCLA, UCSD, University of California Davis, University of Southern California, UCSB, University of California Irvine, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California Riverside, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific)
Students typically begin their college search with review of university academic programs in the field they plan to study. It can be hard to single out the “perfect” school because there are many high-achieving institutions in the country that offer a wide range of degrees and programs. Why go to college in Florida? Florida has much to offer college students, including the recent ranking as Best State for Higher Education by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, many Florida graduate programs also rank best in the nation, and Florida’s MBA programs have worldwide appeal.
UPenn is located in Philadelphia, a city with a lot to do, whether the goal is leisure and entertainment or career advancement and research for a project. But the campus itself is beautiful and busy enough to trap you. There is always something going on, especially if you commit to activities and clubs that interest you. And lastly, everything from your classmates to the professor bring alive that feeling that gives UPenn its cannon as an Ivy League; beyond academic excellence, its people are friendly, intellectually curious, driven, and serviceable, willing to share their passions and desire to grow with others.

If you are looking for an intensive week of softball in a great spring location, Cocoa Beach Softball Spring Training on Florida’s beautiful Space Coast is the perfect choice for your next spring trip! At the end of a hard day of training and play teams can relax and unwind by visiting the Space Coast’s finest site. The Chain of Lakes Softball Complex is located on Florida’s Space Coast just a short drive from beautiful Cocoa Beach. The Space Coast is a vacationer’s paradise. There is sun bathing, surfing or sail boarding on miles of white sandy beaches or air boats and jet skis on the Indian River. During off time our teams visit world famous attractions such as the Cocoa Beach Pier, Kennedy Space Center and Ron Jon Surf Shop. The Space Coast is also the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals so teams can take in a game just minutes from our center at Space Coast Stadium.
Niche User: I loved visiting caltech! I loved the campus, it was so beautiful. The houses each had their own personality, and cool traditions! I got to play tennis on the courts there and stay with some other girls in the houses themselves. We staying in flemming house and spent a lot of time in the common room! We also were able to tour the academic facilities and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is associated with Caltech and it was truly inspiring to see. We were given the opportunity to see current projects in JPL like the 2020 mars rover! I cannot wait to apply!
Freshman: So glad I chose to come to Bowdoin! A very close community where people treat each other with kindness and are excited to learn from their peers. Quality of life is great, with great dorms, food and surrounding area. Classes are challenging but there is very little competitiveness and lots of support for students academically. For a small liberal arts school, there is a very healthy and fun social life.

Jonathan Zung, PhD, knows what it takes to grow professionally. He began his career as an analytical chemist with Pfizer in 1991 and over the last twenty-five years has held a variety of executive leadership positions in the pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical services industries. Each of his roles has exposed Jonathan to new challenges and allowed him to operate outside his comfort zone. Jonathan currently serves as advisor to the CEO of WCG clinical and president of one of their operating divisions. Prior to that he served as group president for clinical development and commercialization services for Covance Drug Development, a LabCorp company. In that role he led a global organization of over 8,000 employees in sixty countries spanning all phases of clinical development and market access services.
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