100 Colleges That Deserve a Second Look

The colleges and universities listed below are the hidden gems, the lesser known jewels, the wallflower colleges that students fall in love with only after they get to know them.  The list was compiled as a result of the many comments and assessments by high school counselors and college consultants across America.  The schools are "more or less" ranked according to how often they were mentioned and the degree of "feeling" assigned by individual counselors.

  1. Elon University  (NC)

  2. Earlham College  (IN)

  3. Clark University  (MA)

  4. College of Wooster  (OH)

  5. Kalamazoo College  (MI)

  6. Rhodes College  (TN)

  7. Guilford College  (NC)

  8. Occidental College  (CA)

  9. Washington College  (MD)

  10. Illinois Wesleyan University  (IL)

  11. Trinity University  (TX)

  12. Kenyon College  (OH)

  13. Whitman College  (WA)

  14. Grinnell College  (IA)

  15. Wheaton College  (IL)

  16. Dickinson College  (PA)

  17. Christopher Newport University  (VA)

  18. Truman State University  (MO)

  19. Westminster College  (MO)

  20. Loyola Marymount University  (CA)

  21. Macalester College  (MN)

  22. Hartwick College  (NY)

  23. Goucher College  (MD)

  24. Hendrix College  (AR)

  25. Austin College  (TX)

  26. Berry College  (GA)

  27. St. Olaf College  (MN)

  28. Bates College  (ME)

  29. Allegheny College  (PA)

  30. Davidson College  (NC)

  31. Colorado College  (CO)

  32. Gettysburg College  (PA)

  33. Quinnipiac University  (CT)

  34. Millsaps College  (MS)

  35. Bard College  (NY)

  36. York College of Pennsylvania  (PA)

  37. Muhlenberg College  (PA)

  38. Keene State College  (NH)

  39. Ursinus College  (PA)

  40. University of Puget Sound  (WA)

  41. Spelman College  (GA)

  42. St. Lawrence University  (NY)

  43. St. John's College  (MD & NM)

  44. Savannah College of Art and Design  (GA)

  45. Wabash College  (IN)

  46. University of Tampa  (FL)

  47. Hope College  (MI)

  48. Evergreen State College  (WA)

  49. Centre College  (KY)

  50. Mary Washington College  (VA)

  51. Beloit College  (WI)

  52. Bucknell University  (PA)

  53. Depauw University  (IN)

  54. Flagler College  (FL)

  55. Ithaca College  (NY)

  56. Johnson & Wales University  (RI)

  57. Nazareth College of Rochester  (NY)

  58. Western Carolina University  (NC)

  59. University of Redlands  (CA)

  60. Paul Smith's College  (NY)

  61. Saint Louis University  (MO)

  62. Santa Clara University  (CA)

  63. Western New England College  (MA)

  64. University of Tulsa  (OK)

  65. Lewis & Clark College  (OR)

  66. Manhattanville College  (NY)

  67. Willamette University  (OR)

  68. Texas Christian University  (TX)

  69. Birmingham-Southern College  (AL)

  70. College of St. Scholastica  (MN)

  71. University of the Pacific  (CA)

  72. Lawrence University  (WI)

  73. Agnes Scott College  (GA)

  74. Berea College  (KY)

  75. Augustana College  (SD)

  76. Bowling Green State University  (OH)

  77. Adelphi University  (NY)

  78. University of Denver  (CO)

  79. Hobart & William Smith College  (NY)

  80. University of the South  (TN)

  81. Xavier University of Louisiana  (LA)

  82. St. Andrews Presbyterian University  (NC)

  83. Saint Joseph's College of Maine  (ME)

  84. Seattle Pacific University  (WA)

  85. Western Washington University  (WA)

  86. Eckerd College  (FL)

  87. Drew University  (NJ)

  88. Chapman University  (CA)

  89. Alfred University  (NY)

  90. Carroll College  (MT)

  91. Loyola College in Maryland  (MD)

  92. Knox College  (IL)

  93. Miami University of Ohio  (OH)

  94. Samford University  (AL)

  95. University of Scranton  (PA)

  96. Randolph-Macon College  (VA)

  97. Siena College  (NY)

  98. Lambuth University  (TN)

  99. Ohio University  (OH)

  100. Dean College  (MA)

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