Lewis & Clark Students Say...This “suburban-hilltop liberal arts college” sits in an “absolutely beautiful” spot “next to a huge forest, [with] downtown only twenty minutes away.” Besides the setting, students are lured by the school’s “strong outdoors program,” “great study abroad opportunities,” as well as the promise of “a very green and liberal school.” “Lewis & Clark is a utopia for thinkers and outdoors lovers alike. While challenging academically, the emphasis on a holistic education means that students are encouraged to explore all that Portland and the beautiful Northwest has to offer.” One student describes the school as being “full of people that you’d actually want to make friends with.” Another says classmates are “genuine” and “really independent.” “Most kids are more than willing to try something adventurous, and most take advantage of the fact that our student body has students coming from all over the country and world.” Life is full, and friends are plentiful at Lewis & Clark. “It’s beautiful, small, and an overall friendly place with students who really take education seriously.”
Michigan State Students Say...For those comfortable in crowds it’s “one of the strongest advantages. Where else do you cut through the Cereal Wing of the Human Nutrition Building to get to a Navigating the Universe class (a class on the parallels between art, philosophy, and physics)?” One student sees it this way: “The size of MSU makes it like training wheels for the real world. Every type of person, value, and belief is here, so you learn just as many street smarts as academic smarts, which is what sets it apart from so many other schools.” There are more than “200 majors to choose from” here, including “good engineering and science programs,” an “amazing communications program,” “the best political science program in Michigan,” “the only agriculture school in the state,” and “an absolutely amazing school of Hospitality Business.” MSU’s size ensures that “this is a fairly diverse campus, especially considering that it is located in the northern Midwest.” One student observes, “You can completely immerse yourself among different people in different situations knowing that you have the comfort of your own dorm, and somewhere there is a group just like you.” Because “study abroad is emphasized at MSU,” there are “a lot of foreign students, and they seem to fit right into the general population.” Indeed, “sports are huge, and nothing beats football Saturdays or basketball nights.” And if neither sports appeal to you, don’t sweat it. “If there’s something you want to do, someone else does too. You’ll be hard pressed to find an activity that doesn’t have its own organization and social network.”
Kenyon Students Say...This tiny midwestern liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. The school’s “academic vigor” and intense focus on writing (it is known as “The Writers’ College”) are two of Kenyon’s hallmarks, and the curriculum provides “a well-rounded liberal arts education in which emphasis [is] placed on critical thinking and class discussion.” Everyone “tends to be extremely friendly, well-rounded, and smart.” Everyone is seriously involved in academics and extracurriculars, and “you’re either a jack of all trades here or a master of four.” There aren’t really many cliques; “someone on the football team could just as easily be in the community choir or quiz bowl club.” People come to this “small campus with a big sense of community” because they know it will be a good fit, and it shows in the satisfaction levels here. “I stepped on campus and noticed two things: everyone was happy and the campus was gorgeous,” says one of many happy students.
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