In order to be recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, institutions must have a strong reputation for treating students as individuals and for teaching them, rather than leading groups of ID numbers through large lecture halls. Lynchburg College is one of those Colleges that Change Lives. Most students with an ACT of about 23 and a B average have a good chance at attending Lynchburg College at its picturesque campus about five hours away in southern Virginia.
Located in the quiet Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, La Salle University is a small liberal arts college that has a hands-on approach to learning. Its most popular majors are nursing, communication, education, and psychology. The average class size is 20 students, and all classes are taught by professors, rather than what you will find at larger universities. The average SAT is just under 500 on each test.
About six hours south of Baltimore in central North Carolina, Elon University is a liberal arts college of about 6,000 students. Elon's acceptance rate and academic culture is similar to that of Coastal Carolina or Villanova University. Because Elon has seen relatively few applicants from Baltimore, it would be fair to expect that they would be generous in admissions and financial aid to balance the campus's geographic diversity.
Every state has a system of higher education, and our state's flagship campus is the University of Maryland at College Park. Being the largest university in the state, College Park does rely more than its peers on quantitative information for admissions, like grades and test scores, but they do consider other information. Being such a large campus, expect class sizes to be as large as their diversity. The top 15-20% of each graduating class tends to find academic success at UMCP.
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Ithaca College is about the same size as Morgan State, in a town in New York about as big as Westminster. It is a private comprehensive college, with an average SAT score of admitted students near 1700. Seniors who go to Ithaca also usually consider colleges like the University of Richmond, Villanova University, and the University of Scranton.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a quiet state school west of Pittsburgh where students focus on their intended areas of occupation. Admission is comparable to Frostburg State, and IUP is especially notable for its secondary education and criminal justice majors.
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Thanks to its recent appearance in the NCAA mens' basketball final four, George Mason University has been riding a wave of increased popularity, essentially making admissions a bit more competitive than Towson University. Also similar to Towson, GMU is a medium-to-large state university that is not quite as competitive or popular as its flagship partner. GMU's academics are strong in business, computer science, and liberal arts. Conveniently, George Mason is located in Fairfax, VA, which is just over an hour from home.
Maryland is fortunate to be hme to one of the five United States Service Academies. The United States Naval Academy, established in 1845 to produce the strongest and greatest leaders in the Navy and Marines, is one of the most elite and rigorous institutions, requiring potential midshipmen to obtain nominations from elected leaders such as senators and congressmen. Applicants must be strong in academics, particularly math and science, and be physically fit.
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Gettysburg College has earned its strong academic reputation. Since its founding in 1832, the College has upheld a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth and depth. On a beautiful campus in a world-famous town, 2,600 students discover their intellectual passion through more than 67 academic programs. There are no bystanders here. Students prepare for leadership through experiential learning opportunities, an extensive career network, and countless co-curricular, service, and off-campus study activities.
On the Long Island borough of New York City, Farmingdale State College is part of the state university system of New York. Farmingdale is a quiet and safe residential area, and the college is relatively competitive with an average ACT of 20 and GPA of 3.3, it is similar to UMBC or Salisbury University.