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Tulane vs Richmond vs Colby

williams2019williams2019 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
Hey everyone,

I am currently making my final college list and had a question for you all. My school limits students to 12 colleges, so we really have to make a well balanced list. I recently got into Tulane, a school I consider a safety, early action. So that crossed off a lot of other safety schools, except for Richmond and Colby. What's everyone's thoughts on the three schools? Is it worth applying to the other two since I already got into Tulane? The other schools on my list are mostly Ivies and top liberal arts colleges. I am looking to study econ/government/history/math. I am also looking to get a strong foundation in the liberal arts. How do the three schools differ in terms of the kind and quality of education I would receive? Also, how do the three schools differ in terms of reputation in the job market? Where would I receive the best education for my fields of study and the humanities? Also please feel free to add anything else that would help me in making a decision. Thank you so much!

Replies to: Tulane vs Richmond vs Colby

  • williams2019williams2019 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    also, by safety school, I meant that I am over the average GPA and test score for accepted students from my school the past few years. I did not in any way mean to demean the three schools.
  • FamilyWoodsFamilyWoods Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    edited December 2014
    Tulane & Richmond are no where near the same category as Colby. And, Colby is one of the top liberal arts colleges. It is ranked 15th by US News. Are you talking about the Colby in Maine? Tulane is ranked 147th by Forbes and Colby is 39th.

    I don't think there are too many students that would look at Colby as a safety school.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    Most people never heard of Colby. Before this year, I never heard U Richmond-- and I'm from the E coast.
  • AgilityAceAgilityAce Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Tulane is like a better state school but like not the best, UVA, Michigan, Penn State,UNC, UCalBerk, UCLA, etc.
    Colby is an outstanding school and is the most prestigious of the three.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod Posts: 25,129 Inactive
    Tulane is a private school, @AgilityAce‌. It is interesting to note that the admission rates for the two schools are very similar, as are the middle 50% test scores. In any case, comparing LAC's that have about 400-500 freshmen and no graduate or professional schools associated with them with research universities that are larger to much larger and have those post bachelor's programs is really comparing apples and oranges. It is more important to decide which kind of college experience you want first. Either will give you a great education, it is everything else that is different.
  • BTMellBTMell Registered User Posts: 1,231 Senior Member
    I'm a Tulane grad and have a son at Bates which is similar to Colby. Bates is perfect for my son but apples and oranges to compare Tulane and Colby. As Fallen says above, you'll get a great education either place but everything else is as different as night and day. Have you visited both? There's a huge difference between central Maine and New Orleans, just for starters!
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