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Your vote for "Most Underappreciated" lesser known colleges?

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  • MidwestDad3MidwestDad3 2172 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Sewanee, Earlham, Wells, Alfred
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  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie 124 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Re Harvey Mudd, we toured a year ago (I've known about it since the mid-1970s when my brainy BF applied). It seems a great place for the hardcore brainiac who loves the idea of a Spartan environment. The stark, barracks-style dorms will appeal to the anti-Ivy set for sure.

    My favorite part of the tour was toward the end when the guide stopped us and pointed out, with extra emphasis, the mental health office. She made a strong point: if you feel you need some help, do NOT hesitate. A lot of nodding heads and knowing looks among the parents with that one.

    As a native of SoCal, I should add if you've never been in that part of the region, note that most of the publicity photos show the Claremont Colleges in a glorious, postcard-worthy setting, with snowcapped mountains in the background. In reality, this happens maybe a few days a year. At least half the year, that area is shrouded in a hazy smog and you can barely see those mountains. But the beach is about an hour's drive.
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  • zannahzannah 1078 replies12 threads Senior Member
    In Iowa, Dubuque is located on the Mississippi River at the junction of MN, Wisconsin, I'll, and is a beautiful area. Loras, Clarke, and the University of Dubuque seen in Field of Dreams. Tuition at one allows students to take classes at the other two. Good schools. Webster University in Saint Louis
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    Um... what an unpleasant set of comments about Mudd. For all the smog in the LA area, my experience the many times I visited the Mudd campus was that it isn't bad most of the time in Claremont, and I could usually see the mountains just fine. My kid also hiked in them all the time when she needed a break.

    Also, it isn't that "Spartan". The new buildings in recent years (Shanahan for classrooms, Drinkward dorm) are really nice. They've done extensive internal remodeling in a lot of the lab & classroom areas, too. And I think the dining hall is maybe the best of the 5Cs.

    The inside of my kid's suite style dorm room was no more "barracks style" than any other dorms we saw on our 40 college visits across 2 kids (Mount Holyoke had nicer rooms, and Amherst had nicer common areas).

    Plenty of Mudders have overlap acceptances to Ivies, so not sure what that is about. They aren't "hardcore anti Ivy". But they may want to go to a school with a heavy STEM focus -- nothing wrong with that.
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  • Burrito12Burrito12 216 replies48 threads Junior Member
    UIUC and U-Wisconsin are great, maybe "lesser-known" schools?
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  • not2disappearnot2disappear 99 replies28 threads Junior Member
    Beloit College in Wisconsin! Nicest school EVER.
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  • brantlybrantly 3970 replies69 threads Senior Member
    Union College, Schenectady, NY
    SUNY Binghamton
    SUNY Stony Brook
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3356 replies77 threads Senior Member
    It's funny what some are saying are lesser known. UIUC, UWMadison, SUNY Binghamton and Stony Brook are all major Unis. Harvey Mudd is super highly rated and extremely well known.

    Rose Hulman is less well known and deserves mentioning. (I might have missed it if someone already mentioned it.)
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    Mudd is much better known on the West coast. Surprisingly little recognition in the Midwest. Remember that they graduate less than 200 students a year and have only been around since 1955. That is an entire alumni population of around 10,000. It is an amazing school, and my Midwest kid adored it.
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  • brantlybrantly 3970 replies69 threads Senior Member
    Binghamton and Stony Brook are known in the NY, NJ, PA, CT area. Outside of there, not so much.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78672 replies698 threads Senior Member
    It is very common for students and parents on these forums to think of a potential admission safety as one that is unworthy of the student in that the student "should do better" (i.e. attend a more selective college).
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  • happy1happy1 22982 replies2266 threads Senior Member
    We were happily surprised by Siena College in NY (near Albany). While my S ultimately did not attend Siena it went from being a safety to a final contender.
    --In terms of admission they offered a very quick decision so my S was "in" by October which took a ton of stress off the entire process and saved us money as we did not apply to schools that were lower on his list.
    --In terms of finances, Siena was less expensive than most private schools and offered merit aid.
    --S did an overnight and was impressed by the students, professors he met there. The school moved way up on his list after that visit.
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  • kalonskalons 625 replies21 threads Member
    denison, dickinson, connecticut college, union, and rhodes!
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  • CA1543CA1543 1610 replies8 threads Senior Member
    Hobart & William Smith? RIT, WPI, Case Western?
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3356 replies77 threads Senior Member
    Clarkson U
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14831 replies1000 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2018
    @retiredfarmer
    Olin College of Engineering is underrated. The general public does not know who they are and what they are doing. They are hard at work revolutionizing the educational process.

    It is the responsibility of the college to make others aware.
    edited January 2018
    Post edited by MaineLonghorn on
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  • 2018hsmom2018hsmom 35 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited January 2018
    Perhaps Olin chooses to remain under the radar so they don't have to grow the size of the university. They are busy with their mission of collaborating with industry and other universities about revolutionizing the educational process. That way their long-term impact is more significant.
    edited January 2018
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