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Your vote for "Most Underappreciated" lesser known colleges?

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  • pbarhugpbarhug 9 replies0 threads New Member
    I wholeheartedly endorse St. Mary's (SMCM) College of Maryland as a hidden gem. I am an alumna; my daughter currently attends and S18 was recently accepted. The quality of education at SMCM easily rivals that of the E-LACs and without all the stresses of such a higly competitive environment. In recent years, SMCM has added many programs, particularly those that focus on study abroad programs and internship opportunities. The school is very popular with students from the DC and Baltimore suburbs, but virtually unheard of outside the region. It's a shame because even the OOS tuition is more affordable than many of the private LACs or universities.
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  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie 124 replies16 threads Junior Member
    @pbarhug probably a dumb question, but is SMCM ok with (quiet) atheists? I know other Catholic colleges say they're open to all faiths and non faiths, but just wondering what your daughter's input might be on that? Thanks.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21409 replies223 threads Senior Member
    @JeanJeanie SMCM is a public college not a private Catholic school so atheists and everyone else is welcome! In the Maryland public university/college system, SMCM is targeted as a small honors college with a liberal arts focus.
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  • prodesseprodesse 1336 replies71 threads Senior Member
    It's located in historic St. Mary's City in Maryland, hence the name.
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  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie 124 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Oh geez. I was looking at the St. Mary's in California (where we are), assuming it was a Western campus of SMCM! :) Thanks for the clarification @doschicos @prodesse
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  • prodesseprodesse 1336 replies71 threads Senior Member
    I really think St. Mary's College of Maryland would do well to change its name. There are too many St. Mary's and similar, including Mount St. Mary's in the same state. All they need is a donor who wants naming rights, like Duke University, right?
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5605 replies1 threads Senior Member
    "There are too many St. Mary's..."

    There is also a Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Saint Mary's College in (just in case we aren't already confused enough) Notre Dame, Indiana.
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  • MomtofourkidsMomtofourkids 260 replies24 threads Junior Member
    Saint Anselm in New Hampshire - every alumni I meet is sooo nice! Must be something in the food they got fed there!
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  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie 124 replies16 threads Junior Member
    @Momtofourkids thanks, I'd not heard of that one!
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  • Hastomen123Hastomen123 91 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hendrix College (Arkansas), Luther College (Iowa), Cornell College (Iowa), Austin College (Texas)
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  • GatormamaGatormama 1046 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Cornell is one of the Colleges That Change Lives; not sure that's really under the radar anymore.
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  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie 124 replies16 threads Junior Member
  • sta3535sta3535 196 replies107 threads Member
    edited February 2018
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

    For more info about SRU, check out an upperclassmen's opinionated video about our university:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvyWSdRVxzs
    edited February 2018
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42052 replies453 threads Senior Member
    Augustana college in Illinois. Strong peers, CTCL type college.
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  • Boymomx3Boymomx3 79 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Hendrix College in Arkansas is a hidden gem. Beautiful campus, strong academics, great dining hall, and not nearly as quirky as some books suggested.
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  • Poppy88Poppy88 8 replies0 threads New Member
    edited July 2018
    Beloit College (Wisconsin).

    - A "College that Changes Lives".
    - Small; near Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee.
    - Great opportunities for summer grants; has programs to help with internships or creating your own project.
    - You get a mentor as a freshman.
    - Has entrepreneurship program including a building downtown for students to use to develop their business ideas.
    - Brand-new science center.
    - I believe about 14% of students are international students.
    - Many students study abroad.
    - Nice campus; they are currently building a new student center.
    - Known for Anthropology program and museum.
    - Many students double major/major and double minor (because credits overlap).
    - Roommates matched by hand based off of a form about personality, music preferences, interests.
    - Themed housing.
    - "First Year Initiatives" courses for first semester; a kind of introduction to college thinking and how classes work. You choose from a list and this class doesn't have to be related to your major; just something you are interested in.
    - The general ed requirements are looser then at most colleges; allows you to take classes that interest you.
    - Small class sizes and many students call professors by their first names.


    edited July 2018
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