I presume some folks here could reel off the names of all 4,000+ schools in the U.S. But for those of us who are just waking up to the wide array of colleges out there, I'd love to hear your vote for the most underappreciated or lesser known colleges (and what you think makes them unique or special)?
Soka University in Aliso Viejo, CA
Beautiful (in a well-groomed, sparse way), peaceful, sprawling campus. Average class size: 12 students. Popular major: Peace Studies. Definitely not the place for students looking for a big, bustling uni (only sports teams are swimming, diving, track, xc, soccer and golf). Backs up to a large nature park with many miles of hiking trails. Twenty minute drive to beautiful Laguna Beach. (I'd never choose this one myself, but thought I'd mention it for the solitude-seeking introverts out there!)