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What are some good colleges?

mcharlesblockmcharlesblock Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
edited June 2008 in College Search & Selection
Hi, I'm just wondering what colleges I should consider...

I'm incredibly interested in history and political science, specifically political theory.

I do generally well in school, and get mostly A's in the toughest curriculum my school offers (my school doesn't do GPA or APs), and I'm also doing extra work in my history classes.

What colleges would be good for me?
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Replies to: What are some good colleges?

  • lgellarlgellar Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    It depends on what you scored on your standardized tests and also what you're looking for in terms of social scene.

    Also, do you live in a state with good public colleges? (What state do you live in?)
  • quaerequaere Registered User Posts: 1,264 Senior Member
    Some other questions to think about... how far from home do you want to be, and is weather important? Do you want to be at a small, medium, or large school? Are you interested in schools that are single-sex or religiously affiliated? Do you want to be around students who are mostly liberal or mostly conservative? Are there any extracurricular activities that you know you want to pursue in college (in particular, any sports)? Do you need financial aid?
  • mcharlesblockmcharlesblock Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I haven't taken the SAT's yet, but I'm expecting relatively high scores, and most people in my school generally get over 2100 with a fair amount of people getting over 2300, and I don't expect I'd do any lower. And I'm from Pennsylvania, not exactly the best public university in existence.

    Weather is a non-issue, I don't need financial aid, I don't play that much sports (only the occasional tennis match). I think I'd do best in a medium university, not an LAC, I'm very liberal, though do have some conservative opinions on some issues. I also really desire an intellectual environment.
  • lgellarlgellar Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    Well, any school that is highly ranked will generally have a strong political science program. If you "really desire an intellectual environment," the best way to find those schools in my opinion is actually to look at the schools that are D-III for athletics.
  • mcharlesblockmcharlesblock Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    Yeah but are there any college's in particular that could be recommended?
  • undisclosedundisclosed Registered User Posts: 965 Member

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  • IsleBoyIsleBoy Registered User Posts: 2,681 Senior Member
    Some suggestions:

    Georgetown University
    Washington University
    Emory University
    University of North Carolina
    George Washington University
    College of William & Mary
    University of Rochester
    Tufts University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Miami University
    American University
  • BusinessLeaderBusinessLeader Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    american or UM
  • mcharlesblockmcharlesblock Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I doubt I'd have a real shot at Yale (if anything It'd be a FAR reach), and I like the sound W&M, Rochester (where I actually have legacy), Tufts, and JHU. Also, by Washington do you mean Wash U in St. Louis?

    I am opposed to Georgetown and American though--I'm opposed to religiously affiliated schools, and am actually an atheist myself.

    Are there any other schools? One of my teachers has been recommending U Chicago for me, and someone else mentioned Columbia, but I think that would definitely be a reach.

    Also, I'd really want a school where the Political Science faculty is actively involved in the study of politics, and preferably I'd like a good history department too because I think I would double major.
  • lgellarlgellar Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    I think it really depends on your SATs. There are a lot of great schools out there.
  • IsleBoyIsleBoy Registered User Posts: 2,681 Senior Member
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Indiana University
    Ohio State University
    University of Washington
  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Registered User Posts: 6,673 Senior Member
    for an "intellectual environment," U of Chicago or Swarthmore.
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,772 Senior Member
    With your interest in politics, you really ought to keep Georgetown and American on the radar. No one is more opposed than I to religious control of an intellectual environment, but there's a difference between religiously-affiliated schools and religiously-controlled schools. Those two are definitely the former. Georgetown may require a course or two in religion, but makes significant efforts to attract and serve students of all (or no) faiths.
  • rdh1991rdh1991 Registered User Posts: 602 Member
    how about Duke
  • rd31rd31 Registered User Posts: 714 Member
    U of Michigan
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