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Underrated gems. Colleges that are never mentioned on CC but are really fantastic.

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  • blossomblossom 10386 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Gaming the rankings only gets you so far- you also have to deliver the goods. And that means faculty, facilities, fellowships. The stuff that costs a lot. The marketing? Yes, it costs money, but ACTUALLY investing in your core products- education, research, innovation- that costs REAL money.
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  • lastone03lastone03 955 replies11 threads Member
    Another plug for Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN. The recent addition of 4 co-ed grad programs has made it even more attractive.
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  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington 8927 replies483 threads Senior Member
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Excellent STEM. Tuition bargain. Located at the doorstep of the great outdoors. SUNY Plattsburgh; interesting small town. Very strong science departments. Very affordable. Montreal is a short drive away.

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  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington 8927 replies483 threads Senior Member
    Wesleyan College in Macon GA. Very small women's LAC on a 200 acre campus. UMass-Lowell; great things have happened at UML in recent years. Very strong engineering. Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Not just engineering. Generous financial aid. Quick train ride to Boston.
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  • natty1988natty1988 831 replies12 threads Member
    @LakeWashington I'd say a lot of the SUNY schools are underrated. Everyone I know who has attended one has said they got a wonderful education.
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  • natty1988natty1988 831 replies12 threads Member
    @svcamom Sounds like a great school!
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  • MDmom11MDmom11 22 replies6 threads Junior Member
    SUNY Geneseo
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  • natty1988natty1988 831 replies12 threads Member
    @MDmom11 we had daughters of some friends of ours attend SUNY Geneseo and they had a wonderful time! They're from NY and they loved the instate price! Definitely a bang for your buck if you live in NY!
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  • rickle1rickle1 2597 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Someone mentioned App State. It's in Boone, NC which is an awesome location. We've vacationed (summer) there a few times and it is so close to great hiking, rafting, etc. Of course you have skiing in the winter. A truly beautiful place. The campus is very cool and you can walk to the downtown area. Don't know much about the school.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    We pass Connecticut College on our way up to our daughter's school (if we choose to take the ferry from LI). I always say the campus looks gorgeous!!!
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  • EyeVeeeEyeVeee 679 replies7 threads Member
    ^^^ Can a school ranked in the Top 50 LAC's by US News be a hidden gem?

    If so, I'll follow that with Olin College of Engineering on Babson's campus in Mass. We seriously looked at Olin, and would have applied had ED1 not worked out for us.

    Olin is not for everyone. It's REALLY small. Appreciating the size and need for collaboration and civility across a class of under 100 people, Olin admission is a literal gauntlet of application and "on-site" evaluation. They fly everyone who makes it through the first round (~200) to Boston for a weekend in January (mandatory....not attending means no acceptance). At such a small school, 60 kids for a weekend (3 weeks in a row) changes the place. The students literally are part of the admissions committee because they are so involved. From there, the cut to (a few years ago) 70-80 offers of enrolment.

    The other major factor with Olin is a 50% discount for tuition (~$25k) for everyone, making the retail cost of attending around $40k. At that price, it's an amazing opportunity for the right kids.

    You can also take classes at Babson, Wellesley and Brandeis, which is a really nice option given the size of Olin.

    The other school I know very little about that I think may be under-appreciated is Cooper Union.
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  • TheodenTheoden 252 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @Cardinal Fang I remember reading about Kalamazoo College and thinking it was an amazing school!
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6662 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Earlham, like Kalamazoo, is another that creates great outcomes for its students rather than admitting students who are destined for greatness.

    Totally agree with @EyeVeee about Olin. Not for everyone but fabulous for the right kid. Unlike many mentioned here, it's quite hard to get into. But for a kid who is a do-er, wow!
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 6890 replies171 threads Senior Member
    Sure, it’s more of a hidden gem on CC quest for me. Lol.

    Olin and Babson are certainly gems. Perhaps partially hidden?
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