<p>My main criteria for a school is discussion-based classes. Not all of the classes have to be discussion based but at least half. I learn best being able to ask questions and discuss ideas. So that probably means a small school with small classes.
I want to study animal behavior/ethology. There are only a small handful of schools that have it as an undergrad major. My top choice at the moment is Franklin and Marshall. I love their academic program (no gen eds, foundation and interdisciplinary classes instead, small classes), the admissions people I talked to were really nice, and they have an animal behavior program. When I visited the students were noticeably less friendly than Bucknell and the food was just okay, those are my reservations.
I've gotton overwhelmed with all the schools in New England and am having a hard time deciding where to start looking! </p>
Interested in a small school 2,000-3,000 range approximately, Liberal Arts Colleges because I want to be able to take classes outside of my major. Strong programs in Bio, Psych, Neurobiology and/or Environmental studies. I'm not sure what it'll be like going to a LAC with a lot of preppy rich kids so schools that have more diversity and more middle class students is a plus. I like the idea of hippy schools but thought Hampshire was too alternative. Definitely would like a school with liberal minded students. Having a theater group for non-Theater majors is a plus. Not interested in party schools and would prefer schools with less drinking and drug use. Also, good food with vegetarian options is a big requirement. I don't care about the reputation of the school, just that it's an excellent education. </p>
<p>Schools I'm considering:
Bucknell (animal behavior program)
plus some of the Colleges That Change Lives Schools</p>
2nd in class of 100+, 3.95 GPA, school doesn't have honors or AP but I've taken the top tier of classes, think I'll get an A in Harvard Extension undergrad course I took, strong ECs. </p>
<p>So given the criteria what LACs in New England should I look at? Also, any safety schools that I could get a lot of financial aid and scholarships from that meet the criteria?</p>