The most underrated colleges in your opinion?

<p>If you mention any national university in the US News top 30 or any LAC in the USNews top 10 you have to back up your answer.</p>

<p>My answer: Drexel. It's growing ridiculously fast and will become much more popular on CC in a few years.</p>

<p>Many academicians will tell you the College of Wooster.</p>

<p>Truman State. Univ of Evansville. </p>

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<p>University of Connecticut!</p>

<p>Salisbury St.
Davidson
William & Mary</p>

<p>University of Miami. Most still consider it a party school and the "suntan u", but it's grown into one of the top research institutions in the country.</p>

<p>Hendrix College</p>

<p>annasdad - Could you give some commentary on Truman State? I've seen it on a few lists, but I'm completely unfamiliar with it.</p>

<p>I have read some good stuff about University of Minnesota---Morris.</p>

<p>Probably few people outside of Minnesota have heard of it.</p>

<p>Cornell-called the lowest Ivy. Yet it is has an outstanding reputation internationally, offers an excellent education and has many various internship opportunities at the most prestigious and elite places. It is ranked #1 in some of its programs-- architecture, hotel administration and top 10 or so in others--engineering, business.</p>

<p>How can it be called "lowest" or any negative thing??</p>

<p>Truman State is a "public liberal arts university" in Kirksville, Mo. Formerly a "directional" as NE Missouri State, about 20 years ago the powers that be in Missouri decided to convert it into a more selective university with a liberal arts focus (liberal arts broadly defined, including math and science). In terms of student selectivity, it is approaching but not yet quite at the state flagship level. The state has put a lot of money into upgraded facilities. There are about 6,000 students, all but a few hundred of them undergrads. </p>

<p>What makes it really attractive is the cost - about $21K COA for OOS last year. It has to be one of the best value schools anywhere. </p>

<p>We visited last month and my D really liked it, both the academic programs and the campus. It had by far the nicest dorms of the 6 schools we've visited so far. It's our financial safety, and she and we would be completely satisfied if that's where she winds up. It would cost us less to send D there than to send her to any Illinois public in-state. </p>

<p>The biggest negative is the location. Kirksville is a small decaying rust belt city (really more of a large town) with not a lot to do, and it's not really close to anything exciting. It's also not the easiest place to get to by driving (except from the south), and it's a long way from the nearest city with air service (probably Des Moines, IA). </p>

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<p>I guess it would be St. Francis University or Binghamton or Baruch University. Their programs are all so good, their graduates all get good careers. The only thing that differs them from the Ivy League colleges is that they don't get enough donations and publicity.</p>

<p>agree about wooster. also colorado college.</p>

<p>Harvard</p>

<p>10 char</p>

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<p>I wouldn't go that far. The Ivies get applications from the very top prospective students throughout the U.S. and the world, then only have room to take 6 - 15% of them. That's a very special peer group. I like watching college football, but I couldn't say that the product is as good as the NFL but for the money and hype.</p>

<p>UCSD seems to be disregarded because it's place behind UCLA and Berkeley, especially outside of California, but it really is great in its own right.</p>

<p>A lot of CUNY schools in NYC. One of them even has a good accelerated medical program. They also have CUNY honors, which gives a full tuition scholarship and other benefits. And yet everyone here in NYC thinks that they're the worst colleges in the city because they're not as competitive as colleges like HYPS, Columbia, NYU, etc, and because tuition is really cheap.</p>

<p>University of Kansas (KU) and DePaul</p>

<p>I have two nieces who went to Truman State for communications. They both loved it and are now TV news producers.</p>

<p>I think there are a lot of underrated schools in the south. Civil War's over, folks -- we're all one country now!</p>

<p>I'd be reluctant to call Cornell "underrated," given its low acceptance rate. I know a number of students who have applied there early decision, or as a first-choice "reach" college. Given its less-than-desirable location (especially in comparison with other ivy-league and highly-selective schools), it obviously enjoys an impeccable reputation.</p>