Biochemistry

What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is a science dedicated to studying the chemicals that occur naturally within living organisms. It utilizes the principles of chemistry and applies them to the chemicals generated at the cellular and molecular level. 

Biochemistry students use several scientific disciplines to examine complex molecules in biological material and the ways in which those molecules interact. Because this field operates at the cellular level, biochemistry also paves the way for understanding and treating diseases in humans, animals, and plants. It is considered both a life science and a chemical science.

The Biochemistry Degree

Students who earn a degree in biochemistry study a curriculum featuring classes in subjects like cell biology, genetics, disease mechanisms, and metabolism. Because the degree encompasses two sciences, biochemistry major jobs include both biology and chemistry-related professions. The biochemistry degree is available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels.

Biochemistry vs. Biomedical Sciences

The difference between these two degrees is in their respective scopes. A biochemistry degree focuses specifically in the chemistry of living organisms while a biomedical sciences degree has a much broader focus examining human life itself. 

In other words, biochemistry is a part of the biomedical sciences family, which also includes other subjects such as anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Biochemistry is very specifically the focus of examining biology and chemistry at the molecular level. For a broader view, biomedical sciences would be a better match for your interests. 

Biochemistry vs. Molecular Biology

The difference between biochemistry and molecular biology is a bit more technical. Biochemistry mostly concerns itself with the study of proteins and how their shape and location determine their biological function. Molecular biology goes even deeper than that, focusing on the atomic scale to examine DNA and RNA structures. So in order to choose between these two disciplines, you’ll need to determine what aspect of biological studies on the molecular level interests you the most.

Would I Make a Good Biochemist?

To be a good candidate for the biochemistry degree, you must possess an interest in the sciences and an aptitude for biology and chemistry specifically. In addition, because many biochemists concentrate their work on treating and eradicating disease, it helps to be motivated by the desire to improve human lifespans. 

Biochemists spend a lot of their professional life in the lab where they regularly process a large amount of data. You need to be comfortable with mathematics and computer science in order to draw proper conclusions from that data. Furthermore, since most labs are equipped with expensive equipment like electron microscopes and lasers, you need to be comfortable with using such technology and willing to learn about new equipment when technology advances further. You will also have to be familiar with safety procedures associated with the work you do in the lab.

Associate Level

An associate degree in biochemistry features a number of basic and introductory classes in both this specific field and the sciences in general. This degree can be completed in two years, although it is not offered at every community college. The biochemistry associate degree includes courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics and classes feature a mixture of lectures and laboratory work. 

In some cases, the associate degree curriculum also includes an internship. For most students, the associate degree in biochemistry provides a transition to a 4-year institution but there are a few jobs available for associate degree holders.

Biochemistry major jobs at the associate level include: Lab Assistant, Lab Technician, and Quality Control Technician.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $28,000 (Lab Assistant) to $36,000 (Lab Technician, Quality Control Technician).

Baccalaureate Level

The bachelor’s degree in biochemistry begins with a foundation in a number of general science classes as well as mathematics. These include: biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. From there, the biochemistry curriculum delves into the study of topics more specific to the field such as genetics, DNA, proteins, and amino acids. Courses feature a mixture of classroom assignments and lab work centered around technology like molecular spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance. A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry can usually be completed in four years.

At certain institutions, it’s possible to earn an online biochemistry degree at the bachelor’s level. These online degrees feature classes in core sciences similar to an on-campus curriculum. For some online degrees, students will be required to attend campus and participate in lab activities in person. Online bachelor’s degrees are also offered in related fields like biological sciences and biotechnology.

What Can You Do With a Biochemistry Degree?

With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, you’ll be eligible to apply for jobs such as: Biomedical Scientist, Analytical Chemist, Clinical Research Associate, Toxicologist, Forensic Scientist, and Research Scientist.

The average salary for these careers ranges from $57,000 (Analytical Chemist, Forensic Scientist) to $65,000 (Biomedical Scientist) to $81,000 (Clinical Research Associate, Research Scientist) at the upper end of the scale.

Graduate Level

For students who wish to specialize in the field of biochemistry, numerous schools offer a master’s degree program that can be completed in two to three years. Most master’s degree programs cover topics such as modern biochemistry, cell biology, and biotechnology. Students can further specify their area of concentration by studying topics like protein engineering, biological photochemistry, molecular genetics, and biological photochemistry. There is also the option of pursuing a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree in the subject. MS degrees are more research-oriented and provide a lead-in to a PhD program.

Students who wish to pursue a career in a research field can continue their education past the master’s-level and attempt to earn a PhD. A PhD in biochemistry takes an average of five years and consists of a number of advanced-level courses, research, lab experiments, and teaching assistantships. The program culminates in a dissertation or research project as well as a defense before biochemistry faculty. Examples of biochemistry PhD topics include: molecular biophysics, molecular genetics, virology, and biochemical research.

Biochemistry degree jobs you can land with a graduate degree include: Biomedical Scientist, Ecologist, Engineer, Science Writer, Pharmacologist, Data Scientist, and Nanotechnologist.

The average salary for these jobs ranges from $74,000 (Ecologist) and $80,000 (Biomedical Scientist, Science Writer) to $121,000 (Data Scientist) and $136,000 (Pharmacologist).

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College of the Ozarks

With campus a short distance from Lake Taneycomo, the College of the Ozarks is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in southwest Missouri. College of the Ozarks grants undergrad degrees in 28 academic majors and all courses feature a Christ...

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I know I will learn a lot here because you have most of the the things I want to partake in.

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Marietta College

Marietta College is a small, private liberal arts college that was founded in 1835. All first-year students are required to take a College Life and Leadership Laboratory course as well as a first-year seminar. Students can compete for places in the...

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Professors are professors for a reason, and the ones at Marietta are by and large very good teachers as well. Knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter, the only thing stopping an ambitious student from learning from them is laziness or...

” – Thomas from Falls Church, VA
McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a private institution situated in Westminster, Maryland. The school operates a satellite campus in Budapest, Hungary. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum and BFA students participate in the “McDaniel Plan” which...

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McDaniel presents its students with a WIDE array of classes on so many topics. I was able to take a class about the relationship between madness and creativity. There's classes on South Park's take on social commentary, in-depth studies into theatre...

” – Laura from Middle River, MD
University of Mount Saint Vincent

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, the University of Mount Saint Vincent is a Catholic liberal arts college in New York City. From its campus overlooking the Hudson River, the Mount offers undergrad degrees in over 70 academic programs...

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It is a wonderful school with great people who I know are forever friends. The school fosters education to its max as well as intergrating sports and socialization in. It is everything I dreamed a college to be.

” – Colleen from Manchester Center, VT
New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology is the state’s public polytechnic university and is located in the University Heights neighborhood of downtown Newark, NJ. NJIT offers 126 programs across its six specialized schools for a population of more than 11...

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NJIT is a fantastic university. It will take a year to get used to all of the things that happen on campus; however, once you're set, everything goes smoothly. Plus, they've got some great food that is served here!

” – Ayrton from Newark, NJ
Hood College

Hood College is a liberal arts institution situated on 50 acres in Frederick, Maryland, which also maintains several research centers, including for coastal & watershed studies, teaching & learning, and the humanities. Hood offers 32 areas of study...

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The classes are smaller, so I feel like students have a better relationship with their professors.

” – Katie from Hagerstown, MD
Salem College

Salem has educated aspiring leaders to change the world since 1772, when it was founded on the then-revolutionary premise that women are extraordinary leaders. 250 years later, Salem is again revolutionary as the nation's only liberal arts college...

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Because it's a small classroom setting the teachers can give you all the help and attention you need to really learn the material

” – Tiffany from High Point, NC
Shorter University

Shorter University is a private liberal arts institution associated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. The main campus is located in Rome, GA, and there is a satellite campus in Atlanta. Business administration and management, liberal arts and...

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shorter university is an amazing school. the class sizes are small, and the professors are very dedicated to your success.

” – jasmine from tallahassee, fl
Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public school based in Saint Joseph, MI. MWSU is one of the less than 500 colleges in the US with an ABET-accredited engineering programs. Upon admittance to Missouri Western students rub the head of the statue...

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When I started college in the fall of 2008 I was really unsure of what my major was going to be and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Taking the general studies classes at Missouri Western has really helps students figure out what they...

” – Bethany from Saint Joseph, MO
Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private four-year institution in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania offering 45 in-demand majors, including engineering, business, nursing and pharmacy. With a beautiful campus, state-of-the-art facilities, vibrant student life, small...

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The classes are small, so better one on one with teachers. Teachers are very personable and helpful. Can get tutors for free or see teachers during office hours for help. Study sessions are also available to review and discuss information for...

” – Samantha from Wilkes Barre, PA
Ave Maria University

Founded by the creator of Domino’s Pizza, Ave Maria University is a Catholic liberal arts college in southwest Florida. Ave confers bachelor’s degrees in 33 academic majors and all classes focus on creating dedicated followers of Jesus Christ. As a...

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Ave Maria is semi difficult to get in because the academics are vigorous and the school is excellent in the liberal arts area. If you are considering pursuing a career in law, I suggest you check Ave Maria University out. The law program here is...

” – Kristin from Mason, OH
Moravian University

Founded in 1742, Moravian University is the nation's sixth oldest college and offers students a private education they will not find anywhere else: personal attention and preparation for life with a record of success longer than our nation’s history...

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This school absolutely pushes you to your limits and beyond, but not in an entirely over-stressed manner. Students here have teachers who are both mentors and friends. The professors here make sure that students learn all the material that is needed...

” – Student from Allentown, PA
Wartburg College

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Studying in another country, performing research with your professors, and completing internships will give you resumé-worthy experiences and new perspectives that better prepare you for what’s next. And we’re here to...

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The professors on staff are some of the most competent professionals I've ever had the pleasure of working with. From top-notch Religion professors, to published English professors, to accomplished Music professors, the entire staff is rich in...

” – Kyle from Waverly, IA
Claflin University

Claflin University is a private HBCU and independent institution based in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The school provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and affiliated with the United...

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Yes, I've learn so much that I earn 20 credit hrs. as a first semester freshmen in the spring of 2009, and haved accumulated a 3.33 GPA.

” – Michael from Columbia, SC
Illinois Wesleyan University

Established in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a 4-year liberal arts university in Bloomington, IL. IWU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic fields of study, as well as an optional May Term, a month-long experiential learning option...

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The starting points for classes are well tailored to your high school work. I was placed onto the Analysis track based on my AP scores, but the new information I was acquiring was similar to my sociology class. I have never taken sociology before...

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Trine University is a private, 4-year institution established in Angola, Indiana. The college features a number of special academic opportunities, such as the Lifetime Guarantee program which promises graduation within 4 years, the Four Plus One...

Austin College

Founded by a Presbyterian missionary, Austin College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Texas. Austin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 55 academic areas of study. Additionally, Austin oversees a JanTerm program where students are given...

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Austin College is a great school that has a lot to offer and teach the students who attend there. This college is definitely challenging when it comes to academics to ensure that the students are prepared to graduate and be the best in whatever...

” – Cassandra from Lake Jackson, TX
DeSales University

DeSales University is a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum with a focus in the Catholic tradition. It is home to dance studios, TV and film studios, simulation laboratories...

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The faculty make sure to deliver personal one-on-one attention to each student. It's a guarantee that one of the first professional contacts you have out in the field will be one of your teachers, and DeSales only uses full time teachers in the...

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Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is a large, public institution located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau. The school operates three regional campuses around the state in Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett. SEMO offers study...

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Southeast is a wonderful university for Education Major. This school is ranked in the Top 10 colleges across America for teaching. The teachers are really understanding of your personal situations and they do their very best to see that you get a...

” – Misty from Malden, MO
Georgetown College

Georgetown College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Kentucky and the first Baptist college in the region. Georgetown confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors and also features several programs of distinction such as...

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I am only in my first semester at Georgetown, but I already feel like I am learning a great deal. The teachers are very helpful, and will not hesitate to work with you until you understand something. Their doors are always open outside of class also...

” – Caitlin from Florence, KY
California State University-Dominguez Hills

California State University-Dominguez Hills is a 4-year public university in the greater Los Angeles area and part of the Cal State system. CSUDH hosts six colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors. A diverse institution...

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I am learning many different things at Dominguez. My first year here has really built a great foundation for the rest of my scholastic career. From easy tips to taking notes and easy study tips.

” – Current Business student
University of Missouri-St Louis

The University of Missouri-St Louis is a 4-year public school and the largest public research institution in eastern Missouri. Part of the University of Missouri System, UMSL is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

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UMSL is the place for you if you want:
1) Teachers that actually care about your learning experience and about you as an individual.
2) Affordable education with free parking!!!
3) A centrally located school that offers every major under the sun.

” – Samantha from Ballwin, MO
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Rockford University is a private, 4-year institution established on a suburban, 150-acre campus in Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations through the College of Arts and...

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The teachers are really interested in your learning. So if you ask questions they will give you the best and detailed answer. They will be available to you at every hour so you could ask them questions about the homework or any problem you might have...

” – Erick from Rockford, IL
University of Southern Indiana

With campus a short distance from the Ohio River, the University of Southern Indiana is a 4-year public school in southwest Indiana. USI confers bachelor’s degrees in 87 areas of study featuring a community-focused curriculum with an emphasis on...

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You learn a lot about yourself. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. You discover just what you're capable of doing and how much effort you're willing to put out there for what you want.

” – Shannon from Bloomington, IN
Salve Regina University

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, Salve Regina University is a Catholic liberal arts college bordering the Newport Cliff Walk in coastal Rhode Island. Featuring a campus of former Gilded Age mansions, Salve grants bachelor’s degrees in over 40...

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Salve Regina is a very unique college. Newport is an amazing town and Salve has a beautiful campus. Any student should feel lucky to go here.

” – Current Senior from Wakefield, MA
Columbia College

Columbia College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts institution in central Missouri. Columbia offers bachelor’s degrees in over 30 academic majors, as well as 10 associate degree-granting programs and eight master’s degrees. Additionally...

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The professors here are great at what they do! I come from a pretty studious background, and many people thought college would be way too easy for me, but I am being challenged every day, and constantly learn new things!

” – Jessica from Mexico, MO
Adrian College

Founded by an antislavery advocate in 1859, Adrian College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Michigan. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Adrian awards bachelor’s degrees in 50 academic majors. In addition to classroom space...

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Almost every professor here at Adrian knows their stuff and is very willing to work with you to make sure you thoroughly understand the class material. They will stay after class, meet with you during or outside of posted office hours, and help you...

” – Kelly from Wellington, OH
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Established in 1872, Saint Peter’s University is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation. Saint Peter’s is based in Jersey City, NJ, with a second location called Englewood Cliffs, and is home to four colleges and schools conferring undergraduate...

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Saint Peters offers a wide range of courses that not only satisfy students academically, but provides them with the knowledge and understanding that you will remember for years to come. As a freshman I came in not feeling overwhelmed and was able to...

” – Erica from Newark, NJ
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Andrews University

With campus along the shore of the St. Joseph River, Andrews University is a Christian school in southwest Michigan and the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Andrews hosts six colleges and schools featuring over 130 degrees...

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The opportunity to learn is definitely obvious at Andrews University. The options are numerous. Classes are challenging and, for the most part, engaging.

” – Danika from Hamburg, PA
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St. Bonaventure University is a small, private institution located in the rural town of Allegany, New York. It is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and provides a “values-based” curriculum. Journalism, accounting, and marketing are the most...

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I know one thing students hate are mandatory classes; but honestly these classes, at Bonaventure called CLARE courses, give you a wider range of knowledge. I'm learning things I wouldn't in my major and I find it really interesting. Granted some...

” – Heather from Penn Yan, NY
Mount St. Mary's University

Since 1808, Mount St. Mary’s University has inspired students to become ethical leaders who lead lives of significance in service to God and others. Surrounded by a peaceful mountain campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, students are immersed in rigorous...

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The core curriculum along with the specific courses tied to my majors are challenging yet the professors make sure the students comprehend the information with before and after class assistance. There are tutors on campus to assist on a one-on-one...

” – Samuel from Middletown, MD
Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a private institution based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is affiliated with the Franciscan Roman Catholic church. It operates satellite campuses in Schuylkill County and Philadelphia. Nursing, substance abuse and addiction...

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I believe that by attending Alvernia University I will learn many things; about my major and about life itself.

” – Mariah from Smyrna, DE
Malone University

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Canton, OH. Founded in 1892, Malone has grown to offer 91 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs, some of which are available online. Standing out from the 50-plus majors...

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The courses are invigorating and interactive. It seems like the teachers are enjoying you and so you enjoy being there. Classes are tough, but if your heart is in the right place, you get a lot out of classes. It's not like high school where subjects...

” – Lillian from Martinsville, VA
Franklin and Marshall College

Founded in 1787 thanks to a donation from Benjamin Franklin, Franklin & Marshall College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Pennsylvania. Franklin & Marshall grants undergraduate degrees in 60 academic fields of study. For students who...

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Franklin & Marshall is about the liberal arts experience. You are not there to become a doctor, or a lawyer or a business professional; you are there to learn, to create, and to explore. This school emphasizes that this is the ONE CHANCE in your life...

” – Ashley from Burlington, VT
Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is a private all-female institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The campus is located in Decatur, Georgia, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Agnes Scott has been called one of the “Seven...

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I have never been exposed to so much information in one academic year! Because of the distributional requirements you are exposed to a multitude of subjects and you learn a little bit of everything. My first year, I took classes in History, Biology...

” – Kristina from Thonotosassa, FL
Alma College

Alma College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It is a residential college based in Alma, Michigan, in the state’s Lower Peninsula. Alma also operates an ecological research area in Vestaburg, which houses...

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The classes here are VERY intense. Be prepared to study A LOT. But also, be prepared to be intelligent and actually have something knowledgeable to contribute to conversations. I like being able to talk about something meaningful with my parents now...

” – Kristin from Charlotte, MI
Georgian Court University

Originally founded as a women’s college by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in southern New Jersey. GCU hosts colleges of Nursing, Business, Education, and Arts & Sciences conferring...

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i would rate georgian court university a 9 on a scale of 10 being the best. when i had transferred to gcu, i was treated with the up-most respect and my needs were accommodated. having been at gcu only two months, my experience here has been amazing...

” – Christina from Jackson, NJ
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Mercyhurst University is a private Catholic liberal arts institution situated in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst offers a liberal arts curriculum and all students must complete a core curriculum that includes 15 classes. Noted programs include data...

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The teachers are great and really care about you personally.

” – Molly from Cranberry, PA
Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college closely affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school combines interdisciplinary and international programs into all areas of study. A majority of students...

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The classes offered at Gustavus are well structured but also very fun and interesting. Most of the classes are based off of class participation which allows for students to give their opinions and ask questions even in the middle of a lecture....

” – Ashlie from Duluth, MN
Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University is a private, Jewish institution established in New York City. The college consists of four campuses throughout Manhattan and the Bronx, with an additional campus located in Israel. All of YU’s campuses are home to facilities...

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With Judaic studies in the morning and secular courses in the afternoon, your day is filled with inspiring and useful information.

” – Adam from Brooklyn, NY
Chestnut Hill College

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational college with “selective” admissions. Founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation is an homage towards their mission of “unity and love for all without...

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Chestnut Hill College is a place where students are very close to students, the class size average is 20-25 students per class. The teachers are very available and that can help the students to imporve their skill by getting assistance from teachers...

” – Luis from Burbank, CA
Keuka College

Founded in 1890, Keuka College is a liberal arts school based in Keuka Park, New York. The Field Period at Keuka College is a required program chosen by the student that explores their interests through an internship, cultural experience, artistic...

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Keuka College offers great diversity because of there multicultural affairs office and activities. Also, due to their programs outreaching to Chinese students, there is no limit to the amount of ne ideas and cultures you can learn.

” – Devin from Orchard Park, NY
Bennington College

Bennington College is a progressive liberal arts college, the hub at which global opportunities converge, and a launching pad for careers of meaning. Our campus prepares leaders, intellectual change-makers, and artists by empowering them to shape...

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I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons:
1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...

” – A high school senior from northern VT
Framingham State University

Founded in 1839, Framingham State University is a public institution based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Framingham operates the Center for Social Research, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, and the John C...

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The professors here are great. They are extremely willing to help you out if you ever need help. They want you to succeed, and they will do anything they can if you just ask.

” – Lauren from Wrentham, MA
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La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

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I learned more at this school then any other I have attended. It is a great small school and I loved it!

” – Nikki from Perris, CA
University of Illinois Springfield

The University of Illinois is a top-ranked school with a rich legacy of innovation and impact. Founded in 1867 and located in central Illinois, this public institution is home to 11 academic communities and over 150 majors. Its flexible programs and...

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The professors are great! They are very accommodating and always willing to help. They are also very educated on the topics they teach making learning more interesting.

” – Samantha from Palatine, IL
Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the southwest hills of Portland. Lewis & Clark confers undergraduate degrees in 29 academic majors and 27 minors and all first year students are enrolled in a 2-semester course called...

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I find most of my classes interesting, and all of them challenging. I've learned things about subjects that I never thought would interest me!

” – Maelia from Ashland, OR
Juniata College

Founded in 1876, Juniata College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Instead of conventional majors, Juniata features Programs of Emphasis which challenge students to develop their own...

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I'm looking to major in Biology, and this looks like a great place to go for it. The program is very diverse, and surprisingly varied for a school of its size. I haven't gotten to sit in on classes (I've been accepted, and they're at the top of my...

” – Megan from New Market, MD
Spring Hill College

Since 1830, Spring Hill has educated doers. Our students are curious and inspired. They’re passionate about discovering their true strengths so they can turn ideas into action. We've lowered tuition to make our unique Jesuit, Catholic education more...

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Spring Hill College has a lot of core requirements. They offer a well-rounded education, though most of their required classes fall into the liberal arts category. The instructors are all very eccentric, so classes are usually pretty interesting.

” – Angela from Sylacauga, AL
Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private liberal arts institution located in the wooded suburb of Palos Heights, IL, offering degrees in three areas, Arts & Humanities, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences. All programs require an internship...

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The professors at Trinity are rather wonderful. You can learn a lot from them in and out of the classroom. I have learned a lot of other cultures from international students and by talking to students from across the nation.

” – Christine from Wheaton, IL
Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal arts institution based in Belmont, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Order of Saint Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church. The college houses the Saint Joseph Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours...

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Here at Belmont Abbey College the learning experience is quiet different then what I expected. Since, I attending public high school I was used to the teachers just being teachers. What I mean is that I never expected to be taught by an actual monk...

” – Stephanie from Huntersville, NC
University of St Francis

Established by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the University of St. Francis is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in the Chicagoland area. St. Francis is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business...

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It has a diverse population of students and faculty. The environment is very welcoming and hospitality orientated. Also, the college offers many programs and clubs to get you involved around campus.

” – Tyon from Chicago, IL
Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina was founded in 1824 and is comprised of six colleges and a 700-bed medical center. MUSC is one of the oldest schools of medicine in the nation. The school is home to the South Carolina Clinical and...

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Its very good college

” – Suchit from CHARLESTON, SC
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

With campus a short distance from the Mississippi River, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a 4-year public school in western Wisconsin and part of the UW system. UW La Crosse is home to five colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees...

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The classes are challenging. It is more difficult than high school, but I would assume that most colleges are. Most class sizes are relatively small. My chemistry lab had only 18 students in it! The teachers are very helpful and want you to do well...

” – Jennifer from Rolling Meadows, IL
Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University is a private institution closely affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is based in Lubbock, Texas, and offers a Christ-centered professional curriculum. Popular majors include nursing, business, and design and visual...

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The professors here really make sure that you learn the material they are teaching. Classes are small so you really can have one on one time with your teacher if you are not understanding something. They will give you their office ours as well as set...

” – Shamika from Lubbock, TX
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East Mississippi Community College is a 2-year degree program and public institution based in rural Scooba, MS. The college offers associate degree programs and 1-2 year technical certification programs. Admissions are open and nontraditional...

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This is an excellent school to attend. Teacher's really care and try hard to help students. Its a peaceful environment to be apart of and the sports teams are great.

” – Brea from Hattiesburg, MS
Saint Norbert College

Founded in 1898, St. Norbert College is a private liberal arts school located in De Pere, Wisconsin. SNC is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Popular majors include...

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The faculty at St Norbert are friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The campus is always beautiful. Here at St Norbert we students have a strong sense of community.

” – Katie from Green Bay, WI
La Roche University

Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence, La Roche University is a 4-year Catholic institution in Pittsburgh. LaRoche offers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic majors grounded in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. As a Catholic university...

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La Roche College is a small, yet bustling school. Professors and students throughout the school are friendly, always smiling, and eager to help in anyway they can. I transferred here but have never felt more at home!

” – Sarah from Brackenridge, PA
Thiel College

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is a rural liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Thiel confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic majors and minors. For students who wish to...

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I have learned so much being at Thiel College. I've learned that being far from home isn't so bad; making good friends helps a lot; studying hard pays off; as well the first year is always rough!

” – Bonita from Pittsburgh, PA
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Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

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There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.

” – wendalement
Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University is a private, coeducational college founded in 1842 and is associated with the Presbyterian Church. Though based in Staunton, Virginia, MBU offers online programs as well as regional advising centers throughout the state. A...

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The courses at Mary Baldwin can definitely be challenging. Of course some classes are harder than others and some professors are more helpful than others, but the small class size creates an environment where students can connect with their...

” – Alexis
The University of Tampa

The University of Tampa is a 4-year private university with a campus in the heart of downtown Tampa. UT features a Four College Model consisting of colleges of Business, Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. For students who wish to learn in...

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Since the class sizes are so small, the professors are able to focus more on the individual students and therefore make sure that you do learn and pass the class.

” – Sarah from Tampa, FL
Saint Edward's University

Founded in the Holy Cross tradition, St. Edward’s University is a liberal arts institution located three miles from downtown Austin, TX. St. Edward’s confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 academic majors and offers pre-professional programs in...

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Thanks to St. Edward's I have learned very much, and it is not just in the academic realm. Being a student at St. Edward's gives you a chance to learn about others, especially because of the small town feel that makes the campus a community. The...

” – Nicole
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Established in 1853, Central College is a private, 4-year institution located on a 130-acre campus in Pella, Iowa. The college offers over 50 major and minor programs of study, and boasts a 76% rate of students completing internships. Central College...

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I have learned valuable lessons in each of the classes I have taken, even my non-major classes! The professors really care about you. They will take the time out of their day to make sure you really understand what is going on in class. Most classes...

” – Kailey from Ankeny, IA
California State University-San Marcos

With campus situated on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding community, California State University-San Marcos is a 4-year public institution in southern California and part of the Cal State system. CSUSM is home to colleges of Humanities, Business...

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This is my second year at CSUSM and I'm love with my school. Ever since the orientation day the staff and student organization made me feel welcome. They showed me the school, the library, the cafeteria, the bookstore, the labs and the buildings...

” – Luis from San Diego, CA
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Houghton College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in the state of New York. The college also maintains satellite campuses in Buffalo and Utica, all three of which require full-time students to attend chapel at least twice weekly...

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Academics are rigorous and challenging to me. The courses are thought-provoking and insightful.

” – Joel from Flanders, NY
Newman University

Newman University is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 61-acre campus in Wichita, Kansas, with satellite facilities in Independence, Parsons, Dodge City, Colorado Springs, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The college offers...

California State University-Chico

Founded as a teachers college in 1887, California State University-Chico is a 4-year public school in northern California and the second oldest campus in the California State University system. Chico State is home to 10 colleges and schools...

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Every class that I have taken at Chico State has taught me something I am able to refer to in other classes. The professors teach you above and beyond the class subject you picked including subject material and how that material can be applied to...

” – Jessica from Victorville, CA
Touro University

Touro College is a private institution under Jewish sponsorship based in New York City with selective admissions. The school operates multiple programs in Chicago, Nevada, California, Israel, Berlin, and Moscow. TC houses the Lander College of Arts...

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Walsh University is a private, 4-year institution located in North Canton, Ohio. The college also maintains a satellite campus just outside of Rome in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, which students have the opportunity to visit through one of the college’s...

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walsh university is a great learning environment. the staff, faculty, and students alike have every person's best interests in mind. walsh is truly concerned with furthering both education and well-being.

” – Taylor from Navarre, OH
Rockhurst University

Founded in 1910, Rockhurst University is a private institution with “selective admissions.” As a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, students at Rockhurst have the opportunity to tap into their faith through retreats...

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rockhurst is a great university for someone looking to make close relationships with their professors and know them on a personal level. also, meeting new people is super easy because of the size of the university and there are students from all over...

” – Anna from Overland Park, KS
Southern Virginia University

Originally founded as a school for women, Southern Virginia University is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts college. Although not officially affiliated with the Mormon Church, SVU integrates the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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The teachers here are amazing. They love working with students and love teaching. They are always willing to meet and give you the extra help you need. Teachers know what they are teaching and want you to succeed in their classroom and in life.

” – Laura from Pasco, WA
Oakwood University

Founded in 1896 as an educational institution for freedmen, Oakwood University is a Christian school in northern Alabama and an Historically Black College and University. Operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oakwood is home to schools of...

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The faculty at Oakwood is wonderful. The teachers don't only teach the information in the textbook, but they also teach from the Bible. This is great because, in the end, the only wisdom that will truly count is what we learn from the Bible and...

” – Kelcie from Madison, AL
Saint Mary's College of California

Founded by the local archbishop, Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Bay Area administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Saint Mary’s is home to schools of Economics, Liberal Arts, and Science...

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The Seminar Program is eye-opening and challenging. It pushes you to develop your own ideas and beliefs and challenge other students to do the same. The professors know you by name and have abundant office hours if you need help in class or just need...

” – Julianne from Yakima, WA
Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a public, 4-year institution located primarily in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Along with the school’s main campus, MSU also maintains centers in both Midway and Minneapolis. While the college offers an expansive catalog of...

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Metropolitan state is a diverse school with supportive community. Been in my first I hard supportive instructors and peers who make my transition from high school to college in smooth way.

” – Adan from minneapolis, MN
Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Michigan. SAU offers over 70 programs of study, including electrical engineering, nursing and sports management. At SAU, spiritual growth goes hand in hand with academic...

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The liberal arts emphasis allows you to really get a thorough knowledge of many different subjects. The professors relate the classes that are not in your major to life in general, so that you at least take one thing away from the class at the end...

” – Marcia from Dorr, MI
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Oklahoma Christian University is a private Christian liberal arts university founded in 1950 by members of the Churches of Christ. The 240-acre campus is on the north side of Oklahoma City and includes a 30,000 square foot Prince Engineering Center...

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For the technology they give you and all the things you get to do just for being a student, OC is affordable and worth every dollar of it.

” – Ty from Oklahoma City, OK
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Columbia College is a liberal arts college in South Carolina’s state capital. Columbia confers undergraduate degrees in eight academic areas and also makes certain programs available in coeducational formats. Throughout the school year, Columbia...

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The course is rigorous, but the teachers really care and are so willing to help and they want you to succeed. The education is well-rounded so that it's practical for life and creates a nice learning experience with different methods and fun classes...

” – Suzie from Simpsonville, SC
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Warren Wilson College is a liberal arts school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Warren Wilson has two free tuition programs for new students as well as the WWC Advantage Program for students on their way out who want to...

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The academics here are definitely good (especially in environmental studies) but not top of the line. However, I have already learned a ton in my classes and expect that to continue throughout my time here. Aside from what I've learned in my classes...

” – Tyler from Takoma Park, MD
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Founded in 1886, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a public Historically Black College and University in southeast Maryland. UMES is home to schools of Business, Natural Sciences, Education, and Health Professions conferring undergrad...

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I learned alot about the many different life making decisions

” – DENEEN from Washington, DC
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Judson University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Elgin and Rockford, Illinois. Undergraduate students are required to earn at least 25 chapel credits each semester, and contribute to their GPA on a pass/fail basis. Judson...

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a very social college, very close to Chicago, lots to do near campus, love the people there

” – Benjamin from Elgin, IL
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Originally founded as a women’s college, Seton Hill University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania. Seton Hill is home to five schools conferring undergrad degrees in over 80 academic majors. In addition, all...

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The student to teacher ratio is about 16:1. You will have more of an opportunity to have one on one learning experience. Also there are no teaching assistants or student teachers, they are all professionals.

” – Madeline from Hudson, OH
Lake Superior State University

With a campus overlooking the St. Mary’s River, Lake Superior State University is a 4-year institution in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the smallest public university in the state. Featuring a mix of liberal and technical studies, LSSU confers...

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The professors at this university really take interest in who you are and in what you hope to accomplish at Lake State. It seems as though they acknowledge their role as a TEACHer and genuinely want to do their job.

” – Jane from Grand Rapids, MI
Our Lady of the Lake University

Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a 4-year Catholic school in San Antonio. OLLU is home to five schools granting undergrad degrees in over 30 academic majors and is a designated Hispanic...

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The professors at OLLU are really passionate. Students can see that they want to help and teach to the best of their ability. The small class environment really helps as well. It allows students to get to know their professors and vice versa and...

” – Savannah from San Antonio, TX
American International College

Originally founded as a school for immigrants in 1855, American International College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern Massachusetts. AIC is home to three schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors. To help students...

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the school AIC is great. it is small which makes it easier to get around campus and for teachers to get to know you on a personal level. the area of Springfield that the school is placed in isn't very safe but the campus police make sure its safe on...

” – Sofia from Mass
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Founded in 1858, Baker University is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The campus is a registered arboretum and based in the rural town of Baldwin City, Kansas. Popular majors include sociology, sport and fitness...

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I am learning so much not only about the course materials, but also how to grow up and take control of my own future.

” – Eldina from Saint Louis, MO
Indiana University-South Bend

Indiana University-South Bend is a public university and regional campus of Indiana University Bloomington. The school operates a main campus in South Bend, an education center in Elkhart, and offers online classes. IU South Bend provides...

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The professors at IUSB are very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. I feel as if I learned more in one semester at IUSB than I did in four years of high school. However, I experienced classes that it was hard to follow along with the...

” – Katelyn from Nappanee, IN
Saint Michael's College

Saint Michael's College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The campus is based in suburbian Colchester, Vermont, and has “selective” admissions. The college was named the first fair trade school in the...

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Being a Sophomore at St. Mikes I LOVE IT! Here I can be an athlete and still get a high level of academic achievement! Even if your schedule does not fit your sports schedule these teachers love their job soooo much that they will bend over to help...

” – Ashley from Shelburne, NH
Huntingdon College

Founded in 1854, Huntingdon College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Montgomery, Alabama. Academics at Huntingdon feature a unique core curriculum which aims to educate students in the fields of fine art, biblical...

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Huntingdon College is an amazing college for prospective students who love God and want to get a good education. The campus is beautiful and the teachers are awesome. The student count is also low, so the less student to teacher ratio.

” – Alexandria from Deatsville, AL
Mars Hill University

Founded in 1856, Mars Hill University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in western North Carolina and the region’s oldest institution of higher learning operating on its original site. Nestled among the mountains, Mars Hill confers bachelor...

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Mars Hill College is a small college which allows for smaller classes. Being in small classes allow for more face time with Professors.

” – Stephanie from Andrews, NC
California State University-Sacramento

California State University-Sacramento is a 4-year public institution and a member of the Cal State system in California’s state capital. A Native American Pacific Islander, Asian American, and Hispanic-Serving institution, Sac State is home to seven...

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You can say I've learned quite a lot since I've been here.

” – Judy from Sacramento, CA
Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts institution founded in 1883. Rated as having “selective” admissions, the university is also affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Belhaven University’s main campus is based in Jackson, Mississippi...

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Belhaven has professors who truly care about their students. The other students are extremely friendly and helpful. There are a ton of academic resources for students on campus.

” – Lauren from TN
Wells College

Wells College is a coeducational 4-year liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Wells confers undergraduate degrees in a variety of academic majors and all classes feature hands-on learning components, including one...

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Since I came to Wells it has been a great ride. My classes have not been easy by a long shot. I have taken courses in International Studies, Politics, Philosophy, English and Science. The professors for the most part all have doctorates and...

” – Experienced
Misericordia University

Misericordia University is a liberal arts institution based in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Misericordia is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and has a “selective” admissions process. The school offers a Guaranteed Career Placement Program which...

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The Student/Faculty ratio is very good, if you like to have smaller classes. The Professors are always willing to help you inside as well as outside the classrooms or labs.

” – Alexandra from Prospect, CT
Oklahoma Baptist University

Founded in 1910 by The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts college in the Oklahoma City metro area. OBU grants 10 bachelor’s degrees in 88 areas of study informed by a Christian worldview...

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I am a Piano Performance Major with and emphasis on Pedagogy. I have wanted to continue learning and developing my music talents and I have found that it is so easy to do that here at OBU. The classes are amazing! The core classes, classes specific...

” – Alyssa from Oklahoma City, OK
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Thomas More University is a small liberal arts university with a big reputation. Thomas More is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best regional universities in the South and ranks highest among other private and public...

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Millsaps College is a private liberal arts college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. This Christian institution offers specialized academic programs that include a teaching fellowship, a writing program and an honors program. The...

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The thing I love about the Millsaps curriculum is that it's interesting -I even look forward to classes everyday. I highly value the liberal arts experience because it goes beyond the flat technicalities so often taught in some subjects and...

” – Amy from Hattiesburg, MS
Colorado State University Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a public institution and member of the Colorado State University system. CSU-Pueblo is a designated Hispanic-serving Institution and military-friendly school. The University offers an Outdoor Pursuits program where...

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Learning materials are current and lessons incorporate new scientific findings as they are published. Labs are clean and equipment is in good condition. Professors are friendly and knowledgeable. Tutoring is available if desired. For freshmen, at...

” – Kalee from Pueblo West, CO
Northwest Nazarene University

Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts institution in western Idaho. NNU grants bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic areas of study. In addition, all students are required to complete a...

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Of course I learned in the classrooms, but I also learned a lot about myself and about others in the dorm, cafeteria, and at campus activities. I had to learn how to properly juggle my study time, relationships, job, cleaning and laundry, and...

” – Jessica from Eagle, ID
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

The West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public school in the Philadelphia area and the largest institution in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU is comprised of seven colleges including the College of Arts & Humanities...

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The classes are challenging but most of the teachers are pretty cool and make learning fun. Although they don't baby you like most high school teachers so you need to stay on top of your work. Get on the teachers good side by going to class and by...

” – Amanda from Levittown, PA