For fall foliage, we start out west at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at Colorado’s largest university. CU-Boulder is a public university and boasts a total population of 31,102 students (as of fall of 2013) with 25,981 undergraduates. Though the campus is renowned for its beautiful Tuscan Vernacular Revival architecture, it’s no match for picturesque mountain vistas that frame it.
Unless you grew up near the Ohio-Pennsylvania, you’ve likely never heard of Meadville, the home of Alleghany College. This small private liberal arts college has a class size of only 2,023 students, and in 2012 U.S. News ranked it as the number one up-and-coming national liberal arts college. Alleghany requires students to complete a minor in addition to a major, which must be in a different learning field than their major. For example, a student who studies Biology for their major must complete a minor in a non-science field, a humanities such as English for example.
Mount Holyoke was originally founded as a women’s seminary and today is a women’s college known for producing a staggering amount of Fulbright Scholars. The college is located in the western half of Massachusetts in South Hadley, the site where Pliny Moody made the first confirmed discovery of a dinosaur fossil in North America. The 2,189 students who attend Mount Holyoke are required to a take a broad range of classes across the humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences as well as study a foreign language.
Lehigh lies some 60 miles northeast of Philadelphia and 80 miles east of New York City. The private university is divided into four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the P.C. Rossin College of Egineering and Applied Science, and the College of Business and Economics. The majority of Lehigh’s 4,904 undergraduates study in the College of Arts and Sciences. Due to its selectivity and high quality of education, Lehigh was named a “Hidden Ivy” by education authors Howard Greene and Matthew Greene.
An athletic powerhouse and premiere liberal arts college, Kenyon College is located near the geographic center of Ohio. Its men’s swim team has won a record 31 consecutive NCAA Division III national championships. Kenyon accepts roughly 25 percent of applicants, has a student body of 1,676 students, and was ranked as the 25th best liberal arts college in the U.S. by U.S. News this year.
Founded by Norwegian immigrants and named for the King and Patron Saint Olaf II of Norway, St. Olaf is now renowned for its music program. Its orchestra, band, and choir have all made international tours. This private liberal arts college has a student body of 3,034 students and an average student-to-faculty ration of 12:1.
This small suburban private liberal arts college only has a total student population of 1,773 students with a freshman class of 491 students. Only 11 percent of all Bates students hail from Maine and the majority major in the social sciences.
Cornell dedicates a large amount of resources to research efforts and produces more graduates who go on to pursue PhDs than does almost any other university in the world. The university’s research has aided everything from space exploration to foreign language training. The total amount of undergraduates hovers around 14,453 with a freshman class of 3,225.
Home of the Demon Deacons, Wake Forest was originally located in the city of Wake Forest, North Carolina, which was actually named after the school. However, in 1946 the college relocated to Winston-Salem, the home of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The university has consistently been rated as one of the U.S.’s top universities and produced numerous successful and notable politicians, physicians, scientists, attorneys, and athletes.
Nestled among the wooded hills surrounding the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth, like it’s Ivy League compatriot Cornell, is hard to beat for breathtaking scenery and outdoor adventure. Many incoming freshman partake in First Year Trips – hiking, camping, canoeing, and other outdoor excursions that help students get to know each other and adjust to college life.
Tucked in the central-western Vermont and surrounded by the state’s famed woodland, Middlebury College is second to none when it comes to amazing fall colors. This small liberal arts college was founded in 1800 and boasts students from all 50 states as well as 74 countries. U.S. News ranked Middlebury as the fourth-best liberal arts college in its rankings for 2016.
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