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Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TheBestSchools.org (
http://www.thebestschools.org), a leading website on higher education, announces its publication of
The 50 Best Colleges in the United States. This carefully researched ranking focuses on undergraduate education and showcases exceptional schools not found in many popular rankings.
Brian Jenkins, senior editor at TheBestSchools.org, "Students interested in a significant return on investment, opportunities for intellectual and personal growth, professors dedicated to teaching undergraduate students, and an intimate school environment with research opportunities, will find a wealth of exceptional schools in our ranking."
James Barham, lead editor at TheBestSchools.org, adds, "In compiling the 50 best colleges list, we kept asking ourselves, What schools provide undergraduates with the best springboard to a full, rich life upon graduation? We didn't think the major research universities fit that bill."
The ranking focuses on schools whose main degree is a bachelor's degree and, in the case of the #1 ranked
Deep Springs College, an associate's degree. The top 5 colleges listed are:
Deep Springs College ( Deep Springs, CA)
Swarthmore College ( Swarthmore, PA)
Curtis Institute of Music ( Philadelphia, PA)
Harvey Mudd College ( Claremont, CA)
Williams College ( Williamstown, MA)
Deep Springs College, a school unknown to many Americans, offers superb academic preparation to a small select group of students in a ranch setting at zero cost (all students get a full-ride scholarship).
Deep Springs College offers a unique alternative for the first half of a traditional four-year college program. Besides their studies, students learn through physical labor and the responsibilities of operating a ranch.
Other remarkable schools listed that seldom appear in similar rankings include the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology;
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the
Rhode Island School of Design; the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago;
Calvin College; and the
Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
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