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Best Value Colleges for 2010

Best Value Colleges for 2010

USA Today © 2010 YellowBrix, Inc.

January 14, 2010


1. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pa.)

“The academic experience here is full of stress and anxiety. The workload can be harrowing. At the same time, Swatties are a bright and creative lot, and they thrive on the crucible experience.”

2. Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)

“So what’s a notoriously expensive university doing in a guide to the best college values? Simply put, you’re getting your money’s worth at Harvard.”

3. Wesleyan College (Macon, Ga.)

“This tiny, Methodist-affiliated, all-female college, which focuses on the liberal arts and sciences, was the first school in the country to offer accredited college degrees to women. There are more than 30 majors and almost 30 minors.”

4. Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)

“One of the most exclusive schools in the world, Princeton University offers its 5,000 undergraduate students a top-notch education, regardless of their family incomes.”

5. Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

“At Yale, cutting-edge research is commonplace, great teaching is the norm (in fact, all Yale faculty must teach at least one undergraduate course per year), and 75 percent of courses enroll fewer than 20 students.”

6. Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.)

“Professors are accessible and dedicated. Graduates get plum jobs all over, and the school is a perennial feeder school to the top business, graduate, law, and medical schools in the nation.”

7. Rice University (Houston, Texas)

“Known as the Ivy of the South, Rice University offers a wide array of challenging academic programs, an excellent teacher-to-student ratio, and a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere.”

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.)

“While MIT’s 4,000-plus undergraduates lean toward the sciences, the school’s core requirements in the arts, humanities, and social science make sure that all students leave college with a well-rounded education.”

9. Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.)

“There are no core or general requirements; beyond the first-year seminar and major coursework, students can choose what they want to study. In fact, a quarter of Amherst students create an interdisciplinary major in subjects such as third world development.”

10. Wellesley College (Wellesley, Mass.)

“All-female Wellesley College is an elite school located just outside Boston that boasts small classes, an amazing, highly accessible, and well-connected faculty, a slew of undergraduate research opportunities, and one of the best overall undergraduate experiences in the country.”

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