Colleges 2018: Which Will You Decide?

Colleges 2018: Which Will You Decide?

Author Anthony Lee

With thousands of colleges to choose from, here is a list of some of the best based on various characteristics. Image from az616578.vo.msecnd.net.

With thousands of colleges to choose from, here is a list of some of the best based on various characteristics. Image from az616578.vo.msecnd.net.

Another year at the Charter School of Wilmington has begun to grind to a halt, and another chapter of Charter’s rich history has begun to close. (We’ll miss you Class of 2017!) This summer, as our seniors, the Class of 2017, begin to leave to their respective colleges and universities all around the world, our juniors, Charter’s Class of 2018, will begin to do the same. Why? The college search and application process, of course! 

 

The nearly year-long period begins with college searches, climaxes with college applications and interviews, and culminates in college acceptance letters. A most grueling, nerve-wracking process, it’s enough to try to the most patient and perturb the most confident of all students. Even as a freshman, I have begun to ponder (and occasionally worry about) it. (Please don’t judge.) 

 

So for all those anxious, undecided juniors out there (and, of course, myself), I have compiled lists for the foremost colleges out there, whether it be overall or by focus, in this article. For those who already know where they want to apply, this article will be a great overview. I must stress, however, that I am no expert in these matters, and your respective counselors will be more accurate and more experienced in the college process than I will ever be. However, I do hope that you will find this article of some use as you begin your quest this summer. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor!

 

Best regards,

                                        

Anthony Lee, Class of 2020

 

OVERALL

(https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities)

 

  1. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Ivy League)
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,402
  • Tuition and fees: $45,320 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 59
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $44,270
  • Campus size & setting: 600 acres, suburban
  • Notable graduate programs: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Acceptance: 7 percent, 19.9 percent (early). 

 

      2.  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Ivy League)

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,699
  • Tuition and fees: $47,074 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 55
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $48,533
  • Campus size & setting: 5,076 acres, urban. 
  • Notable graduate programs: Business School; Medical School; Graduate Education School; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Law School; John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Acceptance: 6%

 

     3.   University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,844
  • Tuition and fees: $52,491 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 44 
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $42,467
  • Campus size and setting: 217 acres,urban 
  • Notable grad programs: Booth School of Business; Law School; Pritzker School of Medicine; Harris School of Public Policy Studies; Department of Geophysical Sciences; economics; Divinity School
  • Acceptance: 8%

 

    Yale University, New Haven, CT (Ivy League)

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,532
  • Tuition and fees: $49,480 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 50
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $47,960
  • Campus size and setting: 343 acres, city
  • Notable grad programs: Law School; School of Management; School of Medicine; School of Art; School of Nursing; School of Drama; School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Divinity School 
  • Acceptance: 7%

 

     5.  Columbia University, New York, NY (Ivy League)

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,102
  • Tuition and fees: $55,056 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 49
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $47,490
  • Campus size and setting: 36 acres, urban
  • Notable grad programs: Business School; Teachers College; SEAS; Law School; College of Physicians and Surgeons; School of International and Public Affairs; School of the Arts and Mailman School of Public Health; College of Dental Medicine; Graduate School of Journalism
  • Acceptance: 6%

 

            Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,999
  • Tuition and fees: $47,940 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 49
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $45,500
  • Campus size and setting: 8,180 acres, suburban
  • Notable grad programs: School of Education; School of Engineering; Law School, School of Medicine; Graduate School of Business
  • Acceptance: 5%

 

      7.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,527
  • Tuition and fees: $48,452 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 59
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $41,678
  • Campus size and setting: 168 acres, urban
  • Notable grad programs: School of Engineering; Sloan School of Management; economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics and mathematics
  • Acceptance: 8%

 

      8.  Duke University, Durham, NC

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,639
  • Tuition and fees: $51,265 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 43
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $44,725
  • Campus size and setting: ? acres, suburban
  • Notable grad programs: Fuqua School of Business; Pratt School of Engineering; School of Law; School of Medicine; Sanford School of Public Policy; School of Nursing; Divinity School; Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Acceptance: 12%

 

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Ivy League)

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 9,726
  • Tuition and fees: $51,464 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 47
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $41,598
  • Campus size and setting: 302 acres, urban
  • Notable grad programs: Wharton School; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Law School; School of Medicine; Design School; School of Dental Medicine
  • Acceptance: 10%

 

    10.  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,524
  • Tuition and fees: $50,410 (2016-17)
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 43
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $44,725
  • Campus size and setting: 140 acres, urban
  • Notable grad programs: Bloomberg School of Public Health; School of Education; Whiting School of Engineering; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; SAIS; Peabody Institute for music and dance. Johns Hopkins Hospital: the top-ranked overall hospital in the nation
  • Acceptance: 13%

 

      79. The University of Delaware, Newark, DE

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,322
  • Tuition and fees: $12,520 (2016-17) - in-state
  • % of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid: 48
  • Avg need-based scholarship or grant award: $9,058
  • Campus size and setting: 2,011 acres, suburban
  • Notable grad programs: School of Education; College of Engineering
  • Acceptance: 63%

 

STEM

(https://www.forbes.com/sites/cartercoudriet/2016/07/07/top-stem-colleges-of-2016/#5bb5efe85ba8)

*STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

 

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. United States Naval Academy
  3. Cornell University
  4. Rice University
  5. United States Air Force Academy
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. Harvey Mudd College
  8. Carnegie Mellon University
  9. Johns Hopkins University
  10. Georgia Institute of Technology
  11. Cooper Union
  12. Case Western Reserve University
  13. United States Coast Guard Academy
  14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  15. Colorado School of Mines
  16. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  17. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  18. University of Portland
  19. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  20. North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  21. Clarkson University

 

Liberal Arts

(https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-liberal-arts-colleges)

*Liberal Arts: studies (e.g. language and literature) for general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities (e.g. reason and judgment) (Merriam Webster)

 

  1. Williams College
  2. Amherst College
  3. Wellesley College
  4. Middlebury College
  5. Swarthmore College

      6.  Bowdoin College

      7.  Carleton College

      8.  Pomona College

      9. Claremont McKenna College

    10. Davidson College

    11. Washington and Lee University

    12. Colby College

          Colgate University

          Hamilton College

          Haverford College

          Smith College

          United States Naval Academy

          Vassar College

    19. Grinnell College

           United States Military Academy - West Point, NY

    21. Harvey Mudd College

          Wesleyan University

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