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Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling some 1,800 talented, energetic, and diverse young men and women. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 40 countries, and for the past several years, more than 35 percent of Amherst's students have been students of color. Amherst has an active Native Student Organization on campus, a Five-College Certificate program in Native American Studies headed by one of our Native faculty persons, and our Frost Library recently acquired the Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature. The college will pilot its first Native Student Fly In program in the fall of 2014. Since its founding, Amherst has remained one of the few truly need-blind colleges in the nation; students are admitted without regard to financial aid, and each admitted student is guaranteed financial aid equal to financial need. Among its peer universities and colleges, Amherst has the most economic diversity. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state, Amherst College’s 1,000-acre campus is adjacent to downtown Amherst. With its faculty-student ratio of 1 to 8, and its open curriculum (there are not distribution requirements) Amherst allows each student—with the help of faculty advisers — to chart an individual path through the more than 800 courses offered at the college each semester.
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Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been a leader in the early college movement for over 45 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only four-year institution of higher education in the United States specifically designed to provide bright, motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the tenth or eleventh grade. At Simon's Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent,creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. A student to faculty ratio of 9:1 ensures small classes and individualized attention. Simon’s Rock has a strong commitment to diversity as an essential component of a challenging and meaningful educational experience. Our most recent entering class, comprising students from across the country and around the world, included 34% students of color and 13% first-generation B.A. candidates. The campus is located approximately two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City.
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Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times. Bates was founded in 1855 by people who believed strongly in freedom, civil rights, and the importance of a higher education for all who could benefit from it. Bates has always admitted students without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin. Great efforts were made in designing the institution to ensure that no qualified student would be turned away because he or she could not afford the cost of a Bates education. Although they met with considerable criticism from other colleges, the founders held fast to their commitment to admit both men and women: Bates was New England's first coeducational college and one of the first coeducational colleges in the United States.
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Bowdoin College is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational residential, undergraduate liberal arts institution founded in 1794. It is located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of 22,000 on the Maine coast just 2 hours north of Boston. Study at Bowdoin leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of over 41 departmental and interdisciplinary majors. Learning continues outside the classroom through Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center, McKeen Center for the Common Good, and over 100 student organizations. Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,750 students from across the country and around the world. We have representation from over 25 countries and more than 60% of our students are from outside of New England. Nearly a third of our students have identified as students of color and almost 10% are the first in their family to attend college. Four Wabanaki tribes (the Passamaquoddy, the Penobscot, the Mi’Kmaw, and the Maliseet) are located in Maine. Bowdoin is a member of the WBBC Collaborative, whose mission is to enhance awareness of Wabanaki history and raise the aspirations of Wabanaki youth. The Wabanaki Arts Festival, which brings Native American artists and musicians from Maine and across New England to the Bowdoin College campus, occurs in April. Our Native American Student Association (NASA) group creates and maintains a supportive environment for Native American students at Bowdoin and collaborates with the four tribes in the state of Maine. They work together to develop a supportive space for the discussion of the unique issues faced by the Native American peoples. Bowdoin’s admissions office hosts over 100 students during their fly-in programs that are held every year in September and November.
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Brown University was founded in 1764 and is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island. Brown is a private, Ivy League institution frequently recognized for its global reach, vibrant community, and unique curriculum. The Open Curriculum gives students both choice and freedom in developing their undergraduate course of study by featuring interdisciplinary seminars, no general distribution or core requirements, and over 1,800 courses. Brown has a commitment to diversity and approximately 35% of our undergraduates are students of color. The Native Americans at Brown (NAB) student group organizes an ongoing Native American Heritage Series and the annual Spring Thaw Powwow, which is attended by over 1,000 people from throughout New England. During April, we provide travel assistance to some of our admitted students to visit Brown’s campus.
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In your future, do you see yourself tackling the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology? If so, consider joining us at Caltech. With world-class scholars as your faculty members and our incredible research facilities, you can prepare to take your place as a leader in the scientific community. Our resources for undergraduate research are second to none, as 90% of student research proposals are accepted. Caltech is also the only college to operate and manage a NASA site: the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (which is responsible for nearly all unmanned space exploration). With less than 1,000 undergraduate students, Caltech immerses you in a collaborative community of unusually curious and talented peers. We have a unique culture that combines a passion for innovation, intense intellectual discovery, and a healthy amount of craziness. On our campus, you can be yourself and connect with people as friends and colleagues. Students coming from backgrounds and communities which are historically underrepresented in the STEM fields find support through various programming out of the Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD), from academic advising and guidance to graduate mentoring and community lunches. One such opportunity is the Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI), a summer program for incoming freshmen designed to enhance the transition from high school to a research-based education and to assist students in developing the learning strategies that lead to success at Caltech. Participants conduct research with mentors, write research papers, and give professional research talks.
Websites: www.admissions.caltech.edu; www.diversitycenter.caltech.edu/
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Carleton College is a national liberal arts college known for its bright students and an intellectual faculty committed to teaching. The college enrolls approximately 2,000 students drawn from nearly every state and dozens of countries. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Carleton’s 950-acre campus provides a beautiful backdrop to a first class liberal arts education. At Carleton you'll find a vibrant academic community where learning and having fun go hand-in-hand; it's a fun-loving, energetic campus. Students from many different backgrounds join together in an intellectual and nurturing community, where they look forward to events like the Intercultural Block Party and a campus-wide International Festival. Cultural houses and the Office of Intercultural and International Life support programming to facilitate intercultural dialogues on campus. These events and resources are the result of the College’s dedication to actively creating a community that supports students from all backgrounds. Carleton’s emphasis on maintaining a strong multicultural community has led to a 40% increase in the number of students of color on campus over the last ten years. Students choose Carleton because of our size, exclusive focus on undergraduate education, the small classes and strong sense of community.
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Colorado College is the only nationally ranked, private, liberal arts and sciences school in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1874, with the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, Pikes Peak is our western view and downtown Colorado Springs is just a few blocks away. We welcome 2000 students to campus from all 50 states and over 55 countries to share their diversity of thought, experience, and personal background as a residential community. Colorado College works on the Block Plan, where all students take one class at a time. Each class is three-and-a-half weeks long, with classes running from 9 am - 12 pm each weekday. This gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in each subject and have in-depth discussions, field study, and travel in and out of the country. CC students have many hands-on experiences along with class discussions by leaving campus to experience the curriculum in the world as it happens. This is possible because classes are always small, with a cap of 25 students per class. Cultural diversity is important to the CC community and we strive to provide resources on campus for students to grow in, learn about, and express diversity. Students participate in over 100 student groups and activities, varsity athletics at the Division I and III levels, club and intramural sports, internships, and research opportunities. Colorado College and the Block Plan prepare students to experience their education through on and off campus courses, activities, and learning experiences. We are committed to making Colorado College affordable by meeting the full financial need for all students who are admitted to the college. Students find their intellectual curiosity developing in unique ways in the Colorado College community. We offer both Early Decision and Early Action (November 10) and Regular Action (January 15) admission options.
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Columbia University Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Columbia offers nearly 100 majors to its 6000 undergraduates in two schools: Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students hail from all fifty states and 90 countries, and over half identify themselves as Native American, African American, Latino or Asian American, making Columbia one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. More than 30 tribes and communities are represented in the undergraduate Native population. All Columbia undergraduates are united by our renowned Core Curriculum, which began in 1919 and introduces students to essential texts and thinkers through small seminar courses in literature, history, art, music, natural science and philosophy. Research opportunities abound in over 200 labs and research institutes throughout the university. Nearly all undergraduates live in guaranteed housing on our beautiful Morningside Heights campus, allowing for easy access to all of New York City for cultural, social and professional exploration. There are over 500 student-run clubs and organizations from performing arts to community service to publications to athletics to cultural and religious affinity groups. The student-run Native American Council organizes programming throughout the year, including an annual Powwow, and provides support for the American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and international indigenous community. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the American Indian Community House in Manhattan are among the many resources for our Native students. To learn more about our Native community, please contact Jessica Cho, Native Outreach Coordinator, in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-0607.
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Cornell University is an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study" and it remains one of the most academically and socially diverse universities in the world. A member of the Ivy League, Cornell offers 75 majors and 4,000 courses, and the opportunity to lead and get involved with hundreds of student-run organizations. A vibrant living and learning community, Cornell welcomes women and men with a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds from all 50 states and nations around the world. Currently there are 196 Native undergraduate students (and 23 Native graduate/professional students) at Cornell from across the U.S. and Canada. They are supported academically, socially, and culturally through resources and activities made available through the American Indian Program (AIP) and AIP’s Akwe:kon, the nation's first residential program house specifically designed to celebrate the rich heritage of American Indians. Interested students are encouraged to visit for a day to see the university's spectacular campus, or to consider a longer visit arranged by the University Admissions Office and by Cornell’s various colleges. For more information about visiting the campus, contact AIP at (607) 255-6587, or see www.aip.cornell
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Founded in 1769, "for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land... and any others," Dartmouth College has led the way in outreach and recruitment of Native youth from across the country. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth has the smallest enrollment of any Ivy League college or university with approximately 4,200 undergraduates. Ranked #1 in the country last year for the quality of undergraduate teaching, students come to Dartmouth to have access to small classroom sizes, a broad and deep liberal arts curriculum, a flexible academic calendar and a high level of collaboration with our world-class faculty. At Dartmouth, outreach to Native youth, their communities and their families is an institutional priority and in the last 40 years more Native students have attended and graduated from Dartmouth than from all other Ivy League schools combined. For opportunities to come to campus on our fall visitation program go to: www.dartmouth.edu/admissions/bound/programs/native.html
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Dickinson College remains a nationally recognized liberal arts institution since its establishment in 1783 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Employing a useful approach to a liberal arts curriculum, Dickinson offers 42 departmental and interdisciplinary majors in addition to independent research and internship opportunities. Dickinson students develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning by engaging in innovative programs ranging from neuroscience to security studies. Dickinson’s decidedly global curriculum includes 13 languages and a variety of globally-focused courses. Dickinson offers one of the world’s most respected study abroad programs; more than half of Dickinson students study abroad in more than 40 programs in 25 countries on six continents. The college is also recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to environmental sustainability. The Center for Sustainability Education integrates sustainability into Dickinson’s academics, facilities, operations and campus culture. Additionally, the college enrolls about 2,400 students from across the country and around the world. With a serious commitment to diversity, nearly one third of Dickinson’s student population includes students of color and international students. Working in collaboration with the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, the Dickinson community supports programming to facilitate intercultural dialogues on campus. Dickinson values cultural diversity and strives to provide resources on campus to support multiculturalism and inclusion. Students participate in over 130 student organizations, including varsity athletics at the Division III level as well as club and intramural sports. Dedicated to accessibility and affordability, Dickinson aims to meet applicants’ full need. With its commitment to the individual, students choose Dickinson because of its small size, distinctive approach to global education, dedication to sustainability, useful liberal arts curriculum, and strong sense of community. For more information about visiting campus, contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com.
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Duke University is a relatively young university. Founded in 1924, Duke is synonymous with a rigorous academic program, an emphasis on individual education, and a vibrant school spirit. Students enjoy a dynamic combination of tradition and innovation, opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art research, robust extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Duke draws students from all over the United States and 85 foreign countries and representing a range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The 6,400 undergraduates can choose from 49 majors in the arts and sciences and engineering, 50 minors, and 24 interdisciplinary certificate programs, or arts and sciences students can work with a faculty member to design their own curriculum. Duke’s financial aid program meets full financial need for all admitted students who apply for aid, regardless of citizenship or residency. Duke has an active Native American Student Alliance and provides a fly-in program each April for eligible admitted Native students during Duke "Blue Devil Days".
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FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
Franklin & Marshall is a leading national liberal arts college established in 1787 with a gift of 200 British pounds from Benjamin Franklin. We are located in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania - a dynamic city with a thriving arts scene. The College enrolls 2,324 students. The average class size is 19 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Our students receive more than $500,000 in research grants every year. At Franklin & Marshall, we emphasize the life of the mind and provide opportunities for learning while doing.
All students are lifelong members of a College House, five distinct hubs of academic, extracurricular and social engagement in a residential setting. Guided by faculty dons and administrative prefects, students govern their houses, develop leadership skills, and create their own social and intellectual programs.
Students may join one or more of the College’s 115 clubs and organizations, ranging from anime to Ultimate Frisbee. More than three-quarters of students participate in community service, and about one-third belongs to one of 12 Greek organizations. Our scholar-athletes compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The College fields 27 athletic teams—13 for men and 14 for women.
Students may study abroad in any of 200 locations around the world. Each year, one-third of our students goes abroad or enrolls in a travel course. On campus, 87 percent of students have studied at least one of the 11 foreign languages we offer.
Our students learn by doing. They embrace the opportunity to work side by side or in small groups with faculty members on research projects that have real-world applications. And when given the choice of being a scholar, an athlete, an artist, a leader or a volunteer, they are most apt to choose “all of the above.” This is who we are.
Financial Aid: www.fandm.edu/financialaid
Student Life: www.fandm.edu/collegelife
Office of Admission
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
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Guilford College is an independent liberal arts college serving 2,462 students (1,225 of traditional age) and offering 36 academic programs of study in Greensboro, NC. The college inspires each student to achieve excellence through an engaging community, rooted in Quaker values, which nurtures creativity and social responsibility. Guilford students participate in a variety of opportunities through study abroad, internships, service work, undergraduate research, and a January term. The college offers several Division III athletic programs, more than 40 student organizations, a radio station, an award-winning weekly student newspaper, and vibrant arts programs. Guilford’s commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected on campus through the initiatives of solar panels on residence halls, a bicycle shop offering rentals and tune-ups, and campus veggie gardens used by the dining hall.
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Hamilton College was originally founded in 1793 by the Rev. Samuel Kirkland as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, a school where the children of the native Oneida Indians and those of the white settlers streaming into the region following the Revolutionary War could be educated together. Kirkland presented his plan to George Washington who “expressed approbation” and to Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton who lent his name and consented to be a trustee. At his request, Oneida Chief Skenandoa is buried alongside his friend Kirkland in the College cemetery. Today, Hamilton is one of the nation’s most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 45 countries. Consistent with its reputation as a “college of opportunity,” Hamilton is need-blind in its admission decisions and promises to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students for all four years. Hamilton offers a personal approach to educating its students highlighted by an open curriculum (no core courses or distribution requirements), individualized advising with a professor, 56 areas of study, classes that average 14 students each, and a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The Hamilton community welcomes and embraces students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Twenty-nine percent of the student body consists of students of color or international students, and 15 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. There are more than 200 community service, cultural, musical, athletic, political, social, recreational and religious groups on campus. At Hamilton, the quality of personal interaction that takes place in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and performance halls extends to our residences, dining halls, sporting venues, and to the casual conversations that take place whenever two or more people encounter one another.
Financial Aid: http://www.hamilton.edu/admission/finaid
Our Diverse Community: https://www.hamilton.edu/about/diversity
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Hanover College is a traditional liberal arts college. We have an enrollment of 1,100 students from 36 states and 18 different countries, with a 15% diverse student population. Our average class size is 14, with a 10-1 student to faculty ratio. More than 96% of faculty have terminal degrees and we have NO teaching assistants or graduate assistants instructing Hanover's classes. We are the oldest liberal arts college in Indiana, founded in 1827. Nearly 99% of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years and 98% of Hanover graduates are employed or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation (nearly 40% continue to graduate school). Hanover's most popular majors are Biology, Communication, Psychology, Economics and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Furthermore, students may strengthen their major with a pre-professional track, such as pre-law, pre-physical therapy or the Health and Biomedical Sciences Program (HBSP). In the graduating class of 2013, pre-medicine students saw an 86% acceptance rate into medical school. We have a cadaver lab in our new Science Center (one of the only in our region that allows undergraduate students to do dissection). We have two human patient simulators (life-size, anatomically correct, 3G robots which can be equipped to simulate any illness and symptoms such as crying, bleeding, runny/bloody nose, dilated pupils, speaking, etc.) The pre-physical therapy program allows students to become physical trainers in their junior year. Of the elementary and secondary education majors, 100% were placed as full-time teachers and of the students who completed the Business Scholars Program, 100% received paid internships and 98% were employed within six months of graduation.
Health and Biomedical Sciences Program: www.prehealth.hanover.edu
The Business Scholars Program: www.business.hanover.edu
Diversity on campus: www.hanover.edu/admission/diversity
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Harvard College is the oldest college in the United States, founded in 1636. Harvard’s early mission included the Harvard Indian College, opened in 1655, a mission now taken up by the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an undergraduate student body of 6,600 students, hailing from all 50 states and over 100 different countries and representing a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students can concentrate, or major, in 48 different areas of study spanning the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering sciences, as well as several interdisciplinary majors. In addition, extracurricular activities play a large role on campus with approximately 400 different student-run organizations, including several Native organizations. Housing is guaranteed all four years with 97 percent of students choosing to live in on-campus housing. Harvard is committed to offering comprehensive financial aid to all students with demonstrated financial need.
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Johns Hopkins University is a place where ambitious, talented, and creative students thrive. Students in all majors learn through exploration and discovery—both inside and outside the classroom at JHU, which was founded as the first American research institution. With no core curriculum, JHU offers students the freedom to pursue classes they’re actually interested in, not just required to take. Students are able—and encouraged—to build the academic path that is right for them, with guidance from staff and advisers. Our students can combine their interests, academic and otherwise, in ways that are meaningful to them, and often discover new passions while they’re here. Double majoring and minoring or taking classes across disciplines are common practices. Johns Hopkins has a small-school feel (on average, there are fewer than 20 students in 65% of classes and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio) and big school resources, so students have the opportunity to learn from academic leaders and participate in experiences usually reserved for grad students or professionals. In fact, 97% of students have at least one career-related experience as undergraduates. Studying abroad is also a common option. Outside of the classroom, students are active and engaged on a lively campus, involved in activities from dance or singing groups to international service organizations. Located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, JHU students embrace the city as an off-campus learning lab and entertainment hot spot. The admissions committee approaches applications from a holistic perspective, evaluating the ‘whole student.’ In addition to looking at a student’s academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, we seek to admit students who are excited about learning and living at Johns Hopkins. We look for students who will bring something to the campus community while taking advantage of all Johns Hopkins has to offer. Check out student profiles, blogs, pictures, and more on the student-run social media site on Hopkins Interactive: http://hopkins-interactive.com
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Kenyon College is a liberal arts college located on a hilltop in central Ohio where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community. Of our 1,000 acre campus, 380 are dedicated to the Brown Family Environmental Center. Cutting through the heart of campus is Middle Path, a gathering place for students and faculty. While most notably known for its literary tradition and the internationally recognized literary journal The Kenyon Review, the flexible curriculum offers science research projects, proficiency in 8 languages, and connections across disciplines. Our 1700 students hail from more than 41 countries and all 50 states, roughly 18% are students of color, and nearly 70% receive either need-based financial aid or merit scholarships. Our state of the art athletic center is the home of 22 varsity teams, including the national men’s swimming champions for 31 consecutive years. 40% of the food served in the Harry Potter-esque dining hall was farmed locally, while the Rural Life Center teaches students about agricultural sustainability. In the words of one of our professors, Kenyon is a small place to think big thoughts.
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Lawrence University is a nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and conservatory of music dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. Our 1,500 students come to Lawrence from nearly every state and more 50 countries, making Lawrence one of the nation’s most internationally diverse colleges. Lawrence offers extraordinary individualized learning experiences; over 90% of our students take at least one class where they are the only student. Adjacent to downtown Appleton, Wisconsin (metro pop. 250,000), students have abundant opportunities for community engagement and social life. Bjorklunden, Lawrence’s 425-acre estate on 1.5 miles of undisturbed Lake Michigan shoreline, offers students and professors a beautiful retreat and learning center for use each weekend of the academic year. Academic rigor in a nurturing, collegial atmosphere characterizes the Lawrence experience. A residential learning community, all Lawrence students live in campus housing throughout their college careers.
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What do rollercoasters, pirates, elaborate practical jokes (or “hacks”), the largest neuroscience center in the world, the biggest Division III athletic program in the country, and an enduring commitment to social impact have in common? They can all be found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! Combining excellence in science and engineering with a world-class education in the humanities and arts, an MIT education provides the tools for solving the challenges of our generation and beyond. MIT people love to speak in numbers. Students say things like "I have 6.001 in 10-250 at 2:30, then my Course 9 UROP in Building 46." Here are some of the MIT numbers you might want to know: our faculty currently includes 9 Nobel Laureates, 21 MacArthur Fellows, and 2 Pulitzer Prize winners. MIT has an 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Our students are diverse, engaged, creative, and intense. They are active in athletics (MIT has 33 varsity sports teams, including a Division I rowing program, 18 intramural sports, and many more club sports), student organizations (MIT has over 500, including the Laboratory for Chocolate Science), and residential communities (MIT has 11 dorms, 3 of which allow cats and 10 allow painting murals on the walls). There are many resources and people who can help students on their journey. Academic deans, professors, upperclassmen mentors, faculty advisors and house leaders, and graduate resident tutors are all here to help students navigate the MIT experience and find a home here. The MIT Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a student-run group that promotes Native culture and community on campus and STEM-related education to various tribal communities. At MIT, learning is about more than what is taught in the classroom - it’s about living here, choosing your own opportunities, and discovering who you are. Below are some starting points for learning about life at MIT and the support students receive on campus.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society @ MIT
Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
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New York University is one of the foremost private urban research universities in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Albert Gallatin, America's fourth Secretary of the Treasury and a man known for radical ideas and innovation. At a time when higher education was reserved for elite men, NYU was one of the first universities to offer academic opportunities to everyone - to immigrants and later to women. Today, students enter NYU through one of three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai and are also able to study abroad at sites in Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Spain, and the United States, making this institution the premier Global Network University. In addition to the wide array of student resources, the Native American Club at NYU provides students with the opportunity to meet and engage with other Native American students, and the Native People's Forum aims to engage the NYU community and others through events related to indigenous and Native American society.
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Founded in 1851 in Evanston, IL, Northwestern University is located on a lakeside campus just 3 miles north of Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. With a population of 8,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students, Northwestern puts a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching: our student:faculty ratio is 7:1, and 77% of courses enroll under 20 students.
We also put a strong emphasis on affordability and accessibility, meeting 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need with loan-free scholarships. Thanks in large part to this commitment to college access, our students come from all socioeconomic circumstances, call 75+ countries home, and bring remarkably diverse backgrounds and ideas to campus. Northwestern’s six undergraduate schools offer 150+ programs of study in arts and sciences, engineering, communication, journalism, education and social policy, and music. These programs span traditional liberal studies disciplines but also include more specialized concentrations: business institutions, theatre, learning sciences, legal studies, integrated marketing, etc. Our quarter system (3 academic terms, 4 courses per term) allows students to graduate with 10–12 more courses than would a semester system, enabling interdisciplinary exploration and multiple academic concentrations. Over 500 undergraduate organizations, athletics, $3.5 mm in undergraduate research funding, 150+ study abroad opportunities, cutting-edge innovation centers, and internships across industries complement classroom opportunities to foster scholarly development, professional experience, leadership, and personal growth. “At Northwestern, we seek to create spaces where Native American and Indigenous students are heard, their identities are honored, and they can be successful students as well as good tribal and community citizens.” –Jasmine Gurneau, Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Assistant Director of Admission
Northwestern website | Admissions website | Native American and Indigenous Peoples at Northwestern | Multicultural Student Affairs
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Oberlin College is a highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music tucked away in a small Ohio town located just outside of Cleveland. Founded in 1833, it holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities as the first college to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and as a leader in the education of African Americans. Oberlin is known for its academic and musical excellence and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship. With 2,900 students and nearly 50 majors, Oberlin has academic strengths in the Sciences, English & Creative Writing, Politics & History, East Asian Studies, Music, and more. An Oberlin education will provide a solid foundation for graduate school, law school or medical school. Approximately 2/3 of its graduates start graduate school within 5 years and no other liberal arts college sends on more students to earn PhDs. Oberlin's size, residential character, variety, and selectivity provide an atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual and personal growth.
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Occidental College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States, with students of color accounting for nearly 40% of our total population of 2,102. Our location in Eagle Rock, a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood, provides our students the opportunity to study on a beautiful residential campus that is just minutes from downtown L.A. Students choose Oxy because they want to do independent research; because they want to get to know their faculty members and not be just a face in the crowd (our student:faculty ratio is 10:1); because they want to be leaders in their communities; and because they want to pursue academic excellence (most students go on for graduate study) in an environment when their cultural values and perspectives are not merely tolerated, but where they are celebrated. Occidental is Division III in athletics with long traditions of winning teams in men’s and women’s sports, and great school spirit as students feel a strong connection with the community. Oxy: Excellence, Equity, Community, Service.
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Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of about 1,100 students in Andover, MA. Founded in 1778 and known for its extensive and rigorous academic program, the Academy seeks students of intelligence and integrity from diverse backgrounds in order to prepare them for college and life beyond. The school's residential structure enables faculty to support students in their personal, social and intellectual development. The school strives to help young people achieve their potential not only intellectually, but also artistically, athletically and morally, so that they may lead responsible and fulfilling lives. As an institution with a history in Indian Country, Phillips Academy has a number of programs that help prepare students for the most challenging college programs. To date, a handful of Native students have taken advantage of the Post-Graduate Year, a year of preparation before college and after high school where students concentrate on developing and solidifying their academic skills before attending a challenging university or college program. During the PG year, students are living in dorms, interacting with students from all over the country and the world, and further investigating college options for the year among a renowned and supportive faculty.
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Located in Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pomona College offers a top-notch liberal arts education within a diverse, tight-knit student body of 1,650. As part of the Claremont Consortium, Pomona also provides a wider community of nearly 6,000 undergraduates, the ability to cross-register for classes at neighboring schools, and the vibrant social life of a mid-sized university. Pomona itself provides every possible resource – intellectual, social, financial – to help students realize their fullest potential. Since its founding in 1887, Pomona College has been open to both men and women of all races. Bringing together a diverse community has always been at the center of Pomona’s mission. For the past two years, over 50% of Pomona’s admitted students have identified as domestic students of color and 16% have been the first in their families to attend college. To ensure a socioeconomically diverse student body, Pomona offers need-blind admission and guarantees to meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need without packaging loans. Pomona’s 140-acre campus sits on ancestral Tongva land, the original inhabitants of the L.A. Basin. The College’s Draper Center for Community Partnership sponsors Native Initiatives, which brings Elders and speakers to campus, connects students with local Native community members and hosts the annual Pomona College Powwow. Native students are also active in IndigeNATION, a college preparatory outreach program to local Native youth at Semillas del Pubelo and Sherman Indian High School, and the Native Garden program, which invites local Tongva Elders to collaborate on projects and teach about local plants and Tongva history. Native students also build community on campus with weekly dinners and monthly Fry Bread Frydays where students can share common experiences, support one another and connect with community members, local elders, faculty and staff. Students interested in visiting campus are invited to apply to Pomona’s Fall Weekend fly-out programs.
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Princeton University is one of the top research universities in the world, with the heart of a liberal arts college. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the nation. The University’s 5,200 undergraduate students, who come from around the world, benefit from a vibrant community of scholarship and service, and one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. Our need-based financial aid, based on grants rather than loans, makes it possible for students to graduate debt free. The University, located about an hour south of New York City and an hour north of Philadelphia, is a close-knit community; about 98 percent of students live on campus in residential colleges and dormitories. With a student to faculty ratio of 6:1, Princeton highlights an academic environment focused on undergraduates who explore their individual academic interests through junior independent work and the development of their senior thesis. Our objective is to prepare students capable of addressing the challenges of the future. Living up to our unofficial motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations,” Princeton students are instilled with a commitment to civic engagement.
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For more than a century, Reed has been a haven for a diverse group of scholars who wrestle with big ideas and explore ways to apply those ideas to the world around them. Located 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, students have access to a vibrant metropolis of waterfalls, bridges, and parks of every size while taking advantage of an engaging liberal arts program. Across the curriculum, Reed’s teaching philosophy is characterized by close interaction between students and faculty in an atmosphere of shared active learning. Reed's small community of just over 1,400 students is built on The Life of the Mind and is dedicated to academic excellence and inclusion. The college has numerous resources to sustain a campus environment that is welcoming and supportive for all students, staff, and faculty. Reed invites juniors and seniors of color to apply for a scholarship to visit campus.
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Smith College is the largest women's college in the United States and the only one with an engineering program. There are approximately 2,500 undergraduate students from all 50 states and over 60 countries studying in over 50 academic departments/programs. Some of the most popular majors are Government, Biology, Art, and Psychology. Students can also choose from 12 unique concentrations, ranging from Poetry to Global Finance. The student/faculty ratio is 9:1 and most classes have fewer than 18 students. Located in the beautiful western Massachusetts city of Northampton on the Connecticut River, Smith is part of the Five College Consortium, which includes the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Students may take classes and attend social, athletic and cultural events at the other colleges; free transportation among the schools is provided 7 days a week. The majority of Smith students are awarded financial aid, and Smith offers fly-in programs for prospective and admitted students of color. Smith’s new first year class is approximately 35% women of color and nearly 20% first generation college students. Smith is committed to institutional diversity and is especially interested in recruiting Native American students. Smith guarantees a full-paid summer internship to each student.
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ST. EDWARDS UNIVERSITY
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Stanford University, one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions, supports the learning and living pursuits of 6,500 undergraduate students and 7,500 graduate students on its 8,200-acre campus located 35 miles south of San Francisco. Stanford offers small classes, with more than 75% of its undergraduate courses having 15 or fewer students in them, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1. Student housing is guaranteed all four years, and exciting off-campus study abroad opportunities enhance the learning environment. Stanford is committed to a need-blind admission policy for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, and meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students through a need-based financial aid policy. The American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community at Stanford is as diverse as it is strong. Today, there are over 350 undergraduate and graduate students representing more than 50 nations studying at Stanford. Admitted undergraduate students may be eligible for travel grants to visit campus during Stanford's Admit Weekend in April.
Websites: admission.stanford.edu and nacc.stanford.edu
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Susquehanna University is a selective, residential liberal arts college that provides a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional experiences—a winning combination that prepares students for our diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Students develop critical thinking, writing, teamwork and communication skills which, combined with internships and research opportunities, prepare them for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Our academic programs give students broad exposure to multiple disciplines before narrowing their focus to one of 60 majors and minors. Our average class size is 19, so faculty members serve as mentors, as well as teachers. First-rate academic facilities are designed for collaborative learning and include a new natural sciences center. The university is recognized nationally for its commitment to off-campus study through the Global Opportunities (GO) program. All students complete a cross-cultural experience for at least two weeks in the U.S. or abroad, and share reflections on what they learned after returning to campus. GO broadens student perspectives and helps prepare them for professional success. Students make friends, learn leadership skills and have fun through 140 student-run clubs and organizations, 23 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, fraternities, sororities and service groups. We guarantee four years of on-campus housing that ranges from traditional residence halls to suite-style living to townhouses. Susquehanna is two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore and three hours from Washington, D.C., and New York City. Harrisburg, the state capital, is one hour away. Students use these metro areas to network with alumni, pursue internships, explore professional opportunities, and to have fun! Ninety-four percent of Susquehanna graduates report being employed or in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Susquehanna alumni go on to careers in academia, medicine, law, music, finance, education and more. They are surgeons, animation designers, legal advocates and CEOs.
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Swarthmore College, eleven miles from the city of Philadelphia, is a college not like any other. Private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. American, yet decidedly global in outlook and diversity, drawing students from around the world and 50 states. Small, yet with a billion-dollar endowment, offering students and faculty generous resources to push their own and the world’s understanding of disciplines from Latin to plasma physics. Swarthmore celebrates the life of the mind. It is an idealistic yet practical community – its purpose is to give students of uncommon intellectual ability the knowledge, insight, skills and experience to become leaders for the common good. Co-educational since its founding in 1864 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) the College is nonsectarian today, but still reflects many Quaker traditions and values. Renowned for its rigorous academics, Swarthmore offers a unique opportunity as an entirely undergraduate institution offering both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in engineering.
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THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions—intense critical analysis, lively debate, and creative solutions to complex problems—rests on the scholars who continue to engage them. Our College graduates have made discoveries in every field of academic study; they are ambitious thinkers who are unafraid to take on the most pressing questions of our time. Their accomplishments have helped establish the University’s legacy as one of the world’s finest academic institutions.The University of Chicago has been home to over 85 Nobel Prize-winners, 30 Macarthur “genius” fellows, and 20 Pulitzer Prize-winners. With over 140 research centers and institutes, numerous cultural opportunities, and three of the nation’s top professional schools in law, business, and medicine—all within blocks of one another on our campus—UChicago is known for the unparalleled resources it provides its undergraduate students. UChicago maintains a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, ensuring that every classroom experience exemplifies our commitment to a student’s ability to interact closely with our faculty. Our Core curriculum provides students with a common vocabulary and a well-balanced academic experience, while allowing the flexibility to explore their own particular interests in small discussion-style seminars. Students also enjoy a successful Division III sports program, small but active Greek life, forty student theatrical productions a year, a rich music scene, celebrations of culture and community—and the extraordinary opportunities in politics, music, theater, commerce, architecture, and neighborhood life in the city of Chicago.
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As a liberal arts college with an urban pulse, Trinity College balances the traditions of liberal arts education with an unrelenting focus on innovation and independence. Among Trinity’s distinctive programs are its human rights program, an ABET-accredited engineering major, and the world’s first Center for Urban and Global Studies. Trinity students cultivate independent thinking while engaging their communities, both on the College’s historic campus and in its capital city home of Hartford, Connecticut. In an effort to tear down a barrier between first-generation students and educational opportunities, Trinity has eliminated application fees for all first-generation students. The College has also appointed a director of student success, who works to support first-generation and low-income students throughout their Trinity experience. For more information, please visit www.trincoll.edu/admissions.
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
At the University of California, Irvine, we believe in the infinitely curious. Our students are the tinkerers, the dreamers, and the courageous of thought. They are inspiring, motivated, and care about the world around them. And they aren’t afraid to fail, because they dare to go where others won’t. If this sounds a lot like you, then you need to be here making a difference too. You’ll fit in just by being you. No other college or university nurtures fearless, independent thought like UCI does. We take you beyond the classroom to see possibility where others see impossibility. One of the top ten public universities in the United States, UCI offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs and the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty to produce groundbreaking work. In fact, by the time you are a senior, 91 percent of your graduating class will have participated in faculty-mentored research. And we’re located in sunny southern California, five miles from pristine Pacific Ocean beaches. Students enjoy a perfect Mediterranean climate and have easy access to surfing and sailing, hundreds of miles of bike and hiking trails, desert camping, mountain resorts for snowboarding and skiing, and famous attractions such as Disneyland and Hollywood. To learn more, or for questions about the admissions process, contact Julie Marovish, admissions counselor for the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-3581.
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
The University of Denver, located in the Rocky Mountain region, acknowledges that it sits on Cheyenne and Arapahoe land. Our 125-acre campus rests in a semi-urban setting 15 minutes from downtown Denver and is renowned for its beauty, state-of-the-art facilities and classic architecture. Denver is recognized as one of the largest growing Native American populations in the country with at least 200 tribal nations inhabiting the city. DU’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good is distinguished by a diverse array of programs that offer consistent access to faculty and personalized education in small classes. 5,500 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students from 50 states and over 80 countries are brought together in an environment that prizes not only adventurous learning partnerships between students and faculty, but research and internship opportunities for students in all disciplines. While we want our students to thoroughly experience everything Denver and the surrounding area has to offer, seeking out global perspectives is a hallmark of a DU experience – through our Cherrington Global Scholars program (recently ranked the #3 study abroad program in the country), DU offers study abroad options on six continents at no additional cost, with nearly 70% of students participating. Outside the classroom DU students enjoy over 100 clubs and active organizations, such as the Native Student Alliance. NSA annually hosts the DU New Beginnings Pow Wow, Native campus tours, student socials and other programming led by the Director of Native American Community Relations & Programs. Students also enjoy supporting the 17 NCAA Division I teams including our top-ranked lacrosse, hockey, soccer & gymnastics programs. We annually provide over $130 million in scholarship and financial aid assistance to our students including two fully-funded Native American Scholarships for active community involvement.
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is a private, Catholic university located in South Bend, Indiana. With a student body totaling 8,300 (from all 50 states and over 100 countries), the University is recognized for its excellence in undergraduate education, sense of tradition, community life, school spirit, and faith-centered atmosphere. Notre Dame has 29 residence halls that serve as the center of the student social life that counts over 350 clubs and organizations. After entrance to Notre Dame, students spend one year in the First Year Studies, which exposes them to a broad liberal arts curriculum and provides them with advisory and academic support as they transition to university life. Upon successful completion of the first year, students then enter the College of Arts and Letters, Business, Engineering, Science, or the School of Architecture, where they freely choose from any of our 60 major fields of study. Resources and support for ethnic minorities is provided through, but not limited to, the Multicultural Students Programs and Services (http://msps.nd.edu) and Native American Initiatives (http://nai.nd.edu).
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The University of Oregon (UO) is a place that invites peace, harmony, and cultural exchange. Founded in 1876, the UO is the state’s flagship public university, offering more than 300 academic programs including a Native American Studies minor. Opportunities, academic resources, and cultural support for native students are abundant at the UO, including an active Native American Student Union, the Northwest Indian Language Institute, the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, and TRiO programs. But, at the center of the UO’s American Indian community is the Many Nations Longhouse—a campus gem, where students come together and community gatherings happen to support academic success while upholding the numerous American Indian cultures and beliefs. And, with more than 275 clubs and organizations, students at the UO are bound to find almost any group to fill their interests. The UO is a Tier One research university and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, whose 62 members in the US and Canada are “recognized as outstanding by reason of the excellence of their research and education programs.” The UO’s Early Action application deadline is November 1 and the regular deadline is January 15. Awards like the Diversity Excellence Scholarship are available to native students. The UO also offers in-state tuition to members of the tribes and bands that have a historic relationship to the land that became Oregon, regardless of their current state of residence—a savings of more than $20,000 per year! To get a better sense of the UO’s native community, our academic excellence, and to see the UO’s beautiful 295-acre arboretum campus, schedule a visit today. And, don’t forget to attend the UO’s annual Mother’s Day pow wow and salmon bake in the spring!
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UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
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The University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, celebrates a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor through integrated knowledge, world renowned research opportunities, extensive civic engagement, and a dynamic and diverse community. Penn students develop the intellectual connections they need to thrive in an ever-changing and complex world. Working with faculty across a flexible curriculum spanning 4 undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, students develop adaptable, well-rounded minds. Whichever of the four schools they call home: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Wharton School of Business, in everything they do, Penn students combine theoretical and practical thinking while developing the tools they need to innovate and lead in a world that demands an increasingly broad perspective. With close faculty advising, Penn students create an undergraduate experience that meets their intellectual interests and career goals, often earning more than one degree, pursuing inter-school minors, and gaining hands on experience through internships. For the Class of 2017, 48% of the US citizen and permanent residents self-report as underrepresented minorities and 12% are first generation to college. The Class of 2018 welcomes 25 Native American and Native Hawaiian students to the new freshman class. The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) serves as a home base for Natives at Penn, our student-run organization that increases awareness about Native American traditions and presence on campus (http://nativesatpenn.tumblr.com/). Recent Natives at Penn events include the 5th annual Pow-wow, hosting the All-Ivy Native Conference featuring Native hip-hop artists, assisting with student recruitment, interning at Penn’s College Horizons last summer, creating a Lenape Garden at Greenfield Intercultural Center, taking classes in the Penn Center for Native American studies, and so much more! Beyond a Penn degree, the Association of Native Alumni (www.alumni.upenn.edu/ana/) and local tribal communities provide support for the Penn Native community. The University of Pennsylvania is committed to making its practical, powerful, and flexible Ivy League education available to the most talented and hardworking students, regardless of their economic circumstances. Penn practices need-blind admissions for US citizens and permanent residents of the US, Canada and Mexico. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, and Penn meets 100 percent of this demonstrated need for all admitted students. Penn financial aid packages do not include loans, which means students are able to graduate debt-free. With the abundant academic, cultural, and social opportunities, Penn students are happy to call Philadelphia home for their college years.
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UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
Since our founding in 1907, the University of Redlands has been dedicated to educating hearts and minds. We are passionate about giving students the framework to shape the rest of their lives. In an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, we offer a transformative education where students can blend what they learn in the classroom with life skills that will affect positive change in the world. As a small, private, liberal arts university, you can love what you find here, or find what you love and create it. That’s the Redlands tradition. Be who you are and become what you want to be. Here at Redlands, we are a community of communities. Our Native Student Programs (NSP) addresses higher education retention and access issues as they affect Native American college students, youth, and their families in Southern California and beyond. NSP seeks to create and sustain a visible and vibrant Native American culture at the University of Redlands through events and services that include volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, cultural programming and more. At Redlands, Native American students will find:
- An Endowed Chair of Native American Studies within the Department of Race and Ethnic Studies.
- Native American specific courses like:
- Southern California Indian Relations with the Land
- Native American Religions and Worldviews
- Native American Women
- Native American Environmental Issues
- Supporting the Educational Journey Coordinator who:
- Advocates for Native students.
- Mentors and advises students.
- Organizes events for local Native community on campus.
- Advises Native American Student Union.
- Creating a Passion for Learning Coordinator who:
- Assists Native freshmen and transfer applicants in college admissions and financial aid process.
- Works directly with the Office of Admissions on outreach efforts.
- Provides workshops on college readiness, admissions, financial aid, etc.
- Organizes campus tours and tribal community visits.
- Offers community service opportunities to work with tribal communities.
We are Redlands, where curiosity finds inspiration; where creativity and innovation open doors and change lives; and where diversity enriches us all. Here at Redlands, your dreams become aspirations and your aspirations become achievements.
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The University of Rochester is one of the country's leading private research universities. Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close work with faculty. The University consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, medical, and other research. The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to learn what they love, allowing for both focus and flexibility. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The University is a community where about 86% of undergraduates live on campus. With more than 220 student organizations ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic, students find communities of friends who share their interests and passions. The expectation is that each student will live up to Rochester’s motto, “Meliora” (ever better), recognizing that they are future leaders in industry, education, and culture. Navigating through world-renowned facilities and resources, a day in the life of two Rochester students—or any two days in the life of a single student—is never the same.
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
At the University of San Francisco, students get the best of Jesuit education [< link to https://www.usfca.edu/about-usf/who-we-are/jesuit-catholic] with a San Francisco twist. Founded in 1855 as the city’s first college, USF is today a vibrant learning community — ranked #6 nationwide for undergraduate student diversity by U.S. News and World Report — in the center of a metropolis known worldwide for innovation and opportunity. USF offers 44 majors and 46 minors in the arts and sciences, business, and nursing and health professions. Students participate in more than 100 clubs and cheer for the USF Dons in NCAA Division 1 across nine men’s and women’s sports. True to Jesuit tradition, a USF education is rigorous by nature and personalized by design. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 22, each course is an intimate learning community in which students learn by doing, not just by listening. Students work with award-winning professors who challenge them to think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate effectively, and solve complex problems — the traits that employers want the most. USF also expects students to turn their learning into positive action, with a strong commitment to social justice and to changing the world for the better. This unique combination of rigor and compassion attracts students who want to succeed in their careers and in their communities. They come to USF to connect with the people, organizations, and employers who are inventing tomorrow. They come to USF because USF graduates have salaries in the top 3% of all college graduates in the country (source: federal government College Scorecard). And, of course, they come to USF to live, learn, and grow in the heart of San Francisco, with its natural beauty, 27 distinct neighborhoods, major sporting events, and cultural attractions such as the American Indian Film Festival, plus a full spectrum of research, internship, and employment opportunities.
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Vanderbilt University is a private, Research-I university with a 330-acre campus located in the Midtown neighborhood of Nashville, TN – better known as Music City, USA. Within a comprehensive undergraduate experience, our students may focus on academic programs that span the liberal arts, education, engineering, music, pre-professional, and interdisciplinary areas. Our top majors include Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Health & Society (MHS), and Human & Organizational Development (HOD). Our residential campus provides a house system for all 1,600 first-year students and a variety of accommodations for upperclassmen students that include living-learning communities and apartments. We encourage our students to take advantage of our study abroad options (~130 programs) across the globe, including during our Maymester term. Over 500 student organizations exist on campus, with opportunities for political, religious, cultural, academic, service, and pre-professional involvement, including the Multicultural Leadership Council. Vanderbilt is the smallest and only private college in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and our 16 varsity teams provide various opportunities for students to show their school spirit. Interested students are encouraged to visit our website below and connect with the admissions representative for their state.
Washington College is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, near the Chesapeake Bay and just 90 minutes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Approximately 1,450 undergraduate students from 35 states and 40 nations attend WC. Campus groups like the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and Model UN provide students with access to hands-on learning opportunities all over the world. Other student organizations are big on community service or the arts. Small school, big experience.
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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
At Washington University in St. Louis, founded in 1853, students benefit from the resources of a large research university with the individual attention, advising, and support of a small liberal arts college. WashU is known for its academic flexibility, groundbreaking research, robust student life, state-of-the-art facilities, top-notch living and dining experiences, and strong commitment to diversity. WashU undergrads, 6,849 students who hail from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries around the globe, are passionate, curious, and compelled to solve the problems of the world. They are inherently motivated as individuals, but they are collaborators, teammates, and friends. Students learn from one another as they share varying perspectives, and the 8:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional advising program offer a strong support system. When students enroll at WashU, they set off on a truly unique academic path. The university’s unparalleled academic flexibility allows students to study within and across any of our five undergraduate divisions – architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering. With more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, students are able to explore every subject area of interest. Outside the classroom, students find their place in more than 350 organizations and activities. Campus traditions bring students together as they showcase their own cultures and learn about others through events like Diwali, Carnaval, Black Anthology, Lunar New Year Festival, and an annual Pow Wow. Students take advantage of the research opportunities available throughout every division and at the School of Medicine, often beginning their first year. Admission to WashU is selective, and our students have challenged themselves in high school. Once students are admitted, WashU commits to fully meeting 100 percent of their financial need, eliminating roadblocks to an exceptional education and a successful future.
Website: Admissions | Financial Aid & Scholarships
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On Wellesley’s scenic residential campus, just 12 miles west of Boston, students enjoy the best of both worlds: a strong sense of community in a breathtakingly beautiful setting with easy access to Boston—an academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub and one of the largest college cities in the world. Ranked among the top liberal arts and sciences colleges, Wellesley, with its student body of 2300, has a deep tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world. In addition to 1,000+ classes and 54 majors, Wellesley offers pre-medical and pre-law advisory programs and cross-registration with MIT and others. Multiculturalism is a way of life within the College’s welcoming community, which includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Nearly half (49%) of our students identify as students of color. Due to its need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, generous financial aid, and low student-loan levels, Wellesley also considered one of the most socio-economically diverse colleges in the nation. Classes are discussion based, so students have the opportunity to learn not only from the professor, but also from each other. Outside of class, students frequently engage in the 150+ student organizations, including an array of cultural and faith-based clubs. With a rich history, an established reputation for academic excellence, and state-of-the-art resources, Wellesley provides its students with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful in today’s global environment. Wellesley offers a variety of learning support services, designed to help students reach their academic potential. Cultural advisors also work closely with both students and faculty. Individualized peer tutoring is available to all students at no extra cost. In addition, Wellesley Plus, a voluntary transition program for first year students, and the First Generation Network are designed to support and connect students that are the first in their families to attend college.
Wellesley Financial Aid
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Wesleyan University is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, located in Middletown, CT (about two hours each from Boston and New York City), with 2,900 undergraduates. Degrees are offered in 44 major fields of study through the university’s 39 departments, and students enjoy freedom and flexibility through the university's open curriculum. Students at Wesleyan make their mark in the wider world through creativity, intellectual independence, risk taking, and drive to improve the world. Wesleyan has a long-standing commitment to diversity of the student body on campus. About a third of the undergraduates self-identify as students of color, while 12 to 15 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Wesleyan is committed to need-based financial aid and meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all students. There are more than 200 student organizations that represent a range of interests: community service, publications, theater and dance troupes, political organizations, and ethnic interest and support groups, just to name a few. Wesleyan University offers a selective transportation assistance program to visit campus for low-income and underrepresented students in the fall and spring each year.
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Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman College is a vibrant, residential learning community widely known for offering a unique combination of an unpretentious Northwest culture with academic excellence and an engaging community. The college is honored to attract students who represent the Whitman mosaic—down to earth, high achievers with diverse backgrounds and interests. It is a place where both the individual and the collective are celebrated. Whitman students' intellectual vitality, confidence, leadership, and flexibility make it possible to adapt to, and impact, an ever-changing multicultural and global world. Twenty percent of the student body self-identifies as a student of color. Over 100 clubs and organizations are represented on campus, with 22 musical ensembles, a nationally renowned theater program, award winning debate team, Division III varsity athletics and exceptional Outdoors Program. Whitman College offers a visit scholarship fly-in program during the fall and spring semesters. Native American cultural activities are available on the campus and in the surrounding community.
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As one of the trailblazing schools that launched American higher education (on which hundreds of other institutions are modeled), Williams has path-breaking originality in its DNA. Remarkable freedom and resources are at your disposal so that you may explore widely and deeply and grow as an individual and as a citizen of a global society. Our student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 (among the lowest in the country) provides incredible opportunities for students—close collaboration with professors on research across the curriculum, for instance. Distinctive in higher education, the Williams tutorial pairs two students with a faculty member in deep inquiry of a single topic over an entire semester. More than half of all Williams students take at least one tutorial during their time here, and they tell us these
courses give them a sense of ownership over the academic process that inspires
even greater exploration. Williams has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, meeting 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need. Half of all students receive financial aid, and nearly 20 percent of those students aren’t asked to pay anything at all. Books and course materials are free for students receiving financial aid, and the aid covers study-away programs and supports Winter Study and independent travel and research.
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Yale University, founded in 1701, is the third oldest university in the country. Yale is located in New Haven, CT, 70 miles from New York City and 120 miles from Boston. Through the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY), the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and Blue Feather (a student-led drumming group), and a Yale chapter of AISES, students can participate in a diverse range of programs to meet their needs. Yale celebrated the opening of its new NACC house in October 2013. The NACC is led by Dean Ted Van Alst, and he and a team of Peer Liaisons coordinate NACC activities and the Native American Advisory Committee, which oversees academic and social opportunities for Native American students at Yale. Our 5,200 undergraduate students come from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Students can choose from over 2,000 courses and 75 majors, and the student-faculty ratio of 6:1 makes small classes the norm. Yale’s unique system of 12 residential colleges creates a welcoming smaller community for undergraduates within the University. Yale has a need-blind admission policy and is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all four years.
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