Our CH 2013 Participating Colleges & Universities
Amherst College | Bard College at Simon's Rock | Bowdoin College | Brown University | California Institute of Technology | Carleton College | Colby College | Colorado College | Columbia University | Cornell University | Dartmouth College | Duke University | Franklin and Marshall College | George Williams College of Aurora University | Guilford College | Hanover College | Harvard University | Haverford College | Johns Hopkins University | Kenyon College | Lawrence University | Macalester College | New York University | Oberlin College | Occidental College | Princeton University | Reed College | Smith College | St. Lawrence University | Stanford University | Swarthmore College | University of Chicago | University of Notre Dame | University of Pennsylvania | University of Rochester | Wesleyan University | Whitman College | Yale University
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Arizona State University | Elon University | Texas Christian University | University of California, Irvine | University of Hawaii, Hilo | University of Hawaii, Manoa | University of Southern California
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. 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. Renowned for its talented students, committed faculty, and rigorous academic life, Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 36 fields of study. With a faculty-student ratio of 1 to 8, Amherst’s classes are characterized by spirited interchange among students and acclaimed faculty skilled at asking challenging questions. Students participate in sophisticated research, making use of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. And Amherst’s open curriculum allows each student—with the help of faculty advisers—to chart an individual course through the more than 800 courses offered at the college; there are no distribution requirements. Honors work is encouraged and in recent years has been undertaken by nearly half of the graduating class.
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. 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. The college’s financial aid packages are consistently the most generous in the nation, and among its peer universities and colleges Amherst has the most economic diversity. By any measure of accessibility and quality Amherst is consistently ranked among the top schools in the country. Its outstanding resources, dedicated faculty and rigorous academic life allow the college to enroll students with an extraordinary range of talents, interests and commitments.
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Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the nation's largest universities with a student population that exceeds over 72,000 students. ASU has four distinctive campuses across metropolitan Phoenix and each campus has a unique learning environment but all share the same Sun Devil spirit and excellence in academics. ASU is uniquely placed to admit and graduate the highest population of American Indian/Native American students nationally and to serve, partner with and learn from Indian tribal governments. ASU attracts American Indians students because: ASU is ranked 5th on the Wall Street Journal's list of universities favored by employers hiring college grads; ASU offers 250+ majors to choose from; ASU has over 2,000 American Indian students enrolled; ASU is ranked No. 1 for doctoral degrees awarded to American Indians; ASU has one of the largest tribal government course offerings and programs; ASU has a nationally renowned American Indian faculty; ASU has (9) American Indian programs across multiple academic disciplines and (15) active American lndian student organizations from various interests.
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Bard College at Simon's Rock has been a leader in the early college movement for over 40 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 30% students of color and 22% first-generation B.A. candidates. The campus is located approximately two hours from both Boston and New York City.
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Bowdoin 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 its fly-in programs that are held every year in September and November.
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Brown University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts and sciences university and a member of the Ivy League, situated on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. The Brown Curriculum offers students flexibility in designing an academic program to fit their individual needs. Such features as interdisciplinary seminars, independent study, no distribution requirements, and a 9:1 student faculty ratio give students both choice and responsibility in developing their undergraduate course of study. We have a commitment to diversity and approximately 33% of our undergraduates are students of color. Brown has an active Native American Student Group (Native Americans at Brown) that organizes an ongoing Native American History Series on campus in addition to an annual Powwow, which is attended by over 1,000 people from Brown and throughout New England. During April, we will fly-in/train-in some of the neediest admitted students to Brown to give them a chance to visit our community.
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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. As part of a deliberately small undergraduate population of 900, you’ll be surrounded by unusually talented classmates with whom you’ll collaborate regularly. We have a unique culture that combines a passion for innovation, intense intellectual curiosity, and a healthy amount of craziness. On our campus, it’s relatively easy to find your niche, be yourself, and connect with people as friends and colleagues.
Students coming from historically underrepresented backgrounds find support through various programming out of the Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD) Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI): Incoming freshmen participate in a summer program designed to enhance the transition from high school to a research-based education and to assist students in developing learning behaviors that will help them excel at Caltech. Participants conduct research with mentors, write research papers, and give professional research talks. Academic Support & Guidance from the CCD: Proactive academic monitoring with appropriate follow-up, advising, referrals, graduate school guidance, and activities to foster the sense of community among underrepresented groups on campus such as lunches, Midnight Study Breaks, Welcome Back BBQ, and Spring Banquet.
Websites: http://www.admissions.caltech.edu, http://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 1,900 students drawn from all 50 states and 27 different 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 35 countries to share their diversity of thought, experience, and personal background as a residential community. Colorado College works on the Block Plan. 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 day. This gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in each subject and have in-depth discussions. 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 for each class. Cultural diversity is important to the CC community and we strive to provide resources on campus for students to grow, learn, and teach each other about their cultures. 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 aid eligibility for all students who are admitted to the college. Students find their intellectual curiosity developing in unique ways in the Colorado College community.
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Colby, founded in 1813 and one of America’s best liberal arts colleges, combines a challenging academic program, an emphasis on undergraduate research, and an active community life—all on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is 20 minutes from the state capital and about an hour from Portland, Maine’s largest city. In 2013 Colby became the fourth college or university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, reinforcing its standing as a national leader in sustainability and environmental education. Colby launched a successful partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and sent its first group of students to work alongside research scientists at the lab in East Boothbay, Maine. Colby students in all disciplines—not just the sciences—take advantage of research opportunities and enjoy close collaboration with professors that often results in coauthoring peer-reviewed articles or presenting research together at conferences. Rigorous academic coursework during spring and fall semesters is punctuated by focused and independent study during Colby's Jan Plan, which gives students unique opportunities to indulge their intellectual curiosity. Co-curricular and campus life programs, beginning with orientation and continuing all four years with the Colby 360 plan, optimize learning opportunities in student life. Increasingly the Colby community reflects the diversity of the nation and the world, helping graduates acquire the abilities and experience to thrive in the multicultural 21st-century. The Colby Connect program uses a four-year sequence of activities to prepare students for postgraduate success. As of June 30, 2012, 82 percent of the Class of 2012 was employed, was admitted to grad school, or had received full-time fellowships. The College remains committed to its policy of replacing institutional loans in financial aid packages with grants that don't have to be repaid—part of its longstanding commitment to accessibility for qualified applicants.
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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 almost 100 majors to its 5,700 undergraduate students in two undergraduate colleges: Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. All Columbia undergraduates are united by the renowned Core Curriculum, which began in 1919 and introduces students to essentials texts and thinkers through small seminar courses in literature, history, art, music, natural science and philosophy. Nearly all undergraduates live in guaranteed housing on our traditional Morningside Heights campus where they have access to all of New York City. Students hail from all fifty states and 80 countries, and over half of students identify themselves as Native American, African American, Latino or Asian American. More than 30 tribes and communities are represented in the undergraduate Native population. The student-run Native American Council organizes programming throughout the year on campus, including an annual powwow, and provides support for the American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and international indigenous community. A robust Native American Studies program, optional Native undergraduate housing and the American Indian Community House in Manhattan are among many other resources for our Native students. To learn more about our Native community, please contact Javier Plasencia of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at email@example.com.
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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 153 Native undergraduate students (and 49 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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Dartmouth College. 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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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".
Websites: www.duke.edu and www.admissions.duke.edu.
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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: http://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 2,700 students (1,450 of traditional age) and offering 38 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, and undergraduate research. The college offers several Division III athletic programs, more than 40 student organizations, a nationally-ranked radio station, an award-winning weekly student newspaper, and vibrant arts programs. The Native American program at Guilford offers support to Native students in every area of their adjustment to college life, bi-monthly gatherings, weekend retreats and trips to pow-wows and other cultural events, and a student-run Native American Club.
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Hanover College is a traditional liberal arts college. We have an enrollment of 1100 students with a 15% diverse student population. Our average class size of 14, with a 10-1 student to faculty ration (more than 96% of faculty have terminal degrees, we have NO teacher assistants or graduate assistants). We are the oldest liberal arts college in Indian, Founded in 1827. 99% of the Class of 2011 graduated within 4 years and 97% of Hanover graduates are employed or being graduate study withn 6 months of graduation (nearly 40% go on to graduate school). We have strengths in the Sciences and pre-professional studies (pre-med, pre-busies, pre-law, pre-physical therapy and foresnsic science). Last year pre-med class had an 86% medical school acceptance rate. We have a cadaver lab (one of the only in our region that allow undergraduates to do dissection). We have 2 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, dialated pupils, speaking, etc.) The pre-physical therapy program allows students to become physical trainers in their junior year. Of the education majors, 100% were placed as teachers, 100% of Business Scholars received paid internships and had a 98% employment rate within 6 months of graduation.
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Harvard is the oldest college in the country, founded in 1636. Part of 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). We are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and have an undergraduate student body of 6,600 from all 50 states and over one hundred different countries who hail from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students can concentrate, or major, in over forty different areas spanning the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering sciences as well as several interdisciplinary majors. In addition, extracurricular activities play a large role on the campus with approximately 300 different student-run organizations – including several Native organizations. Housing is guaranteed all four years with 98 percent of students choosing to live in on-campus housing. Harvard offers comprehensive financial aid to all families who need it.
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Haverford is a small, coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1833 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). While the College is not formally affiliated with any religious body today, the values of individual dignity, academic strength, and tolerance upon which it was founded remain central to its character. Governed by a student run Honor Code, the college makes the student voice and experience paramount. With a commitment to direct and original scholarship, students are guaranteed the opportunity to research and work with professors. Extensive cooperation with nearby Bryn Mawr College adds an important dimension to the resources available at Haverford. Educational opportunities are further enhanced by cooperation with Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. Being located ten miles west of Center City Philadelphia, Haverford's proximity to the city allows students access to many social, cultural and educational resources that this historic area offers.
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Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University is housed in the heart of the busy New York City-Washington, D.C corridor. From classics to bioengineering, archaeology to international studies, independent learning spans every discipline at Johns Hopkins. The undergraduate population of around 4,500 students is centered on the Homewood Campus in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering offering 50 majors and 40 minors. Hopkins provides a 12:1 student faculty ratio, fewer than 20 students in 65% of classes and 96% of courses taught by faculty members. Visit our Web site at: apply.jhu.edu and check out the student profiles and blogs on: Hopkins Interactive at apply.jhu.edu/hi. Johns Hopkins also offers fully funded fly-in programs for underrepresented students to visit campus during October so sign up on our mailing list to get more information. We look forward to hearing from you!
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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 12 languages, and connections across disciplines. Our 1600 students hail from more than 41 countries and all 50 states, roughly 15% 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 a nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music. Our 1400 undergraduates 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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Macalester College is a top-ranked liberal arts college on a mission to change the world. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, students come to Mac from 49 states and 94 countries for its high-powered scholarship, international character and passionate engagement. Macalester students are deeply involved in their local, national, and international communities: 94% are active volunteers in the Twin Cities urban community, while 60% study abroad on every continent except Antarctica. Academically, students can choose from 36 majors in 31 academic departments, and graduates have gone on to the nation's top graduate, law, business, and medical schools. Recent graduates are now employed at places like Goldman Sachs, Lucasfilm Ltd., the National Institutes of Health, Teach for America, and the Government of Japan. Global, rigorous, and inspiring, Macalester College prepares its students to participate on a world stage.
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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, NYU students can study abroad from the two portal campuses to any one of the 10 academic centers around the world 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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Oberlin College is a liberal arts school (2800 students) tucked away in a small Ohio town located just outside of Cleveland. Academic strengths lie in the Sciences, English & Creative Writing, Politics & History, East Asian Studies, and Music (centered around our world-famous Conservatory of Music). 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. A strong commitment to diversity- Oberlin was the first college to accept women and minorities -helps students obtain a well-rounded education, both inside and outside the classroom.
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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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Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. Through the scholarship and teaching of its faculty, and the many contributions to society of its alumni, Princeton seeks to fulfill its informal motto: "Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations." For more information, including Native Americans at Princeton (NAAP), visit
Reed College is a small, private liberal arts and sciences college located in Portland, Oregon. For its 1,400 students and 137 faculty members, Reed is foremost an intellectual community. Since its founding in 1908, Reed has attracted students with a high degree of self-discipline and a genuine enthusiasm for academic work and intellectual challenge. Academic life at Reed includes the small group conference method of teaching and its reliance on active student participation, a de-emphasis of grades, a yearlong interdisciplinary humanities program, and an in-depth senior thesis project. The development of skills in preparation for a life of learning takes precedence over the mere memorization of facts. About thirty percent of Reed's incoming students self-identified as members of traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Reed hosts a fly-in visit program for underrepresented high school seniors in November. Please contact Swati Shrestha at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list for this event.
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Smith College is the largest women's college in the United States. There are almost 2, 600 undergraduate students from all 50 states and almost 70 countries studying in 37 academic departments including liberal arts and engineering. 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 Five Colleges, Inc, which includes University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Students 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 students are awarded financial aid; Smith offers fly-in programs for prospective and admitted students of color. Smith’s first year class included 30% 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. Check Smith out at
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St. Lawrence University invites students to learn new ways of seeing the world, voicing ideas, and connecting with others. Graduates have the tools with which to think clearly, express themselves persuasively, and step into the world community with an understanding of their responsibility to all people and to the planet. Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence is the oldest continuously coeducational degree-granting institution of higher learning in New York State. St. Lawrence is a private, nonsectarian university of approximately 2,100 undergraduate men and women, with a small graduate program in education. St. Lawrence is situated on a 1,000-acre campus on the edge of the village of Canton, New York (population 6,400), the seat of St. Lawrence County.
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Stanford University, one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions, supports the learning and living pursuits of 6500 undergraduate students and 7500 graduate students on its 8200-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 6:1. On-campus 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, admitting students without regard to their ability to pay, and meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 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 60 tribes studying at Stanford. Admitted Native 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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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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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked four-year university located in sunny Southern California, 40 minutes south of Los Angeles and adjacent to the Newport coast. UC Irvine has full tuition scholarships available for qualified American Indian students who apply and are admitted to the campus. UCI offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The campus is home to the UCI School of Law, the UCI Medical School, and the Paul Merage School of Business. Irvine provides an excellent environment to study and live. For the past eight years, the City of Irvine has been ranked by the FBI as the safest city in the country and Irvine also boasts warm weather all year round. The campus has an active American Indian Resource Center, American Indian Student Association, AISES, and SACNAS chapters.
Our American Indian Resource Center offers travel opportunities for Native American students to attend academic conferences or return home for important ceremonies. The Center also hosts an American Indian Distinguished Lecture Series, a Tribal Listening and Strategy Session on Environmental Issues, Native American Heritage Month Activities, community service projects, an American Indian Summer Institute for high school students, and various other events throughout the year.
UC Irvine is ranked fourth among the top 100 young universities worldwide and is ranked in the top 50 Best Colleges in the U.S.! It has over 83 degree programs to choose from and provides paid opportunities to conduct research. Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. With nearly 28,000 students, 1,100 faculty members, and 9,000 staff, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system.
Nikishna Polequaptewa, Director
American Indian Resource Center
University of California, Irvine
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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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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 and Native American Initiatives.
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Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin as the nation’s first university, The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) offers students a remarkable academic and intellectual experience. Penn students have an academic home in one of four undergraduate schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Wharton School of Business. Penn students may enroll in coursework across the four undergraduate Schools and 12 graduate schools, often creating joint- and dual-degree programs. Students of color make up approximately 38% of the undergraduate student body. “Six Directions,” formed by Native American students and supporters in 1994, is a student organization that raises awareness of Native American issues and life on campus (www.dolphin.upenn.edu/six-d/). The student-run group organized the 1st annual Pow-wow in May, attend the annual All-Ivy Native Conference, assist with student recruitment, and assist course development for the Penn Center for Native American Studies. Coursework examining the Native American experience is woven into courses across the humanities and social sciences each academic year. 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. Penn is committed to need-based financial aid and has eliminated loans for all students. Offering cultural, athletic, social, and political opportunities, Penn Students are happy to call Philadelphia home for their college years.
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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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Wesleyan Universityis 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 46 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-blind admission, 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 transportation assistance to visit campus for a select group of students in the fall and spring.
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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 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. Whitman College offers a visit scholarship fly-in program during the fall and spring semesters.
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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. 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. Through the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY), students can participate in powwows, organize events such as Indigenous People's Day, and attend conferences. The Native American Advisory Committee oversees academic and social opportunities for Native American students at Yale, students make use of the Native American Cultural Center, and a cultural dean serves as an additional resource. 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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