Our CH 2014 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 | Fort Lewis College | Franklin & Marshall College | Guilford College | Hanover College | Harvard University | Johns Hopkins University | Kenyon College | Lawrence University | Macalester College | New York University | Northland College | Oberlin College | Occidental College | Princeton University | Reed College | Saint Mary's University of Minnesota | Smith College | St. Lawrence University | Stanford University | Swarthmore College | University of Chicago | University of Notre Dame | University of Pennsylvania | University of Rochester | Vanderbilt University | Washington College | Wesleyan University | Whitman College | Yale University
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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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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 300+ 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 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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Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading college of the liberal arts, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. All students at Bates complete a capstone or senior thesis. And with a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, 35 majors, more than 160 community-based-learning partnerships offered by the Harward Center and the 600-acre coastal Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Bates provides students with myriad opportunities for collaboration and research with faculty – all of whom hold the highest degrees in their fields. Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin. Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. The Bates Office of Admission hosts three fly-in programs for students from diverse backgrounds. The first, Preface to Bates, is designed for high-achieving high school juniors from diverse backgrounds and takes place in May. The second and third, Prologue to Bates I and Prologue to Bates II, are similar programs but are designed for high school seniors, and take place in October and November, respectively. For each of these programs, students stay on campus with current Bates students who serve as their hosts. Students attending Prologue/Preface are invited to attend panels, classes, information sessions, and tours, in addition to having an on-campus interview. Bates offers travel scholarships for these programs and covers all expenses related to housing meals, and on-campus activities.
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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Colby College, founded in 1813 and one of America’s best liberal arts colleges, combines challenging academics, extensive undergraduate research, and 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 2014 Colby completed its first year as a carbon neutral institution, just the fourth college or university in the country to achieve that status, reinforcing its standing as a national leader in sustainability and environmental education. Colby’s partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, where students work alongside research scientists at the lab on the Maine coast, expanded the semester-in-residence program as well as summer opportunities. Colby students in all disciplines—not just the sciences—benefit from research opportunities and close collaboration with professors that often results in coauthoring peer-reviewed articles or presenting research at conferences. Rigorous academic course work during spring and fall semesters is punctuated by focused independent study during Colby's Jan Plan, which gives students unique opportunities to indulge their intellectual curiosity. 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 world. The Colby Connect program uses a four-year sequence of activities to prepare students for careers and advanced study, and the Colby Alumni Network provides resources to help graduates as they set out to make a profound impact on the world. Averaged over the last three years, 78 percent of seniors were employed, admitted to grad school, or received full-time fellowships by their graduation. The College remains committed to meeting 100 percent of calculated need and to its policy of replacing loans in financial aid packages with grants that don't have to be repaid and campus jobs—part of its commitment to accessibility for the most-qualified applicants.
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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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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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FORT LEWIS COLLEGE
Fort Lewis College is officially designated as Colorado's public liberal arts college. We offer an accessible, high quality, baccalaureate liberal arts education to a diverse student population, preparing citizens for the common good in an increasingly complex world. From its origins in the American settlement of the Southwest, Fort Lewis College has, since 1962, operated as a wholly undergraduate, state-supported, public liberal arts college, currently enrolling approximately 4,000 students. Fort Lewis numbers among an even smaller group of colleges in its mission to enroll qualified Native American students tuition-free. 22% of our student body is Native American, represented over 140 different tribes and Alaskan villages. Fort Lewis offers 30 different academic majors with over 90 areas of specialization. Top majors include Biology, Business, Engineering, Psychology and Teacher Education. 97% of our classes are less than 50 students, and all classes are taught by faculty. We do not have graduate students or teaching assistants teaching any Fort Lewis classes. Fort Lewis College is situated at Colorado's crossroads of education and adventure. Our blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning. Our unique and beautiful mountain campus, on a mesa above historic Durango, inspires an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.
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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 2,462 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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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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Macalester College is a top-ranked liberal arts college on a mission to change the world. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota (Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 14th largest metro area in the US), 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: 91% are active volunteers in the Twin Cities urban community, while over 60% study abroad on every continent except Antarctica. Academically, students can choose from 38 majors and 35 minors, 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, 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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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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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.
Reed College is a small liberal-arts college devoted to rigorous intellectual inquiry, passionate individualism, and supportive, engaging, and diverse community. As you come to learn about Reed, you'll discover that it is a place that doesn't feel quite like anywhere else. Nestled in a southeastern neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, Reed offers a challenging academic curriculum within a progressive, non-competitive, discussion-oriented classroom setting. The conference--Reed's primary teaching method--utilizes a vast diversity of individual experiences to unpack complex and difficult material within the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences. Known especially for its yearlong humanities curriculum and required senior research thesis, Reed offers students a tradition of academic excellence founded on engagement, inclusiveness, and the belief that finding the best questions is decidedly more satisfying than having all the right answers. Reed offers fall fly-in programs for traditionally underrepresented students (http://www.reed.edu/apply/mrec/details.html). We would love to have you visit--this is truly a place that you must see for yourself.
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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a dynamic and transformational learning community that provides a person-centered educational experience grounded in excellent teaching and engaged interactive student learning. At the heart of a Saint Mary's education is the development of meaningful relationships that help the individual learner realize and achieve their potential in a trusting and respectful environment. In this way, we prepare graduates with the advanced knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, successful workers, good neighbors and ethical citizens. We are a comprehensive university that offers an innovative combination of liberal education and professional preparation such that our graduates prosper in today’s knowledge economy and are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We provide relevant, engaging personal and online learning experiences, and research opportunities supported by a community of educators in order to ignite the potential of each learner. We prepare our graduates richly for the responsibilities and challenges they face as global citizens – citizens whose judgments, decisions and actions will profoundly affect the decency, integrity and sustainability of the human family and our global environment. Understanding the complex and evolving nature of higher education in the 21st century, Saint Mary’s University is committed to addressing present-day challenges by striving to remain affordable for the families of our students and through distinctiveness in structure and fluidity in operation. Consequently, we function with a number of strong, innovative and complementary units. The campus is nestled in the extraordinarily beautiful natural environment of Winona and comprised of the schools of humanities and sciences, arts, education, business, and of a seminary for clergy formation – integrates a four-year undergraduate education rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by a dynamic residential community experience that allows learners to cultivate and refine their intellectual, spiritual and professional capacities for mature leadership. Our commitment to relevant liberal education encompasses knowledge of human cultures and the natural world; hones the skills of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, creativity, and effective written and oral communication; and prepares graduates for work, life, future scholarship, and ethical lives of service. Consequently, enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota proudly awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership, strives to transform society one learner at a time, and graduates students who have over the years consistently been successful and risen to levels of leadership in the fields of business, health and human services, government, church, and education. This is who we are – a transformational and innovative national university with a global footprint. Our one-hundred-year story of success is an extraordinary one, and we remain committed to providing the transformative education needed for our day and time as a modern American university in the Lasallian Catholic tradition.
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. Lawrence University is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts and sciences university of approximately 2,400 undergraduate men and women, with a small graduate program in education. St. Lawrence is a vibrant, collaborative community of learners who value thought and action. Students tap their full potential as they embrace the natural environment, engage with global challenges and experience the relevance and adventure of a liberal arts education in a complex and changing world. Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence is the oldest continuously coeducational institution of higher learning in New York State. The University 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 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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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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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 (http://msps.nd.edu) and Native American Initiatives (http://nai.nd.edu).
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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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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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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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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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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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