Colleges That Change Lives

Finding the college that best fits your needs might seem like a daunting task, but you owe it to yourself to do some real research. College nights are great, but there are other ways to find schools that might be good for you. Chances are, there is a school for you that you might not even be aware of!

We told you in a previous blog that former Wow student Alissa found Hampshire College in a book, Colleges That Change Lives, by Lauren Pope. No one told her about the school; she read about it, and she visited the campus to check it out. She starts this fall, and she is delighted by her choice.

As you begin your quest for the college that best fits your needs, consider reading this book. It provides mounds of information about academics, admissions, student life, residential life and more. There are plenty of schools out there that are really good, and you should not cross them off your list just yet. You can find Colleges That Change Lives on Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble and local book shops.

The author, Pope, says this of Kalamazoo College, one of 40 schools on the list:  “At no Ivy institution are the students so deeply engaged, so broadly prepared, or so heavily invested in a sense of community as at Kalamazoo. In short, no Ivy school is likely to have as much impact on a youth’s development.”

Here is what Pope offers on Hope, also in Michigan and on the list:

Hope is first rate across the board, attracting students because of the reputation of its programs. Hope raises higher education’s moral and intellectual level.”

Other Midwest schools on the list include Dennison, Wooster, Hiram and Wesleyan in Ohio; Wheaton and Knox in Illinois; Earlham and Wabash in Indiana; Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa; St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota; and Beloit College in south-central Wisconsin.

Please remember this is your journey. You might want to research, find out about costs, scholarships, professor-student ratios, class size and more on your own.  See what feels best for you. Don’t be turned off by costs. A lot of these colleges in the book — and elsewhere — have huge endowments. It might be less money to attend one of these schools than a school in state. Good luck in your search!