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09/04/2019

Any suggestions for small colleges I should visit? (details inside)?

QUESTION
Any suggestions for small colleges I should visit? (details inside)?
Hello! And first of all, thanks for taking a look.

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to go on a couple college visits. I’ve visited some large universities (CSU, CU and in April I’m visiting WSU) and one medium-sized university (WWU which I loved!). However, I really want to explore all types of schools and I haven’t ever visited a school with a small student body and campus.

I’m currently a junior with a 3.6 weighted GPA and a 3.1 unweighted GPA. I had a terrible freshman year, but ever since I’ve been climbing grade wise. I’m currently taking two IB classes and will be taking them freshman year. My PSAT score was an 1800, mainly because I scored poorly in math. After this year, I believe my SAT score will be higher. And when I practiced ACTs, the highest I scored was a 26. So, I don’t think I’ll be getting into a Tufts or Swarthmore, but that doesn’t bother me.

I’d rather not go to a small school with 1200 students or less. I’m interested in schools with good education programs as I either want to be an elementary school teacher or a high school teacher. I’m also considering a career in biology as well. With location, I’m not as picky, but I’m really a sucker for colleges that have a beautiful campus and a surrounding town with a great atmosphere. I’m a bit more reserved than the average student and I’ve heard that small colleges really help people find their voices.

Thanks so much for your time!

ANSWER
You should definitely visit Trinity College in Hartford, CT. It is a small school and it has the most beautiful campus! Also, everyone there is really nice, and they even take the time to write a personalized acceptance letter with references to things you wrote in your essay saying why they think you would be a good fit at that school.
Another good one is Providence College in Providence, RI, it’s a good school as well, although slightly larger I think.
In Pennsylvania Lafayette College I think is a nice college that was fairly small. Also, Villanova University has a gorgeous campus, although it’s not a very small school.

Also, don’t worry so much about going to a really hard school – I went to the hardest school I got accepted to and I absolutely hated it. I ended up transferring out.

I don’t know if any of those are in your GPA or SAT range, or if they offer your majors, but those are the ones I remember from my college search that were really nice campuses with a more personal feel of a small school.
Seriously though, try Trinity College, I wanted to go there so bad, but they didn’t offer my major…

Also, have you went on www.collegeboard.org and tried the college matchmaker? you can select things like size of student body, size of surrounding city, location, and you can enter your SAT and ACT scores to see if you are compatible with the school.

Good Luck on your college search!!