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Top New England Colleges and Universities

A list of 25 of New England's best colleges and universities

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Colby College

Colby College
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  • Location: Waterville, Maine
  • Enrollment: 1,815 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; attractive 714-acre campus with a 128-acre arboretum; chapter of  Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; strong environmental and global initiatives; NCAA Division I ski teams
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Colby College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Colby

Connecticut College

Connecticut College
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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth Hall at Dartmouth University
Photo Credit: Allen Grove
  • Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Enrollment: 6,144 (4,194 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Explore Campus: Dartmouth College photo tour
  • Distinctions:  smallest member of the Ivy League; chapter of  Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; attractive 269-acre campus with a mix of historic and modern buildings; home to the Hood Museum of Art and Hopkins Center for the Arts; active athletic programs; strong study abroad initiatives
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Dartmouth College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Dartmouth

Harvard University

Harvard University Memorial Hall
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Holy Cross, College of the

College of the Holy Cross
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Great Dome
Dan4th / Flickr

Middlebury College

Middlebury College
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  • Location: Middlebury, Vermont
  • Enrollment: 2,507 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top liberal arts colleges; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 16; excellent language programs and study-abroad program; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; attractive campus in a scenic New England town
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Middlebury College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Middlebury

Olin College of Engineering

Olin College
Paul Keleher / Flickr
  • Location: Needham, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 344 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: engineering school
  • Distinctions: one of the top undergraduate engineering colleges; generous financial aid -- all students receive an Olin Scholarship; project-based, hands-on, student-centered curriculum; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; small school with lots of student-faculty interaction
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Olin College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Olin

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Rhode Island School of Design
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  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Enrollment: 2,396 (1,972 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: school of art and design
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top art schools; studio-based curriculum; strong job placement rate; home to the RISD Museum; portfolio-centered admissions process; dual degree program with neignboring Brown University
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the RISD profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for RISD

Smith College

Smith College Student Center
redjar / Flickr
  • Location: Northhampton, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 3,162 (2,627 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private women's liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top women's colleges; member of the five college consortium; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; home to the 12,000 square foot Lyman Conservatory and the Botanic Garden with about 10,000 different plant species; one of the "Seven Sisters"
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Smith College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Smith

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