The New Ivies Page 4

Schools where you'll find the next generation of excellence

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Macalester College (4 of 10)

Macalester College

Macalester College is both one of the nation's smallest and top-rated liberal arts colleges that often flies under the radar, and students here like it that way. "Professors know your name, where you're from, what you did last weekend, and how you did on your last paper. The departments are not clique-ish in terms of friend groups. That leads to spirited and interdisciplinary discussions about everything from sex, to Kant, to the Environment, to campus politics." The academic intimacy allows students to really immerse themselves in their chosen study, but also creates a challenging course load that leaves little room for slacking off. One sophomore anthropology student warns, "Most students study a LOT. Most classes here, and certainly upper level classes, require tons of reading and lots of out-of-class work in order to master the material and get a good grade. Macalester students definitely have lots of intellectual conversations outside of class as well."