The New Ivies Page 7

Schools where you'll find the next generation of excellence

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Swarthmore College (7 of 10)

Swarthmore College

While Swarthmore doesn't calculate GPA or class rank, this does not mean that students coast through their course work. Instead, the school's unique academic system allows students to focus on their own studies and pursuit of knowledge. According to one pre-med student, the challenging coursework is enough without having to worry about competition. "It's true that the classes at Swarthmore are generally very tough...but the relationships with professors and the camaraderie (and lack of cut-throat competition) really makes things seem less bleak." One English major describes the academics at Swarthmore with a little more…enthusiasm: "I've had some classes that were so amazing I would basically walk out the door and have my head explode with all the insight and information I gleaned from that one class. Professors here truly love the material they're teaching."