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Search Programs The Coastal College Experience 50. San Diego State University 49. California Polytechnic State University 48. California State University - San Marcos 47. University of Washington Featured Online Bachelor Programs 46. University of California - Santa Cruz 45. Bethune-Cookman University 44. New York University 43. Seattle University 42. Point Loma Nazarene University 41. Coastal Carolina University 40. Old Dominion University 39. University of North Carolina Wilmington Featured Online Bachelor Programs 38. Yale University 37. Loyola Marymount University 36. Florida Institute of Technology 35. Flagler College 34. Humboldt State University 33. University of San Francisco 32. Bowdoin College 31. California State University - Long Beach 30. University of Tampa Featured Online Busines Programs 29. Seattle Pacific University 28. University of Hawaii – Manoa 27. University of Miami 26. University of West Florida 25. Hawaii Pacific University 24. California State University - Monterey Bay 23. Mitchell College 22. College of Charleston Featured Online MSW Programs 21. Brigham Young University – Hawaii 20. Salve Regina University 19. Lake Forest College 18. Endicott College 17. Palm Beach Atlantic University 16. Pepperdine University 15. St Mary’s College of Maryland 14. University of Chicago 13. The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina Featured Online Associate Business Programs 12. Oregon Coast Community College 11. University of Wisconsin – Madison 10. Monmouth University 9. Northwestern University 8. University of Rhode Island Featured Online Masters Teaching Programs 7. Western Washington University 6. College of the Atlantic 5. Florida Atlantic University 4. Eckerd College 3. University of California – San Diego 2. University of California - Santa Barbara 1. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Featured Online DHA Programs More Best College Reviews Resources FAQs Videos

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The Coastal College Experience

The seaside. There is something magical about the sea - poets have written about it since the beginning of time, people want to live by it, swim in it, and love it. The sea is alive, and it touches the soul with its vast mystery – beautiful, terrible, and mesmerizing. In Gustave Flaubert’s famous novel Madame Bovary, his main character speaks of the sea: “Doesn't it seem to you," asked Madame Bovary, "that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?”

When one is considering where to pursue higher education, the environment is a huge factor. College is much more than classes and degrees, it is where some of the most important years of life are spent, and the location is vital. Living by the sea can provide recreation, beauty, and educational opportunity. We have compiled a list of the best sea-side locations for higher education.

Methodology:
The following criteria was used in determining our ranking:

  • Proximity to the beach (50%).
  • Specific marine educational centers, degrees, or research facilities (30%).
  • Recreational opportunities on the sea (20%).

50. San Diego State University

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is only 12.5 miles from Mission Beach Jetty, Sea World, Point Loma, and some of the most tranquil beaches California has to offer. With its temperate Mediterranean climate – daytime temperatures are rarely below 60 degrees or above 80 degrees – students can spend every day reading, studying, and relaxing by the Pacific Ocean. San Diego State offers nearly 160 undergraduate majors and minors as well as nearly 100 graduate degrees and credentials.

Location: San Diego, CA
Enrollment: 35,000
Miles to Beach: 12.5 miles

49. California Polytechnic State University

Pleasantly situated 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east lies San Luis Obispo, home to California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly. San Luis Obispo, founded in 1772 by Franciscan priest Junipero Serra, is one of California’s oldest communities. Known for its Mediterranean climate, residents of San Luis Obispo only see about 50 days of rain per year. With little rainfall, temperate climate, and Morrow Bay only 11.6 miles away, Cal Poly is an excellent choice to pursue higher learning. The university is known for its “learn by doing” educational philosophy that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with laboratory exercise.

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Enrollment: 18,700
Miles to Beach: 11.6

48. California State University - San Marcos

When looking for a competitive university, great facilities, and proximity to the beach, California State University San Marcos fits the bill. Founded in 1989 California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)is one of the 23 campuses of theCalifornia State Universitysystem. CSUSM has 90 academic programs and 149 teaching and research labs including biomechanics, behavioral neuroscience, and nursing simulation. Escape to the beach and local beauty less than 11 miles away. Bring back childhood memories or simply gape at Legoland California Park. Visit the popular South Carlsbad State Beach for some watersports and sun tanning. Picnic for the day or spend the night with friends at Leucadia Oaks Park or read a favorite book with green grass and great ocean views at Encinitas Viewpoint Park. All in all, CSUSM is a great choice for a college by the sea.

Location: San Marcos, CA
Enrollment: 11,000
Miles to Beach: 11 miles

47. University of Washington

Only 5.2 miles from Washington’s gorgeous Discovery Park and West Point Lighthouse, University of Washington students can take a break from studying and mosey over to watch the sun set over the Puget Sound. Each academic quarter, this public research university offers 1,800 undergraduate courses, and every year UW awards more than 12,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University of Washington is also home to a world-class academic medical center. Centrally located, students have easy access to Union Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Washington, and Green Lake, providing ample opportunity for the recreation enthusiast.

Location: Seattle, WA
Enrollment: 54,000
Miles to Beach: 5.2
Website: http://www.washington.edu/

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46. University of California - Santa Cruz

Nestled amongst rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, just 75 miles south of San Francisco lies the 2000 acre campus of the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Known for being progressive clear back to its founding in 1965, UCSC began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary education, innovative teaching methods, and contemporary architecture; students from UCSC are known to be very politically active. Santa Cruz boasts beautiful coastlines, redwood forests, and a mild, Mediterranean climate. At the northern edge of Santa Cruz, one will find Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve, a marine protected area, dedicated to conserving ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.

Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Enrollment: 16,500
Miles to Beach: 2.8 miles

45. Bethune-Cookman University

Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, famous for its hard-packed sand that allows motorized vehicles to drive on the beach, making it a mecca for motorsports, this home to NASCAR is also home to Bethune-Cookman University, a small private university. Founded in 1904, there are seven different schools that conduct the university’s educational program. The humid subtropical climate of Daytona Beach, combined with miles of beautiful beaches and lush vegetation, make Bethune-Cookman University a premier location for higher education.

Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Enrollment: 3,400
Miles to Beach: 2.5 miles

44. New York University

Located only two miles from where the Hudson River meets the East River, where both join the vast Atlantic Ocean, and six miles from the world famous Statue of Liberty is New York University. This private research university is nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. New York University is centrally located, with easy access to New York’s art, culture, and history, as well as picturesque locations along the boardwalks of historic Long Island.

Location: New York City, NY
Enrollment: 40,000
Miles to Beach: 2.3

43. Seattle University

An easy walk from Seattle University and students will find themselves at the world famous Pikes Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, and Washington’s Puget Sound. Founded in 1891 as a Jesuit Catholic university and law school, Seattle University is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The university offers 64 undergraduate programs and more than 31 graduate programs. With the Puget Sound to the west, Lake Union to the north, and Lake Washington to the east, Seattle University was made for those who love the sea.

Location: Seattle, WA
Enrollment: 7,200
Miles to Beach: 1.5

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42. Point Loma Nazarene University

Located in sunny Southern California in the temperate climate of San Diego, and only 1.2 miles from the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college that was founded in 1902. Point Loma offers over 60 undergraduate areas of study with a 14:1 student/faculty ratio. Point Loma is known for being a forward-thinking university, with the goal to combine academics, faith, and community. The university is adjacent to Sunset Hills Natural Park, the perfect place to watch stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, or for the daring, even dive off the cliffs. San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States and offers ample recreation and cultural opportunities including surfing, museums, parks, trails, and theaters.

Location: San Diego, CA
Enrollment: 2,500
Miles to Beach: 1.2 miles

41. Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University is a university that is completely integrated with its coastal location and surroundings, where the ocean is the education. The Coastal Science Center, the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, the General James Hackler Golf Course, and courses offered at the Myrtle Beach Education Center are all an intricate part the university. A 1,105 acre tract of land along the coast barrier island provides a natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology. During much-needed leisure time, students can explore the world-famous Myrtle Beach boardwalks, Myrtle Beach State Park, or Myrtle Waves, one of the largest water parks on the east coast.

Location: Conway, SC
Enrollment: 10,400
Miles to Beach: 10.8 miles

40. Old Dominion University

Located “where the city meets the sea,” and the James River, Elizabeth River, and Lafayette Rivers converge in the Chesapeake Bay and flow out into the Atlantic Ocean, the port-town of Norfolk, Virginia is home to Old Dominion University. This public research university offers plenty of oceanic research opportunities including their Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative where research is being conducted regarding climate change and rising sea level, as well as the Maritime Institute dedicated to providing world quality maritime, ports and logistics management education, training, and research. In addition to these top-quality research opportunities, students have access to all of the historic oceanic sites and beaches that Virginia has to offer.

Location: Norfolk, VA
Enrollment: 24,000
Miles to Beach: 7.5 miles

39. University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is a university that has a love of place. Valuing their coastal location, their mission includes “utilizing our location to explore modern questions related to commerce, human health, nutrition, the environment and social and cultural dynamics. There is no complete understanding of human history, the human condition or literature and music and art in the absence of the sea.” As North Carolina’s coastal university, their connection with the sea is an integral part of education. UNCW students have the opportunity to study at the Center for Marine Science, conducting basic research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture. The port city of Wilmington, North Carolina has a humid sub-tropical climate; in 2003, the city was designated as a “Coast Guard City,” as it is the home port for the USCGS Diligence.

Location: Wilmington, NC
Enrollment: 14,000
Miles to Beach: 5.6 miles

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38. Yale University

When people think of Yale University, they usually think of the New England colonial architecture, courtyards, walkways, arches, beautiful New Haven, and of course, Yale’s renowned education. What may be overlooked is Yale’s proximity to the beach. Less than 2 miles away, New Haven Harbor has beautiful parks and is great for relaxing, reading, or walking. The Long Wharf area contains several notable features and buildings, including theLong Wharf Theatre,Gateway Community College, the Long Wharf Maritime Center, and New Haven'sVietnam Veterans Memorial Park; Long Wharf is also the home port of a replica of the historicalAmistad. In addition to the beach there are a number of other outstanding local attractions: Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, East Rock Park, Yale University Art Gallery, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale Center for British Art, various museums, farmers markets, and more.

Location: New Haven, CT
Enrollment: 12,000
Miles to Beach: 2.8 miles

37. Loyola Marymount University

One of the West Coast's largest Catholic universities, Loyola Marymount University follows in a long tradition of Jesuit and Marymount education. It offers more than 100 degree programs in total, most of which are undergraduate or master's degree programs.

Loyola Marymount offers access to many of California's distinctive landmarks. Situated near Dockweiler State Beach, one of California's many public beaches, the university provides convenient access to a hang gliding training park and bonfires. Students can also visit nearby Venice Beach, Sony Studios, the Santa Monica Pier, and Rodeo Drive, all of which are less than 15 miles from campus.

Nearby Ladera Park also offers many outdoor recreation opportunities. It has fields for ball sports, an amphitheater, a recreation center, and picnic grills, among other amenities, as well as 16 wooded acres.

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Enrollment: 9,700
Miles to Beach: 2.5 miles

36. Florida Institute of Technology

Over 70 miles of beautiful sandy beaches await students at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). The campus is located just five miles from the Atlantic Ocean and near some of America’s finest oceanside settings. Located on 130 subtropical acres, Florida Institute of Technology is home to a stunning Botanical Garden. FIT is a great place to study with a beautiful campus, Florida coast location, and top-notch academic programs. Through FIT’s Biological Sciences Department, students can earn degrees in Aquaculture and Marine Biology. The Vero Beach Marine Laboratory is field laboratory established in 1981 as a satellite campus. This four-acre oceanfront p roperty is where students study aquaculture, or the theory and practice of culturing marine and freshwater plants and animals.

Location: Melbourne, FL
Enrollment: 16,000
Miles to Beach: 5 miles

35. Flagler College

Located in America’s first city of St. Augustine, Florida, which was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, Flagler College is a small, private college. The campus is gorgeous, with picturesque Spanish architecture complemented by Florida’s sunny skies and tropical vegetation; classes are often held out on the lawn. Flagler offers 29 majors and 34 minors and an average class size of 19.8 students. The main campus building is Ponce de Leon Hall, which was a grand resort built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. This “grand resort” is an intricate complex of four buildings with ornate, hand-carved wood, panels of imported marble, stained-glass windows and beautiful grounds. Ponce de Leon Hall is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Location: St. Augustine, FL
Enrollment: 2,500
Miles to Beach: 4 miles

34. Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University, surrounded by forests, rivers, and coastline, has one of the most naturally diverse university locations in the world. The town of Arcata, California, where Humboldt State University resides, earned recognition from National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of its "50 next great adventure towns."

Students interested in exploring the outdoors can try biking, camping, hiking, surfing, and other activities. Humboldt operates a Center Activities department as part of its University Center, which coordinates many outdoor and sporting activities that enable students to get the most out of the university's beautiful surroundings.

Those interested in field studies in the waters near Arcata can use the school's oceangoing vessel, the R.V. Coral Sea, as well as several smaller boats. The Coral Sea serves researchers from outside the Humboldt community as well as Humboldt students, and the university offers a boating certification program as well.

Location: Arcata, CA
Enrollment: 7,774
Miles to Beach: 5 miles

33. University of San Francisco

Located only 3.5 miles from the famous Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, the University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic University that was founded in 1855. It was the first university in San Francisco, and the third oldest institution for higher learning in California. The university is nicknamed “The Hilltop” because of its location on Lone Mountain, one of San Francisco’s highest hills. Students may participate in the Outdoor Adventures program, designed to provide a variety of unique outdoor experiences including horseback riding, sailing, sea kayaking, Alcatraz visits, and many more. Students will benefit from the university’s excellent location, and will experience the richness that San Francisco has to offer.

Location: San Francisco, CA
Enrollment: 10,100
Miles to Beach: 3.5 miles

32. Bowdoin College

Eight students began taking classes in 1802 after Samuel Adams signed the charter of Bowdoin College in 1794. Bowdoin is a small liberal arts school that offers 33 majors and 4 additional minors, with student-faculty ratio of 9:1. With famous alumni like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the quality of education speaks for itself. Not simply stuck in old ways, however, Bowdoin also owns a 118-acre coastal studies center onOrr's Islandand a 200-acre scientific field station onKent Island. The location of the school is conducive to many extra-curricular activities. As for beaches there are many options nearby with many bays and inlets, camping, boating, swimming, and beach relaxing and recreation. There are even river beaches on the Androscoggin River to the north of the school. For beach lovers of a different sort than the popular California beaches, Bowdoin may be the ticket.

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Location: Brunswick, ME
Enrollment: 1,900
Miles to Beach: 3 miles

31. California State University - Long Beach

California State University Long Beach (CSULB), founded in 1949, spans more than 320 acres, and its location offers a wide range of options for natural beauty, including several stretches of beach. Athletes and beachgoers will appreciate the diverse beaches available nearby.

CSULB offers many different degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Bachelor's degree students can pursue one of the school's 85 programs, and the school admits master's degree students for 65 different programs. It also offers doctoral programs in physical therapy, nursing practice, engineering and computational mathematics, and educational leadership.

CSULB also takes advantage of its local beachfront to maintain quality men's and women's volleyball teams. One of its graduates, Misty May-Treanor, went on to win three Olympic gold medals in volleyball, and racked up more than 100 championship wins in her career.

Location: Long Beach, CA
Enrollment: 37,500
Miles to Beach: 3 miles

30. University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida is a city with beautiful beaches, pleasant year-round temperatures, Walt Disney World, The EPCOT Center, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, and miles of waterfront sidewalks to explore. This exciting city is home to the University of Tampa, a private co-educational university that offers over 200 majors, including 11 graduate degrees. The College of Natural and Health Sciences is home to a remote marine science research center. The center is located on Tampa bay with research vessels used by students for studying the ecosystems of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. With such close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, opportunities abound both for study and recreation.

Location: Tampa, FL
Enrollment: 7,000
Miles to Beach: 2.9 miles

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29. Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) was founded in 1891, and since then, has grown and developed into a dynamic university in a progressive city, where 8 Fortune 500 companies are located. Offering more than 60 academic programs with a faculty-student ratio of 14:1, students can study with a connection to professors as well as academic rigor. SPU has a beautiful 43 acre campus with some of the oldest trees in Seattle and is ideally located on Queen Anne’s hill, famous for historic houses, near Fremont neighborhood, an artsy area of Seattle. If you love to get outside, take the Pacific Northwest up on the hiking, camping, snowboarding, and beaches in the Puget Sound. Discovery Park is Seattle's largest green space featuring miles of rugged trails & beaches, plus views of the Sound. SPU also owns and operates twosatellitecampuses: a wilderness field station specializing inbiologyonBlakely Islandin theSan Juan Islands,

Location: Seattle, WA
Enrollment: 4,200
Miles to Beach: 2.5 miles

28. University of Hawaii – Manoa

Located only 2.6 miles from world-famous Waikiki Beach, the University of Hawaii – Manoa is the perfect place for those who love the ocean. Waikiki Beach, known for its warm, cloud-free climate, stunning white sand, and a top surfing locations in the United States. The long, rolling break of the waves make it ideal for long boarding, tandem surfing, and beginners. The university offers 93 undergraduate degrees, 84 master degrees, and 51 doctoral degrees. It is also home to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, one of the few agricultural colleges focused on tropical research. With the amazing outdoor opportunities that living in the Hawaii offers, students spend their leisure time snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and sunbathing on some of the best beaches in the world.

Location: Honolulu, HI
Enrollment: 20,400
Miles to Beach: 2.6 miles

27. University of Miami

The University of Miami (UM) is a well-rounded and successful school. It was founded in 1925 with the intent to offer "unique opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching and research programs in tropical studies." It has over 180 academic programs and research in marine science, engineering, education, and psychology. There are 12 separate colleges, including a medical school, alaw school, and aschoolfocused on the study ofoceanographyandatmospheric sciences. On top of great academics, student life, and research, UM is situated in beautiful south Florida. Avid nature lovers find a panoply of options: a Butterfly Garden within walking distance, multiple natural preserves, and the beach. Also of note is the historic estate with formal gardens and sculptures, grottos and a 1914 mansion-turned-museum at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. For those who want a world-class beach, the famous Miami Beach, with great restaurants, night life, music, and beaches is only 16 miles away.

Location: Coral Gables, FL
Enrollment: 17,000
Miles to Beach: 2 miles

26. University of West Florida

Every Saturday, students at the University of West Florida have the opportunity to participate in Saturday Sailing, where they can enjoy the sun, sea, and a relaxing day on the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the sunny city of Pensacola, Florida, the University of West Florida is a public research university. The 1,600 acre campus is a natural preserve that is bordered by two rivers and the Escambia Bay; the campus is specifically designed to accommodate the natural waterways and forest surrounding. The university also has waterfront property on Santa Rosa Island that is available for recreational, academic, and research interests. Several years ago, two university students discovered the remains of one of the colonization ships of the Tristan de Luna fleet that sank during a hurricane in 1559. This shipwreck, along with other historically significant archaeological sites nearby, has allowed UWF to offer one of the best underwater archaeology programs in the nation, where students regularly gain hands-on experience.

Location: Pensacola, FL
Enrollment: 12,800
Miles to Beach: 1.3 miles

25. Hawaii Pacific University

It isn’t every university that offers surfing, kayaking, swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling and parasailing as outdoor recreation opportunities, but being only 1.5 miles from the stunning beaches of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University students regularly engage in these activities. This private, liberal arts college offers over 50 majors, including Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology, as well as offering students access to significant research programs in the marine and oceanic sciences at the university’s Oceanic Institute. Students will enjoy Hawaii’s relaxed culture and gorgeous weather year round while receiving an excellent education while attending Hawaii Pacific University.

Location: Honolulu, HI
Enrollment: 7,000
Miles to Beach: 1.5 miles

24. California State University - Monterey Bay

Located in the charming city of Seaside, California, adjacent to Monterey Bay, one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is home to over 6,000 students. Monterey Bay itself is home to whales, deep sea anglerfish, sea otters, pristine beaches, tide pools, and the Fort Ord National Monument. San Francisco is just two hours to the north, and the idyllic coastal town of Carmel is only ten miles to the south. Not only is this campus perfectly situated on the coast, it is located on the site of a former Army base, Fort Ord; unique reminders of Monterey Bay’s military past are found all over campus. Leisure at this coastal university included surfing, kayaking, and other water sports, making it an excellent choice for those who love the sea.

Location: Seaside, CA
Enrollment: 6,600
Miles to Beach: 1.2 miles

23. Mitchell College

In the quaint New England town of New London, lies Mitchell College, a private liberal-arts school. Located at the mouth of the Thames River and entrance to Long Island Sound, Mitchell College sits on 68 acres of what used to be the private estate of Alfred Mitchell. Rolling lawns, wooded walkways, sandy beaches, and fabulous landscaping make this campus a serene place for study. Students who are interested in city life can easily get to the cultural metropolises of New York, Boston, Providence, and Hartford. Southwest Connecticut is a major vacation destination due to its gorgeous coastline, sunny weather, and relatively mild winters.

Location: New London, CT
Enrollment: 1,000
Miles to Beach: 1 mile

22. College of Charleston

The College of Charleston offers year-round sailing at the J. Stewart Water Sailing Complex. Sailing takes place on the Cooper River in the northwest corner of the Charleston Harbor. Gorgeous sunshine and ideal weather make this the perfect place to sail; and the sailing center has everything needed for a day on the water including a classroom, work room, docks, and of course, ample boats. In addition to the Sailing Complex, the College of Charleston has a marine laboratory, located 15 miles from the main campus near the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Students will also enjoy the historic atmosphere the city of Charleston has to offer, from the historic buildings and beautiful landscape, to some charming horse and carriage rides. The College of Charleston was founded in 1770, making it the oldest college or university in South Carolina, and one of the oldest in the United States. The college boasts an impressive list of founders including three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and three signers of the United States Constitution.

Location: Charleston, SC
Enrollment: 11,600
Miles to Beach: 1.3 miles

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21. Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Founded in 1955, Brigham Young University Hawaii is a private university located in Laie, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. It is pleasantly situated between the Ko’ olau Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and is only 1.2 miles from Laie Point, a popular park with spectacular views of the ocean, and miles of pristine Hawaiian beaches. The university partners with the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center, the largest living museum in Hawaii, and employs roughly one-third of the student body. The university is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and 97% of the student body are members of the LDS church.

Location: Laie, HI
Enrollment: 2,900
Miles to Beach: 1.2 miles

20. Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University, located in historic Newport, Rhode Island, is known as one of the top surfing spots in New England. It is also known as the sailing capital of the world. With a bustling waterfront filled with shops, restaurants, and other businesses that line the wharves, students can ride the trolley to visit historic mansions, museums, and galleries, or walk along the Cliff Walk to view the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean. Beach-lovers will flourish in this coastal town. Salve Regina University is a Catholic, co-educational, private university founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934. They offer 44 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degree programs. The campus is known for its historic buildings as well as location, and is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

Location: Newport, RI
Enrollment: 2,600
Miles to Beach: >1 mile

19. Lake Forest College

This small liberal arts college is only half a mile from the shores of Lake Michigan, and 30 miles north of Chicago. The college is spread out over 107 acres, with three campuses that are divided by wooded ravines, making the college home to more than 250 species of plants and 187 species of birds. This serene environment is the perfect place for study; there are over 30 majors offered at Lake Forest. Students are offered a flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue a double-major and minor. Although Lake Forest is relatively secluded, it is considered a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, and is one of the most scenic, historical, and architecturally significant suburbs of Chicago.

Location: Lake Forest, IL
Enrollment: 1500
Miles to Beach: >1

18. Endicott College

Named for John Endicott, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Endicott College sits on the charming Massachusetts coastline. Also known as the North Shore, this coastal area between Boston and New Hampshire is comprised of rocky coastline, dotted with marshes and wetlands, as well as several beaches and natural harbors. The North Shore is historically significant, as it contains the cities of Salem, serves as home to some of the first English colonies, as well as the first cotton mill in America. Endicott students can enjoy the seaside at Lynch Park & Beaches, a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, sunbathing, and picnics. Endicott College offers 23 bachelor programs, 27 concentrations, 27 minors, and master programs in Business, Education, Nursing, Computer Science, and Political Science.

Location: Beverly, MA
Enrollment: 4,500
Miles to Beach: >1 mile

17. Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a faith-based university located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Only one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, West Palm Beach is known for its tropical climate which means year-round mild weather, lots of sunshine, boating activities like fishing, scuba diving, and water skiing, and an abundance of tropical plants and palm trees. In addition to ocean activities, West Palm Beach is home to many museums, art festivals, music venues, and waterfront restaurants. Palm Beach Atlantic offers 48 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, counseling, divinity, leadership, and pharmacy. They also offer international study programs in over 15 countries.

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Enrollment: 3,800
Miles to Beach: 1 mile

16. Pepperdine University

Located in the rolling foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California lies Pepperdine University, a faith-based university committed to academic excellence. Most of the buildings on campus reflect the Mediterranean-style architecture, with red tiles roofs, white stucco walls, and large tinted windows; graduation is held at Alumni Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Only an hour away from downtown Los Angeles, students at Pepperdine enjoy the benefits of the city, as well as the quaint coastal town of Malibu, known for its winding shoreline, fresh ocean air, and rugged beauty. Pepperdine offers top-ranked programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, with separate schools dedicated to business, education, and psychology.

Location: Malibu, CA
Enrollment: 7,400
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

15. St Mary’s College of Maryland

History is alive at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Simply being there is literally an education in itself as St. Mary’s City (founded in 1634) was the birthplace of religious freedom, one of the first colonies in America, the development of representative government, women’s suffrage, minority rights, and the freedom of the press. St. Mary’s College, founded in 1840, has a 361-acre campus located on a broad, bay-like bend of the St. Mary’s River, making it an ideal spot for sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. The school has great academics and combines the virtues of both a private and public school. It has a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 31 academic programs. Nearby attractions are the Town of Leonardtown, a quaint locale boasting historical attractions, museums, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, gift shops, antique shops, and bookstores. Sotterley Plantation, the only remaining Tidewater Plantation in Maryland, provides research opportunities and internships to St. Mary’s students. Just 12 miles from the College, Point Lookout State Park, offers many outdoor activities and recreational opportunities.

Location: Saint Mary’s City, MD
Enrollment: 2,000
Miles to Beach: 1 mile

14. University of Chicago

On the shores of southern Lake Michigan lies Hyde Park, home to the University of Chicago. The
University of Chicago was established in Hyde Park in 1891 through the philanthropy of John D. Rockefeller, and is known as the longtime home of President Barack Obama. Many buildings in Hyde Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Students can take a study break and visit Promontory Point, a peninsula that extends out into Lake Michigan, and is a popular location for sunbathing and swimming, with the spectacular Chicago skyline in the background, or simply watch the glorious sun rises over Lake Michigan.

Location: Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 15,200
Miles to Beach: 1 mile

13. The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina

One of the more unique colleges on the list, The Military College of South Carolina, or more commonly known as The Citadel, is a college intricately involved with its coastal location. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is comprised of students who belong to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and is one of the six Senior Military Colleges in the United States. The Citadel is known for excellence in academics; it is built around the principles of duty, honor, and respect. Because of its location on banks of the Ashley River, close to Charleston Harbor, the college, can’t help but be connected with the sea; students may pursue a degree in Marine Biology. The Citadel is a frontrunner in Coastal Ecology Research, using its location to research the marsh ecosystem and the effects that mankind has on the environment. They have taken the results of their research to the next level and started a recycling program dedicated to becoming a green campus.

Location: Charleston, SC
Enrollment: 2,300
Miles to Beach: Less than 1

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12. Oregon Coast Community College

Located off of the historic HWY 101, Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) is great choice for a beach lover’s college. OCCC offered the only Aquarium Science Program in theUnited States, founded in 1987. Being a community college, OCCC offers a variety of programs, degree options, professional and health science degrees and flexible scheduling. Average class sizes are about 10. Situated off the Oregon Coast and nestled in Yaquina Bay, the options are bountiful. Beach State Park has walking trails and sheltered camping; Oregon Aquarium is just 1.4 miles away. Rogue Brewery is 1.5 miles away and is an awesome place for food, tours, and obviously, great beer. Hit the links at Agate Beach Golf course or visit Yaquina Head Natural Area with a picturesque lighthouse. For students looking for a community college who love the beach, OCCC could be a great fit.

Location: Newport, OR
Enrollment: 3,000
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

11. University of Wisconsin – Madison

Pleasantly situated along the shore of Lake Mendota lies the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During the summer time, Lake Mendota is a hub for water recreation including fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, canoeing, wind-surfing, and sailing. Not only does summer bring ample water recreation, during the winter, Lake Mendota is the perfect place for those who love ice-boating, ice-skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and ice hockey. The university’s Student Union is located on the shoreline, as well as some of the on-campus housing. Combined with the university’s Hoofer Sailing Club, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an excellent choice for those who love time on the water.

Location: Madison, WI
Enrollment: 43,200
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

10. Monmouth University

Wide green lawns and historic buildings make up Monmouth University’s 159-acre campus, and the
Jersey Shore is a short walk away. Boasting a campus that is the “best of both worlds,” it is only one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, and only one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, providing ample cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition to the nearby clear ocean waters, historical sites on campus abound: Woodrow Wilson Hall is a National Landmark, Walt Whitney Chapel was imported from Europe and was once a part of a 16th century Tudor Abbey, and Guggenheim Cottage, is on the National Registers of Historic Places. Monmouth takes advantage of its coastal location and offers students many opportunities through the Urban Coast Institute, a Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy major, internships with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and a Sailing Club.

Location: West Long Branch, NJ
Enrollment: 6,500
Miles to Beach: 1 mile

9. Northwestern University

Northwestern University students watch soccer and lacrosse games at Lakeside Field, on the shore of Lake Michigan; this sprawling 240-acre campus is located along this Great Lake, just 12 miles north of Chicago. Founded in 1851 by Methodist churchmen, this small college has grown into one of the leading research universities in the United States. Beyond the classroom, the university takes advantage of its lakeside location with the Northwestern University Sailing Center, where the entire Northwestern community and general public can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, and lakeside recreation while enjoying the spectacular views of Chicago.

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Location: Evanston, IL
Enrollment: 21,600
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

8. University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island offers students a land, sea, and urban experience. The university’s Bay Campus is located less than one mile from the coast; the close proximity to the sea is a contributing factor to its nationally ranked oceanography program. Students can choose from over 80 undergraduate majors and 49 graduate majors within seven different colleges. With such easy access to the ocean opportunities for those who love the sea abound. New England’s famous seafood, fishing, sailing, swimming, beachcombing, boardwalks, parks, and the historic flavor of Rhode Island all combine to make this school a great place for lovers of the sea.

Location: Kingston, RI
Enrollment: 16,200
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

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7. Western Washington University

In just under a mile, students will find themselves at Cornwall Beach on Washington’s Puget Sound. Dreamily positioned with the San Juan Islands to the west and the stunning Cascade Mountain range to the east, Western Washington University is a beautiful place to study. Located in a natural setting, WWU is an excellent choice for the outdoors enthusiast. Sailing, skiing, hiking, biking, and outstanding views are easily accessible, making nature an integral part of college life. Taking advantage of their proximity to the ocean, Western Washington University offers an excellent Marine Science Program where students study and research at Shannon Point Marine Center.

Location: Bellingham, WA
Enrollment: 15,000
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

6. College of the Atlantic

This small, private, liberal arts college is located on Maine’s picturesque coastline. The College of the Atlantic provides a unique educational opportunity, intricately intertwined with their coastal location. The campus consists of 37 acres on Frenchman Bay and has two organic farms, two off-shore island research stations, and a 100-acre protected area. At the McCormick Blair Research, station is a center for the study of marine mammals and oceanographic issues. While not conducting cutting-edge research, students can spend some free time at Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park, America’s first National Park east of the Mississippi River, and home to spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Enrollment: 350
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

5. Florida Atlantic University

Beach lovers will be delighted with Florida Atlantic University (FAU); it offers a great education (more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs) in a sub-tropical location. Officially declared open by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, FAU is comprised of the main campus in Boca Raton and five satellite campuses. It belongs to the 12-campusState University System of Floridaand serves South Florida, which has a population of more than five million people and spans more than 100miles of coastline. As for catching a break from studies or going to the beach to relax and read, students are ideally located. More than 70 percent of FAU’s students are based in Boca Raton with suite-style housing, brand-new athletic and recreational facilities, art galleries, a café/ movie theater complex and so much more.

Location: Boca Raton, FL
Enrollment: over 30,000
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

4. Eckerd College

Eckerd College is a liberal arts college located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, with an excetional mile-long waterfront on 188 acres of waterfront property. Eckerd’s Waterfront Program is one of the largest collegiate watersports programs in the southeastern United States. Recreation with sailboats, canoes, sea kayaks, sailboards, and multiple power boats for water skiing, fishing, and other activities abound. In addition to these opportunities, Eckerd offers a search and rescue program for highly trained students to provide maritime search and rescue services to the Tampa Bay boating community. This program is unique to Eckerd. Naturally, community service is an important aspect of an Eckerd education, and in addition to the search and rescue program, the Waterfront Program provides students with added extracurricular prospects to serve the public through watersports camps for children and teens. They offer classes in kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, saltwater fishing, exploring marine life, and multiple levels of sailing instruction.

Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Enrollment: 1,800
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

3. University of California – San Diego

The University of California San Diego is known as one of the happiest colleges in the United States, based on nightlife, student organizations, retention rate, and sunny days. There are over 550 student organizations and 38 national and local Greek organizations on campus; fraternity and sorority members represent 20% of the student body. Not only do students get to enjoy San Diego’s sunshine, beaches, and wonderful weather, UC San Diego offers an excellent education, with six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. Students may stroll through the eucalyptus groves on their way to the Birch Aquarium or one of the other campus research centers, combining gorgeous weather, fresh ocean air, and a top-notch education.

Location: San Diego, CA
Enrollment: 30,300
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

2. University of California - Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has one of the few university-owned beaches in the United States, and the Pacific Ocean surrounds it on three sides. UCSB also has its own lagoon, a large body of water that was previously a tidal salt marsh flat.

The lagoon, fed by a combination of run-off water and ocean water, also hosts the aquatic life tanks of the Marine Science Building. Prospective marine science students will appreciate the easy access to some of the nation's best-appointed marine science facilities.

UCSB's proximity to the ocean gives it some other striking natural features as well. Goleta Point, a lookout at the edge of campus, provides a distinctive view of the ocean. It also has several bike trails that lead along the lagoon and beaches.

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Enrollment: 24,346
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

1. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

Located between Oso Bay and Corpus Christi Bay, Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) boasts a tropical climate and is the nation’s only university that is found on its own island. Students at TAMU-CC have the benefit of studying in this prime vacation spot, where there are many opportunities for windsurfing, fishing, boating, or exploring more than 130,000 acres of beautiful, sandy beaches. The Port of Corpus Christi is the nation’s sixth largest port by tonnage, and is home to the Beach to Bay relay marathon, the Texas Jazz Festival, and the Festival of the Arts. TAMU-CC is part of the larger Texas A&M University system and offers 41 undergraduate majors, 32 graduate programs, and 7 doctoral programs.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Enrollment: 11,929
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

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What is the hardest college to get accepted? ›

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Which CSU is the hardest to get into? ›

With a record low acceptance rate of 25% in 2019, Cal Poly SLO is by far the most competitive and most exclusive Cal State University. As a polytechnic institute, SLO specializes in science and engineering fields.

What are the easiest but best colleges to get into? ›

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What is a college that touches the Atlantic ocean? ›

Located in the charming city of Seaside, California, adjacent to Monterey Bay, one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is home to over 6,000 students.

What is the #1 University in the world? ›

1. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

What is the hardest school in the world? ›

1. Stanford University. Topping the list of the hardest school to get into in the world is Stanford.

Which Cal State is easiest to get into? ›

The easiest Cal State to get into is the California State University, Los Angeles. Founded in 1947, it enrolls about 27,672 students and has an acceptance rate of 70%. Its high acceptance rate and the quantum of students admitted yearly make it the easiest CSU to get into.

What is the easiest California University to get into? ›

The easiest UC schools to get into include UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Merced, all of which have acceptance rates over 50%.

Is CSU harder than UC? ›

Selectivity: UC schools are generally much harder to get into than CSU schools, which range in acceptance rate from as low as 35% to as high as 100%

Which college has its own beach? ›

National Institute of Technology, Karnataka

We may think that college near beautiful beaches are only seen in Bollywood movies, but the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka has it in reality. Spread over 295 acres with lush green surroundings, this college campus has a private beach including a lighthouse too!

What is Coastal Carolina acceptance rate? ›

What college has a 100% acceptance rate? ›

Colleges with the Highest Acceptance Rates - Top 100
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, CA100%
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO100%
Alliance UniversityNew York, NY100%
Baptist College of FloridaGraceville, FL100%
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What college will accept a 2.0 GPA? ›

With a 2.0 GPA, you can get into Voorhees College, Metropolitan College of New York, and Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami. You may also want to consider attending a 2-year institution to raise your GPA before applying to a 4-year institutions. Check out all of your options!

What colleges have a 100% acceptance rate? ›

The College of Staten Island — part of the City University of New York System — accepts 100% of applicants. CSI offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, and health sciences.

Who is the best student in the world? ›

Einstein, Darwin, Shakespeare, or Botticelli: We profiled 10 of the most brilliant students of all time and looked at where they studied. Imagine the world without Einstein, Darwin, Shakespeare, or Botticelli.

Is Harvard #1 in the world? ›

Harvard University is ranked #1 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Is Oxford better than Harvard? ›

Harvard is ranked #2 in National Universities and #1 in Global Universities by U.S. News, and #1 by the Round University Ranking. Oxford is ranked #1 in Best Global Universities in Europe and #5 in Best Global Universities by U.S. News, and #2 by the QS World University Rankings.

Which country has the hardest education? ›

Which country has the hardest education system? South Korea, Japan, Singapore are a few countries which have one of the hardest education systems.

What GPA to get into Harvard? ›

Harvard applicants must be at the top of their class and meet the minimum GPA requirements for acceptance into the college. While there are a small number of exceptions, students with GPAs of 4.0 - 4.18 have the best chance of getting accepted.

What is the number 1 hardest college to get into? ›

1. Harvard University — 3.19% With a record-low admission rate of just 3.19% for the class of 2026, Harvard currently ranks as the most difficult school to get into. This rate reflects admission into Harvard College, the Ivy League university's undergraduate school.

Which Cal State has highest acceptance rate? ›

College of Alameda leads the list by accepting 100% of high school students that applied.

Which Cal State is the biggest? ›

With 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 485,550 students with 55,909 faculty and staff, CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States.
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California State University.
MottoVox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Students477,466 (Fall 2021)
Undergraduates422,391 (Fall 2021)
Postgraduates55,075 (Fall 2021)
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Is Cal Poly SLO better than Pomona? ›

The 2022 Times Higher Education university ranking placed SLO as the #189 university in the US and Pomona as #344. Regarding U.S. News and World Report's ranking of the best universities in the Western United States, SLO received 2nd place, compared to Pomona's 14th place.

What is the #1 University in California? ›

Stanford University

Is it harder to get into USC or UCLA? ›

Which is easier to get into - Stanford, UCLA, or USC? Stanford, UCLA, and USC have incredibly competitive admissions processes. According to the acceptance rates for the Class of 2025, Stanford is relatively hard to get into, while UCLA is easier than USC by a margin.

Is UCLA better than USC? ›

ACADEMICS/ADMISSION STANDARDS: UCLA has been long known for its extremely high standards in academics and admission standards. It is rated higher than USC in every magazine and poll, including U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Do UC's accept D's? ›

Grades of D

A grade of D (including plus/minus) in a transferable course will count toward the number of transferable units you have completed. However, you must earn a grade of C or better when completing the seven-course pattern. And, in most cases, grades of D do not satisfy major or general education requirements.

Which is better CU or CSU? ›

According to the annual report CU, Boulder ranks 89th among national universities and CSU ranks 127th among national universities. U.S. News uses a specific method to rank colleges: First, it places colleges into categories based on their mission.

Is it better to go to Cal State or UC? ›

UC schools tend to have a better academic reputation than Cal State schools. When it comes to college rankings, for example, UC schools top many lists. Institutions like UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego rank among the best public universities in the country, while CSU schools tend to rank lower.

Which university has the best campus in the world? ›

MIT is the best university in the world for the 11th consecutive year. This year's QS World University Rankings feature over 1,400 universities in total.

Which engineering college has best campus? ›

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How far is University of Florida from the beach? ›

Cedar Key on the Gulf is 59 miles from the UF campus and the Atlantic Ocean is just 50 miles from the UF campus.

What is the acceptance rate for the University of Miami? ›

What GPA do you need for Clemson? ›

With a GPA of 4.43, Clemson requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

What majors is Coastal Carolina known for? ›

The most popular majors at Coastal Carolina University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Exercise Science and Kinesiology; Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography; Sport and Fitness Administration/Management; ...

What GPA do you need for Coastal? ›

With a GPA of 3.58, Coastal Carolina requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes.

What is the number 1 hardest college to get into? ›

1. Harvard University — 3.19% With a record-low admission rate of just 3.19% for the class of 2026, Harvard currently ranks as the most difficult school to get into. This rate reflects admission into Harvard College, the Ivy League university's undergraduate school.

What is the #1 college in the US? ›

From 2017 to 2019, the magazine has ranked Harvard as the best college in America. In 2021, University of California, Berkeley topped the ranking, becoming the first public school to do so.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

In truth, you need close to a 4.0 unweighted GPA to get into Harvard. That means nearly straight As in every class.

What college has lowest acceptance rate? ›

Top 100 - Lowest Acceptance Rates
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ4%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA4%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT5%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI6%
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What year of college is the hardest? ›

There is no question that the first semester of the freshman year of college is the most critical. Many studies show that freshman year is the time when students most likely drop out of college – if not permanently, then temporarily.

What is the hardest Big 10 school to get into? ›

Acceptance Rate: Northwestern is not just the smallest school in the Big Ten—it is also by far the most selective.

What is the easiest Ivy League school to get into? ›

While all Ivy League schools are incredibly difficult to get into, Cornell University would likely be considered the easiest since it has the highest acceptance rate of all Ivies. As of fall 2021, Cornell's acceptance rate for first-year applicants was 9%. Most other Ivies have acceptance rates of around 4-6%.

What is the cheapest college in America? ›

Indian River State College

What country is number 1 in education? ›

Based on this study, China received the highest scores, followed by Korea, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.

Which state has best colleges? ›

Florida, home to three universities that rank among the 100 Best Colleges nationally, ranks first in the nation for higher education. Washington places second in this subcategory, followed by California, Wyoming and Colorado.

What is the highest GPA ever? ›

One student even managed to land a stunning 10.03 GPA by taking 17 advanced classes at a school that awarded bonus points. If the different GPA scales seem a little confusing, check out our guide on how to calculate GPA for a straightforward explanation of weighted and unweighted GPAs.

What is the highest GPA possible? ›

3 for a minus, with a 4.0 being the highest possible value (so an A+ will have the same value as an A). On a 4.0 scale, the average GPA calculations are pretty simple. If you want to figure out what your GPA is right now, you can either ask to see it at your counselor's office or you can calculate it by hand.

Is a 4.45 weighted GPA good? ›

A 4.5 GPA indicates that you're in very good shape for college. You're most likely in high level classes earning As and high Bs. 99.74% of schools have an average GPA below a 4.5. You can apply to colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

What college has a 100% acceptance rate? ›

Colleges with the Highest Acceptance Rates - Top 100
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, CA100%
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO100%
Alliance UniversityNew York, NY100%
Baptist College of FloridaGraceville, FL100%
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What college has the highest GPA requirement? ›

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the list with an average reported GPA of 4.39. Note that not all colleges report GPA for their incoming class.

How many colleges should I apply to? ›

There is no magic number, but five to eight applications are usually enough to ensure that a student is accepted into a suitable institution (depending, of course, on the individual student's record and circumstances). This number should be made up of a combination of “safety,” “match,” and “reach” colleges.

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