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Bowdoin College Museum of Art on the Main Quad

Ian Madden, opinions writer

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As high school students draw ever closer to the looming monster of university life, they face the challenge of choosing a college they will enjoy attending. From the reputation to the campus, there are so many factors to consider when looking at schools. Listed below are the American universities which promise the best overall college experience, as collected by the Princeton Review and voted on by college students themselves. The schools are divided into categories based on which aspect of college life they excel in.

 

Best Overall College Experience and Best Food

Bowdoin College

Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/bowdoin-college?searchType=college&q=BowdoinCollege
Selectivity: Most Selective (16% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $58,200

Full Rankings:
Food: http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=683
Overall Experience Quality: http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=775

Best Dorms

Washington University in St. Louis

Website: http://wustl.edu/
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/washington-university-in-st-louis?searchType=bf_site&q=&bf_cat=bf_
Selectivity: Most Selective (17% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $61,639

Full Rankings: http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=703

Happiest Students

Rice University

Website: http://www.rice.edu/
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/rice-university
Selectivity: Most Selective (19% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $52,242

Full Rankings:
http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=712

Most Beautiful Campus

Florida Southern College

Website: https://www.flsouthern.edu/
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/florida-southern-college?searchType=college&q=FloridaSouthernCollege
Selectivity: Somewhat Selective (65% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $39,640

Full Rankings:
http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=728

Best Surrounding City

Georgetown University

Website: http://www.georgetown.edu/
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/georgetown-university?searchType=college&q=GeorgetownUniversity
Selectivity: Most Selective (18% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $60,388

Full Rankings:
http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=709

Easiest Campus to Get Around

Davidson College

Website: http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x12.xml?debug=2
College Board Overview: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/davidson-college?searchType=college&q=DavidsonCollege
Selectivity: Very Selective (28% of applicants admitted)
Estimated On Campus Cost Without Scholarships: $54,930

Full Rankings:
http://www.princetonreview.com/Schoollist.aspx?type=r&id=767 

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