When it comes to researching colleges, it’s easy to gravitate toward the classic top-ranking lists. After all, who doesn’t want to go to a “top” or “best” school?
But the truth is, sticking to these types of mainstream lists could cause you to miss out on some hidden gems. That’s why we put together a list of colleges we consider “best kept secrets.”
So what makes a school a best kept secret?
For one, all schools on this particular list are liberal arts colleges.
Secondly, you won’t find any of these in the most recent list of US News & World Report’s top-70 liberal arts colleges.
Second, these are schools with proven track records. They have successful programs, exhaustive lists accomplished students and alumni, and a number of noteworthy faculty members.
So, before you restrict your college search to the typical “best of” lists, here are College Gazette’s picks for the top 10 best kept secrets in higher education:
10. Linfield College (McMinnville, OR)