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4 Lesser-Known Colleges on the East Coast


The Eastern seaboard is home to some of the most prestigious and highly-regarded schools, starting with Harvard University which was built in 1636. The 13 colonies encompass the 8 Ivy Leagues, MIT, NYU, and more, but they also are the location of numerous other schools that provide quality education.


College of William and Mary

William and Mary is a prestigious university, excelling in academics, social life, and campus activities. It is classified amongst one of the 8 Public Ivies and is the second oldest higher-education institution in the United States. A quick glimpse at their website tells us that 63% of students major in STEM and that it is ranked number one in foreign study. It appeals to students of various interests, career paths, and approaches to learning. There are numerous traditions, including the Raft Debate and Yule Log, which enable students to engage with their peers and learn more about the rich history of their college.




Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Ranking: 8th in the United States (public school-wise)

Acceptance Rate: 38%

SAT/ACT: 1320-1510; 30-34

GPA: required

Cost: $18,500 per year

Website: https://www.wm.edu/


Smith College

Smith College is a private women’s college that was part of the Seven Sisters colleges in the Northeast from the late 1800s to the 1900s. Amongst the 2500 undergraduate students enrolled in the college, the most popular majors range from political science and government, computer science, and environmental science. With an emphasis on women, the environment and tradition of the college are constantly evolving with progress in women’s rights.



Location: Northampton, Massachusetts

Ranking: 3rd in Women’s Colleges in the United States

Acceptance Rate: 32%

SAT/ACT: 1240-1470; 28-31

GPA: recommended

Cost: $29,000 per year

Website: https://www.smith.edu/



University of Georgia

The University of Georgia or UGA is an excellent college located in the southern-Eastern coast, with top majors including finance, psychology, international relations, and more. It is trademarked as the “birthplace of public higher education in America,” and continues to prosper as a public university attempting to tackle the world’s most strenuous and time-necessitating research. The entire institution is composed of 18 colleges, which incorporates schools for business, arts, ecology, journalism, veterinary medicine, and more.



Location: Northampton, Massachusetts

Ranking: 3rd in Women’s Colleges in the United States

Acceptance Rate: 32%

SAT/ACT: 1240-1470; 28-31

GPA: recommended

Cost: $29,000 per year

Website: https://www.uga.edu/


Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is known for its emphasis on the intersection of technology and education and how it is applied in research, teaching, and learning. It comprises nine colleges and graduate schools with over 110 undergraduate degree programs. Their website has a list of the 150 majors first-year students can take, ranging from advertisement to polymer chemistry to wildlife conservation. There is a dynamic residential campus and hundreds of clubs that promote health and wellness.


Location: Blacksburg, VA

Ranking: 13th in Public Colleges in the United States

Acceptance Rate: 70%

SAT/ACT: 1180-1390; 25-31

GPA: required

Cost: $18,500 per year

Website: https://vt.edu/






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