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The Best College in Every US State. Part 5/5

Long time no see! Today, we would like to present you the final part of our series of articles devoted to the best colleges in the USA. Here, you can get acquainted with the last, but not least universities, located in different states from South Carolina to Wyoming. Read our new article and enrich your wealth of knowledge on the American educational system.

41. South Carolina

Clemson University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1889

51%

1150-1350

$16,622

$54,100

 

Founded as an agricultural high school, Clemson University is nowadays one of the country’s most influential public research institutions. Its students study Agricultural Sciences, as well as Engineering, Architecture, Arts, Health, Education, Business, and other disciplines. All in all, Clemson offers its students 80 undergraduate degrees and over 100 graduate degrees. Most of young men and women here are deeply proud of their football team, the Tigers. They also participate in numerous hiking, biking, golf, and other sports competitions. Many Clemson students are the members of Greek organizations, such as old-timey dance clubs or theatrical associations. The school can boast of Tigerama, a yearly, student-initiative pep rally, and a variety of other world-known traditions. The list of its notorious alumni includes American lawyer and politician John Edwards and actor, screenwriter, and producer Dolph Lundgren.

42. South Dakota

Augustana College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1860

65%

1000-1310

$19,276

$41,900

 

It is a private liberal arts school, which offers young men and women as many as 52 majors. The college is closely connected with the Lutheran Church. Its core values and goals are reflected in its motto, which sounds like “Christianity, liberal arts, fine quality, and community aid”. The students of Augie, as the school is frequently nicknamed, has a 4-week term in January, when they go in for traveling, doing internships or working on their scientific projects. Statistically, over 85% of the college’s students play in certain intramural sports teams, from hockey and tennis to rugby. Its football club, the Vikings, won a number of NCAA Division III national championships. As for other aspects of a Greek life, Augie's students are offered a wide choice of societies and clubs, including the choir band that tours nationally. Almost 44% of the school’s students take part in its extensive abroad program and study in different parts of the world.

43. Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1873

12%

1430-1590

$24,800

$57,900

 

The campus of this school is considered to be the country’s most beautiful. Surrounded by the forest with hundreds of tree species, it has quite a shy square of only 330 acres. The university can boast of a world-recognized medical school, the students of which receive extra mentorship and research opportunities, as well as financial assistance. It also has a world-class educational program in Liberal Arts, Humanities, Business, and Education. Vanderbilt’s sports club, the Commodores, competes in the Division I. The school’s baseball team became the country’s strongest player in 2014. Numerous fraternities and sororities play an important role in the college’s social life; most of its students join musical, theatrical, and other organizations. All in all, there are over 50 student clubs in Vanderbilt. You surely know some of its alumni, such as American politician and environmentalist Al Gore, senior United States Senator Lamar Alexander, and singer Rosanne Cash.

44. Texas

University of Texas

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1881

18%

1140-1570

$18,800

$53,900

 

Situated in the city of Austin, this college lets its student feel as if they were in a game world. They can attend 7 museums and 17 libraries, including a well-known Harry Ransom Center, one of the America’s greatest literary archives. The UT can also boast of over 1000 of different student associations meeting the interests of all young people studying in this college. Besides, its students are offered a wide range of strong academic programs in Physics, Math, Liberal Arts, Business, Biology, and so on. The UT has 19 different Colleges with more than 100 bachelor's degrees and as much as 170 graduate degrees. Austin’s school has an impressively high graduation rate – 79%. In order to dilute the everyday’s schooling, young people join various Greek life associations and clubs. The UT has more than 900 of such organizations, this is why students have no troubles choosing the most interesting options.  

45. Utah

Brigham Young University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1875

48%

1150-1360

$12,900

$52,800


Located in the city of Provo, Brigham Young University was founded by the Church of Latter-day Saints, called also the Mormons. Nowadays, it’s a private school with a strict code of conduct and deep educational programs. It still has some restrictions in respect of Non-Mormons: for instance, their tuition fees are twice higher than the ones foreseen for Mormons. They are also forbidden to drink alcohol, coffee, and tea, smoke, and dress provocatively. Brigham Young University or, as it is shortened, BYU offers its students degrees in Biology, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management, and so on. The college is focused, first of all, on undergraduates, though it operates over 60 Master’s programs. Its sports teams are highly competitive; they can boast of excellent results in football, volleyball, and women's soccer. Located in about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, BYU’s campus impresses students with a modern design and an exciting view of the Rocky Mountains.

46. Vermont

Middlebury College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1800

17%

1270-1500

$20,197

$50,100

 

This elite liberal arts school is famous for its impressive quality of teaching and a wide range of educational programs. Its students can study Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Business, Law, and other disciplines. Every summer the students of Middlebury take part in the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, featuring a number of successful authors such as George R. R. Martin and Anne Sexton. Those who attend this college, have the so-called 'gap years', during which they are allowed to travel, work and volunteer instead of listening to lectures and doing academic work. There is even a group of February admissions students who start studies in spring, not in autumn. Located between Vermont's Green Mountains and Adirondacks, Middlebury's campus is a real paradise for those who love winter sports, such as skiing or mountaineering. To satisfy the needs of its students, the school has organized the International Quidditch Association, popular within young men and women from all over the country.

47. Virginia

Washington & Lee University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1749

24%

1310-1470

$21,379

$61,300

 

Situated in the city of Lexington, Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts college consisting of three academic units: the School of Law, the School of Commerce, and the college itself. This educational institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and affiliated to Council of Independent Colleges. It includes 11 men's and 10 women’s teams in such sports as basketball, cross country, lacrosse, riding, and so on. Known as “The Generals”, they play in NCAA Division III and regularly show excellent results. W&L University has a very rich social life; for instance, it hosts the Fancy Dress Ball, a formal black-tie event with its 105-year-old history. The school is the basis for several mysterious student societies, like the Mongolian Minks. As for the college’s notable alumni, they are politicians John Warner and Matt Bevin, author and journalist Tom Wolfe, artist Cy Twombly, and many others.

48. Washington

University of Washington

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1861

53%

1120-1370

$9,744

$55,200

 

The University of Washington is a public research school situated in the city of Seattle. Being one of the oldest colleges on the West Coast, it is known for its excellent Social, Business, Science, and Engineering programs. Located in the vicinity of the Boeing’s manufacturing facilities, this school is strongly focused on aeronautics and astronomy. Many of its alumni become successful astronauts. The campus of UW, the size of which reaches 703 acres, is located between the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. It houses hundreds of fraternities and sororities for students of all interests. One more important thing about the University of Washington is that it receives the federal funding for research and training, and occupies at this moment the 1st place in the list of the country’s most influential public research universities.

49. West Virginia

West Virginia University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1867

86%

930-1140

$10,405

$48,400

 

At this college, you can get a degree in Puppetry, Drama or Theatre Arts. The WVU includes 14 units offering its students more than 350 majors, from Creative Arts to Business, Law, and Sciences. The college has very strong programs in Medicine, Journalism, Criminalistic Examination, and Statistical Biology. Located in the picturesque mountains of West Virginia, the University is within walking distance of the best East Coast’s waterfalls. Many students enjoy recreation in nature in between their studies. They also participate in the school’s social life, with its numerous festivals and events, such as the PRT Cram. The campus of this college is considered to be the safest one in America, and its sports teams outgame even the strongest competitors from different states. The WVU is accredited by the North Central Association, which is quite an important achievement for the university of this size.

50. Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1848

58%

1190-1410

$16,060

$51,200

 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest and the largest public college in the state, often referred to as the “Public Ivy”. It has an impressively high enrollment of 43,000 students, with more than 31,000 of them being undergraduates. The school offers its students a wide range of promising opportunities, including research work, sports, and social life. They can select out of over 4,000 courses and 140 majors, including the ones in Environmental Studies, Letters and Science, Medicine and Public Health, Pharmacy, Public Affairs, Veterinary Medicine, and so on. Moreover, the students of Wisconsin-Madison have the opportunity to create their own hybrid major. The first two years of studies in this college are busy; often, students don’t even talk to their professors, as they have to work hard. Nevertheless, most of Wisconsin students are engaged in Greek life, as there are 750 recognized student associations on the campus.  

51. Wyoming

University of Wyoming

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1886

96%

970-1235

$12,148

$48,400

 

This public university is the only 4-year school at the state of Wyoming. It’s famous all over the country for its Wild West heritage: for instance, the logo of the school is a cowboy, and the name of its sports teams sounds as the Cowboys, too. Today, the college has over 12,000 students, with 10,000 of them being undergraduates. The University of Wyoming includes 7 colleges that offer their students 90 graduate academic programs. The most demanded of them are the ones in Agriculture, Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Law. UW student can attend dozens of clubs, 3 sororities, and 7 fraternities. Every week, they take part in Friday Night Fever, an alcohol-free party for students of all ages. The most successful alumni of UW are American politician Dick Cheney and member of the Republican Party Alan Kooi Simpson.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our series of five articles, in which we tell you about the best colleges in each state of the USA, from Alabama to Wyoming. Do you agree with our choice? Or, maybe, you have something to add? We’ll be glad to see your comments on this material, as well as your questions and supplementary stories. And if you haven’t seen the previous four articles from this series, you can easily find them on our website and enjoy reading them.

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