2018 Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges and Universities
After doctoral school, I ended up landing a job at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education. While living in Pennsylvania, which is in the Mid-Atlantic portion of the U.S., I had a chance meet some of the most brilliant higher education professionals in the world. While researching this piece, I wasn’t surprised to find out that the Mid-Atlantic region is home to some of the best institutions of higher learning in the world. In this piece, we will discuss the best colleges and universities that the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States has to offer.
- Princeton University – Named the top school in the nation for 2018, Princeton was founded in 1746, making it one of the first institutions of higher education in America and home to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and School of Engineering and Applied Science. Princeton also takes top honors in best value and best undergraduate teaching. The acceptance rate at this private school is 7%. Annual tuition and fees are $47,100.
- Johns Hopkins University – This school is a top choice for many students who wish to study bioengineering, neuroscience, or cellular and molecular biology. As the #11 school in the nation, Johns Hopkins focuses on nine areas of study, including public health, education, business, engineering, and medicine. The university offers more than 260 programs, and innovation is at the core of every discipline. The school requires that freshman and sophomore live on campus, but upperclassmen could easily find themselves studying abroad in Italy or China. Annual tuition and fees cost $52,170, and the school accepts only 12% of students who apply for admission.
- Columbia University – Three prestigious schools make up the university undergraduate program: Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies. Columbia is ranked in 5th place nationwide, and the school is a best-value university. Columbia accepts only 6% of applicants each year, and the annual tuition and fees are $57,208. The freshman retention rate here is 99%, which indicates an immense level of satisfaction with the school.
- Cornell University – Ranked at #14 in the nation, Cornell is a private school that offers fourteen colleges of study. This university is part of the Ivy League, and it’s a best-value school that is also third in the nation for veterans. Cornell accepts 14% of its applicants, and 97% of freshmen return for their sophomore year of college. Tuition and fees run just under $53,000 annually.
- New York University – This university, with an enrollment of 50,000 students, is the largest private school in the United States, and it’s ranked 30th in the nation. Students seeking a degree in theatre and film attend the famous Tisch School of the Arts. NYU is a city school that thrives in the heart of Manhattan. Annual tuition and fees cost $50,464
- Swarthmore College – This private school tied for third place among national liberal arts colleges, and the college also offers an engineering program. Highly selective, Swarthmore has a fall acceptance rate of 13%. Less than 10% of the students on campus have cars. Annual tuition and fees are approximately $51,000.
- Haverford College – Liberal arts college Haverford ranks 18th, and this school houses the most extensive collection of Quaker history although the school is no longer affiliated with the religious group. Haverford is recognized for its undergraduate teaching and is considered a best-value choice school. Annual tuition and fees are approximately $53,000.
- Fordham University – With campuses located throughout New York City, Fordham provides students with an authentic Big Apple experience. Fordham is ranked #61 in the United States. The most popular majors include Speech Communications and Rhetoric and Business Administration and Management. Annual tuition and fees are $51,300.
- Rutgers University – Camden – This private school is ranked #25 among regional universities in the North. A great choice for veterans, a top public school, and a best value school, Rutgers also has an outstanding business program. Nursing and psychology are also popular majors. The school turns down 53% of applicants. Tuition and fees here are just under $30,000 annually.
- Bryn Mawr College – This all-female school ranks #32 among similar liberal arts schools in the nation. The college offers unique opportunities for co-ed activities. This school promotes intellectual inquiry and has a high number of students who pursue their doctorates. Bryn Mawr is known for its innovation, best-value, and best undergraduate teaching. Only 40% of applicants are admitted to the school. Annual tuition and fees are approximately $51,000.
- Widener University – This school, which was once known as Pennsylvania Military College, now offers almost four dozen undergraduate programs, including a recognized engineering program and business program. The school values community service and challenging academics. Widener has a 70% acceptance rate. Annual tuition and fees cost $44,166.
- Loyola University Maryland – If you’re looking for one of the best schools in the northern United States, this Jesuit school is ranked at #4. Loyola is well-known for its engineering and business programs, and it’s also considered a best-value school. There are three schools within this university: education, arts and sciences, and business and management. More than half the students receive financial aid, with an average award of $27,000. Annual tuition and fees at Loyola cost $48,000.
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