Meet our Colleges
About College Partners
College Horizons partners with 40+ colleges and universities who send admissions officers interested in recruiting competitive applicants to their schools. Students at our program have many amazing opportunities to learn about each institution during our programs. Feel free to read the profiles of our partner colleges, visit their websites, and contact their offices for more information – they are looking for you!
Why These Schools?
At College Horizons, we know that paying for a college education can be a barrier for Native students, particularly for those with the greatest need. College Horizons wants to recognize colleges/universities who are committed to meeting the financial need of students and supporting Native students on campus.
CH has identified and invited select colleges to partner with who are working successfully with Native students through a combination of programming – financial aid, academics, retention/student support, etc. – to partner with us. As a result, some colleges may not be able to meet the need of every student who applies; however, nearly all of the colleges partnering with CH will continue to meet the full demonstrated need of each student who applies.
Does CH Provide College Scholarships?
No, College Horizons is unable to offer scholarships and we do not require our partner colleges to provide scholarships to our students. Students who attend our programs must apply for financial aid as a normal part of the college application process. This has been the case since our organization’s founding in 1998.
Does CH Guarantee Admission?
No, College Horizons plays no part in the admission decisions or outcomes for partner schools or any other institutions. This has been the case since our organization’s founding in 1998.
2018-19 Partner Colleges and Universities
Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling some 1,800 talented, energetic, and diverse young scholars. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 40 countries, and for the past several years, more than 40 percent of Amherst’s students have been students of color. Amherst has an active Native Student Organization on campus, a Five-College Certificate program in Native American Studies headed by one of our Native faculty persons, and our Frost Library recently acquired the Pablo Eisenberg Collection of Native American Literature. Amherst also has a Native American Overnight program as part of the Diversity Open Houses for prospective students to visit campus. Since its founding, Amherst has remained one of the few truly need-blind colleges in the nation; students are admitted without regard to financial aid, and each admitted student is guaranteed financial aid equal to financial need. Among its peer universities and colleges, Amherst has the most economic diversity. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of 35,000 people in the western part of the state, Amherst College’s 1,000-acre campus is adjacent to downtown Amherst. With its faculty-student ratio of 1 to 8, and its open curriculum (there are not distribution requirements) Amherst allows each student—with the help of faculty advisers — to chart an individual path through the more than 800 courses offered at the college each semester.
Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times. Bates was founded in 1855 by people who believed strongly in freedom, civil rights, and the importance of a higher education for all who could benefit from it. Bates has always admitted students without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin. Great efforts were made in designing the institution to ensure that no qualified student would be turned away because he or she could not afford the cost of a Bates education. Although they met with considerable criticism from other colleges, the founders held fast to their commitment to admit both men and women: Bates was New England’s first coeducational college and one of the first coeducational colleges in the United States.
Web: Bates College
Bowdoin College is a liberal arts and sciences college of 1,800 students who hail from nearly all 50 states and more than 34 countries. Located on the coast of Maine in Brunswick, a town of 25,000 on the Maine coast just 2 hours north of Boston, our students have easy access to all that Maine and New England have to offer. Study at Bowdoin leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of over 55 departmental and interdisciplinary majors. Learning continues outside the classroom through Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, McKeen Center for the Common Good, and over 100 student organizations. As a leader in the study of the environment, Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center, just 20 minutes from campus, offers a perfect natural marine lab, providing opportunities for field- and laboratory-based learning and interdisciplinary study unlike those available at any other liberal arts college in the country. With an average class size of 16, there is ample opportunity to work closely with faculty beginning in your first year regardless of major or academic program. Working in service of the common good is a part of Bowdoin that never changes. As a cherished core value, the common good is the meaningful work of bettering society that takes place in laboratories and libraries and offices. It guides how, and what, we choose to study and how we treat each other. A third of our students have identified as students of color and 15% are the first in their family to attend college. Our Native American Student Association (NASA) group creates and maintains a supportive environment for Native American students at Bowdoin and collaborates with the four tribes in the state of Maine and other organizations on campus. While Bowdoin’s application process is highly selective, submission of test scores is optional. Admissions is need-blind, so your opportunity to be admitted to Bowdoin will never depend on your ability to pay for it. We are committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of any student applying for financial aid – without loans. Our application fee is waived for first generation college students and/or any student applying for financial aid. Bowdoin’s admissions office hosts over 100 students during their fly-in programs that are held every year in September and November.
Brown University was founded in 1764 and is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island. Brown is a private, Ivy League institution recognized for its global reach, vibrant community, expansive research opportunities and unique curriculum. Our undergraduate College is home to 6,500 students from across the nation and the world, who are driven by a wide spectrum of academic interests. The Brown Graduate and Alpert School of Medicine round out our academic community. The Open Curriculum gives students both choice and freedom in developing their undergraduate course of study by featuring interdisciplinary seminars, more than 80 concentrations (or “majors”), and over 2,000 courses (including cross-registration at the Rhode Island School of Design). Additionally, our innovative Open Curriculum has no curricular requirements outside of the writing and concentration requirements. Brown’s commitment to access and equity resulted in the implementation of our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which included the promise to double the faculty of color, increase resources for historically underrepresented groups on campus, and to host College Horizons for the first time in Brown’s history. Brown also launched the Native and Indigenous Studies Initiative to promote the scholarship of faculty and students that “explores, and increases the understanding of, the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples (especially in the Western Hemisphere) through historical and contemporary lenses.” The Native Americans at Brown (NAB) student group organizes an ongoing Native American Heritage Series and the annual Spring Thaw Powwow, which is attended by over 1,000 people from throughout New England. The Brown Promise Financial Aid program meets 100% of demonstrated need and all students receiving financial aid do not have student loans in their financial aid packages.
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
In your future, do you see yourself tackling the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology? If so, consider joining us at Caltech. With world-class scholars as your faculty members and our incredible research facilities, you can prepare to take your place as a leader in the scientific community. Our resources for undergraduate research are second to none, as 90% of student research proposals are accepted. Caltech is also the only college to operate and manage a NASA site: the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (which is responsible for nearly all unmanned space exploration). With less than 1,000 undergraduate students, Caltech immerses you in a collaborative community of unusually curious and talented peers. We have a unique culture that combines a passion for innovation, intense intellectual discovery, and a healthy amount of craziness. On our campus, you can be yourself and connect with people as friends and colleagues. Students coming from backgrounds and communities which are historically underrepresented in the STEM fields find support through various programming out of the Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD), from academic advising and guidance to graduate mentoring and community lunches. One such opportunity is the Freshman Summer Research Institute (FSRI), a summer program for incoming freshmen designed to enhance the transition from high school to a research-based education and to assist students in developing the learning strategies that lead to success at Caltech. Participants conduct research with mentors, write research papers, and give professional research talks.
Carleton is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, known for its bright students and an intellectual faculty committed to teaching. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Carleton has several qualities that make it distinctive: 1. We utilize a trimester system—this means fast-paced learning during 3 short, 10-week terms, but only 3 classes at a time. The trimester system allows for lots of flexibility in your scheduling, and lots of academic exploration. 2.Over 70% of our students participate in off-campus studies programs (and many of them travel more than once!). Any financial aid that you receive at Carleton will follow you around the world, making study abroad affordable for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 3. We meet full financial need for all admitted students for all four years. 4. Our campus community represents a diverse cross-section of the world we live in. Carleton’s 2,000 students are drawn from every state and over 40 countries around the world. Nearly 40% of our students identify as either people of color or international students, and every major religion is represented on our campus. Offices like OIIL (Office of Intercultural and International Life), TRIO (serving 1st-generation college students, low-income students, and students with a documented disability), and the GSC (Gender and Sexuality Center) work to celebrate the different identities our students bring to campus with them. 5.Our Career Center’s programming supports your exploration of jobs through internships, alumni networking, on-campus recruiters, and field trips to various employers. Students choose Carleton because of our size, exclusive focus on undergraduate education, and the strong sense of community on campus.
Colorado College is the only nationally ranked, private, liberal arts and sciences school in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1874, with the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, Pikes Peak is our western view and downtown Colorado Springs is just a few blocks away. We welcome 2000 students to campus from all 50 states and over 55 countries to share their diversity of thought, experience, and personal background as a residential community. Colorado College works on the Block Plan, where all students take one class at a time. Each class is three-and-a-half weeks long, with classes running from 9 am – 12 pm each weekday. This gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in each subject and have in-depth discussions, field study, and travel in and out of the country. CC students have many hands-on experiences along with class discussions by leaving campus to experience the curriculum in the world as it happens. This is possible because classes are always small, with a cap of 25 students per class. Cultural diversity is important to the CC community and we strive to provide resources on campus for students to grow in, learn about, and express diversity. Students participate in over 100 student groups and activities, varsity athletics at the Division I and III levels, club and intramural sports, internships, and research opportunities. Colorado College and the Block Plan prepare students to experience their education through on and off campus courses, activities, and learning experiences. We are committed to making Colorado College affordable by meeting the full financial need for all students who are admitted to the college. Students find their intellectual curiosity developing in unique ways in the Colorado College community. We offer both Early Decision and Early Action (November 10) and Regular Action (January 15) admission options.
Web: Colorado College
Founded in 1754, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Located in one of the world’s most vibrant and global cities, Columbia is a residential university with one of the most diverse, talented student bodies in the world. Our community includes students from all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries, over half of our students identify as students of color, and 14% of students are the first in their families to attend college. Columbia also strives to be accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Awarding over $140 million in need-based financial aid annually, Columbia meets the full need of every student admitted as a first-year with grants instead of loans. Columbia offers nearly 100 majors to its 6000 undergraduates in two schools: Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. All Columbia undergraduates are united by our renowned Core Curriculum, which began in 1919 and introduces students to essential texts and thinkers through small seminar courses in literature, history, art, music, natural science and philosophy. Research opportunities abound in over 200 labs and research institutes throughout the university. Outside of the classroom, students can join more than 500 student-run clubs and organizations from performing arts to community service to publications to athletics to cultural and religious affinity groups. Our student-run Native American Council and Mālama Hawai‘i organize programming throughout the year, including the annual powwow and lū’au. Columbia is residential university and nearly all undergraduates live in guaranteed housing on our beautiful Morningside Heights campus, allowing for easy access to all of New York City for cultural, social and professional exploration. Columbia connects students with thousands of research and internship opportunities in New York City and students can choose from more than 150 study abroad and global opportunities.
Cornell University is an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study” and it remains one of the most academically and socially diverse universities in the world. A member of the Ivy League, Cornell offers 75 majors and 4,000 courses, and the opportunity to lead and get involved with hundreds of student-run organizations. A vibrant living and learning community, Cornell welcomes women and men with a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds from all 50 states and nations around the world. Currently there are 196 Native undergraduate students (and 23 Native graduate/professional students) at Cornell from across the U.S. and Canada. They are supported academically, socially, and culturally through resources and activities made available through the American Indian Program (AIP) and AIP’s Akwe:kon, the nation’s first residential program house specifically designed to celebrate the rich heritage of American Indians. Interested students are encouraged to visit for a day to see the university’s spectacular campus, or to consider a longer visit arranged by the University Admissions Office and by Cornell’s various colleges. For more information about visiting the campus, contact AIP at (607) 255-6587, or see www.aip.cornell.edu
Founded in 1769, “for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land… and any others,” Dartmouth College has led the way in outreach and recruitment of Native youth from across the country. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is the smallest of the Ivy League schools with approximately 4,200 undergraduates. Consistently ranked among the top five schools in the country for the quality of undergraduate teaching, students come to Dartmouth to have access to small classroom sizes, a broad and deep liberal arts curriculum, a flexible academic calendar and a high level of collaboration with our world-class faculty. There are over 50 majors available – including a full Native Studies Program – and close to half of Dartmouth students will create their own major or minor. Dartmouth is also ranked one of the top ten schools in the country for study abroad opportunities, with over 60 standing programs to choose from. At Dartmouth, outreach to Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and, increasingly, international Indigenous youth, their communities and their families is an institutional priority. For opportunities to come to campus on our fall visitation program go to: https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/visit/visit-programs
Web: Dartmouth Website
Dickinson College remains a nationally recognized liberal arts institution since its establishment in 1783 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Employing a useful approach to a liberal arts curriculum, Dickinson offers 42 departmental and interdisciplinary majors in addition to independent research and internship opportunities. Dickinson students develop intellectual independence and a passion for learning by engaging in innovative programs ranging from neuroscience to security studies. Dickinson’s decidedly global curriculum includes 13 languages and a variety of globally-focused courses. Dickinson offers one of the world’s most respected study abroad programs; more than half of Dickinson students study abroad in more than 40 programs in 25 countries on six continents. The college is also recognized as a leader among educational institutions committed to environmental sustainability. The Center for Sustainability Education integrates sustainability into Dickinson’s academics, facilities, operations and campus culture. Additionally, the college enrolls about 2,400 students from across the country and around the world. With a serious commitment to diversity, nearly one third of Dickinson’s student population includes students of color and international students. Working in collaboration with the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, the Dickinson community supports programming to facilitate intercultural dialogues on campus. Dickinson values cultural diversity and strives to provide resources on campus to support multiculturalism and inclusion. Students participate in over 130 student organizations, including varsity athletics at the Division III level as well as club and intramural sports. Dedicated to accessibility and affordability, Dickinson aims to meet applicants’ full need. With its commitment to the individual, students choose Dickinson because of its small size, distinctive approach to global education, dedication to sustainability, useful liberal arts curriculum, and strong sense of community. For more information about visiting campus, contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com.
Duke University is a relatively young university. Founded in 1924, Duke is synonymous with a rigorous academic program, an emphasis on individual education, and a vibrant school spirit. Students enjoy a dynamic combination of tradition and innovation, opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art research, robust extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle in North Carolina, Duke draws students from all over the United States and 85 foreign countries and representing a range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The 6,400 undergraduates can choose from 49 majors in the arts and sciences and engineering, 50 minors, and 24 interdisciplinary certificate programs, or arts and sciences students can work with a faculty member to design their own curriculum. Duke’s financial aid program meets the full financial need for all admitted students who apply for aid, regardless of citizenship or residency. Duke has an active Native American Student Alliance and provides a fly-in program each April for eligible admitted Native students during Duke “Blue Devil Days”.
At Emory, a liberal arts and research university located in Atlanta, Georgia, you can choose from 70+ majors, including history, economics, dance, business, nursing, and quantitative sciences, or create an academic plan unique to your career goals. Nearly half of our students choose to double major. All first-year students enroll in the First-Year at Emory Program, offering students unique academic programming taught in small classes of 19 or fewer students, as well as social events, helping students acclimate to campus. Classes are taught by leading faculty in their fields, and advisors are faculty familiar with your program. Beyond the classroom, internships, study abroad, and research opportunities abound as well! With over 550 student clubs, sports teams, and performing arts groups – and our unusual and fun traditions – Emory is a great place for students who want to organize, lead, and be a part of it all. You can enjoy Wonderful Wednesdays, where each week a different campus organization sponsors activities in the heart of campus, such as Puppy-palooza, bouncy castles, or live music. Oxford Olympics is an annual tournament during Orientation week where the residence halls compete for the championship. Atlanta is the business, healthcare, and cultural capital of the Southeast, where you can take advantage of nearly 2,000 internship opportunities. Study breaks are for soaking in the art scene and diverse dining options, or retreating into nature by kayaking, hiking, or walking local nature trails.
FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE
Franklin and Marshall is a leading national liberal arts college established in 1787 with a gift of 200 British pounds from Benjamin Franklin. We are located in historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania – a dynamic city with a thriving arts scene. The College enrolls 2,324 students. The average class size is 19 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Our students receive more than $500,000 in research grants every year. At Franklin and Marshall, we emphasize the life of the mind and provide opportunities for learning while doing.
All students are lifelong members of a College House, five distinct hubs of academic, extracurricular and social engagement in a residential setting. Guided by faculty dons and administrative prefects, students govern their houses, develop leadership skills, and create their own social and intellectual programs.
Students may join one or more of the College’s 115 clubs and organizations, ranging from anime to Ultimate Frisbee. More than three-quarters of students participate in community service, and about one-third belongs to one of 12 Greek organizations. Our scholar-athletes compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The College fields 27 athletic teams—13 for men and 14 for women.
Students may study abroad in any of 200 locations around the world. Each year, one-third of our students goes abroad or enrolls in a travel course. On campus, 87 percent of students have studied at least one of the 11 foreign languages we offer.
Our students learn by doing. They embrace the opportunity to work side by side or in small groups with faculty members on research projects that have real-world applications. And when given the choice of being a scholar, an athlete, an artist, a leader or a volunteer, they are most apt to choose “all of the above.” This is who we are.
Hamilton College was originally founded in 1793 by the Rev. Samuel Kirkland as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, a school where the children of the native Oneida Indians and those of the white settlers streaming into the region following the Revolutionary War could be educated together. Kirkland presented his plan to George Washington who “expressed approbation” and to Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton who lent his name and consented to be a trustee. At his request, Oneida Chief Skenandoa is buried alongside his friend Kirkland in the College cemetery. Today, Hamilton is one of the nation’s most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 45 countries. Consistent with its reputation as a “college of opportunity,” Hamilton is need-blind in its admission decisions and promises to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students for all four years. Hamilton offers a personal approach to educating its students highlighted by an open curriculum (no core courses or distribution requirements), individualized advising with a professor, 56 areas of study, classes that average 14 students each, and a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The Hamilton community welcomes and embraces students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Twenty-nine percent of the student body consists of students of color or international students, and 15 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. There are more than 200 community service, cultural, musical, athletic, political, social, recreational and religious groups on campus. At Hamilton, the quality of personal interaction that takes place in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and performance halls extends to our residences, dining halls, sporting venues, and to the casual conversations that take place whenever two or more people encounter one another.
Hanover College is a liberal arts college that promotes lifelong inquiry, transformative learning, and meaningful service. With an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students from 28 states and 26 different countries, our community is close-knit and diverse. Our students stay engaged in our campus community by being involved in 60+ clubs and organizations including student government, cultural diversity clubs, and greek life. Our 650 acres of campus is mostly wooded, and lined with hiking trails that lead students to several naturally occurring waterfalls. Small classes (average class size is 17) and easy access to faculty (13-1 student to faculty ratio) highlight the personalized education that each student receives. More than 96% of faculty have terminal degrees and we have NO teaching assistants or graduate assistants instructing Hanover’s classes. Hanover College is the oldest liberal arts college in Indiana, founded in 1827. Hanover’s most popular majors are Biology, Communication, Psychology, Economics, and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Furthermore, students may strengthen their major with a pre-professional track, such as pre-law, The Business Scholars Program, Design, or the Health and Biomedical Sciences Program (HBSP). Within the curriculum, there is a focus on experiential learning that include but are not limited to Access to a human cadaver lab for students in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Program, a robust study abroad program, and a high rate of students taking advantage of internships (100% of Business Scholars have paid and project-based internships.). Hanover students consistently find success with 99% of our students finding employment or enrollment in continuing education within 7 months of graduation.
Health and Biomedical Sciences Program: www.prehealth.hanover.edu
Harvard College is the oldest college in the United States, founded in 1636. Harvard’s early mission included the Harvard Indian College, opened in 1655, a mission now taken up by the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an undergraduate student body of 6,600 students, hailing from all 50 states and over 100 different countries and representing a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students can concentrate, or major, in 50 different areas of study spanning the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering sciences, as well as several interdisciplinary majors. In addition, extracurricular activities play a large role on campus with approximately 400 different student-run organizations, including several Native organizations. Housing is guaranteed all four years with 97 percent of students choosing to live in on-campus housing. Harvard is committed to offering comprehensive financial aid to all students with demonstrated financial need.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON
Indiana University students get it all—the storybook experience of what college should be like, and the endless opportunities that come with it. Top-ranked academics. Awe-inspiring faculty. Dynamic campus life. International culture. Phenomenal music and arts events. The excitement of IU Hoosier sports. And a jaw-droppingly beautiful campus.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Johns Hopkins University is a place where ambitious, talented, and creative students thrive. Students in all majors learn through exploration and discovery—both inside and outside the classroom at JHU, which was founded as the first American research institution. With no core curriculum, JHU offers students the freedom to pursue classes they’re interested in, not just required to take. Students are able—and encouraged—to build the academic path that is right for them, with guidance from staff and advisers. Our students can combine their interests, academic and otherwise, in ways that are meaningful to them, and often discover new passions while they’re here. Double majoring and minoring or taking classes across disciplines are common practices, with 60 percent of students pursuing a double major or major/minor. Johns Hopkins has a close-knit feel (on average, there are fewer than 20 students in 73% of classes and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio) and the resources of a large research university, so students have the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty and participate in experiences usually reserved for grad students or professionals. In fact, 97% of students have at least one career-related experience as undergraduates through research, internships, or other pre-professional opportunities. Studying abroad is also a common option, with 500 students studying abroad each year in more than thirty countries. Outside of the classroom, students are active and engaged on a lively campus, involved in activities from dance or singing groups to international service organizations. Located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, JHU students embrace the city as an off-campus learning lab, gateway to internships and jobs, and entertainment hot spot. The admissions committee approaches applications from a holistic perspective, evaluating the ‘whole student.’ In addition to looking at a student’s academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, we seek to admit students who are excited about learning and living at Johns Hopkins. We look for students who will bring something to the campus community while taking advantage of all Johns Hopkins has to offer, by collaborating with their peers and faculty mentors to pursue groundbreaking discoveries. Check out student profiles, blogs, pictures, videos, and more on the student-run social media site, Hopkins Insider.
Kenyon College is a liberal arts college located on a hilltop in central Ohio where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community. Of our 1,000 acre campus, 380 are dedicated to the Brown Family Environmental Center. Cutting through the heart of campus is Middle Path, a gathering place for students and faculty. While most notably known for its literary tradition and the internationally recognized literary journal The Kenyon Review, the flexible curriculum offers science research projects, proficiency in 8 languages, and connections across disciplines. Our 1700 students hail from more than 41 countries and all 50 states, roughly 18% are students of color, and nearly 70% receive either need-based financial aid or merit scholarships. Our state of the art athletic center is the home of 22 varsity teams, including the national men’s swimming champions for 31 consecutive years. 40% of the food served in the Harry Potter-esque dining hall was farmed locally, while the Rural Life Center teaches students about agricultural sustainability. In the words of one of our professors, Kenyon is a small place to think big thoughts.
Lawrence University is a nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and conservatory of music dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. Our 1,500 students come to Lawrence from nearly every state and more 50 countries, making Lawrence one of the nation’s most internationally diverse colleges. Lawrence offers extraordinary individualized learning experiences; over 90% of our students take at least one class where they are the only student. Adjacent to downtown Appleton, Wisconsin (metro pop. 250,000), students have abundant opportunities for community engagement and social life. Bjorklunden, Lawrence’s 425-acre estate on 1.5 miles of undisturbed Lake Michigan shoreline, offers students and professors a beautiful retreat and learning center for use each weekend of the academic year. Academic rigor in a nurturing, collegial atmosphere characterizes the Lawrence experience. A residential learning community, all Lawrence students live in campus housing throughout their college careers.
Lehigh University is a private research institution located 90 minutes or less from Philadelphia and New York City in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania’s third largest metropolitan area. There are roughly 5200 undergraduate students and over 100 majors and programs, which lends itself to unique disciplines that blend different fields, outlets for creativity and innovation, student-driven research, small class sizes, and professors who mentor students. Through the Lehigh/U.N. Partnership, more than 1,500 Lehigh students, faculty, and staff participate in exclusive meetings and conferences each year. The international internship program places many students who otherwise would not be able to have an experience abroad. Further, Lehigh’s extensive academic and social support includes LUSSI, a four-year program that provides college readiness classes, programming, advising, and funding for other special opportunities. The dynamic student body is involved in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities and traditions. Consistent placement of 96% or more of the class in career related opportunities within 6 months of graduation means the vast majority of Lehigh grads are pursuing their dreams immediately. Lehigh has a need-blind admission policy, meets 100% of demonstrated need for those who complete the financial aid process on time, and caps student loans.
Linfield College, located one hour from Portland, Oregon, is a small, independent, undergraduate college with 1,700 students offering over 45 programs across the arts and sciences. We believe students thrive in small learning communities with plenty of opportunities to explore the unknown. With a student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, our classes are designed to inspire collaboration, discussion, and hands-on learning. Beyond the classroom, Linfield Wildcats create rich experiences living on campus, studying abroad, and participating in performing arts, clubs, campus leadership positions, Division III NCAA sports, and on-campus media organizations. A welcoming community, Linfield has become increasingly diverse within recent years with all students finding academic, social and financial support to succeed on campus and in life after graduation. Of the entering class of 2017, 38% were students of color and 24% are the first in their families to attend college. Our Office of Multicultural Programs invites all students to participate in clubs like the Native American Student Association, Hawaiian Club, Asian American Alliance and Black Student Union.
Web: Linfield College
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
What do rollercoasters, pirates, elaborate practical jokes (or “hacks”), the largest neuroscience center in the world, the biggest Division III athletic program in the country, and an enduring commitment to social impact have in common? They can all be found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! Combining excellence in science and engineering with a world-class education in the humanities and arts, an MIT education provides the tools for solving the challenges of our generation and beyond. MIT people love to speak in numbers. Students say things like “I have 6.001 in 10-250 at 2:30, then my Course 9 UROP in Building 46.” Here are some of the MIT numbers you might want to know: our faculty currently includes 10 Nobel Laureates, 22 MacArthur Fellows, and 51 Guggenheim Fellows. MIT has an 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Our students are diverse, engaged, creative, and intense. They are active in athletics (MIT has 33 varsity sports teams, including a Division I rowing program, 18 intramural sports, and many more club sports), student organizations (MIT has over 500, including the Laboratory for Chocolate Science), and residential communities (MIT has 10 dorms, 2 of which allow cats). There are many resources and people who can help students on their journey. Academic deans, professors, upperclassmen mentors, faculty advisors and house leaders, and graduate resident tutors are all here to help students navigate the MIT experience and find a home here. The MIT Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a student-run group that promotes Native culture and community on campus and STEM-related education to various tribal communities. At MIT, learning is about more than what is taught in the classroom – it’s about living here, choosing your own opportunities, and discovering who you are. Below are some starting points for learning about life at MIT and the support students receive on campus.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
New York University is one of the foremost private urban research universities in the United States. It was founded in 1831 by Albert Gallatin, America’s fourth Secretary of the Treasury and a man known for radical ideas and innovation. At a time when higher education was reserved for elite men, NYU was one of the first universities to offer academic opportunities to everyone – to immigrants and later to women. Today, students enter NYU through one of three degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai and are also able to study abroad at sites in Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Spain, and the United States, making this institution the premier Global Network University. In addition to the wide array of student resources, the Native American Club at NYU provides students with the opportunity to meet and engage with other Native American students, and the Native People’s Forum aims to engage the NYU community and others through events related to indigenous and Native American society.
The strength of a Northeastern education is experiential learning—it enables you to explore your path, find your passion, and acquire the skills and knowledge that prepare you for a lifetime of success. There’s no other university experience quite like it. Our graduates prove this every day. Our entire learning model is centered around your success. Powered by our signature co-op program and fueled by your inclination for exploration-driven excellence, experiential learning at Northeastern is the advantage that will set you apart in the real world.
Founded in 1851 in Evanston, IL, Northwestern University is located on a lakeside campus just 3 miles north of Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. With a population of 8,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students, Northwestern puts a strong emphasis on undergraduate teaching: our student: faculty ratio is 7:1, and 77% of courses enroll under 20 students. We also put a strong emphasis on affordability and accessibility, meeting 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need with loan-free scholarships. Thanks in large part to this commitment to college access, our students come from all socioeconomic circumstances, call 75+ countries home, and bring remarkably diverse backgrounds and ideas to campus. Northwestern’s six undergraduate schools offer 150+ programs of study in arts and sciences, engineering, communication, journalism, education and social policy, and music. These programs span traditional liberal studies disciplines but also include more specialized concentrations: business institutions, theatre, learning sciences, legal studies, integrated marketing, etc. Our quarter system (3 academic terms, 4 courses per term) allows students to graduate with 10–12 more courses than would a semester system, enabling interdisciplinary exploration and multiple academic concentrations. Over 500 undergraduate organizations, athletics, $3.5 mm in undergraduate research funding, 150+ study abroad opportunities, cutting-edge innovation centers, and internships across industries complement classroom opportunities to foster scholarly development, professional experience, leadership, and personal growth. “At Northwestern, we seek to create spaces where Native American and Indigenous students are heard, their identities are honored, and they can be successful students as well as good tribal and community citizens.” –Jasmine Gurneau, Senior Program Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Oberlin College is a highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music tucked away in a small Ohio town located just outside of Cleveland. Founded in 1833, it holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities as the first college to grant bachelor’s degrees to women in a coeducational environment and as a leader in the education of African Americans. Oberlin is known for its academic and musical excellence and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship. With 2,900 students and nearly 50 majors, Oberlin has academic strengths in the Sciences, English and Creative Writing, Politics and History, East Asian Studies, Music, and more. An Oberlin education will provide a solid foundation for graduate school, law school or medical school. Approximately 2/3 of its graduates start graduate school within 5 years and no other liberal arts college sends on more students to earn PhDs. Oberlin’s size, residential character, variety, and selectivity provide an atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual and personal growth.
Occidental College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States, with students of color accounting for nearly 40% of our total population of 2,102. Our location in Eagle Rock, a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood, provides our students the opportunity to study on a beautiful residential campus that is just minutes from downtown L.A. Students choose Oxy because they want to do independent research; because they want to get to know their faculty members and not be just a face in the crowd (our student:faculty ratio is 10:1); because they want to be leaders in their communities; and because they want to pursue academic excellence (most students go on for graduate study) in an environment when their cultural values and perspectives are not merely tolerated, but where they are celebrated. Occidental is Division III in athletics with long traditions of winning teams in men’s and women’s sports, and great school spirit as students feel a strong connection with the community. Oxy: Excellence, Equity, Community, Service.
Located in Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pomona College offers a top-notch liberal arts education within a diverse, tight-knit student body of 1,650. As part of the Claremont Consortium, Pomona also provides a wider community of nearly 6,000 undergraduates, the ability to cross-register for classes at neighboring schools, and the vibrant social life of a mid-sized university. Pomona itself provides every possible resource – intellectual, social, financial – to help students realize their fullest potential. Since its founding in 1887, Pomona College has been open to both men and women of all races. Bringing together a diverse community has always been at the center of Pomona’s mission. For the past two years, over 50% of Pomona’s admitted students have identified as domestic students of color and 20% have been the first in their families to attend college. To ensure a socioeconomically diverse student body, Pomona offers need-blind admission and guarantees to meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need without packaging loans. Pomona’s 140-acre campus sits on ancestral Tongva land, the original inhabitants of the L.A. Basin. The College’s Draper Center for Community Partnership sponsors Native Initiatives, which brings Elders and speakers to campus, connects students with local Native community members and hosts the annual Pomona College Powwow. Native students are also active in IndigeNATION, a college preparatory outreach program to local Native youth at Semillas del Pubelo and Sherman Indian High School, and the Native Garden program, which invites local Tongva Elders to collaborate on projects and teach about local plants and Tongva history. Native Students also have their peer own mentorship program, the Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program (ISMP). Native students build community on campus with weekly dinners and monthly Fry Bread Frydays where students can share common experiences, support one another and connect with community members, local elders, faculty and staff. Students interested in visiting campus are strong encouraged to apply to Pomona’s Fall Weekend fly-out programs.
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship that blends the strengths of a major research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the nation. We work hard to create a community on campus that is dynamic and inclusive. The University’s 5,200 undergraduate students hail from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Princeton is committed to access and affordability, with one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. We provide aid in the form of grants—not student loans—to meet full demonstrated financial need, making it possible for students to graduate debt free. The University, located about an hour south of New York City and an hour north of Philadelphia, is a close-knit community; about 96 percent of students live on campus in residential colleges and dormitories. With a student to faculty ratio of 5:1, Princeton highlights an academic environment focused on undergraduates, where students are encouraged and challenged to develop their scholarly interests and evolve as independent thinkers. Research is an integral part of the academic experience, as each of our students explore their individual interests through junior independent work and the development of a senior thesis. Living up to our unofficial motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of Humanity,” Princeton students are instilled with a commitment to civic engagement. Students’ experiences inside and outside of the classroom simultaneously prepare them for meaningful lives and careers, broaden their outlook, and help shape their character.
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For more than a century, Reed has been a haven for a diverse group of scholars who wrestle with big ideas and explore ways to apply those ideas to the world around them. Located 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, students have access to a vibrant metropolis of waterfalls, bridges, and parks of every size while taking advantage of an engaging liberal arts program. Across the curriculum, Reed’s teaching philosophy is characterized by close interaction between students and faculty in an atmosphere of shared active learning. Reed’s small community of just over 1,400 students is built on The Life of the Mind and is dedicated to academic excellence and inclusion. The college has numerous resources to sustain a campus environment that is welcoming and supportive for all students, staff, and faculty. Reed invites juniors and seniors of color to apply for a scholarship to visit campus.
Rice University, the country’s #1 college for “Best Quality of Life” *, is one of the world’s leading research institutions. Serving approximately 3,900 undergraduate students on a campus just minutes from downtown Houston, Texas, Rice has more trees on campus than it has undergraduates. Rice’s small and intimate size allows the university to offer small classes and one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country: 6:1. Outside of class, Rice students make their home in one of the university’s eleven unique residential colleges – the heart of the Rice experience. Each college houses 300-400 students and has its own student government, traditions, budget, intramural teams, and faculty support system. As Rice students are randomly assigned into the residential colleges, students experience a slice of Rice’s broader diversity within their residential college. The combination of Rice’s incredibly diverse student body and residential college system may help explain why Rice ranks #1 in the country for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” *. Also, Rice offers an incredibly generous need-based financial aid program as well as merit scholarships, and is committed to a need-blind admission process for U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, DACA and undocumented students residing in the U.S. for an extended period of time. With a vibrant residential system, 250+ clubs and organizations, and a city as diverse and energizing as Houston, Rice has plenty to offer to students who wish for excellent quality of life and diversity in their college experience. * The Princeton Review
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Smith College, with approximately 2500 undergraduate students from all 50 states and over 60 countries, educates women of promise for lives of distinction. Smith links the power of the liberal arts to excellence in research and scholarship, developing leaders for society’s challenges. Smith is distinguished by a diverse student body, a culturally vibrant surrounding area in beautiful western Massachusetts and participation in the Five College Consortium which includes the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Free transportation among the colleges allows students to take classes and attend social, athletic and cultural events at any Consortium institution. Smith’s rigorous academic program is demanding yet flexible, with courses in more than 50 areas of study; government, biology, art and psychology are among the most popular majors. A host of unique study abroad programs, the first engineering program offered at a women’s college and a growing roster of “concentrations,” which allows students to organize unique combinations of intellectual and practical experiences, are signature offerings of the college. Most classes have fewer than 19 students and the student/faculty ratio is 9:1. Student organizations allow you to explore and share your cultural heritage as well as your academic and social interests. Smith sets aside time during the academic year to celebrate diversity, explore cultural heritage and experiences, and challenge the community to think critically about cultural pluralism. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to shaping an inclusive learning community, where differences are valued and shared.
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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had an average enrollment of 12,589 students from all 50 states and 81 countries. Students can choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 33 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.
ST. EDWARD'S UNIVERSITY
St. Edward’s University is a nationally ranked university located in Austin, Texas. We are an international community with a Catholic heritage and 4,600 students from all faiths, all nations and all walks of life. Our identity is shaped by our location in Austin, and strengthened by our 24 partner universities all over the world. We provide an inspiring, academically challenging environment with small classes that emphasize global perspective and prepare students to make a difference in their world. Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the university’s liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. We are an award-winning educational institution, recognized by our peers and by places like U.S. News and World Report for what we offer our students — and what they accomplish with what they learn here. We have more than 70 undergraduate and graduate majors, 130 student organizations and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams. We are proud partners with College Horizons and the Davis New Mexico Scholarship.
ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution of higher learning in New York State. St. Lawrence is an independent, nondenominational residential college of the arts and sciences. We are located in the village of Canton and tucked between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Canadian border, just 30 minutes south of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. The mission of St. Lawrence University is to provide an inspiring and demanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts to students selected for their seriousness of purpose and intellectual promise. St. Lawrence offers 69 majors and 40 minors. Our average class size is 16 students and we boast an 11:1 student-teacher ratio with 2,414 undergraduate students and 210 professors. Our students come from more than 50 different countries and can study abroad in nearly 20 countries, which most students will do once or twice! St. Lawrence is ranked #3 Best Alumni Network by the Princeton Review due to mentoring, job shadowing, workshops, networking opportunities, and internships. Our Celebration of Diversity is an annual multicultural fly-in program for accepted students and recipients of our Presidential Diversity Scholarship, which is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership within diversity. The Office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion upholds and promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion at St. Lawrence University through Dr. Kimberly Flint-Hamilton. Her office fulfills the University’s quest to create and sustain a living-learning community that embraces diversity in all its forms, challenges habits and assumptions underlying the structures of power, privilege, and injustice, and works to ensure that we are inclusive, welcoming, and empowering to all our members. Through respect, empathy, and dialogue, we will work together to achieve these fundamental goals in all aspects of the University’s culture. Contact Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator, Assistant Director Raychon Gillis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, supports the learning and living pursuits of 6,500 undergraduate students and 7,500 graduate students on its 8,200-acre campus located 35 miles south of San Francisco. Stanford offers small classes, with more than 70% of its undergraduate courses having 19 or fewer students in them, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1. Student housing is guaranteed all four years, and exciting off-campus study abroad opportunities enhance the learning environment. Stanford is committed to a need-blind admission policy for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, and meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students through a need-based financial aid policy. The American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community at Stanford is as diverse as it is strong. Today, there are over 350 undergraduate and graduate students representing more than 50 nations studying at Stanford. At Stanford, you will find a fully-staffed Native American Cultural Center (NACC), as well as an undergraduate residence devoted to Native communities, Muwekma Tah Ruk. Stanford is also home to the Stanford American Indian Organization, which hosts the largest student-run Powwow in the United States every Mother’s Day Weekend.
Susquehanna University is a selective, residential liberal arts college that provides a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional experiences—a winning combination that prepares students for our diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Students develop critical thinking, writing, teamwork and communication skills which, combined with internships and research opportunities, prepare them for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Our academic programs give students broad exposure to multiple disciplines before narrowing their focus to one of 60 majors and minors. Our average class size is 19, so faculty members serve as mentors, as well as teachers. First-rate academic facilities are designed for collaborative learning and include a new natural sciences center. The university is recognized nationally for its commitment to off-campus study through the Global Opportunities (GO) program. All students complete a cross-cultural experience for at least two weeks in the U.S. or abroad, and share reflections on what they learned after returning to campus. GO broadens student perspectives and helps prepare them for professional success. Students make friends, learn leadership skills and have fun through 140 student-run clubs and organizations, 23 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, fraternities, sororities and service groups. We guarantee four years of on-campus housing that ranges from traditional residence halls to suite-style living to townhouses. Susquehanna is two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore and three hours from Washington, D.C., and New York City. Harrisburg, the state capital, is one hour away. Students use these metro areas to network with alumni, pursue internships, explore professional opportunities, and to have fun! Ninety-four percent of Susquehanna graduates report being employed or in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Susquehanna alumni go on to careers in academia, medicine, law, music, finance, education and more. They are surgeons, animation designers, legal advocates and CEOs.
Swarthmore College is where intellectually passionate students think and create together for the betterment of their communities and the world. We collaborate, rather than compete. We dive deep and then put our ideas to work.
We believe in the power of place, knowing that students will thrive in both our gorgeous arboretum campus, but also appreciate the easy access to downtown Philadelphia, with a train station set right at the edge of campus. We are proud that roughly 48% of our domestic students identify as students of color and that roughly 23% of our students are the first in their families to attend college. We embrace the knowledge that living in a community of people with diverse backgrounds challenges our assumptions and helps us become who we want to be as learners and leaders. Swatties are supported with some of the most robust need-based financial aid in the country. Our aid packages meet 100% of demonstrated need and do not include any loans. Swarthmore’s fly-in program, Discover Swarthmore, takes place during the fall and is open to high school seniors. Students are invited to apply during the summer before senior year.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
The University of Chicago is universally recognized for its devotion to open and rigorous inquiry. The strength of our intellectual traditions—intense critical analysis, lively debate, and creative solutions to complex problems—rests on the scholars who continue to engage them. Our College graduates have made discoveries in every field of academic study; they are ambitious thinkers who are unafraid to take on the most pressing questions of our time. Their accomplishments have helped establish the University’s legacy as one of the world’s finest academic institutions. The University of Chicago has been home to over 85 Nobel Prize-winners, 30 Macarthur “genius” fellows, and 20 Pulitzer Prize-winners. With over 140 research centers and institutes, numerous cultural opportunities, and three of the nation’s top professional schools in law, business, and medicine—all within blocks of one another on our campus—UChicago is known for the unparalleled resources it provides its undergraduate students. UChicago maintains a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, ensuring that every classroom experience exemplifies our commitment to a student’s ability to interact closely with our faculty. Our Core curriculum provides students with a common vocabulary and a well-balanced academic experience while allowing the flexibility to explore their own particular interests in small discussion-style seminars. Students also enjoy a successful Division III sports program, small but active Greek life, forty student theatrical productions a year, a rich music scene, celebrations of culture and community—and the extraordinary opportunities in politics, music, theater, commerce, architecture, and neighborhood life in the city of Chicago.
As a liberal arts college with an urban pulse, Trinity College balances the traditions of liberal arts education with an unrelenting focus on innovation and independence. Among Trinity’s distinctive programs are its human rights program, an ABET-accredited engineering major, and the world’s first Center for Urban and Global Studies. Trinity students cultivate independent thinking while engaging their communities, both on the College’s historic campus and in its capital city home of Hartford, Connecticut. In an effort to tear down a barrier between first-generation students and educational opportunities, Trinity has eliminated application fees for all first-generation students. The College has also appointed a director of student success, who works to support first-generation and low-income students throughout their Trinity experience. For more information, please visit www.trincoll.edu/admissions.
Tufts University is a student-centered, medium-sized research university with undergraduate campuses in Medford and Boston, Massachusetts. The University was founded in 1852 and is situated on unceded Wampanoag land. Tufts provides a unique blend of research university and liberal arts college – adding a personal touch and focus on undergraduate education to top-ranked research programs across the disciplines. Our 5,400 undergraduates work with faculty in classes that are, on average, 23 students as they pursue one or more of the 70+ majors in our School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Tufts is committed to preparing students for a lifetime of engagement in civic and democratic life, and we are home to the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a national leader in civic education. Tufts students are collaborative, curious, intellectual, and down-to-earth. They live together on residential campuses that offer over 300 student organizations, while enjoying easy access to the city of Boston. Approximately 30 percent of our undergraduates identify as US students of color and more than 40 percent receive need-based financial aid. Tufts proudly meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Each fall Tufts observes Indigenous People’s Day, an annual student-led celebration of Indigenous resistance and culture in which local Native groups share dance, music, prayer, and food with our students and faculty. Tufts’ Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora offers courses in Native American and Indigenous studies and hosts a variety of events and workshops focused on decolonization and Native histories. For students interested in visiting our campus, each October we host the Voices of Tufts Diversity Experiences, two overnight programs designed to expose high school seniors to the diversity within our community. For more information, visit http://admissions.tufts.edu/voices/
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
At the University of California, Irvine, we believe in the infinitely curious. Our students are the tinkerers, the dreamers, and the courageous of thought. They are inspiring, motivated, and care about the world around them. And they aren’t afraid to fail, because they dare to go where others won’t. If this sounds a lot like you, then you need to be here making a difference too. You’ll fit in just by being you. No other college or university nurtures fearless, independent thought like UCI does. We take you beyond the classroom to see possibility where others see impossibility. One of the top ten public universities in the United States, UCI offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs and the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty to produce groundbreaking work. In fact, by the time you are a senior, 91 percent of your graduating class will have participated in faculty-mentored research. And we’re located in sunny southern California, five miles from pristine Pacific Ocean beaches. Students enjoy a perfect Mediterranean climate and have easy access to surfing and sailing, hundreds of miles of bike and hiking trails, desert camping, mountain resorts for snowboarding and skiing, and famous attractions such as Disneyland and Hollywood. To learn more, or for questions about the admissions process, contact Julie Marovish, admissions counselor for the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions, at email@example.com or 949-824-3581.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
The University of Denver, located in the Rocky Mountain region, acknowledges that it sits on Cheyenne and Arapahoe land. Our 125-acre campus rests in a semi-urban setting 15 minutes from downtown Denver and is renowned for its beauty, state-of-the-art facilities and classic architecture. Denver is recognized as one of the largest growing Native American populations in the country with at least 200 tribal nations inhabiting the city. DU’s vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good is distinguished by a diverse array of programs that offer consistent access to faculty and personalized education in small classes. 5,500 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students from 50 states and over 80 countries are brought together in an environment that prizes not only adventurous learning partnerships between students and faculty, but research and internship opportunities for students in all disciplines. While we want our students to thoroughly experience everything Denver and the surrounding area has to offer, seeking out global perspectives is a hallmark of a DU experience – through our Cherrington Global Scholars program (recently ranked the #3 study abroad program in the country), DU offers study abroad options on six continents at no additional cost, with nearly 70% of students participating. Outside the classroom DU students enjoy over 100 clubs and active organizations, such as the Native Student Alliance. NSA annually hosts the DU New Beginnings Pow Wow, Native campus tours, student socials and other programming led by the Director of Native American Community Relations and Programs. Students also enjoy supporting the 17 NCAA Division I teams including our top-ranked lacrosse, hockey, soccer and gymnastics programs. We annually provide over $130 million in scholarship and financial aid assistance to our students including two fully-funded Native American Scholarships for active community involvement.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The University of Michigan is one of the great public research universities of the U.S. and the world, located in vibrant Ann Arbor. Since 1817, U-M has been a global model of a diverse, comprehensive academic institution committed to furthering the public good. Nineteen schools and colleges offer 263-degree programs, featuring tremendous academic breadth and opportunity for discovery. Our thriving innovation ecosystem cultivates the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of students across campus. Students study the liberal arts and the sciences in a spirited, cross-disciplinary environment that encourages inquiry in the classroom and in undergraduate research, with a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and 1,400 students participating in undergraduate research partnerships with faculty. More than 150 first-year seminars have twenty or fewer students taught by senior faculty. Numerous service-learning programs link academics with volunteerism, such as Semester in Detroit. Global learning is achieved through more than 90 study-abroad programs on six continents; overseas internships and work; more than 40 global languages taught on campus; and various global intercultural experiences for students. Thirteen Michigan Learning Communities allow undergraduates with similar interests or goals to live and study together, making a large campus small. With access to top-ranked programs and distinguished faculty, students have the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, to find their true voice, and to make a positive impact on the world. Upon graduation, more than 583,000 living alumni around the globe enable graduates to make personal and professional connections with each other almost anywhere.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is a private, Catholic university located in South Bend, Indiana. With a student body totaling 8,500 (from all 50 states and over 100 countries), the University is recognized for its excellence in undergraduate education, sense of tradition, community life, school spirit, and faith-centered atmosphere. Notre Dame has 30 residence halls that serve as the center of the student social life that counts over 400+ clubs and organizations. After entrance to Notre Dame, students spend one year in the First Year Studies, which exposes them to a broad liberal arts curriculum and provides them with advisory and academic support as they transition to university life. Upon successful completion of the first year, students then enter the College of Arts and Letters, Business, Engineering, Science, or the School of Architecture, where they freely choose from any of our 67 major fields of study. Resources and support for ethnic minorities is provided through, but not limited to, the Multicultural Students Programs and Services (msps.nd.edu) and Native American Initiatives (nai.nd.edu).
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
The University of Oregon (UO) is a place that invites peace, harmony, and cultural exchange. Founded in 1876, the UO is the state’s flagship public university, offering more than 300 academic programs including a Native American Studies minor. Opportunities, academic resources, and cultural support for native students are abundant at the UO, including an active Native American Student Union, the Northwest Indian Language Institute, the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community. But, at the center of the UO’s American Indian community is the Many Nations Longhouse—a campus gem, where students come together and community gatherings happen to support academic success while upholding the numerous American Indian cultures and beliefs. And, with more than 275 clubs and organizations, students at the UO are bound to find almost any group to fill their interests. The UO is a Tier One research university and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, whose 62 members in the US and Canada are “recognized as outstanding by reason of the excellence of their research and education programs.” The UO’s Early Action application deadline is November 1 and the regular deadline is January 15. Awards like the Diversity Excellence Scholarship are available to native students. The UO also offers in-state tuition to members of the tribes and bands that have a historic relationship to the land that became Oregon, regardless of their current state of residence—a savings of more than $20,000 per year! To get a better sense of the UO’s native community, our academic excellence, and to see the UO’s beautiful 295-acre arboretum campus, schedule a visit today. And, don’t forget to attend the UO’s annual Mother’s Day pow wow and salmon bake in the spring!
UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
The University of Portland is a thriving community of more than 4,000 students, who come from around the nation and the world, as well as over 1,000 faculty and staff. The University is located upon a bluff in a residential neighborhood overlooking the Willamette River and the city of Portland. The school’s location is the inspiration for its nickname, “The Bluff.”
The University is led by Fr. Mark L. Poorman, CSC, who began his tenure as the University of Portland’s 20th president in 2014. Since our inception in 1901, the University has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, a Catholic order of priests and brothers. The founder of the order, Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, said, “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” This commitment to educating the hands, heart, and mind are hallmarks of our belief in educating the whole person.
The University of Portland is Oregon’s only comprehensive university with schools of business, education, engineering, nursing, a College of Arts and Sciences, and a graduate school. There are more than 40 undergraduate programs and 30 minors, and more than 1,300 courses. Believing that education takes place both inside and outside the classroom, the University places a strong emphasis on residential living with 94 percent of freshmen and 57 percent of the total student body living in one of the University’s 10 residence halls.
The University’s commitment to education outside the classroom means that UP offers a wide variety of extra-curricular programming including an inclusive Campus Ministry program; local, national, and international volunteer opportunities through the Moreau Center; NCAA Division 1 Athletics as a member of the West Coast Conference; fitness, intramurals, and outdoor activities through the recreation services program in the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center; robust resources for first-generation college students and programming related to diversity and inclusion topics throughout the year; and an active student government, Associated Students of the University of Portland.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, celebrates a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor through integrated knowledge, world-renowned research opportunities, extensive civic engagement, and a dynamic and diverse community. Penn students develop the intellectual connections they need to thrive in an ever-changing and complex world. Working with faculty across a flexible curriculum spanning 4 undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, students develop adaptable, well-rounded minds. Whichever of the four schools they call home: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Wharton School of Business, in everything they do, Penn students combine theoretical and practical thinking while developing the tools they need to innovate and lead in a world that demands an increasingly broad perspective. With close faculty advising, Penn students create an undergraduate experience that meets their intellectual interests and career goals, often earning more than one degree, pursuing inter-school minors, and gaining hands-on experience through internships. For the Class of 2022, 53% of students self-identify as students of color, 12% international and 14.2% are the first generation to college. The Class of 2022 welcomes 33 Native American and Native Hawaiian students to the new freshman class. The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) serves as a home base for Natives at Penn, our student-run organization that increases awareness about Native American traditions and presence on campus Recent Natives at Penn events include the 9th annual Pow-wow, hosting the Native All-Ivy Conference (Navigating Two Worlds), assisting with student recruitment, creating a Lenape Garden at Greenfield Intercultural Center, taking classes in the Penn Center for Native American studies, and so much more! Beyond a Penn degree, the Association of Native Alumni and local tribal communities provide support for the Penn Native community. The University of Pennsylvania is committed to making its practical, powerful, and flexible Ivy League education available to the most talented and hardworking students, regardless of their economic circumstances. Penn practices need-blind admissions for US citizens and permanent residents of the US, Canada, and Mexico. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, and Penn meets 100 percent of this demonstrated need for all admitted students. Penn financial aid packages do not include loans, which means students are able to graduate debt-free. With the abundant academic, cultural, and social opportunities, Penn students are happy to call Philadelphia home for their college years.
UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
Since our founding in 1907, the University of Redlands has been dedicated to educating hearts and minds. We are passionate about giving students the framework to shape the rest of their lives. In an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, we offer a transformative education where students can blend what they learn in the classroom with life skills that will affect positive change in the world. As a small, private, liberal arts university, you can love what you find here, or find what you love and create it. That’s the Redlands tradition. Be who you are and become what you want to be. Here at Redlands, we are a community of communities. Our Native Student Programs (NSP) addresses higher education retention and access issues as they affect Native American college students, youth, and their families in Southern California and beyond. NSP seeks to create and sustain a visible and vibrant Native American culture at the University of Redlands through events and services that include volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, cultural programming and more. At Redlands, Native American students will find:
- An Endowed Chair of Native American Studies within the Department of Race and Ethnic Studies.
- Native American specific courses like:
- Southern California Indian Relations with the Land
- Native American Religions and Worldviews
- Native American Women
- Native American Environmental Issues
- Supporting the Educational Journey Coordinator who:
- Advocates for Native students.
- Mentors and advises students.
- Organizes events for local Native community on campus.
- Advises Native American Student Union.
- Creating a Passion for Learning Coordinator who:
- Assists Native freshmen and transfer applicants in college admissions and financial aid process.
- Works directly with the Office of Admissions on outreach efforts.
- Provides workshops on college readiness, admissions, financial aid, etc.
- Organizes campus tours and tribal community visits.
- Offers community service opportunities to work with tribal communities.
We are Redlands, where curiosity finds inspiration; where creativity and innovation open doors and change lives; and where diversity enriches us all. Here at Redlands, your dreams become aspirations and your aspirations become achievements.
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
The University of Rochester is one of the country’s leading private research universities. Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close work with faculty. The University consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, medical, and other research. The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to learn what they love, allowing for both focus and flexibility. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The University is a community where about 86% of undergraduates live on campus. With more than 220 student organizations ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic, students find communities of friends who share their interests and passions. The expectation is that each student will live up to Rochester’s motto, “Meliora” (ever better), recognizing that they are future leaders in industry, education, and culture. Navigating through world-renowned facilities and resources, a day in the life of two Rochester students—or any two days in the life of a single student—is never the same.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
At the University of San Francisco, students get the best of Jesuit education [< link to https://www.usfca.edu/about-usf/who-we-are/jesuit-catholic] with a San Francisco twist. Founded in 1855 as the city’s first college, USF is today a vibrant learning community-ranked #6 nationwide for undergraduate student diversity by U.S. News and World Report — in the center of a metropolis known worldwide for innovation and opportunity. USF offers 44 majors and 46 minors in the arts and sciences, business, and nursing and health professions. Students participate in more than 100 clubs and cheer for the USF Dons in NCAA Division 1 across nine men’s and women’s sports. True to Jesuit tradition, a USF education is rigorous by nature and personalized by design. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 22, each course is an intimate learning community in which students learn by doing, not just by listening. Students work with award-winning professors who challenge them to think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate effectively, and solve complex problems — the traits that employers want the most. USF also expects students to turn their learning into positive action, with a strong commitment to social justice and to changing the world for the better. This unique combination of rigor and compassion attracts students who want to succeed in their careers and in their communities. They come to USF to connect with the people, organizations, and employers who are inventing tomorrow. They come to USF because USF graduates have salaries in the top 3% of all college graduates in the country (source: federal government College Scorecard). And, of course, they come to USF to live, learn, and grow in the heart of San Francisco, with its natural beauty, 27 distinct neighborhoods, major sporting events, and cultural attractions such as the American Indian Film Festival, plus a full spectrum of research, internship, and employment opportunities.
Ursinus College is a prestigious national liberal arts college educating undergraduate students since 1869. Located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, our beautiful 170-acre campus is home to 97% of our 1,500 students, making Ursinus a truly residential experience of living and learning. At the heart of a Ursinus education is consequential learning resulting from personalized and rigorous education, reflected in our 11:1 student to faculty ratio. We believe that academic inquiry—reflecting on who we are and our place in the world—produces critical thinkers and principled leaders who go on to live lives of purpose and meaning. It’s why we are so fond of questions here, such as those that make up our core curriculum. With more than 60 degrees of study, our students often find themselves double majoring or minoring and are architects of their own educational experience. The student body is made up of is made up of 22% students of color, and our degree-seeking population representing 31 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and 20 countries (dual, international, and permanent residency.) When not in the classroom, our students are researchers, performers, and explorers; they participate in service and succeed on and off the field. In fact, 35% of our student body participates in Varsity athletics, as part of the competitive Division III Centennial Conference. The best way to decide if Ursinus is the right place for you is to visit our campus. We offer one-on-one tours, personalized information sessions, and interviews with our Admission staff year-round. Visit ursinus.edu/visit to learn more!
Vanderbilt University is a private, Research-I university with a 330-acre campus located in the Midtown neighborhood of Nashville, TN – better known as Music City, USA. Within a comprehensive undergraduate experience, our students may focus on academic programs that span the liberal arts, education, engineering, music, pre-professional, and interdisciplinary areas. Our top majors include Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Health and Society (MHS), and Human and Organizational Development (HOD). Our residential campus provides a house system for all 1,600 first-year students and a variety of accommodations for upperclassmen students that include living-learning communities and apartments. We encourage our students to take advantage of our study abroad options (~130 programs) across the globe, including during our Maymester term. Over 500 student organizations exist on campus, with opportunities for political, religious, cultural, academic, service, and pre-professional involvement, including the Multicultural Leadership Council. Vanderbilt is the smallest and only private college in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and our 16 varsity teams provide various opportunities for students to show their school spirit. Interested students are encouraged to visit our website below and connect with the admissions representative for their state.
Washington College is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, near the Chesapeake Bay and just 90 minutes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Approximately 1,450 undergraduate students from 35 states and 40 nations attend WC. Campus groups like the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and Model UN provide students with access to hands-on learning opportunities all over the world. Other student organizations are big on community service or the arts. Small school, big experience.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
At Washington University in St. Louis, founded in 1853, students benefit from the resources of a large research university with the individual attention, advising, and support of a small liberal arts college. WashU is known for its academic flexibility, groundbreaking research, robust student life, state-of-the-art facilities, top-notch living and dining experiences, and strong commitment to diversity. WashU undergrads, 6,849 students who hail from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries around the globe, are passionate, curious, and compelled to solve the problems of the world. They are inherently motivated as individuals, but they are collaborators, teammates, and friends. Students learn from one another as they share varying perspectives, and the 8:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional advising program offer a strong support system. When students enroll at WashU, they set off on a truly unique academic path. The university’s unparalleled academic flexibility allows students to study within and across any of our five undergraduate divisions – architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering. With more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, students are able to explore every subject area of interest. Outside the classroom, students find their place in more than 350 organizations and activities. Campus traditions bring students together as they showcase their own cultures and learn about others through events like Diwali, Carnaval, Black Anthology, Lunar New Year Festival, and an annual Pow Wow. Students take advantage of the research opportunities available throughout every division and at the School of Medicine, often beginning their first year. Admission to WashU is selective, and our students have challenged themselves in high school. Once students are admitted, WashU commits to fully meeting 100 percent of their financial need, eliminating roadblocks to an exceptional education and a successful future.
On Wellesley’s scenic residential campus, just 12 miles west of Boston, students enjoy the best of both worlds: a strong sense of community in a breathtakingly beautiful setting with easy access to Boston—an academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub and one of the largest college cities in the world. Ranked among the top liberal arts and sciences colleges, Wellesley, with its student body of 2300, has a deep tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world. In addition to 1,000+ classes and 54 majors, Wellesley offers pre-medical and pre-law advisory programs and cross-registration with MIT and others. Multiculturalism is a way of life within the College’s welcoming community, which includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Nearly half (49%) of our students identify as students of color. Due to its need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, generous financial aid, and low student-loan levels, Wellesley also considered one of the most socio-economically diverse colleges in the nation. Classes are discussion based, so students have the opportunity to learn not only from the professor, but also from each other. Outside of class, students frequently engage in the 150+ student organizations, including an array of cultural and faith-based clubs. With a rich history, an established reputation for academic excellence, and state-of-the-art resources, Wellesley provides its students with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful in today’s global environment. Wellesley offers a variety of learning support services, designed to help students reach their academic potential. Cultural advisors also work closely with both students and faculty. Individualized peer tutoring is available to all students at no extra cost. In addition, Wellesley Plus, a voluntary transition program for first year students, and the First Generation Network are designed to support and connect students that are the first in their families to attend college.
Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, located in Middletown, CT (about two hours each from Boston and New York City), with 2,900 undergraduates. Degrees are offered in 44 major fields of study through the university’s 39 departments, and students enjoy freedom and flexibility through the university’s open curriculum. Students at Wesleyan make their mark in the wider world through creativity, intellectual independence, risk taking, and drive to improve the world. Wesleyan has a long-standing commitment to diversity of the student body on campus. About a third of the undergraduates self-identify as students of color, while 12 to 15 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Wesleyan is committed to need-based financial aid and meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all students. There are more than 200 student organizations that represent a range of interests: community service, publications, theater and dance troupes, political organizations, and ethnic interest and support groups, just to name a few. Wesleyan University offers a selective transportation assistance program to visit campus for low-income and underrepresented students in the fall and spring each year.
Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman College is a vibrant, residential learning community widely known for offering a unique combination of an unpretentious Northwest culture with academic excellence and an engaging community. The college is honored to attract students who represent the Whitman mosaic—down to earth, high achievers with diverse backgrounds and interests. It is a place where both the individual and the collective are celebrated. Whitman students’ intellectual vitality, confidence, leadership, and flexibility make it possible to adapt to, and impact, an ever-changing multicultural and global world. Twenty percent of the student body self-identifies as a student of color. Over 100 clubs and organizations are represented on campus, with 22 musical ensembles, a nationally renowned theater program, award winning debate team, Division III varsity athletics and exceptional Outdoors Program. Whitman College offers a visit scholarship fly-in program during the fall and spring semesters. Native American cultural activities are available on the campus and in the surrounding community.
As one of the trailblazing schools that launched American higher education (on which hundreds of other institutions are modeled), Williams has path-breaking originality in its DNA. Remarkable freedom and resources are at your disposal so that you may explore widely and deeply and grow as an individual and as a citizen of a global society. Our student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 (among the lowest in the country) provides incredible opportunities for students—close collaboration with professors on research across the curriculum, for instance. Distinctive in higher education, the Williams tutorial pairs two students with a faculty member in deep inquiry of a single topic over an entire semester. More than half of all Williams students take at least one tutorial during their time here, and they tell us these courses give them a sense of ownership over the academic process that inspires even greater exploration. Williams has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, meeting 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need. Half of all students receive financial aid, and nearly 20 percent of those students aren’t asked to pay anything at all. Books and course materials are free for students receiving financial aid, and the aid covers study-away programs and supports Winter Study and independent travel and research.
Yale University, founded in 1701, is the third oldest university in the country. Yale is located in New Haven, CT, 70 miles from New York City, and 120 miles from Boston. Through the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY), the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and Blue Feather (a student-led drumming group), and a Yale chapter of AISES, students can participate in a diverse range of programs to meet their needs. Yale celebrated the opening of its new NACC house in October 2013. The NACC is led by Director Kelly Fayard, Assistant Director Kapi’olani Laronal, a team of Peer Liaisons who coordinate NACC activities, and the Native American Advisory Committee, which oversees academic and social opportunities for Native American students at Yale. Our 5,800 undergraduate students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries. Students can choose from over 2,000 courses and 80+ majors, and the student-faculty ratio of 6:1 makes small classes the norm. Yale’s unique system of 12 residential colleges creates a welcoming smaller community for undergraduates within the University. Yale has a need-blind admission policy and is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all four years with no loans.