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College Names that Sound the Same

Searching for colleges can be imgresstressful. The fact that many schools have similar names and are easy to mix up makes the experience all the more confusing. This list of college names that are sound the same will help you learn the difference and decide if one could be the right choice for you.

Skidmore College vs. Swarthmore College
Skidmore and Swarthmore are both selective liberal arts colleges located in the Northeast. Skidmore, located in Saratoga Springs, New York has a 93% retention rate and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. Swarthmore, located outside of Philadelphia, is one of the top colleges in the nation and only accepts about 15% of applicants. It is #1 on the 2015 Cappies List of Hardest Colleges.

Miami University vs. University of Miami
Miami University, the 10th oldest public university in the country, is located in Oxford, Ohio in the Miami Valley. The University of Miami is a private university located in Coral Gables, an affluent community south of downtown Miami, Florida.

DePauw University vs. DePaul University
Since they are both located in the Midwest, DePauw University and DePaul University are often mistaken for one another. DePauw University, located in Greencastle, Indiana, has about 2,200 students. DePaul University has an urban campus in Chicago, Illinois and, with more than 23,000 students, is the largest Catholic university in the country.

Cornell College vs. Cornell University
Cornell College is a small liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The college was named after William W. Cornell, a distant relative of Ezra Cornell, for whom Cornell University is named. Cornell University, a private Ivy League school, is located in Ithaca, New York.

Seton Hall University vs. Seton Hill University
Seton Hall University and Seton Hill University are both suburban Catholic universities. Seton Hall is located about 14 miles away from New York City in South Orange, New Jersey. Seton Hill has a campus of about 200 acres and is 35 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Boston College vs. Boston University
Boston College is neither located in Boston, nor a college.This Catholic university is located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston University is located in Boston, has over 30,000 students, and counts Martin Luther King Jr. among its alumni.

Wake Forest University vs. Lake Forest College
Wake Forest is a private research university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is consistently ranked among the top 30 universities in the nation. Lake Forest College, located in a Chicago suburb, is a small liberal arts college with an active campus. Over 50% of Lake Forest students participate in athletics.

Lawrence University vs. St. Lawrence University
Lawrence University and St. Lawrence University are both liberal arts colleges. Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is included in every edition of the book Colleges That Change Lives and has a conservatory of music. St. Lawrence University is located in Canton, New York and has one of the oldest living/learning programs in the U.S.

Manhattan College vs. Manhattanville College
Manhattan College and Manhattanville College are both located in New York, but neither are currently in Manhattan. In 1922, Manhattan College, a Catholic liberal arts college, moved from Manhattan to the Bronx. Manhattanville College moved from Manhattan to Purchase, New York in 1952.

Wesleyan College vs. Wesleyan University
Many colleges have ‘Wesleyan’ in the name such as Illinois Wesleyan University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. Wesleyan College and Wesleyan University, may be the easiest to confuse. Wesleyan College is a women’s college located in Macon, Georgia and has the world’s oldest alumnae association of a degree-granting college. Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut is among the most selective universities in the country. The university has one of the highest rates of undergraduate students going on to receive PhDs.

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Cappex’s Sixth and Final Cappies List: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Best Dorms


For most incoming college students, freshman year is the first time they are truly on their own for an extended period. It’s a time of great change. For many, it can be extremely stressful. There’s the challenge to do well academically. Some new students can feel very alone and homesick, especially if their school is far away from where they grew up. There are other life skills to keep on top of, like doing laundry and balancing a checkbook.

However, many of these potential stressors can be managed – sometimes easily – if the student has a great living environment. And that means the college dorm.

The right dormitory can often make the difference between an excellent first year of school, and a terrible one. The dorm is the place where a community of like-minded people of the same age is automatically lined up. Life in the dorms is a chance to form strong acquaintances and make a few solid friends. Most schools recognize that, so they do the best job possible to create innovative and comfortable environments where students can be free to concentrate on their courseload. After all, it is where students spend a majority of their time, particularly in that first year.

The definition of the “cool dorm” is often quite fluid. For some students, it means a plasma TV in the room. For others, it features spacious living quarters stocked with tons of amenities like private bathrooms and walk-in closets. A steak restaurant on the ground floor, plus a brand new building with the latest comforts doesn’t hurt either. That’s where Cappex can help. We spell out all reviews and ratings of the dorms into one place, and let each visitor to the site decide for him or herself.

For many students who may still be deciding where to go to school, amenities like comfortable dorms or central air conditioning can serve as the crucial factor that influences an incoming student’s decision. A college visit can help, but it’s impossible to visit every single dorm or sample all the programming that may take place during a school year.

Our latest and final 2015 Cappies list is called “Best College Dorms.”  These schools were chosen for the breadth and the depth of the living arrangements they offer to all students. The quality of these schools’ on-campus dorms has eased the transition to college and made life out from under the scrutiny of parents and family much easier. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

The new list contains schools with all different kinds of innovative dorms. These dorms are clean, roomy, and reasonably priced. The process to secure such housing is relatively painless. Most importantly, they create a true atmosphere of “home,” as opposed to large, loud, impersonal buildings with cranky heaters and communal showers. 

This marks the final category covered by the The 2015 Cappies. If you haven’t done so already, please check out all our categories for the year.  This blog post may prove helpful to anyone who may be anxious about the on-campus experience, so if you found anything useful here, please share!

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Enhance Your College Experience through Outside Clubs and Activities (We’ve Found Some Good Ones)


College is for learning, which takes place both inside and outside the classroom. So while textbooks, finals, and GPA are obviously important, they create just one component of higher education. College is also for doing – in the form of activities. They help you create strong friendships and relationships that will last long after graduation, and in many cases, for life.

You can meet people in the dorms, but students are usually assigned to living quarters on a random basis. However, schools that offer a wide variety of on-campus activities are a great place to A) find and join a group that aligns with your interests, B) enhance your resume through membership and leadership positions in such groups, and C) take a break from the pressures of daily classroom life to be with friends.

Many colleges offer a variety of on-campus activities and clubs that cover a range of pursuits. Interest-based, religious, performance-based, and social justice clubs are only a few examples of how to get involved during your time on campus. Joining a group or two is not only good for making friends, but for the future as well. Employers look for candidates who demonstrates a history of strong involvement in groups like these.

If you’re experiencing any indecision on choosing the school that’s right for you, consider the list of extracurricular activities and clubs that are available. We’ve released a new category for our 2015 Cappies™, called “Best Colleges for Activities.” We believe our new list can play a large part in helping you decide where to spend your next four years.

The Cappies™ reviewed thousands of U.S. colleges and the outside activities they offer, whether school-sponsored or independent. We selected schools with not only a wide variety of options, but with interesting choices as well. You can find Quidditch teams in an actual league based on the Harry Potter novels, or Doctor Who fan clubs, or mountain-climbing clubs. In many cases, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, the schools encourage you to form your own group.

Some schools go as far as to offer competitive leadership programs, which encourage students to learn and build attributes associated with leaders. Those include communication, critical thinking, and conflict management, to name but a few. They really work to help you understand connections between academic responsibilities, social and co-curricular choices. Involvement today can lead to better decision making in social situations.

The Best Colleges for Activities is our next-to-last category covered by The Cappies™. Our last category, Dorm Life, will be released later on this month, and will complete our six Cappies categories. Our other categories are covered in-depth on The Cappies™ home page, and we encourage you to check them out as your decision-making process goes forward!

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