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Our Top Warm Weather Colleges

Wouldn’t it be great if summer could last forever? Well, if you’re interested in some schools down south, it can. If you’re from a state that’s lucky enough to have great weather year-round, we’re envious. If you’re not, donate that old parka and send your application off to one of these schools, where the summertime sunshine never ends.

Chaminade University

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Ever dream of living in Hawaii? Us too. Living in Honolulu means you have access to the big city, beautiful beaches, and nature reserves. Relax after class by working on your tan or learning to surf – it really doesn’t get much better than that!

Find out your chances of getting in to Chaminade.

Woodbury University

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Want to be part of the LA scene? Woodbury’s your place. You’ll get great weather all year long, plenty to do, and easy proximity to Disneyland (because who doesn’t want to spend every weekend in one of the happiest places on Earth?). Bonus: It was named one of Money Magazine’s Top Colleges That Add the Most Value, so it’s a total win-win.

Find out your chances of getting into Woodbury.

Benedictine University

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Benedictine’s Mesa, Arizona, campus offers plenty of warm weather – average daytime winter temperatures don’t drop below the mid-60s. That means you can actually spend time outside in December or January without risking frostbite, which is great, since there’s plenty to do on the Benedictine campus.

Find out your chances of getting into Benedictine.

University of California, Los Angeles

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Who hasn’t thought about going to UCLA? Not only is it a school known for its intense academics, it’s in a perfect location. You’re less than 20 minutes from Santa Monica beach, near Hollywood, and close to the city center. Stock up on sunscreen and prepare for weekends of beach trips and celeb sightings.

Find out your chances of getting into UCLA.

University of South Florida

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Tampa Bay sees an average temperature of 73 degrees and 361 days of sunshine – it doesn’t get much better than that. With a huge and active student body (there are more than 40,000 people on campus!) there’s always something going on. The only question: Is it mean to send beach selfies to your friends back home when they’re piling on the layers in January?

Find out your chances of getting into the University of South Florida.

University of Georgia

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Worried you’ll miss that crisp fall hoodie weather? No worries. The University of Georgia has pretty high temps year-round, but averages drop to the 50s in December, January, and February. That means you still get a little variety without the bone-chilling cold you’re used to if you’re from up north. It’s located in Athens, which is a super hip town if you’re into music, art, or food.

Find out your chances of getting into the University of Georgia.


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7 Great Small Colleges in the Midwest

There are many reasons so many people love the Midwest – the people are friendly, the fall scenery is beautiful, and there are plenty of schools to choose from. With so many higher education institutions available, it’s tough to choose the top few, but we’ve highlighted a few great small colleges in the Midwest.

Benedictine University

Location: Lisle, IL
Size: 6,900 students

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  • Benedictine offers the best of both worlds: It’s in the suburbs so you can relax and enjoy a quiet atmosphere, but it’s just a short train ride away from downtown Chicago, where you can enjoy all the fun and nightlife the city has to offer.
  • Looking for personalized attention? With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’re bound to get plenty of facetime with your professors.
  • Forbes ranked Benedictine one of America’s Top Colleges four years in a row.
  • Benedictine is small, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t expanding – it’s the fastest-growing campus in the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Find out your chances of getting into Benedictine University.

University of St. Francis

Location: Joliet, IL
Size: 3,200 students

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  • The University of St. Francis offers financial aid to 100 percent of incoming students. Who says college can’t be affordable?
  • The campus is located in the suburbs, but only a train ride away from the excitement of downtown Chicago.
  • With study abroad options, weekend classes, and online classes, studying when and where you want has never been easier.
  • For a small school, it’s packed with things to do. Athletics, clubs, volunteer organizations, and more make life on campus pretty exciting.
  • Find out your chances of getting into the University of St. Francis.

Illinois College

Location: Jacksonville, IL
Size: 1,000 students

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  • Illinois College was ranked as one of the top 25 liberal arts schools in the country by Washington Monthly.
  • Like sports? Volunteering? Activism? No matter what your interests are, one of Illinois College’s more than 80 student organizations is sure to be a good fit.
  • Maybe you’re interested in studying abroad but not sure about leaving friends and family for an entire semester. Illinois College offers international experiences that range from 10 days to an entire year, meaning you don’t need to worry about homesickness.
  • Find out your chances of getting into Illinois College.

Taylor University

Location: Upland, IN
Size: 2,600 students

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  • Eighty percent of Taylor students have an overseas experience, making this school the perfect fit if you’re thinking about a study abroad program.
  • Taylor has been ranked the No. 1 Midwest College by US News and World Report for eight years running.
  • Worried about job prospects after college? Ninety-seven percent of Taylor grads are employed or in grad school within six months of completing their degree.
  • Students are typically high achievers – the average freshman GPA is 3.7 and 34 percent were in the top 10 percent of their class.
  • Find out your chances of getting into Taylor University.

Augustana College

Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Size: 1,700 students

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  • More than half of students travel abroad before graduating, and Augustana has partnered with more than 550 pre-approved study abroad programs.
  • With sports teams, musical ensembles, student organizations, and myriad speakers visiting the college each year, you’ll never have time to be bored.
  • US News ranked Augustana one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest, as well as a best-value school.
  • More than 50 major options means there’s a course of study no matter what your interests are.
  • Find out your chances of getting into Augustana College.

Loras College

Location: Dubuque, IA
Size: 1,600 students

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  • Every incoming student receives some sort of financial aid, whether it’s in the form of scholarships, work-study programs, or loans.
  • More than 100 clubs, activities, and sports give everyone a chance to get involved on campus.
  • A student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 means plenty of personalized attention.
  • Loras puts an emphasis on learning by doing, which is helpful for those who want to understand how their college education will be practical after graduation.
  • Find out your chances of getting into Loras College.

DePauw University

Location: Greencastle, IN
Size: 2,400 students

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  • Eighty percent of DePauw students complete an internship before graduation, giving them valuable work experience.
  • Almost 40 percent of the student body studies abroad for a semester or year.
  • The average need-based financial aid package totals more than $28,300, making college more affordable.
  • DePauw prides itself on attracting students that like an academic challenge, are leaders, and are interested in serving the community.
  • Find out your chances of getting into DePauw University.

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Eight Schools That Offer Classes On The Beatles

The Beatles’ music has been celebrated across the world for over 50 years. So it’s no surprise that there is a “National Beatles Day” – which happens to be today, June 25. In honor of the Fab Four, we’ve pulled together a list of colleges that offer classes on the Beatles. But with a legacy like theirs, we suspect there are plenty more Beatles classes out there.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Students at Illinois Wesleyan University may take a history class called “The Beatles And Their World.” This course looks at the way the Beatles’ music influenced the fashion, religion, war, and drug use in the 1960s.

Augustana College

Freshmen at Augustana are required to enroll in either a first-year liberal studies sequence or the honors program. Those who go the liberal studies sequence route have the opportunity to take “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Beatles.” Students in this class study the Beatles’ legacy and what has made them so influential after all these years.

Skidmore College

Although these classes aren’t offered regularly, Skidmore College students have two opportunities to learn about the Beatles. “The Beatles Seminar: Beatles Biographies” and “The Beatles Seminar: Music of the Beatles” focus on the lives of the band and the music they created, respectively. If those seminars are not offered, “British Rock and Popular Music in the 1960s” is sure to cover the Beatles.

Wheelock College

Wheelock College offers a music course called “Music of the Beatles.” The emphasis of this class is critical listening and thinking about the Beatles’ music. This is considered to be an advanced course, so students must have already taken one music course or get explicit permission from the professor to enroll.

Indiana University

Indiana University has offered this in-depth song-by-song look of at the music and lives of the Beatles since 1982. The purpose of “The Music of the Beatles” is for students to come away with a deeper appreciation of the Beatles’ music and develop critical listening skills. Students are tested on books about the Beatles and the bands’ records – but that’s no big deal for a Beatles fan, right?

Keene State College

Keene State College offers an online course called “The Beatles: Cultural History.” As they learn about the cultural impact of the Beatles, students work on a course-long research project about the political/cultural context of a Beatles film or album.

University of Southern California

University of Southern California is known for its music school, so of course it offers a class on the Beatles. “The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times” looks at the music, lyrics, career strategy, and the cultural and technological impact of the band.

Berklee College of Music 

As a school completely dedicated to music, Berklee offers multiple classes about the Beatles. “The Music of the Beatles” looks at the structure of the band’s music, along with the personal histories of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Berklee also offers “The Music of the Beatles Ensemble” which allows students to participate in recreating the Beatles’ music.