There will always be the Harvards, Princetons, and Yales–the colleges whose names pervade in the world of higher education. Still, with every year that goes by, new schools make names for themselves, and schools with long histories reinvent themselves, both striving to better higher education and the students that will matriculate.
Of course, U.S. News, has a list of the schools it deems as “Up and Comers” in the 2012 Best Colleges rankings. These are colleges and universities that, according to nominations from top college officials, are undertaking exciting and innovative changes in academics, faculty, and student life.
Here are 23 of those up-and-coming colleges: