At Some Colleges, An “A” Is Truly Earned – Cappex’s Latest List Shows You Where They Are and How to Navigate Them
Last Updated: November 14, 2014
by Andrea Cerny
Many students thrive in academic settings where the classwork is challenging and demanding. They have a true love of learning for knowledge’s sake, and are intellectually curious. When it comes time to pick a college for the next four years, they know the traditional names associated with “higher learning.” But what is being taught at these schools? How is educational success defined? What are students saying about their academics (and the homework)?
While such environments can often put incredible amounts of stress on students, they also inspire them to think in ways they never have before. The chances of meeting a professor or teaching assistant who may serve as an intellectual mentor are higher. Future career paths and a true purpose for learning can be found at every turn.
Just being accepted for enrollment at these schools is a tremendous achievement. The list of applicants to the schools on our new list grows every year, and each prospective student brings an impressive list of accomplishments and talents to the table. An extremely small percentage is accepted to these schools – sometimes as low as seven percent.
Cappex knows that one student’s definition of “hard classes” differs from another. But when a large group of student reviews says pretty much the same thing, then a real picture of an academically challenging institution comes into much clearer focus.
Our newest 2014 Cappies™ list is called “Hardest Colleges.” These are the 25 schools that challenge students in a variety of ways and bring out their best. A majority of graduates from these schools do not stop after four years. They go on to obtain more advanced degrees, and the percentage of those who go on to earn Ph.Ds is also very high. Graduates from these universities may often enter academia as a profession. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.
In this new list, you will find familiar, traditional names of colleges that have long been associated with advanced scholarly research programs, one-of-a-kind undergraduate study curriculum, and requirements above and beyond those found at other institutions. However, some of the names on this list may not be so recognizable to first-time college applicants, and deserve serious consideration.
This marks the fourth category covered by The Cappies™, with two more (Clubs and Activities, Dorm Life) left. Stay tuned for announcements on that front. Please pass this blog post to anyone looking for a strenuous college environment that both challenges and rewards the inquiring, restless mind.
Original Post Date: November 14th, 2014