Last Updated: April 7, 2015
by Emily Forester
Searching for colleges can be stressful. 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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Original Post Date: April 7th, 2015