Seniors are graduating in just four months and, from there, their whole transition to college begins. A number of seniors this year are planning to go to college and pursue their dream careers. The seniors that are planning to go to college are either opting to stay local by attending universities and colleges in Illinois; or, they plan to go to college out of state just so they can stay as far away from Lake Forest as possible. Other students don’t feel as if they are ready for college due to any number of reasons–financially, academically, or organizationally.
According to the US News and World Report, the top 20 colleges in the United States spread from the Boston all the way west to California. Some of the schools on this list are tied with other schools. Of course, there are thousands of colleges across the country, but here is a breakdown of the Top 20 Colleges in the United States according the US News and World Report (some schools may be tied).
#1 Princeton University–Princeton, NJ
#2 Harvard University–Cambridge, MA
#3 University of Chicago–Chicago, IL
#3 Yale University–New Haven, CT
#5 Columbia University–New York City, NY and Stanford University–Palo Alto, CA
#7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology–Boston, MA
#8 Duke University–Durham, NC and Pennsylvania University–Philadelphia, PA
#10 Johns Hopkins University–Baltimore, MD
#11 Dartmouth University–Hanover, NH
#12 California Institute of Technology–Pasadena, CA and Northwestern University–Evanston, IL
#14 Brown University–Providence, RI
#15 Cornell University–Ithaca, NY, Rice University–Houston, TX, University of Notre Dame–South Bend, IN, and Vanderbilt University–Nashville, TN
#19 Washington University in St.Louis–St. Louis, MO
#20 Emory University–Atlanta, GA, Georgetown University–Washington, DC, University of California-Berkely–Berkely, CA.
Most Interesting Programs:
According to the same report, a brief description of the top programs that colleges have to offer was released and assisted in the school’s ranking.
Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Harvard University: Business School and Medical School. It is also highly ranked Graduate Education School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.
University of Chicago: Booth School of Business, Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, Harris School of Public Policy Studies and Department of Geophysical Sciences.
Yale University: Law School, School of Management, School of Medicine, School of Art and School of Nursing.
Columbia University: Business School, Teacher’s College, SEAS, Law School, College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of International and Public Affairs, School of the Arts, and Mailman School of Public Health.
Stanford University: School of Education, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine, and Graduate School of Business.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: School of Engineering, and Sloan School of Management.
Duke University: Fuqua School of Business, Pratt School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, Stanford School of Public Policy and School of Nursing.
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton School, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School, and School of Medicine.
John Hopkins University: School of Nursing, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, SAIS.
Dartmouth University: Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Geisel School of Medicine.
California Institute of Technology: Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.
Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management, School Education of Social Policy, School of Law, Feinberg School of Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program.
Brown University: English, History, and Warren Alpert Medical School.
Cornell University: S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, College of Engineering, Law School, Weill Cornell Medical College, and College of Veterinary Medicine,
Rice University: Jesse H. Graduate School of Business, George R. Brown School of University, and Architecture and the Shepherd School of Music.
University Notre Dame: Mendoza College of Business, Law School, and School of Architecture.
University of Vanderbilt: Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Owen Graduate School of Management, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing.
Washington University In St. Louis: George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Olin Business School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Emory University: Goizueta Business School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health.
Georgetown University: Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, Law Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies and McCourt School of Public Policy.
University of California- Berkeley: Haas School of Business, Graduate School of Education, College of Engineering, and School of Law.
A Scoop from a Lake Forest Graduate
Lucia Bower (’11) now attends the University of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Lucia sat down with The Forest Scout to answer some questions on what college–especially at such a prestigious institution–is like at the next level.
What college/university did you go to?
University of Chicago. Private school.
What did you study at University of Chicago?
Public Policy with a specialization in Economics.
Do you remember your first impressions when getting into college?
When I got my first acceptance letter, I was so excited and it was my only acceptance. My first impression going to the school that I wanted was an awesome experience. It truly was great! I would say happy and excited were the two words I would use to describe my emotions. I was excited to see what the future would hold for me.
How did high school change you in order to get you to college?
In high school, I worked hard and I took a lot classes. I was part of the National Honor Society, developed good study patterns and got used to the lifestyle in high school. High school helped me with techniques that prepared me for college. In college, though, the lifestyle is certainly different because your parents aren’t constantly over your shoulder. It is more freedom, but with that freedom comes responsibility. You have to be motivated to go class. It isn’t like in high school when you do an assignment later, often when you feel like it. You have to do the assignment whenever you get the chance. Otherwise there simply isn’t enough time.
What are your words of wisdom to seniors who are going to college?
In the application process, be true to yourself–don’t be somebody else. Just go to your classes and do your best to enjoy them because education is invaluable. Always go to the office hours that are available and get to know your professors. This takes work, but is very important and undervalued in college, especially among freshman. You have to make the effort.