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Parade Magazine Offers Its Own A-List of Colleges

Parents and students often obsess about getting into the top brand-name colleges and universities, while there are hundreds of great schools out there.

Parade magazine came out with its own college A-list on Sunday. A panel of 43 high school counselors was asked to recommend outstanding schools that often fly under the radar. The methodology was not nearly as rigorous as that used for the U.S. New and World Report list released last week, but the list of 300 institutions includes some real values. The panel frequently notes how accessible the professors are at individual colleges it picked and how much attention the faculty pays to students. Here are just a few of the schools that made the list:

Small Public Schools:
College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.
New College of Florida, Sarasota, Fla.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Md.
SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, N.Y.
University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, Va.
University of North Carolina-Asheville

Large Public Schools:
Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.
University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other categories included by Parade: large/small private schools, pre-med, pre-law, arts programs, combined bachelor's/graduate degree, business and accounting, engineering, top work-study programs, great internship opportunities, flexible scheduling, health sciences, liberal arts, and special needs.

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