College Deliberately

A Guide for the Intentional Student

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This is not your typical college information website.
Typical college brochures show pretty pictures of happy students—typically a diverse group of 3 to 5 students, one with a backpack, strolling across the quad or hanging out under a tree. Typical college ratings sites rely on the amount of money the school has, or the admissions standards they set, instead of measuring what values the school holds and what kind of education the school offers.
We are not going to do that here.

There is a better way.

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Colleges differ as much as their students. They have different goals, different values and different personalities.
Students choose colleges for all sorts of reasons, not all of which, believe it or not, are about learning. Some are about football. And others about tradition.
But for those of us who go to college to learn something, those of us who want to get the most out of college, there wasn’t anything to help us find a college that would share our goals and aspirations.
Well, there is now:

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Using text mining and big data techniques, we measure how each institution places value on different purposes of education. Compare your favorites, and contrast with peer institutions and national averages.


Our questionnaire helps you identify what you expect from your college education, to better connect with the institutions that share your values.


Once you find your matches, you will be ready to embark on the application processes for your tailored choices.

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College Deliberately’s rankings are based on the comparative frequency of terms and phrases that are related to, or indicative of, the educational purpose in question. Our web crawler visits every college and university’s website about once every three months to stay current. Our rankings are updated quarterly. To view the top ten for each state, visit the Colleges by State listing.

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