You're about to spend four years of your life on a college campus; you need to make sure it feels right. So, hit the road—we did. We took 19 road trips to every corner of the country. Here's what we found.
Los Angeles County is home to the City of Angels, but it's also where some of the top colleges in California are located.
Loyola Marymount University
Are you thinking about going to college in a big city? We checked out a variety of different schools that call the famously vibrant Second City home.
Illinois Institute of Technology
University of Illinois-Chicago
From way up north in Fort Collins, through big city Denver, and down to Colorado Springs in the south, we toured four schools in the beautiful Centennial State.
University of Colorado
Colorado State University
University of Denver
Get a nice cross-section of America's beach state, where we visited two state schools, a historically black university, and an art and design school.
University of Florida
University of Central Florida
Ringling College of Art and Design
Visiting four of the top schools in Atlanta is hopscotching from history to the latest in high-tech.
Georgia Institute of Technology
We looked at two publics and two private schools in the sunniest or most laid-back spots in the land.
San Francisco State University
University of California—Berkeley
Big is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the four colleges we visited in Indiana.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Maryland may not be large, but it packs quite a punch in its varied educational offerings.
Johns Hopkins University
St. John's College
St. Mary's College
University of Maryland
Though the five schools we toured differed in size and mission, we found a similar pride on each of these campuses.
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
From the vibrant boulevards of New York City to the rocky gorges in Ithaca, top schools in this state offer something for every academic taste.
New York University
State University of New York–Geneseo
We toured some of the top schools in the Northwest, home to innovative courses, adventurous off-campus programs, and a sense of quirky individuality.
Lewis & Clark College
University of Oregon
University of Washington
The four schools we visited in the Volunteer State blend cherished traditions with modern features to create a unique collegiate experience.
Sewanee—University of the South
University of Tennessee
Where better than Texas for a road trip to size up what a state's college system has to offer?
Texas A&M University—College Station
University of Texas—Austin
Virginia is home to both large, public universities and small, private liberal arts colleges.
College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Wisconsin is famous for more than its cheddar. Students hoping to spend their college years in Wisconsin can choose from a range of schools and settings.
University of Wisconsin—Madison
You can focus on studying science at these schools, where cutting-edge research can lead to big next steps.
SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry
We visited four liberal arts colleges and universities within a short drive of downtown Cleveland.
John Carroll University
Lake Erie College
The Keystone State is blessed with a variety of colleges. We visited four: two urban campuses in Pittsburgh and two in more rural settings.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Washington and Jefferson College
University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University
We looked at three possibilities in North Carolina's strong state system.
Winston-Salem State University
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