Road Trips

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.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Surfing to a College Degree

Los Angeles County is home to the City of Angels, but it's also where some of the top colleges in California are located.

Explore this road trip as an interactive map.

UC-San Diego

Loyola Marymount University

Harvey Mudd

Occidental College

Pepperdine University

Pomona College

CHICAGO
Windy City Wonder

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

COLORADO
Scaling Colorado Colleges

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.

Colorado State University

University of Denver

FLORIDA
Sampling Some Sunshine

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 Central Florida

Bethune-Cookman University

ATLANTA
Distinct Atmospheres

Visiting four of the top schools in Atlanta is hopscotching from history to the latest in high-tech.

Emory University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Morehouse College

CALIFORNIA
Soaking in the Sun

We looked at two publics and two private schools in the sunniest or most laid-back spots in the land.

Mills College

San Francisco State University

Stanford University

INDIANA
Visiting the Hoosier State

Big is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the four colleges we visited in Indiana.

Butler University

Purdue University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

MARYLAND
Variety of Options

Maryland may not be large, but it packs quite a punch in its varied educational offerings.

St. John's College

St. Mary's College

MICHIGAN
Statewide Loyalty

Though the five schools we toured differed in size and mission, we found a similar pride on each of these campuses.

Hope College

Kalamazoo College

Kettering University

Michigan State University

NEW YORK
Something for Everyone

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.

Bard College

Colgate University

Cornell University

New York University

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Pioneer Spirit

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

Reed College

University of Oregon

University of Washington

TENNESSEE
Volunteer Pride

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

TEXAS
Lone Star Looking

Where better than Texas for a road trip to size up what a state's college system has to offer?

Southwestern University

Texas A&M University—College Station

VIRGINIA
Take a road trip to discover if one of Virginia’s colleges or universities is the right fit for you.
Explore the Old Dominion

Virginia is home to both large, public universities and small, private liberal arts colleges.

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech

WISCONSIN
Explore the Midwest

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.

Lawrence University

Marquette University

NORTHEAST
Future Engineers Welcome

You can focus on studying science at these schools, where cutting-edge research can lead to big next steps.

Rensselaer Polytechnic

Clarkson University

OHIO
A Place for That Masterpiece

We visited four liberal arts colleges and universities within a short drive of downtown Cleveland.

Baldwin-Wallace College

Oberlin College

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Big City to Bright Ideas

The Keystone State is blessed with a variety of colleges. We visited four: two urban campuses in Pittsburgh and two in more rural settings.

Washington and Jefferson College

University of Pittsburgh

MID-ATLANTIC
A Taste of Tarheel Territory

We looked at three possibilities in North Carolina's strong state system.

UNC-Chapel Hill

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