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  • Goucher College (Baltimore, MD): In addition to a beautiful suburban campus, Goucher has strong academics and an excellent dance program. It was named one of the Colleges that Change Lives.
  • McDaniel College (Westminster, MD): A wonderful school with good community feel, strong academics, and excellent learning support, McDaniel is featured in Colleges that Change Lives. Like other CTCL schools, McDaniel prides itself on small class sizes, great sense of student and faculty community, research opportunities, and proximity to major cities. It's located in rural western Maryland in the historic town of Westminster, a great little college town with relatively easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. for internships. With a strong arts curriculum, first-year seminars, and interdisciplinary majors, McDaniel offers the benefits of an individualized liberal arts education for the B student, with very personal learning experiences and an extremely supportive faculty.
  • Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, MD): This small Catholic school has breathtaking vistas of the Catoctin Mountains, and where else does the college president give parents a magnet with his home phone number on it?
  • St. John's College (Annapolis, MD): This college in Annapolis is one of two campuses (the other is in Santa Fe, NM) where students follow a curriculum based on the Great Books. Students may choose to spend a year on the other campus. St. John's offers the opportunity to study in a historic community, yet one that is also a thriving state capital with a lively social scene. Yes, connect me!
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD): A small, selective public honors college in southern Maryland, St. Mary's has a unique waterfront location on the St. Mary's River. River water is piped into science buildings to create a "wet lab." The college also has a top-rated sailing program, and all students have access to sailboats. The nurturing environment includes plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research, and the beautiful residential campus has new facilities.
  • University of Maryland — Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD): UMBC had a dynamic president, strong academics (particularly in the sciences), and an excellent chess team.
  • Washington College (Chestertown, MD): This school is strong in sciences, has very socially and athletically oriented students and is also a great place for the aspiring writer. Located in a small historic, waterfront town, The college offers easy accessible to D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the Maryland seashore. Members of either the National Honor Society or Cum Laude Society who are admitted are guaranteed a merit-based scholarship of at least $10,000 a year. Yes, connect me!
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