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  • DeSales University (Center Valley, PA): Long considered a second- or third-tier school by the ignorati, DeSales has quietly and methodically built a first-class liberal arts institution with superior programs in science and theater. The idyllic, rolling campus is growing with careful and intelligent planning. This school is a proud member of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, which allows students to avail themselves of the myriad resources at institutions such as Lehigh, Lafayette, and Muhlenberg (to name a few). Quality of life and a participatory athletic program make DeSales a school to watch.
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA): Drexel does indeed have a solid reputation (especially among technical schools), but beyond this narrow designation, a dazzling array of opportunities exist at this comprehensive, metropolitan institution. Spearheaded by a dynamic, somewhat maverick president in Constantine Papadakis, Drexel now can boast wonderful graduate programs in law, business, and medicine to complement an ever-growing, quality undergraduate curriculum that is not afraid to develop and implement courses and majors to reflect the rapidly evolving world of science and technology. Make no mistake: This is an institution that will never rest on tradition or an ossified menu of electives. Neighbor to the University of Pennsylvania and an integral part of the scholastic landscape of Philadelphia, Drexel can claim its rightful place among schools to consider now and in the future.
  • Lafayette College (Easton, PA): This financially well-endowed college offers a strong engineering program within a liberal arts college and is located in the quite charming College Hill area of Easton.
  • Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA): Set in historic, charming Bethlehem, Moravian is known for strong music (including composition, education, and performance) and art (including art history and criticism, studio art, and graphic design) within a liberal arts college.
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA): A world-class institution in the heart of a vibrant city, UArts offers a complete range of courses in the fine and performing arts as well as a solid liberal arts underpinning. Easily the equal if not the better of other, more well-known arts colleges, this school suffers (as does much related to Philadelphia) from an unfair inferiority complex. Those in the know rightfully rank UArts in the upper echelon of arts schools throughout the U.S.
  • Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA): Strong in sciences, Ursinus has a good track record for sending students on to top grad schools. Yes, connect me!
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