What's a "college of distinction"? It's a school handpicked by admission experts for the Colleges of Distinction project. They judged the 4,000 or so colleges and universities in the country based on four factors: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. These are the schools that made their list.

* Highlighted schools are featured

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Source: Colleges of Distinction, www.collegesofdistinction.com.

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