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    Compare the Colleges that Change Lives

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: June 6th, 2024

    Founded in 1998, Colleges that Change Lives seeks to highlight schools that go above and beyond in their students’ education. These schools think outside of the box and put the students first in their education. Most of these schools offer small class sizes, take holistic approaches to education, and their alumni go on to earn well and feel satisfied with their education.

    What’s more, members of CTCL are all across the selectivity spectrum; you’ll likely find a combination of safety, reach, and match schools on this list. Scroll down to compare the schools that have earned this prestigious title!

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    Centre College

    Danville, KY • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Centre College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Danville, Kentucky. There are currently 1,347 undergraduates at Centre and the school’s acceptance rate is 63%. The tuition at Centre…

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    63% acceptance
    87% graduation rate
    1,347 undergrads
    $22,024 net price
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    St Olaf College

    Northfield, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    St Olaf College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Northfield, Minnesota. There are currently 3,019 undergraduates at St. Olaf and the school’s acceptance rate is 56%. The tuition…

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    56% acceptance
    85% graduation rate
    3,019 undergrads
    $21,996 net price
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    Wabash College

    Crawfordsville, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Wabash College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. There are currently 835 undergraduates at Wabash and the school’s acceptance rate is 61%. The tuition at Wabash…

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    61% acceptance
    75% graduation rate
    835 undergrads
    $22,067 net price
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    Wheaton College

    Wheaton, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Wheaton College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Wheaton, Illinois. There are currently 2,141 undergraduates at Wheaton and the school’s acceptance rate is 88%. The tuition at Wheaton…

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    88% acceptance
    88% graduation rate
    2,141 undergrads
    $26,877 net price
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    Rhodes College

    Memphis, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Rhodes College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Memphis, Tennessee. There are currently 1,966 undergraduates at Rhodes and the school’s acceptance rate is 54%. The tuition at Rhodes…

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    54% acceptance
    85% graduation rate
    1,966 undergrads
    $26,604 net price
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    Whitman College

    Walla Walla, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Whitman College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Walla Walla, Washington. There are currently 1,472 undergraduates at Whitman and the school’s acceptance rate is 48%. The tuition at…

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    48% acceptance
    90% graduation rate
    1,472 undergrads
    $35,627 net price
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    Agnes Scott College

    Decatur, GA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Agnes Scott College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Decatur, Georgia. There are currently 923 undergraduates at Agnes Scott and the school’s acceptance rate is 67%. The tuition…

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    67% acceptance
    77% graduation rate
    923 undergrads
    $22,358 net price
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    Hendrix College

    Conway, AR • Private, Non-Profit, City

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    Hendrix College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Conway, Arkansas. There are currently 1,127 undergraduates at Hendrix and the school’s acceptance rate is 60%. The tuition at Hendrix…

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    60% acceptance
    69% graduation rate
    1,127 undergrads
    $22,780 net price
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    Saint Mary's College of California

    Moraga, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Saint Mary's College of California is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Moraga, California. There are currently 1,994 undergraduates at St. Mary's and the school’s acceptance rate is 88%.…

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    88% acceptance
    72% graduation rate
    1,994 undergrads
    $29,757 net price
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    Lawrence University

    Appleton, WI • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, Lawrence University is known for its Conservatory of Music and strong liberal arts programs. The university offers a unique First-Year Studies program that emphasizes interdisciplinary learning.

    Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, Lawrence University is known for its…Read More

    72% acceptance
    78% graduation rate
    1,411 undergrads
    $22,763 net price
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    New College of Florida

    Sarasota, FL • Public, City

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    New College of Florida is a public 4-year college located in Sarasota, Florida. There are currently 669 undergraduates at New College and the school’s acceptance rate is 75%. The tuition…

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    75% acceptance
    63% graduation rate
    669 undergrads
    $7,091 net price
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    University of Puget Sound

    Tacoma, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    University of Puget Sound is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Tacoma, Washington. There are currently 1,712 undergraduates at Puget Sound and the school’s acceptance rate is 83%. The…

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    83% acceptance
    76% graduation rate
    1,712 undergrads
    $37,164 net price
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    Hope College

    Holland, MI • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Hope College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Holland, Michigan. There are currently 3,173 undergraduates at Hope and the school’s acceptance rate is 80%. The tuition at Hope…

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    80% acceptance
    80% graduation rate
    3,173 undergrads
    $23,985 net price
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    Allegheny College

    Meadville, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Allegheny College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. There are currently 1,324 undergraduates at Allegheny and the school’s acceptance rate is 70%. The tuition at Allegheny…

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    70% acceptance
    68% graduation rate
    1,324 undergrads
    $24,838 net price
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    The College of Wooster

    Wooster, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    The College of Wooster is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Wooster, Ohio. There are currently 1,960 undergraduates at Wooster and the school’s acceptance rate is 56%. The tuition…

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    56% acceptance
    74% graduation rate
    1,960 undergrads
    $24,995 net price
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    Denison University

    Granville, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Denison University, located in Granville, Ohio, is a liberal arts college known for its beautiful campus and strong sense of community. Denison offers a wide range of academic programs, including…Read More

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    22% acceptance
    85% graduation rate
    2,406 undergrads
    $34,134 net price
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    Clark University

    Worcester, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Clark University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Worcester, Massachusetts. There are currently 2,363 undergraduates at Clark and the school’s acceptance rate is 50%. The tuition at Clark…

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    50% acceptance
    76% graduation rate
    2,363 undergrads
    $29,264 net price
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    Southwestern University

    Georgetown, TX • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Southwestern University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Georgetown, Texas. There are currently 1,480 undergraduates at Southwestern and the school’s acceptance rate is 45%. The tuition at Southwestern…

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    45% acceptance
    72% graduation rate
    1,480 undergrads
    $29,104 net price
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    Knox College

    Galesburg, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Knox College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Galesburg, Illinois. There are currently 1,051 undergraduates at Knox and the school’s acceptance rate is 73%. The tuition at Knox…

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    73% acceptance
    75% graduation rate
    1,051 undergrads
    $26,205 net price
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    Juniata College

    Huntingdon, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Juniata College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. There are currently 1,116 undergraduates at Juniata and the school’s acceptance rate is 76%. The tuition at Juniata…

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    76% acceptance
    71% graduation rate
    1,116 undergrads
    $25,378 net price
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