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Written by: kmurphy
Monday, May 31, 2010 

If you are anything like me, you have grown tired of hearing about certain colleges that seem to grab the spotlight. If you are interested in taking a deeper look at some colleges that fly under the radar, but are arguably just as significant, take a look at Loren Pope's book Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) which explores colleges that share common characteristics such as a lifelong love of learning and providing a foundation for a successful life. When Mr. Pope put together this book in 1996, he wanted to look beyond misconceptions and misinformation about colleges in this nation, and wanted to provide families with alternatives to make informed choices.

According to the CTCL website, the schools share the following characteristics:

• low student-to-faculty ratios that foster collaboration, engaged learning, and personal attention
• a commitment to undergraduate education focusing on the liberal arts and sciences
• a living and learning environment that is primarily residential and emphasizes the benefits of community, personal growth, participation, and involvement
• smaller student enrollments
• out-of-classroom learning opportunities including participation in internships, study abroad, service to others, and special interest activities
• holistic admission policies including several with "test-optional" routes to admission
• alumni networks that stand ready to help graduates with professional and career development opportunities

This month, the Colleges That Change Lives group goes on national tour, visiting dozens of cities across the United States. There are forty colleges that are a part of CTCL and are fantastic schools for students to explore.

They will be in Bellevue (Seattle), Washington on July 31st at 10:00 AM at the Meydenbauer Center. Other major cities on the tour include San Francisco (August 2nd), Los Angeles (August 3rd), Denver (August 4th), Atlanta (August 19th) and Cincinnati (September 15th) to name a few.

Nancy Griesemer of College Explorations LLC put together a fun slideshow of famous people who attended CTCL colleges. Thanks for sharing this with us Nancy!


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