2017 Best Colleges for Education in America

The Best Colleges for Education majors ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top colleges for teachers and educators in the U.S.
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    Vanderbilt University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 1,156 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Vandy even though it's super hard and my first year was really tough. The classes are really challenging but the social life and the people you meet here make up for it.
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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,758 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.
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    Brown University

    • Providence, RI
    • 916 reviews
    College Sophomore:I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
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    Brigham Young University

    • Provo, UT
    • 6,804 reviews
    College Sophomore:BYU is awesome! I love the people that I've met, the classes that I have taken and the experiences that I have had at BYU that have shaped my life.
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    Boston College

    • Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 1,327 reviews
    College Senior:The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.
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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    University of Georgia

    • Athens, GA
    • 4,752 reviews
    College Junior:UGA is a really nice school and the city of the Athens is the best. There are so many people your age around you, so it's really fun and since it's a big school, there's literally something for everyone. There's even a furry's club and a medieval sword fighting club. That's how diverse the school is!
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    College Junior:I personally enjoy my studies at the University of Illinois. I'm enjoying being independent and living on my own, and I also like the flexibility of choosing when my classes are.
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    Duke University

    • Durham, NC
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Sophomore:Duke is difficult, but I would choose it again if I had to do it all over. The classes make me think, the basketball is fantastic, and the people are amazing.
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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,686 reviews
    College Sophomore:I cannot say enough good things about The Ohio State University. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I could not ask for a better place to complete my undergrad.
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    Tufts University

    • Medford, MA
    • 854 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am very happy with my choice of Tufts University. The size of the student body, the size of my classes, my major, my instructors and playing on the lacrosse team. I have made significant friends here at the university. My chemical engineering classes are so very hard, but I am driven to study hard and succeed. I am in a study group with friends and we are all very dedicated. I only wish the weather was better my first year...it snowed like crazy and was so cold!
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    University of Florida

    • Gainesville, FL
    • 6,634 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school offers plenty of chances for research, jobs, and diverse activities. The all around experience of UF generally great, and the name UF on you degree gives a person an edge up in the work field.
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    Emory University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,369 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Perfect balance between large university and small liberal arts feel. Community is greatly emphasized--creating a 'community of care.' While not having a football team is a drawback, it is easy to get over and students continue to root for their home teams. As a freshman who has been here for a little over a month, the work load is heavy but manageable if you balance your time.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,755 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    University of Miami

    • Coral Gables, FL
    • 2,585 reviews
    College Sophomore:Beautiful weather, awesome academics, gorgeous and diverse student body, always something fun to do (whether you party or not). Who wouldn't love to live in Miami?
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,044 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    Michigan State University

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 4,862 reviews
    College Sophomore:Moving into my second semester as a sophomore, I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to come here. I have met so many amazing people, and the endless opportunities to thrive make me feel like I am cared about here. The faculty and staff treat students as equals and work hard to ensure they understand the material in order to be successful. This summer I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Europe, and I couldn't be more excited. Michigan State is an all-around fabulous school; I would highly recommend taking a tour and learning more about this university if you have an interest in attending.
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    Wheaton College - Illinois

    • Wheaton, IL
    • 553 reviews
    College Sophomore:Even though it's considered a conservative Christian college, there is a lot of diversity among the student culture, in both ethnicity and ideas. It is a great place to expand your knowledge through dorm room conversations alone, yet the classroom is even greater for learning. The professors are great at being available for help, but their classes are also challenging enough to allow for growth. Yet academics are not the only good thing about Wheaton. It's close proximity to Chicago allows students some very unique and informative experiences. The student life on campus is also great at developing the community as a whole.
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    Florida State University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 6,507 reviews
    College Freshman:Florida State is a great school. The academics are great; the football team is great; the students are great. I really like that FSU offers Freshman Interest Groups and Success Coaches. There are so many great programs for students to take advantage of here. Everyone's looking out for us and working to contribute to our success.
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    University of Rochester

    • Rochester, NY
    • 1,379 reviews
    College Senior:My school is unique that there is no core curriculum. Everyone is friendly here. I feel welcomed by everyone in my freshman hall. My TAs and upperclassmen have helped me a lot with the material in my courses. Great extra-curricular activities. In addition, my professors are mostly willing to help, and they are all very knowledgeable in their field. Great academics, and overall a great school! If I could do it all over, I would choose my school again!
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    University of Maryland - College Park

    • College Park, MD
    • 4,648 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have learned so much in the three semesters I have been here. Not only are the academics exceptional, I also learned things outside of the classroom. I was afraid that I would not be able to make new friends in college, but I have managed to form a very supportive and fun friend group. The school spirit here is very impressive. I love attending the soccer games and the basketball games. The crowd always gets very creative with the cheers and makes a welcoming atmosphere. I have also enjoyed being part of the club soccer team and playing intramural sports with my friends.
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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,144 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.
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    The College of New Jersey

    • Ewing, NJ
    • 1,186 reviews
    College Sophomore:I met great friends the first few days I was on campus and am still friends with them today. TCNJ is not too far away from home but a great distance to feel like I am away but can also go home if need be. My school has primarily people from just New Jersey, so while I wish I met more out-of-staters, it is awesome that I can meet so many people from my state and it's easy to potentially visit them. The education that I am getting here is a phenomenal one as TCNJ is one of the best public schools in the state and in the region. The athletics here are also very good and TCNJ is part of one of the most competitive conferences for D-3 sports on the East Coast. This is very important to me because I play on the Varsity Softball team here and became one of the starters by the Spring season last year, which is incredible for me. My school is a very social, friendly, and active one with so many unique clubs and groups. The community here is a great one and every one, whether a student, faculty member, worker, etc., is part of the TCNJ family.
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    Smith College

    • Northampton, MA
    • 826 reviews
    College Sophomore:Smith is just a great place. The administration just passed a policy that will allow for transgender women to apply and get accepted, which goes to show how open-minded the school is. However, I definitely agree that views that oppose the campus norm are not well-accepted. At the end of the day, those students who are able to engage with point-of-views different from their own are going to be much better off going into the real world. The sense of community here is indeed very strong. Everyone feels the need to support a fellow Smithie. And the academics will for sure prepare you for the road up ahead. Smithies are very smart people, and employers know that. It's a great place for a female identifying individual to develop the confidence they need to really succeed in the world.
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    Illinois Wesleyan University

    • Bloomington, IL
    • 551 reviews
    College Junior:The academics at IWU are excellent! There are plenty of courses and majors to choose from and there are also many opportunities outside the classroom.
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