2017 Best Colleges with No Application Fee in America

The 2017 Best Colleges with No Application Fee ranking filters the 2017 Best Colleges ranking to only include colleges with free applications. Note that additional colleges waive application fees for low-income, minority, veteran, and other student types so be sure to check each school's website.
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    Carleton College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 465 reviews
    College Sophomore:Carleton is an incredible place to go to school--the people really care about academics, real issues, and each other. There are also literally hundreds of activities to get involved with, so there is pretty much something for everyone.
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    Colby College

    • Waterville, ME
    • 487 reviews
    College Junior:If you're into strong academics, Colby is the place to be. Apart from all the majors, smart and supportive professors and study abroad options, It offers a unique environment for students to participate in research. As a liberal arts college with professors committed only on undergraduates, Colby offers incredible scholarship opportunities for those into basic research. This point, I believe, is what makes Colby even more desirable than big research universities. Professors have no PhD students, postdocs etc. to distract them so undergraduates can be much more involved in all aspects of research. I would definitely choose Colby again if I could do it all over again.
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    Grinnell College

    • Grinnell, IA
    • 376 reviews
    College Junior:The student body is very inclusive and open as every event is free and open to everyone on campus. What's great is that the entire student body chooses to be in Grinnell, which is truly what makes our community special. We don't have a Greek system, but we have over 500 events each year, including speakers, parties, performances, and bands, and over 200+ clubs and organizations. You only need one other person who is interested to start your own club or group, if we don't have it and you can get funding from our Student Government Association.
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    Reed College

    • Portland, OR
    • 241 reviews
    College Freshman:Reed has a great reputation with great grad schools, so if you're into that, Reed will help you get into a fantastic graduate program after you leave Reed. Freshman year isn't difficult, but gives you the building blocks to deal with the upcoming storm that is compromised of your later years at Reed. Class get harder and more interesting. Truly, only come here if you are interested in learning and can work hard, otherwise you will have a terrible time. The science, history (including art history) and english departments are particularly respected.
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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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    Wellesley College

    • Wellesley, MA
    • 518 reviews
    College Sophomore:I didn't choose Wellesley because it was an all girls school, but that aspect of it has made my experience so much better. It is wonderfully refreshing to live and learn in an atmosphere where women are consistently empowered and respected and not overshadowed by immature college guys.
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    Tulane University

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 1,422 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have loved going to school at Tulane University. It has allowed me to become a part of many different cultures due to the range of different types of students that attend. I have learned how to love people despite their differences. Most of the people that I go to school with are different than me, so I have learned about others. By being around people that are different from myself, I have also learned about myself.
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    Case Western Reserve University

    • Cleveland, OH
    • 1,562 reviews
    College Sophomore:Case has a brilliant mix of STEM and the arts--perhaps more STEM than the arts, but everybody knows somebody who is a double major in, say, Aerospace Engineering and Dance, or CompSci and Theater. It makes for some very interesting dynamics and juxtapositions of interests.
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    Oberlin College

    • Oberlin, OH
    • 575 reviews
    College Sophomore:Having not looked into Oberlin beyond the front page of the website and having never seen the campus, I'm still not sure how I ended up there. It was a very last minute decision that I caused a giant ant hill of stress and aggravation, as soon as I got used to the idea another worry would suddenly pop out of the blue. Thank goodness I think the ants have finally moved out and now I know that I couldn't have ended up anywhere better. There are simply too many opportunities to take advantage of at Oberlin, something which drives me crazy to no end. Why should I have to choose between joining the circus, the equestrian team, the fencing team, going to talks with incredible professors who have such intriguing research and still have to find time for quidditch practice? Even without a full schedule of fun, albeit downright impossible classes it would be hard to try everything that Oberlin has to offer. Somehow though, everyone does. I might have a friend who knows a professor who recommended a lecture being given by his or her friend from another school. My teammate might be involved in entirely different activities from myself and that gives me a window into their world and a totally different Oberlin experience. There are no boundaries for Obies other than the ones we might have to create merely to ensure that we do actually sleep sometimes or even to maintain our own sanity. Everyone can be involved in everything and therefore everyone comes away with a different patchwork of Oberlin culture. I can say with certainty that what I take away from Oberlin when the time comes, will be in its entirety completely unique from anyone else who walks across the stage that day. It is this understanding of differences which makes Oberlin students and alumni such a supportive community.
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    Trinity University - Texas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 657 reviews
    College Junior:The academics are very insightful and interesting. However, the science courses seems to be unreasonably difficult- I met a doctor who went to Trinity and she claimed that Trinity was harder than medical school, which does not really seem fair. The humanities courses are thought-provoking.
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    Michigan Technological University

    • Houghton, MI
    • 860 reviews
    College Sophomore:Michigan Tech is a great school. The students are very accepting, the classes are challenging, and the professors are friendly. I am very glad I chose to come here, the surrounding area is very beautiful; there are lots of waterfalls and bluffs with beautiful views. The winters can be harsh but the snow is pretty and great for skiing and snowboarding.
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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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    Union College - New York

    • Schenectady, NY
    • 509 reviews
    College Freshman:I'm a biochemistry major (Pre-med) and in the scholars program and these programs are all great. The biochem program is tough but it is very good here at Union. Additionally the Scholars Program allows me to expand my horizons by taking extra classes and taking advantage of everything Union has to offer. The pre-med program is superb and is there with you every step of the way.
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    Lawrence University

    • Appleton, WI
    • 640 reviews
    College Junior:I can truly say I absolutely made the right selection in choosing Lawrence University. The community is absolutely perfect for me as an individual and the academics are top-notch.
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    St. Olaf College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 659 reviews
    College Sophomore:St. Olaf is a dream come true. I feel so at home there, each department is amazing and encouraging, and everyone is friendly and interesting.
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    College Sophomore:The people here in Sewanee are great, and they have been helpful in pointing me in the right direction. It's a close-knit community, and I would still choose to go to Sewanee again because of the personal growth I've achieved in the past year.
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    Butler University

    • Indianapolis, IN
    • 1,217 reviews
    College Junior:I love the resources available to students on campus at Butler University. There are so many networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, and professors are always willing to make sure you are learning in the classroom. I feel very connected to the Butler community of care and if feels like a giant family here. There is always something free to do, as well. For example, movies on the weekends, trips to sporting events, lazer tagging, concerts, etc... Butler is the best.
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    Marquette University

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 1,827 reviews
    College Sophomore:Marquette University is a unique place. It offers the 'big school' feel, while still offering the perks of a smaller school such as knowing everyone and smaller class sizes. It can be very challenging academically, especially for areas in health and engineering, but gives students the education to succeed and thrive at top companies like GE and Harley Davidson. Marquette truly is a community and is felt by everyone, whether it be banding together through the struggle of finals week or just someone waiting and holding the door for you. I lived in O'Donnell Hall freshman year, which was not even on my list of preferred housings places (nor was it for most people that lived there), but I would not trade my time I spent there for anything. It is where I met my closest friends and was really allowed to grow as an individual. Honestly, I feel like the school does not get enough credit for what it does for its students and the community surrounding the campus. Never have I ran into an alumni who did not enjoy their time at Marquette, simply because everybody is accepted and given the opportunities to succeed. Like at every school there are a few people that are stuck up and obnoxious, but that is part of life and present in every society. Marquette has given me the experience of a lifetime and I would not trade it in for a second.
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    Illinois Institute of Technology

    • Chicago, IL
    • 562 reviews
    College Junior:My school provides me a really good place to study. The teachers are really nice here, and also did a really good job. Although, if I could do it all over, maybe I wouldn't choose this school again. Because this school is a small institute. I just want to take part in a big university, meeting kinds of school mate. I think it must be a lot fun. All in all, my school is great, it's me that want to experience a more colorful life.
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    Augustana College - Illinois

    • Rock Island, IL
    • 635 reviews
    College Junior:Augustana is a small community campus that allows the liberal education to be spread evenly. Due to the community that Augustana gives, you really get to know those in your major, activities and all the faculty which makes it feel very comfortable right from the start. Both sciences and literature majors are highly prepared for their futures with tons of hands on that Augie gives with labs, study abroad and help with internships that other small undergraduate schools don't have. Augustana is great if you are looking for a small undergraduate that will prepare you for the next step.
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    University of Dayton

    • Dayton, OH
    • 1,245 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the University of Dayton, i would not have picked a better school to attend. Everyone here is so nice and come from good places. You can tell these people were raised right. Also the campus itself is gorgeous, it just has that home feeling.
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    Augustana University

    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • 371 reviews
    College Junior:Academics at our school are some of the best in the Midwest. When we are given high ratings by business magazines/companies, it is for good reason! Our professors know their field and are always trying to learn more to better themselves every day. The workload can be hefty, but it isn't useless. If there is a program you want to go into but they don't have, find a professor and they will help you to accomplish your goals!
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    University of Scranton

    • Scranton, PA
    • 567 reviews
    College Junior:Overall I could not be more satisfied with my college experience at the University of Scranton thus far. I am recieving a quality, liberal arts education consisting of excellence and creative learning. Scranton's mission urges service to others and "magis," which is one of the many reasons i love my school. The community of students and teachers is helping me become a better student and preparing me to be a succesful, caring occupational therapist one day. I have had so many great service opportunities and experiences at Scranton that make my school feel like a second home. There are many school spirited events and whether it is attending these events, going to basketball games, or doing interesting group projects and papers for class, I would not trade the experiences I made at Scranton for anything. Our school is unique for its unyielding love and support for being men and women for others and reiterating the Jesuit values. I owe it to Scranton for helping me discover the person I truly want to be, a person who serves others and gives back to the world we live in. I would not choose a different school if I had to do it all over again. In fact I almost did not choose Scranton and I am overjoyed and thankful everyday that I did. I could not be happier for what Scranton has provided for me and I look forward to the years to come. I could not be prouder to say I am a Royal!
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    Florida Institute of Technology

    • Melbourne, FL
    • 905 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well, first of all, my school is beautiful. The scene is so nice and every one will enjoy it here. Next, the academic here is great. Most of my professors are kindness and professional.
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    Agnes Scott College

    • Decatur, GA
    • 596 reviews
    College Senior:Popular study areas are in the dorm rooms, the library (mainly in the study carrels and private group study rooms), Mollie's, the Cyber Café, and the Luchsinger lounge.
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