Colleges That Change Lives

In 1996, former New York Times education editor Loren Pope released the first edition of "Colleges That Change Lives", and the book was revised and updated for its second edition in 2006. The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington was featured in both editions. In the original book, The Evergreen State College was the only public institution included. In the 2006 edition, it was one of only two public institutions and one of only three West Coast institutions included. Evergreen has low student-to-faculty ratios that foster collaboration, engaged learning, and personal attention. Classes are taught by professors, not graduate students and teaching assistants.

Other institutions featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" include:

- Lynchburg College is one of only two colleges in Virginia and 40 nationwide featured in the Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. Lynchburg is among 11 institutions from the South listed in the book. Emory and Henry College is the other Virginia college that is included.

- Hope College has been cited by the book as one of 40 “life-changing” colleges that are “outdoing the Ivies and the major universities in producing winners” and describes the college as a place that “raises higher education's moral and intellectual levels.”

- The book "Colleges That Change Lives" (Penguin Books, 1996, 2000 and 2006) listed McDaniel College as one of 40 colleges nationwide that "... will raise trajectories, strengthen skills, double talents, develop value systems, and impart confidence because they do a much different and better job than the Ivies or the universities."

- St. Olaf College is one of only six colleges in the Upper Midwest included in the best-selling Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College. It is the only college in Minnesota and the only Lutheran college in the nation to be featured.

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Washington Monthly College Ranking 2011

Princeton Review Party School Ranking 2012