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Bachelor's Colleges & Universities in the Northern U.S. - U.S. News University Directory

Bachelor's colleges of the Northern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Colleges - North, confer associate's and bachelor's degrees on their graduates. Fewer than half of the degrees awarded at these institutions are in a liberal arts field.

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Cooper Union

New York, NY

Founded in 1859 as a private institution, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is located in the East Village neighborhood of New York, NY. The school is commonly referred to as Cooper Union and provides full-tuition scholarships to all enrolled students, who are admitted on solely on merit. The school's founder, Peter Cooper, believed that education should be free and available to all. A notable alumnus of the school is Bob Kane, creator of the Batman comic series, who studied art at Cooper Union.

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United States Coast Guard Academy

New London, CT

United States Coast Academy, located in New London, Conn., was founded as a public institution in 1931. The military service academy still refers to students as cadets, a practice which is observed at most US service academies. All incoming cadets are required to participate in a seven-week military training program. The athletic teams at the academy participate in the NCAA Division III sports. All cadets spend a summer working aboard one of the Coast Guard's cutter ships after completed their third year of study.

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United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY

United States Merchant Marine Academy, also called USMMA or Kings Point, is a public institution founded in 1943. The Academy is located about 20 miles east of New York City in Kings Point, N.Y. Incoming students are known as plebes, and must complete a two-week indoctrination program to prepare them for the Academy lifestyle. The campus covers 82 acres and is home to the American Merchant Marine Museum which features marine art, ship models, and nautical artifacts.

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Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College, founded in 1899, is a private institution set on 200 acres in Elizabethtown, Penn. "E-Town", as the student refer to it, is located in suburban Lancaster County not far from Harrisburg. P.A. and Philadelphia, P.A. The school's Blue Jays athletic teams belong to the Middle Atlantic Conference in the NCAA Division III. The most popular majors at Elizabethtown College include Business, Management, Marketing, Social Sciences, Communication, Journalism, Education, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

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Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

Founded in 1909 as a private institution, Messiah College is a Christian-affiliated college that embraces the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian church. The campus sits on 471 acres is suburban Grantham, Pa. Some of the most popular majors at Messiah College include Elementary Education, Registered Nursing, Psychology, Business Administration and Management and Engineering. Brannan Swain, a winner of reality TV series The Amazing Race, and Chris Heisey, a Major League Baseball player, are both alumni of the school.

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Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA

Lebanon Valley College was founded in 1866 as a private institution. The school is situated on 340 rural acres in Annville, Pa. The college prides itself on offering every student the "Four Year Graduation Guarantee" which provides free tuition to students who are unable to attain an undergraduate degree after four years of full-time study.

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Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

The Maine Maritime Academy is a public institution located in the village of Castine, Maine overlooking the Castine Harbor. The Academy was founded in 1941 and students are not obligated to go to sea or join the military after graduation. Students can choose regimented or nonregimented degrees or programs. Some of the most popular majors include Engineering, Marine Science, Naval Architecture, International Business, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

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Elmira College

Elmira, NY

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private institution located in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Throughout their college career, students are required to live on campus, a practice the college believes will foster closer relationships and experiences.

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Merrimack College

North Andover, MA

Merrimack college was founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine as a private institution. The college is situated on 220 acres in North Andover, Mass. Just outside of Boston, Mass. The school takes pride in the fact that it offers ABET-accredited engineering programs. The school also offers more than 20 varsity sports for men and women, including Division I men's ice hockey team and has several alumni NHL players.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Great Barrington, MA

Bard College at Simon's Rock was founded in 1964 as a private institution specifically designed for younger scholars. The college is located in Great Barrington, Mass. and typically enrolls students immediately after completing tenth or eleventh grade rather than after graduating high school. The most popular majors Simon's Rock include Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.

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Seton Hill University

Greensburg, PA

Seton Hill University was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1885 as a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university. The school sits on 200 acres in suburban Greensburg, Pennsylvania which is about 35 miles east of Pittsburg, PA. Some of the most popular majors at Seton Hill include Business Management, Marketing, Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, Public Administration and Social Service Professions.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, MA

The Wentworth Institute of Technology is a private institution located in Boston, Mass. The school was founded in 1904 and prides itself on providing high-quality classroom instruction with extensive laboratory and studio training to ensure that students understand the practical application of technology. Some of the most popular majors at the Wentworth Institute of Technology include Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems Networking, and Civil Engineering.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private institution located in Burlington, Vermont. The 19-acre campus overlooks Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, and its buildings consist mostly of restored Victorian-era private homes. The school offers more than 50 student clubs and organizations for student to be involved in. The school also offers many study abroad opportunities at Champlain campuses in Canada and Ireland or sponsored programs in countries like China or Morocco.

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Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA

Cedar Crest College is a private liberal arts college for women founded in 1867. The school was one of the first women's colleges in the nation and is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The school offers more than 30 academic programs, and some of the most popular majors include those in health professions, psychology, business management, marketing, education, and biological sciences. Judy McGrath, former CEO of MTV Networks is a graduate of Cedar Crest College.

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Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private institution founded by two Presbyterian ministers as a liberal arts women's college. Today the college accept male commuter students and has a program for women with children, allowing single mothers to bring their children to live with them on campus. Wilson College occupies 300 acres in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The college is known for its veterinary medical technician and equestrian programs.

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College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA

The College of Our Lady of the Elms was founded in 1928 as a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. The school is located in suburban Chicopee, Massachusetts and is part of the NCAA Division III athletic conference.

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Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA

Geneva College's 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania about 35 miles north of Pittsburg. It is a private institution founded in 1848 and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors. Among the most popular of these majors are business, management, marketing, engineering, public administration, and youth ministry.

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SUNY College of Technology- Alfred

Alfred, NY

Part of the State University New York system, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred is a public institution founded in 1908. Also known as Alfred State College, the rural campus sits on 1,032 acres in Alfred, New York. The school prides itself in focusing on civic engagement and student leadership while providing hands-on, useable real-world learning. Some of the most popular majors include engineering, business, management, marketing, computer information sciences, and finance.

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Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH

Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer College, is a small, private college located on 200 acres in rural New London, New Hampshire. The school focuses on the liberal arts and prides itself on helping its students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to society in their personal, professional and civic lives. The college is part of the NCAA Division III athletic conference.

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SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

A part of the State University of New York system, SUNY Maritime College is a public institution founded in 1874. The school is located in historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck pennisula where the East River meets Long Island Sound in New York. It was the first federally approved college offering commercial nautical instruction to be founded in the United States.

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Delaware Valley College

Doylestown, PA

Delaware Valley College, locally referred to as Del Val, is a private institution located in suburban Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1896, Del Val prides itself on providing career-oriented education in an intimate and personalized setting. The college's Experimental Learning Program provides active, hands-on applied experiences tied to specific academic objectives and outcomes and is a requirement for graduation.

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Cazenovia College

Cazenovia, NY

Cazenovia Colleges is a small, private institution offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. It was founded in 1824 in Cazenovia, New York. The school prides itself on its individualized approach to the education experience and close-knit residential community. Among the most popular majors at Cazenovia College are business management, marketing, visual and performing arts, public administration, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

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Lasell College

Newton, MA

Founded in 1851 as a private institution, Lasell College is a 50-acre campus located less than 10 miles from Boston in Newton, Ma. The school is a part of the NCAA Division III and the Lasell Lasers compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Some of the most popular majors at Lasell College include fashion merchandising, fashion design, sport and fitness administration, accounting, and communication studies.

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