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The 10 Most INTELLECTUAL Colleges (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/07/10 09:23 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

For most college students, there's a differentiation between life inside the classroom and out; there's a time to be cerebral and then there's the other 22 hours of the day. Unigo looked for schools that cater to students who happily spend all their waking hours in pursuit of intellectual stimulation, questioning life, challenging the status quo and letting their curiosity run wild. Thirty thousand student votes later, they identified the top ten schools where being a "nerd" (as they often, and lovingly, refer to themselves) is truly the norm.

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Brown University
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The students at Brown University are said to be among the most intellectual and eccentric of all the Ivy Leaguers. Part of this reputation stems from Brown’s progressive educational philosophy: students can choose to take any course pass-fail, and there are no core requirements. As a result, students only take the courses that interest them and rarely stop talking about their academics. “Everyone in every class has chosen to be there,” writes a senior majoring in English. “Interesting and engaged students then leave class and chat long into the night about every topic you can imagine, hours after classes are done,” another says. One student sums it up: “Overall, and fostered by our open curriculum, Brown students are unique in that we get to place an extremely high value on creativity, on intellectual independence, and on a real, honest passion for learning and being.”

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