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The Top 10 Schools For Ambitious Students

First Posted: 12/30/10 09:50 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

From our friends at Unigo: Most college students don't know what they want out of their lives. This list, however, isn't for them. It's for high school students dreaming of becoming a doctor and saving lives, arguing cases before the Supreme Court, and closing deals like Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. They know exactly what they're going to become and how great they'll be once they get there. Now, they just need to get up and go, and these ten schools are the best places to start.

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Amherst College
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This small liberal arts school in New England offers a challenging array of coursework that some students can find off-putting. But for many, the Five College Consortium that Amherst is a part of means there are a large number of resources for students to access. “Being a part of this consortium means that Amherst can retain the advantages of a small college but offer its students the course catalogue of a large university,” writes a student studying political science. That includes "classes in communication, accounting, filmmaking, and so on that are not offered at Amherst." "Amherst is a small school that doesn't feel like it, because of its position in the five-college area," writes another freshman. There are some real-world classes, too -- “I've taken some pretty cool classes from the Sociology and Spanish departments, including several Sociology classes that involved hands-on social research,” another student says. The curriculum means “graduates do get good jobs or highly coveted spots in top grad schools,” and while “the academic requirements at Amherst can be tough, it really depends on what path the student takes, since the school has an open curriculum.” Basically, as one Amherst student puts it, “[We] all do our homework well, sometimes too well." Spoken like a true CEO.
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