Spelman College:

Brief Description: Four year private women’s liberal arts college is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is part of the world’s largest association of historically black institutions of higher learning

High Honors: Ranked #1 of historically black colleges and universities by US News and World Report Best Colleges 2010

Average Total undergraduate Class: 2,100 students (87% receive some form of financial aid)

Fun Fact: Spelman’s Women’s Research and Resource Center is the first of its kind on a black college campus to devote curriculum to women’s studies.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design:
Brief Description: Independent, four year public college located in Boston’s Fenway Cultural District Average Freshman Retention Rate: 84.2%

All about the Arts: MassArt’s curriculum encompasses 22 concentrations focusing on fine arts, media, design and art education. Faculty is comprised of working, professional artists.

Fun Fact: MassArt graduates showcase their talents in a variety of real-world venues. Designs from MassArt’s 2010 Senior Fashion Show were featured in STUFF magazine and design grad Maya Luz appeared on a recent season of the hit fashion design reality show “Project Runway.”

University of Maryland:
Brief Description: Maryland’s flagship public university located in College Park, Maryland

High Honors: Garnered top ranks for best athletic facilities by the 2010 Princeton Review

The Champions: The Maryland Terrapins’ 27 varsity sports teams have claimed a collective 9 NCAA championships in the past decade

Fun Fact: Notable alumni include football star Boomer Esiason, Muppet creator Jim Henson and comic writer Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.