University of Mississippi:

Brief Description: Public college, commonly known as “Ole Miss,” located in Oxford, Mississippi.

High Honors: Travel + Leisure Magazine named Oxford one of the top 10 coolest college towns in America. With 14 sororities and 17 fraternities, UM’s vibrant social scene is also notable.

Restoring the Gulf Coast – Following the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, UM researchers, faculty and staff volunteered their time and expertise to aid in the cleanup and evaluate the spill’s effects on the environment.

Fun Fact: UM is renowned for blues research, housing the world’s largest archive of blues music in addition to the production of a blues magazine and weekly radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Bowdoin College:

Brief Description: Small, prestigious liberal arts school located in Brunswick, Maine. Bowdoin offers more than 40 majors and nearly 50% of students receive financial aid.

High Honors: Rated #1 best campus food by Princeton review and also earned high rankings for student happiness.

Geographical Perks: Bowdoin’s close proximity to the coast, the mountains and the city of Portland provides a multitude of opportunities for entertainment, recreation and relaxation. Students can go to the beach, check out the city’s shopping and nightlife or hit the slopes at Sunday River, one of the Northeast’s largest ski resorts.

Fun Fact: Class of ’74 alumnus Christopher Hill served as US Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Bush administration and as a negotiator in the Bosnia and Kosovo crises. Hill often visits his alma mater to speak to students about diplomacy.