Williams College

Brief Description: Williams College is a private, liberal arts school in the residential town of Williamstown, nestled in the Berkshires region of Northern Massachusetts. Undergraduate enrollment tops out at about 2,000 students.

High Honors: For their 2012 list of Most Affordable Schools, The Daily Beast placed Williams in the top 20 nationwide, noting that although cost of attendance is $57,000 a year, the average debt of a Williams graduate is just over $8,000.

Equal Opportunity Education: Williams meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for four years for all admitted students. Plus, the college admits students from the US, regardless of their ability to pay.  

Fun Fact: Roughly 35% of Williams students graduate as double majors – of the 68 fields of study offered at the college, the most popular majors are Economics, English and Psychology.


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McGill University

Brief Description: McGill is a research-intensive university in Quebec, Canada with two campuses and more than 37,000 students.

High Honors: McGill has the most Rhodes scholars (134) of any Canadian university. The university is also recognized worldwide for its stellar teaching and research programs.

“Green” Money: Each year, McGill gives nearly $900,000 to student projects aimed at improving the school’s impact on the environment. McGill launched the Sustainability Projects Fund in 2009.

Fun Fact: McGill students hail from more than 150 countries and nearly 20% claim French as their first language. Parlez-vous Francais?