The following universities/colleges have been named the "most interesting colleges" in the nation:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) - It has been named as one of the nation's "Most Interesting Colleges" in the 2012 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges. In the 2011 edition, the Fiske Guide named WPI as one of 10 colleges and universities that "should be on the radar screens of all students looking at undergraduate engineering programs," noting the university's renowned "emphasis on projects and team building."

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry - It was named one of the nation's 350 most interesting colleges in the 2009 edition of “How to Get into College” produced by Kaplan/Newsweek. It was also listed as one of four top schools for environmental science majors, along with Yale University, Barnard College and Rutgers University.

Cornell College - It is one of the 13 most interesting colleges in the U.S., according to a Huffington Post review of the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2012. The College is one of only two Midwestern schools on the list, along with Kalamazoo College.

Hastings College - It is one of the nation's 331 most interesting colleges, according to Kaplan, Inc., publishers of the “Unofficial, Unbiased Guide.” The College takes top honors on a special list of recommended schools where a large number of students pursue more than one major.

Randolph College - The Fiske Guide to Colleges (2010 edition) gave the College high praise for the rigor of its academic programs, naming it one of the nation's "best and most interesting" colleges. It is one of just 12 Virginia colleges and 330 nationwide to be recognized. The Fiske profile touts Randolph's strong academic programs, faculty/student relationships, close community and international focus.

Occidental College - It has been included in Kaplan's The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, a group based on selectivity, academic strengths, unique programs, student body composition, and what the compilers call “the buzz factor.” The information included in this Guide is drawn from: current students, recent graduates, college officials, and a nationwide survey of high school guidance counselors. Also taken into consideration are standard institutional data and current events at each college.

* Suggested Reading:

Kaplan's Cutting-Edge Schools

Daily Beast College Rankings 2011

Newsweek/Kaplan College Guide 2010

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes
Australia - Good Universities Guide, Graduate Management Association of Australia
Canada - Maclean's Guide, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, THES, Webometrics, Newsweek
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