Top Colleges With No Application Fees

Applying to schools can get expensive! Here our some high rated schools where you can skip that application fee:

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


A private university that is among the top national universities in the United States, ranked 41st among the best national universities and in the top 26 for its service learning programs. Plus it’s uptown campus includes 110 acres and 92 buildings, housing the majority of its schools and colleges. Activities include rock climbing, an intro to backpacking to fitness programs that can include individual sessions.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL


A private, not for profit, university that has 100 countries represented by their student body with 25% of undergraduate students being international students. This school has a few of their innovations associated with Illinois Tech faculty and alumni: the cell phone, magnetic recording, tall building architecture, and bar code technology!

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


A women’s liberal arts school whose motto is Non Ministrari sed Ministrare, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Wellesley campus spreads across 500 acres. Within that expanse lie residence halls, libraries, classrooms and laboratories, studios, cinema and theaters, cafés and dining halls, art galleries, offices, a golf course, and more.

Carleton College, Northfield, MN


With a ratio of students to faculty of 9:1, this private liberal arts college has an average class size of a whopping 18 with a trimester calendar which involves 3 ten week terms! Carleton offers 37 majors from american music to sociology and anthropology in addition to 15 concentrations on their 1,040 acre land with students amounting to about 90% who stay on campus, that aren’t in an off campus studies program.

Reed College, Portland, Oregon


This close knit community of faculty and students is not your average college experience. Think of classes that are geared more towards discussions than the usual long lectures. In walking distance to a wetland and so close to town, this university offers that welcoming feel with an enrollment of almost 1,400! We’d say that’s small enough to be on a first name basis with your teachers.

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH


A liberal arts college boasting alumni such as John Green, an american author of young adult fiction and Allison Janney, an emmy winning actress. This college doesn’t rely on using teaching assistants to teach classes but with a faculty ratio of 99% holding a terminal degree their professors are well trained and put to good use.

Colby College, Waterville, ME


A liberal arts college in central Maine, Colby is located on a wildlife reserve. That could explain its picturesque landscape. Top majors here include social science and biology. With small class sizes, most students living on campus, and over 100 student-run organizations, Colby holds a close-knit community of learners.  

Union College, Schenectady, NY


This unique college offers not only acclaimed alumni such as Nikki Stone, a gold medalist for freestyle in aerial ski jumping but it has something called Minerva Houses. This is a housing facility where all students and faculty are assigned to one of the seven houses, where the overstuffed couches beckon, and discussions on anything from Euclid to YouTube inspire lively debate. What a unique experience.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

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Holding the place of 37th among national universities and 1st in Ohio this university is nothing short of remarkable. This university is making moves in students handling cases in a law clinic to patients treated at a one stop dental nursing program.The metropolitan feel, the 2nd largest performing arts venue outside of New York City, rock and roll hall of fame in Cleveland and affordability, what a great option.

Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Named “The Jewel of the Prairie” and one of the top 10 coolest small towns in America this college has a lot to give. With a focus on social justice and their Grinnell Prize for an individual(s) and their organization. Not only does it have this great aspiration for social justice their student life involves things like: movies at the Strand, coffee at Saints Rest,  and even shopping at many of the locally-owned businesses, including craft, grocery, book, bike and clothing stores.

Think passing on that application fee sounds nice? Check out the great schools listed above!

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