The 7 Most Unique Colleges in the Country

Every college and university is different in its own way.

So we made it a personal mission to find the most unique colleges in the country. Below are the seven most out-of-the-box institutions in the United States!

Evergreen State College

Evergreen is located in Olympia, Washington, and prides itself on a unique education system. Students are actually allowed to design their own academic plan. Evergreen realizes young adults have changing interests, and are encouraged to take whatever classes they choose, without having to worry about fulfilling any requirements based on a chosen major.


Antioch College

If you're a health nut, this college is for you. Located in Ohio, Antioch runs entirely on solar power, and 30% of the dining hall food is grown by its students. The other food used on campus is all locally grown and raised. Best of all, they have an unofficial mascot named Kale. It doesn't really get more unique than that!

Salad bar at North Hall looking fresh today (and everyday). #RealFood

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Maharishi University of Management

Don't let the word "management" fool you. This university is all about being stress-free. So much so, you are only required to take one class a month! Maharishi, located in Fairfield, Iowa, believes in practicing meditation and yoga and being devoted to developing their students' conscious. The school uses the word "management" because they believe in teaching you how to manage all aspects of life: career, relationships and health.

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Berea College

If you're worried about paying for college, you may want to take a closer look at Berea College in Kentucky. No student has to pay tuition when attending this school. This is possibly due to the school's support from alumni, friends, organizations and people who believe that your education should not be defined by your income.

What a sunrise from the East Pinnacle. Happy #mountainday, Bereans! ⛰

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Hampshire College

If grades have never been your forte, you may want to consider Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This college doesn't give out grades. They break their academics into three sectors. The first year, students take classes in "schools of thought." The second year, you study one subject in depth. The third year, students complete a large-scale project and your work is put into a portfolio and no grades are given. We can certainly get on board with that.


Bard College

Bard prides itself on being the early-start school where the average student starts college at 16. Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, this college is for the highly motivated high school student who is ready to start their college career. You can apply for information as early as 13.

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Vassar College

Vassar College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is known as one of the best liberal arts schools in the country. Not only that, but it's known to be the most hipster. Vassar is unique because of its clubs and extracurricular activities. These include a juggling team, punk music enthusiasts and a Harry Potter Quidditch team. Are you a Keeper or a Chaser?


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