Any college student will tell you that finding a school that is a good cultural fit for you is critical. At some schools, athletics dominate the scene, and students spend every weekend cheering on their classmates at football games or participating in intramural sports. Other schools are most proud of their musical and artistic spirits, gathering each weekend at campus plays and performances. There are quirky schools, techie schools, studious schools, among many other types.

 

Of course, every school has some diversity of students, and there are spaces for athletic, artistic, and quirky students everywhere. However, understanding which schools are particularly known for certain attributes can be an important part of narrowing down your college list.

 

Today, I bring you 21 schools (listed in alphabetical order) with the biggest cultural focus on social activism and community service. These are campuses where a large percentage of students care about particular social causes and where many students spend their free time volunteering for local, national, and international causes.

 

Boston College – Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasson_Hall

Brandeis University – Waltham, Massachusetts

Source: Mike Lovett, University Photographer for Brandeis University

Brown University Providence, Rhode Island

Source: www.brown.edu

Bryn Mawr College  Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/img/college-photo_3632..JPG

Connecticut College  New London, Connecticut

Source: http://www.conncoll.edu/camelweb/images/slideshow/344/kk2q.jpg

Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire

http://www.geographydegree.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Dartmouth-College.jpg

Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grinnell_College_ARH_Spring.JPG by Aureliusxv

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Yard in summer

Harvard Yard

Loyola University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

Source: http://www.luc.edu/undergrad/media/prospectivestudents/images/LoyolaVisitCampus.jpg

New College of Florida – Sarasota, Florida

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasson_Hall

Oberlin College – Oberlin, Ohio

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasson_Hall

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasson_Hall

Ohio Wesleyan University – Delaware, Ohio

Source: http://centrikid.com/location/ohio-wesleyan-university/#.U_aV4LxdWec

Source: http://centrikid.com/location/ohio-wesleyan-university/#.U_aV4LxdWec

Pitzer College – Claremont, California

Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/pitzer-college-1172/photos

Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/pitzer-college-1172/photos

Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton---University---Campus---Buildings---(Gentry)

Rhodes College – Memphis, Tennessee

Source: http://www.ctcl.org/colleges/rhodes

Source: http://www.ctcl.org/colleges/rhodes

Soka University of America – Aliso Viejo, California

Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Soka_University_Founders_Hall.jpg

Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Soka_University_Founders_Hall.jpg

Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarthmore_College

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarthmore_College

University of California at Berkeley – Berkeley, California

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_California,_Berkeley

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_California,_Berkeley

Vassar College – Poughkeepsie, New York

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vassar_Chapel.jpg

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vassar_Chapel.jpg

Wesleyan University – Middletown, Connecticut

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_university#mediaviewer/File:RussellHouseSmaller.jpg

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_university#mediaviewer/File:RussellHouseSmaller.jpg

Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_university#mediaviewer/File:Berkeley_College_(South)_at_Yale.jpg

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_university#mediaviewer/File:Berkeley_College_(South)_at_Yale.jpg

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