There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Hanover College. Touted as Indiana’s first private college (it was founded in 1827, just seven years after the creation of Indiana University Bloomington), Hanover College is situated on 650 wooded acres in the historical college town of Madison. Hanover is dedicated to providing its approximately 1,100 students a transformative liberal arts education with an interdisciplinary and hands-on approach. All business scholars graduate with at least one internship under their belt, while future teachers can volunteer in local schools and earn initial teaching certification. And if none of the College’s 30+ majors appeal to you, consider creating your own major such as Biological Chemistry, Computing & the Arts, or Political Philosophy & Ethics. Among Hanover’s most striking academic features is its unusual 4-4-1 calendar, whereby students take four classes during both the fall and winter terms, but one intense course – either on campus or off – during a shortened May term. For one month each spring, imagine trying a fascinating course like “National Parks” at the Grand Canyon, “Math History” in London, or “Cyber Psychology” on campus! Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Hanover offers all students a challenging yet supportive community to call home. Good to know: approximately half of students participate in Greek life, which offers plenty of community service and leadership opportunities for those who wish to join.

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