Colleges That Change Lives is a non-profit organization that grew from a book written by former New York Times Education editor Loren Pope. He strongly believed that students should look past rankings and reputation to find the school(s) that really fit their academic and non-academic needs.
CTCL represents and promotes a group of 40 small, liberal arts colleges around the country (none of them is in California). They each offer strong academic programs, a variety of extra-curricular activities and most have intramural sports (most at the Division III level).
Most of them also have acceptance rates far higher than the intimidating acceptance rates we see at the highly competitive private colleges. Click here to read a New York Times story about some of their acceptance rates. If you read all the way to the comments at the end, you will hear from alumni of some of these colleges sharing the great experiences they had.
You can learn more about these 40 colleges at a college fair in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 31st and Wednesday, August 1st at the Universal City Hilton, at 7 pm on both nights. The program both nights is the same (ie. you only need to attend one night). You can expect to be there for about 2 hours. The invitation is here: