The Policy Center on the First Year of College has been conducting research on what makes for excellence in programs for students the first year of college.  They conducted national research, called for nominations, and selected thirteen finalists, listed below.  Follow the link above to the home page of the Policy Center which has narrative descriptions of the first year programs at those schools.  Or follow the links below to visit the web sites of the thirteen finalists, which were chosen selected by size category. 

School / Link
Size Category
Undergraduate Students
CTCL= Pope Book:
"Colleges That
Change Lives"

Community College of Denver Community College
14,553 part time students
Denver, CO

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La Guardia Community College - CUNY
Community College
7,453 full time
6,036 part time
Queens, NY

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Eckerd College Under 2K 1,750
St. Petersburg, FL
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Kalamazoo College Under 2K 1,234
Kalamazoo, MI
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Drury University 2K-5K 1,580
80% from MO
Springfield, MO

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Elon University 2K-5K 4,850 undergrad
(42% male / 58% female)
27% from NC;
57% live on campus
14.2-Student/Faculty Ratio;
United Church of Christ: 1.5%
Elon, NC

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Largest Departmental Majors (#):
Business (808)
Communications (719)
Biology (226)
Elementary Ed. (220)
64% study abroad
U.S. Military Academy 2K-5K 4,000
West Point, NY

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Lehman College -CUNY 5K-10K 5,119 full time
3,323 part time
Bronx, NY

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Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5K-10K 8,355
Corpus Christi, TX

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Appalachian State 10K-20K 13,447
Boone, NC

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Univ of S. Carolina Over 20K 18,362
Columbia, SC

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Ball State 10K-20K 20,113
Muncie, IN

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Indiana - IUPUI Over 20K 21,172
Indianapolis, IN

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