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RALEIGH, N.C., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Higher education website has published a ranking of the 50 Best Colleges for Summer School in the United States ( Two University of California schools are among the top three, with UC-San Diego taking the top spot and UC-Santa Barbara placing third. The University of Colorado-Boulder was slotted second. Schools were selected based on their academic reputation and proximity to beautiful and interesting places for fun summer activities.

"A growing number of college students are choosing to take courses over the summer, often out of a desire to save on tuition, as summer courses are often less expensive and students are able to graduate faster. The scarcity of summer jobs also makes staying in school an attractive option," said J. Alder, Managing Editor of "The idea behind this list is that if you're planning to be in school during the summer, why not go to a place you'd want to be anyway?"

In addition to financial reasons, reports indicate that many students prefer summer school courses because of the smaller classes and the increased frequency of classes, which often meet every day and facilitate the learning of memory-intensive subjects like foreign languages. Many schools also report a spike in enrollment for online classes during the summer.

Other schools making the top 50 list include:

Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts

Brown University - Providence, Rhode Island

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California

California State University, Long Beach - Long Beach, California

Columbia University - New York City, New York

Cornell University - Ithaca, New York

Dartmouth College - Hanover, New Hampshire

Delaware State University - Dover, Delaware

Endicott College - Beverly, Massachusetts

Flagler College - St. Augustine, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne, Florida

Indiana University Bloomington - Bloomington, Indiana

Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana

New York University - New York City, New York

Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, Arizona

Northwestern Michigan College - Traverse City, Michigan

Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, California

Portland State University - Portland, Oregon

San Diego State University - San Diego, California

Stanford University - Stanford, California

Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas

University of Alaska Anchorage - Anchorage, Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks - Fairbanks, Alaska

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, California

University of California, Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, California

University of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Honolulu, Hawaii

University of Hawaii Maui College - Kahului, Hawaii

University of Kansas - Lawrence, Kansas

University of Miami - Coral Gables, Florida

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Minnesota Duluth - Duluth, Minnesota

University of Mississippi - Oxford, Mississippi

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Paradise, Nevada

University of New Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, Illinois

University of South Carolina Beaufort - Beaufort, South Carolina

University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee

University of Texas at Austin - Austin, Texas

University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Washington - Seattle, Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, Wisconsin

Utah State University - Logan, Utah

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, Virginia is an independent online resource dedicated to helping prospective college students and their families make the best decision for their educational future.

J. Alder
Managing Editor
Email (919) 745-8594