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These are Princeton Review's best colleges for 2017

With fall just around the corner, parents all over the country are buckling up for the roller coaster that is the college search process.

Maybe your student is looking for a school with the most gourmet food options or the best career advice — or maybe they're looking for the school that really knows how to party. No matter the criteria, finding the perfect fit is practically a science.

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Best colleges for financial aid, quality of life, more: The Princeton Review

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Princeton Review combed through the data once again to find the top schools with the things you care about most. Check out the lists below to see which schools made the cut in five key categories.

Great Financial Aid

Karl Rabe / Karl Rabe
All Families Weekend, September 2015

1. Vassar College

2. Princeton University

3. Bowdoin College

4. Vanderbilt University

5. Pomona College

6. Claremont McKenna College

7. Colgate University

8. St. Olaf College

9. Pitzer College

10. Stanford University

Best Campus Food

Keith Toffling
University of Massachusetts Amherst Harvest Fresh Market

1. University of Massachusetts Amherst

2. Bowdoin College

3. Cornell University

4. Virginia Tech

5. St. Olaf College

6. College of the Atlantic

7. James Madison University

8. Saint Anselm College

9. Washington University in St. Louis

10. Bryn Mawr College

Best Career Services

Bentley University
The mock trading floor at Bentley University buzzes with activity.

1. Bentley University

2. Northeastern University

3. Wake Forest University

4. Southwestern University

5. Clemson University

6. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

7. Claremont McKenna College

8. Wabash College

9. Pennsylvania State University— University Park

10. University of Iowa

Best Quality of Life

Virginia Tech
A student flies high on a swings ride at Virginia Tech

1. Virginia Tech

2. Claremont McKenna College

3. Kansas State University

4. Bowdoin College

5. Scripps College

6. Tulane University

7. Vanderbilt University

8. University of Dayton

9. Rice University

10. Rhodes College

Best Party School

Suzanne Tucker
University of Wisconsin Marching Band Halftime Show

1. University of Wisconsin—Madison

2. West Virginia University

3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4. Lehigh University

5. Bucknell University

6. University of Iowa

7. University of Mississippi

8. Syracuse University

9. Tulane University

10. Colgate University

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