College can be a bore -- the endless textbook readings, crowded lecture halls and multiple choice tests that force students to memorize rather than synthesize (and wonder if they're really getting what they're paying for). But it doesn't have to be that way.

Scattered across the country are colleges where an actual education is paramount, and obtaining that education is often a rigorous and inventive process. We call them "non-traditional colleges," and they're places where students call the shots.

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