Students looking to avoid being treated like a number should look no further than Bryn Athyn College of the New Church. Small by design and focused on providing individual attention since 1877, this private liberal arts college--tucked away in a borough of the same name northeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania--has an enrollment of just 280. Its slate of 18 available majors and ten minors features important preparatory programs such as early childhood education, pre-law and pre-med. Its uniquely graduated residence system has first-year students live in two basic residence halls, then move into suites and beautifully ornate cottages later in their academic careers. Regardless of year, however, students experience vibrant on-campus life here, including regular movie and karaoke nights, brand-new student publication The Pythia Journal (which showcases students’ work in literature, essays and poetry), and the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, which allows budding stars to shine in such productions as 2016’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! With all this going for them, it’s no wonder the BAC Lions are a proud bunch.