Spotlight on America: Studying in the Northeast

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Spotlight on America: Studying in the Northeast

Nov 22, 2016

As its name tells you, the United States is made up of various states. What you may not know is that each state is also part of a region. Regions in the U.S. vary by landforms, climate and natural resources. Customs, economics and art can also change by region. So if you plan to take the TOEFL® test to study there, a good first step is to look at the different regions and choose the one that fits you best. We’ll focus this article on the Northeast region, which is home to many different colleges and universities.

Features & Facts

  • States in the Northeast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • History: All states were among the original 13 colonies, which joined the United States when it became an independent nation in 1776.
  • Geography: Rocky coasts, sandy beaches, fertile farmland, ski-friendly mountains—you can find all landscapes in the Northeast.
  • Climate: The weather is warm to hot in the summer (with plenty of humidity), and snowy and cold in the winter (it can be bitterly cold farther north). 
  • City-centric: There are many medium and large cities in the Northeast with less populated areas outside the cities.


Universities & Colleges – Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA): Swarthmore has a 425-acre arboretum with rolling lawns, a creek, hills and hiking trails. It’s 11 miles from Philadelphia and students staying there focus on liberal arts and engineering.
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ): Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the U.S. (established in 1746). It is an Ivy League school known throughout the world for its research. About 12% of undergraduates are international students.
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): Chances are you’ve already heard about Harvard! It is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States (1636). Many U.S. presidents have earned honorary degrees from Harvard, including Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
  • Columbia University (New York, NY): A “city” school, which calls the biggest city in the country its home. New York City gives the university’s students and faculty many resources to turn to and the campus community is culturally diverse.
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH): Founded in 1769, this Ivy League college has a rich history of hands-on research and offers students a flexible year-round academic calendar of four 10-week terms. Its    beautiful “green” lawn area serves as the hub of campus activities.

This is just a tiny glimpse at Northeastern institutions. Take a look at other universities and colleges in the region: