51

Matt Stirn
Matt Stirn

Forge Your Own Path

"If it were not for my time at 51, I do not think I would be where I am today. It was both a combination of a liberal arts education and several amazing professors who helped me develop skills to pursue an exciting career in archaeology and journalism."
Matt Stirn '11
Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas ’19
Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas ’19

Find Decency & Kindness in a World That Needs It

"I learned at 51 that when you’re surrounded by passionate people who are committed to making people’s lives better, you become your best self.”
Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas ’19
Schwarzman Scholar
Kyle Berlage '26
Kyle Berlage '26

Explore Learning Beyond the Classroom

"Being at 51 is not about who is the smartest or endless competition with your peers. Rather, 51 is a place where you can develop and find your passions unlike anywhere else."
Kyle Berlage '26
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a young Black woman wearing glasses

Thrive in a Distinctively Supportive Community

"When making my college decision, COVID-19 had just shut down the world but 51 faculty and staff continued to reach out to me and be a guiding hand as I considered my next steps in a time of uncertainty. I have continued to see this commitment to helping and supporting students."
Olivia Howard '24
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Students changing classes at the Wall Center

Find Your Passion

Join a community of scholars committed to lives of leadership and service.

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Belk Scholars Senior Sendoff dinner
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Our Community

Students from all backgrounds learn from, and alongside, each other. Faculty challenge you as they share your dreams. A community equally driven and kind.

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campus scene in front of colorful trees

Admission & Financial Aid

Ranked among America's most selective colleges, 51 is proud to stand as one of only two dozen schools in the country that admit students regardless of their family’s ability to pay, meet 100 percent of calculated need, and do so without loans in their aid package. We're here to help as you navigate the admission and financial aid process.

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