Swarthmore is probably one of the best universities that most people have never heard of. I know I definitely didn't until I was applying to colleges. It is small liberal arts college located outside of Philadelphia. Swarthmore has a tons to offer. Because it is a small school, classes there are extremely tiny which means that you get a better learning experience filled with more discussion and personalized attention from professors.
The campus is gorgeous as well. Right as you get off the highway, you feel as if you are a million miles from the city. Everything is green and the building are well situated. Swarthmore's faculty is first-rate and the college is consistently ranked in the top 3 among liberal arts colleges.
For those who feel that they would benefit from a smaller school and enjoy that sort of atmosphere, this is an amazing university and one that you should definitely consider.