Kentucky is a state best known for horse-raising, whiskey manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and a wide range of other manufacturing industries. It is also known as a beautiful countryside with a long history of shaping this nation. Students grow up learning of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most interesting presidents students learn about in their earliest years, and they learn he grew up in a log cabin in Kentucky. Kentuckians love their state, and their school, and while most will attend college in their state, many may overlook some of the best schools around, and attend the big name colleges without a second thought. With a little research, you may find that some of these smaller schools in your own back yard are a better fit for your goals than you may have ever expected.