- Penn State University
Penn State University (also known as PSU) is a public, four-year university that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with “high research activity”. Penn State’s main campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, but the school has 24 campuses (19 commonwealth and 5 special-mission) located throughout the state.
- Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University (A&M standing for “Agriculture and Mechanical”), College Station, is the flagship institution among 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M University System educates more than 131,000 students each year. Texas A&M University, College Station was opened in 1876 as Texas’ first public institution of higher learning. It is a research-intensive university with more than 50,000 students – including 10,000 graduate students – studying in more than 120 undergraduate and 240 graduate degree programs in ten colleges.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (also known as University of Illinois, U of I, UIUC, and Illinois) is a public, four-year university that offers a plethora of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. University of Illinois is classified as an RU/VH Research University and is well-known as one of the top research universities in the United States. University of Illinois is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System, which includes the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield campuses.
- Purdue University
Purdue University is a world-class research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Established as a land-grant university in 1869, the West Lafayette campus is the flagship university of Purdue’s six-campus system. Purdue, a Big Ten Conference member, serves the second largest student body among Indiana universities and enrolls the fourth largest amount of international students in the United States.
- Arizona State University
With an established reputation created and cultivated since its founding in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) boasts an expansive student body of undergraduate (the largest in the nation) and graduate students spread across four campuses in the Phoenix area. While the Tempe campus is the largest, the West campus, Polytechnic campus, and Downtown Phoenix campus also provide impressive opportunities and facilities for the over 58,000 undergraduate and close to 14,000 graduate students who attend.
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan (also known as U of M, U-M, UMich, or Michigan) is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA but it also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn. It is the oldest university in Michigan. UMich is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and one of the original eight Public Ivy universities. A public research university, it has been ranked as one of the top five US research universities and in the top 20 for universities worldwide. It was even ranked as the 4th best university in the entire world.
- Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is a public research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1885, Georgia Tech is home to over 14,000 undergraduate and close to 7,000 graduate students. The campus is nestled in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, on 400 acres with a great view of the Atlanta skyline. There are six colleges within Georgia Tech, with a heavy emphasis on science and technology.
- University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) is a public liberal arts university located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Maryland, but within the capital beltway. It was established in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College and became a university in 1920. It is regarded as a “public ivy” due to its rigorous reputation that puts it on par academically with Ivy League schools, but at a public school price. As of Fall 2012, there were 26,538 undergraduates enrolled.
- University of Florida
The University of Florida, locally referred to as U of F, UF or just Florida, is a public, four-year university whose main campus is in Gainesville, Florida. U of F is a land-grant university situated on an expansive 2,000-plus acre campus. It offers hundreds of undergraduate programs and multiple graduate degrees including more than 120 master’s degrees and 76 doctoral degree programs.
- Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CMU campus is located just three miles from down town Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Schenley Park and the University of Pittsburg, and resides on 140 acres in the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods, extending into Shadyside.
- Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest private university in the United States. BYU offers an education considered to be on par with Ivy League schools. The Mormons encourage their students to serve church missions, both state-side and international. This has allowed BYU to become one of the most multilingual college campuses worldwide.
- Ohio State University
Ohio State University, Columbus, also known as Ohio or OSU, is a public, four-year university and research institution located in Columbus, Ohio. OSU was founded as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in the early 19th century, and was originally established to help students acquire skills in a variety of agricultural and mechanical disciplines. It was later transitioned into a comprehensive university and renamed Ohio State University, which today has a little over 56,000 enrolled students.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
More commonly known as Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a 2,600-acre main campus located in the town of Blacksburg. Its 31,087 students can pursue more degrees than at any other school in Virginia, including training in technical arts and applied sciences. The university offers several online learning options for its degrees and courses. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
- Cornell University
Cornell University is private, coeducational research university located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell is one of eight Ivy League institutions – which are considered by many both academia and industry as some of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the United States. Cornell offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through 7 undergraduate academic colleges and 7 graduate studies divisions.
- University of California – Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, more commonly referred to as UC Berkeley, or just Berkeley, is one of California’s top public research universities. In fact, research is a core pillar of the university. The school is located on an expansive 1,232 acre campus on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. 178 acres are dedicated to the school’s central campus.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison (commonly referred to as UW-Madison and locally as Wisconsin or simply Madison) is a four-year research university in Madison, Wisconsin that offers an extensive selection of bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs. UW-Madison is a public university that was founded in 1848 (the same year Wisconsin became a state) and it is the flagship institution of the University of Wisconsin System.
- University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles, more commonly referred to as UCLA, is a public university situated in the Westwood neighborhood within the city of Los Angeles, California. UCLA was first established as the State Normal School Teachers College. It later became the Berkeley Southern Branch and in 1927 adopted its current name, University of California, Los Angeles. Even though UCLA is the second oldest of the ten universities within the University of California (UC) system, it is considered by many as a flagship campus.
- Texas Tech
Texas Tech University (TTU) was established February 10, 1923, as Texas Technological College. Today it is a leading public research university in the Texas Tech University System and is located in Lubbock, Texas, USA. It has the seventh-largest student enrollment in Texas state. It has 1,839 acres making it the second largest campus in the US. In Texas it is the only school with a law school, medical school, and an undergraduate institution all housed in the same location.
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh
North Carolina State University is a public research university commonly referred to as NCSU or N.C. State. Locally it is just called “State.” Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NCSU is part of the Research Triangle, along with Duke (Durham, NC) and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC). NCSU has the largest student enrollment of any college in North and South Carolina, with over 34,000 students.
- University of Virginia
The University of Virginia (locally referred to as “Virginia” or “UVA”) is a four-year non-profit research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1819, UVA is one of the oldest universities and higher education institutions in the United States. The institution was designed by Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States.
- Rutgers University, New Brunswick
The Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus is unique from the other Rutgers campuses – it is the largest and most comprehensive. This specific campus offers 19 schools for those students that are getting undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees. There are over 28,000 undergraduate students at the Rutgers Brunswick/Piscataway Campus, so it truly is a large university campus.
- University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic research university located near South Bend, Indiana. The school maintains a Catholic character through its numerous faculty members who are also Holy Cross priests as well as a number of ministries that are funded by the school. There are five colleges and one professional school in the university, and the graduate program awards 32 master’s and 25 doctoral degrees. The school is home to around 8,000 undergraduates and 3,500 graduates.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a highly residential, internationally-renowned private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT employs over 1,000 faculty and professors. Previous and current faculty affiliated with the institute include 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 77 Nobel Laureates, 45 Rhodes Scholars, and 38 MacArthur Fellows.
- University of Southern California
As its name denotes, the University of Southern California (USC) is located in Southern California in the city of Los Angeles. It is a non-profit, private, research university that was established in 1880, making it the oldest private research university in California. Over the last century, USC has grown at about the same pace as the city of Los Angeles. Historically, the university was responsible for educating professionals and business leaders in the LA community, but today it educates adult students of all ages and backgrounds from across the world.
- Washington State University
Washington State University, also referred to as WSU (and locally as Wazzu), is a public university located in the Palouse area of the Pacific Northwest, in the city of Pullman, Washington. The university was established in 1890 and is Washington’s first and largest land-grant university. The university offers a number of popular academic and career oriented programs in animal science, veterinary medicine, food science, agriculture, plant science, architecture, construction management, neuroscience, communications and criminal justice.
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