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21.  Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (also known as CMU or simply Carnegie Mellon) is a prestigious private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university began as the Carnegie Technical Schools, founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900. In 1912, the school became Carnegie Institute of Technology and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. The University’s 140-acre (0.57 km2) main campus is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh and abuts the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Schenley Park, and the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the city’s Oakland neighborhood, partially extending into Squirrel Hill and Shadyside.Carnegie Mellon has seven colleges and independent schools: the Carnegie Institute of Technology (engineering), the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon College of Science, the Tepper School of Business, the School of Computer Science, and the H. John Heinz III College.
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22.  University of Southern California
The University of Southern California (commonly called USC, SC, and other names) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Los Angeles, California, USA. USC was founded in 1880, making it California’s oldest private research university.SC’s four year, full-time undergraduate program enrolled 16,751 undergraduate students in Fall 2009. USC is currently ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report which classified it as one of the “most selective universities” for admitting 24.4% of the 35,753 people who applied for freshman admission in 2009, and 73rd worldwide by the 2010-11 Times Higher Education rankings. According to the 2009 freshman profile, 22% of admissions were associated with legacy preferences. USC is also home to 18,073 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, and medicine.
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23.  University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 11,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.UCLA is organized into five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Eleven Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni, 37 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 20 to the National Academy of Engineering, and 97 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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24.  University of Virginia
The University of Virginia (also The University, Mr. Jefferson’s University, or Virginia; often abbreviated as U.Va. or UVA) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Conceived by 1800 and established in 1819, it is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an honor it shares with nearby Monticello.The University is notable in U.S. history for being the first educational institution to offer academic programs in disciplines now common, such as astronomy and philosophy. Its School of Engineering and Applied Science was the first engineering school in the United States to be part of a comprehensive university. Officially, the University of Virginia is incorporated as The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.
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25.  Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university in the U.S. state of North Carolina, founded in 1834. The university received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, North Carolina, the state Capital. The Reynolda Campus, the university’s main campus, is located north of downtown Winston-Salem, after the university moved there in 1956. The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center campus is located nearby. The University also occupies lab space at the Bowman Gray Technical Center, at the downtown Piedmont Research Park, and at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. The University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management maintains a presence on the main campus in Winston-Salem and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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26.  Tufts University
Tufts is organized into ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in Massachusetts and on the eastern border of France. The university emphasizes public service in all of its disciplines[6] and is well-known for internationalism and its study abroad programs.In 1852, Tufts College was founded by Universalists who had for years worked to open a non-sectarian institution of higher learning. Charles Tufts donated the land for the campus on Walnut Hill, the highest point in Medford, saying that he wanted to set a “light on the hill.” The name was changed to Tufts University in 1954, although the corporate name remains “the Trustees of Tufts College.” After over a century as a small New England liberal arts college, the French-American nutritionist Jean Mayer became president of Tufts in the late 1970s and, through a series of mergers with other institutions and schools, transformed the school into an international research university.
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27.  University of Michigan
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (commonly referred to as Michigan, U-M, UMich, or U of M) is a public research university located in the state of Michigan in the United States. It is the state’s oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It also includes two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn.The university was founded in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, about 20 years before the Michigan Territory officially became a state. What would become the university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university has physically expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 31 million gross square feet (712 acres or 2.38 km²), and transformed its academic program from a strictly classical curriculum to one that includes science and research.
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28.  University of North Carolina
UNC has a strong history in athletics, most notably in men’s basketball and women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse. The North Carolina Tar Heels share rivalries with other Tobacco Road schools and have provided many olympians to United States teams. The student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel has won national awards for collegiate media, while the student radio station WXYC provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.All undergraduates receive a liberal arts education and have the option to pursue a major within the professional schools of the university or within the College of Arts and Sciences from the time they obtain junior status. In both teaching and research, UNC has been highly ranked by publications such as BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. The university forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle in addition toDuke University in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
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29.  Boston College
Boston College (BC) is a private Roman Catholic Jesuit research university located in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA. It has 9,200 full-time undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. Its name reflects its early history as a liberal arts college and preparatory school in Boston’s South End. It is a member of the 568 Group and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America.Boston College offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees through its nine schools and colleges. Boston College is currently ranked 31 in the National Universities ranking by U.S. News & World Report.Boston College is categorized as an RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
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30.  College of William and Mary
The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College, William & Mary, or W&M) is a public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Founded in 1693 by a royal charter (by a British letters patent) issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, it is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States after Harvard University. William & Mary’s undergraduate program ranks #4 and #6 among American public universities according to the 2010 Forbes and 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings, respectively.In addition to its renowned undergraduate program, the College is home to several graduate and professional schools, including law, business, education, marine science and colonial history. In 2008, W&M enrolled 5,850 undergraduate and 2,042 graduate/professional students.
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          31.  New York University
New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City. NYU’s main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan. Founded in 1831, NYU is the largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in the United States.NYU is organized into 18 schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, as well as other sites across the globe. NYU operates study abroad facilities in London, Paris, Florence, Prague, Madrid, Berlin, Accra, Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv in addition to the Singapore campus of the Tisch School of the Arts, and plans to open a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi in 2010[4] and a site in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
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32.  Brandeis University
Brandeis University (pronounced /ˈbrændaɪs/) is an American private research university with a liberal arts focus. It is located in the southwestern corner of Waltham, Massachusetts, nine miles (14 km) west of Boston. University has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students. In 2010, it was ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as the number 34 national university in the United States. Forbes listed Brandeis University as number 57 among all national universities and liberal arts colleges combined in 2010. Brandeis University was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian coeducational institution on the site of the former Middlesex University. The university is named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856–1941), the first Jewish Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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33.  Georgia Institute of Technology

The educational institution was founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology as part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in the post-Civil War Southern United States. Initially, it offered only a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1901, its curriculum had expanded to include electrical, civil, and chemical engineering.In 1948, the school changed its name to reflect its evolution from a trade school to a larger and more capable technical institute and research university. Georgia Tech is organized into six colleges and contains about 31 departments/units, with a strong emphasis on science and technology. It is most recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, and the sciences, but also offers degrees in architecture, liberal arts, and management. In April 2010, Tech was elected to the highly prestigious Association of American Universities, reflecting its commitment to high quality instruction and research.
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34.  University of California - San Diego

UCSD is one of the ten general campuses of the University of California system and was founded in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 22,048 undergraduate and 5,073 graduate students enrolled in Fall 2007 and the university awarded 6,802 degrees in 2005/06. The university is organized into six undergraduate colleges and six graduate divisions and offers 125 undergraduate majors, 52 masters degrees, 51 doctoral programs, and four professional degrees. The University of California, San Diego is currently ranked the fourteenth best university in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UC San Diego as the 35th best university in the nation[9] UCSD is consistently ranked high in other college and university rankings. The university ranks 1st nationally in The Washington Monthly.

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35.  Lehigh University
Lehigh University is a private, co-educational university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the United States. It was established in 1865 by Asa Packer as a four-year technical school, but has grown to include studies in a wide variety of disciplines. As of 2009, the university comprises 4,856 undergraduate students, 2,118 graduate students, 648 professors, and a staff of 1,255.The university has four colleges: the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education. While the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college today, home to roughly 40% percent of the university’s students, the university is historically known for engineering and business. The university offers a variety of degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy.

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36.  University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or URoc) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Rochester, New York. It is often described as a small, liberal arts college in a big, research university. The University grants undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees through six schools and various interdisciplinary programs. The University is home to several noted schools and programs, including the number one ranked Eastman School of Music, the oldest optics program in the United States, and top 20 programs in political science and economics.The University enrolls approximately 4,600 undergraduates and 3,900 graduate students. The University of Rochester with its affiliated Strong Health System is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area and the sixth largest employer in New York. The University is also affiliated with numerous Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.

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37.  University of California - Davis

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is a public research university located in Davis, California, and one of ten campuses in the University of California system. Referred locally as UCD, the school was originally established in 1905 as the University Farm, an extension of UC Berkeley. UC Davis welcomed its first class in 1908. It was later formally established as a UC campus by the Regents of the University of California in 1959.UC Davis’ graduate and professional programs include the UC Davis School of Medicine (which includes the UC Davis Medical Center), the UC Davis School of Law, UC Davis School of Education, UC Davis Graduate Studies, The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.The UC Davis Aggies compete in the NCAA Division I level primarily in the Big West Conference as well as Great West Conference, Pacific-10 Conference, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in other sports.

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38.  University of California - Santa Barbara
UCSB is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. The campus is the 5th-largest in the UC system by enrollment with 18,429 undergraduate and 2,981 graduate students. The university granted 5,442 bachelor’s, 576 master’s, and 310 Ph.D. degrees in 2006-2007. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “more selective, higher transfer-in”.In 2010, UCSB was ranked 39th among “National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 29th worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 32nd worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.UC Santa Barbara is a “very high activity” research university and spent $191.2 million on research expenditures, 97th-largest in the United States. UCSB houses twelve national research centers, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Southern California Earthquake Center, and Materials Research Laboratory.

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39.  Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University (also known as Case Western, Case, and CWRU “crew”) is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The university was created in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology (founded in 1881 by philanthropist Leonard Case Jr.) and Western Reserve University (founded in 1826 in the area that was once the Connecticut Western Reserve). TIME magazine described the merger as the creation of “Cleveland’s Big-Leaguer” university.In U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 rankings, Case Western Reserve’s undergraduate program ranked 41st among national universities. The University is associated with 16 Nobel Laureates. Case Western is particularly well known for its medical school, its law school, its dental school, and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. Case Western is a member of the Association of American Universities.
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40.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, United States. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer for the “application of science to the common purposes of life”, and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. Built on a hillside, RPI’s 275-acre (111 ha) campus overlooks the historic city of Troy and the Hudson River and is a blend of traditional and modern architecture. The institute operates an on-campus business incubator and the 1,250-acre (510 ha) Rensselaer Technology Park, and is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.RPI’s mission has slowly evolved over the years while retaining a focus on the scientific and technological roots upon which it was founded. Over the past century, RPI has grown into a university with 5 schools: The School of Architecture, The School of Engineering, The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, The School of Science, and the Lally School of Management & Technology.

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