Top 100 Colleges (pg 4)

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       61.  Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University, often referred to as A&M or TAMU, is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The seventh-largest university in the United States, A&M enrolls over 49,000 students in ten academic colleges. Texas A&M’s designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research.The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.
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62.  Clemson University
Clemson University (pronounced /ˈklɛmsən/) is a public, coeducational, land-grant, sea-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1889, the University is academically divided into five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Sciences; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.Clemson University operates a research park in Pendleton, SC and has recently completed its Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (I-CAR) center in Greenville, SC. The University has agricultural extension offices in every county in South Carolina as a public service in its furtherance of its founding goals as an agricultural institution.
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63.  Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Largest institution for higher education in New Jersey. It was originally chartered as Queen’s College in 1766 and is the eighth-oldest college in the United States. Rutgers was originally a private university affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church and admitted only male students, but evolved into a coeducational public research university. Rutgers is one of only two colonial colleges that later became public universities, the other being The College of William and Mary.Rutgers is the largest university within New Jersey’s state university system, and it was ranked 54th in the world academically in a 2008 survey conducted by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The university offers more than 100 distinct bachelor0 master, and 80 doctoral and professional degree programs across 175 academic departments, 29 degree-granting schools and colleges, 16 of which offer graduate programs of study.
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64.  University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of M or regionally the U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. It is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system and has the fourth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,659 students in 2009-2010. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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65.  University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh has been placed in the top cluster of 7 leading U.S. public research universities and among the clusters comprising the overall top 25 research universities, is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, has been named as a “best value” by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world’s top universities. University of Pittsburgh is popularly recognized for its centerpiece building, the Cathedral of Learning at 535 feet (163 m), the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere; for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine; and for fielding nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs.University of Pittsburgh is among the nation’s and world’s most active research institutions as evidenced by its $642 million in annual research expenditures, its standing among the top five schools in the amount of National Institutes of Health research allocations, and its election as one of the 63 North American members of the Association of American Universities.
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66.  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, WPI was one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. WPI’s 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees. WPI’s faculty works with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, and information security, materials processing, and nanotechnology.Students have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program. There are 25 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
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67.  Northeastern University
Northeastern University (officially NU, formerly NEU), is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern has eight colleges and offers 65 undergraduate majors. At the graduate level, the university offers more than 125 programs and awards masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university is the home of more than 35 specialized research and education centers. Northeastern is classified as a RU/H institution (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Northeastern’s faculty members have garnered international recognition for their achievements in teaching and research. Several Guggenheim Fellows are currently or have been previously associated with Northeastern. Among Northeastern’s other distinguished faculty are a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” winner, a former NASA Astronaut, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

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68.  University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public research university in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Founded in 1881 as a land-grant university, UConn serves more than 28,000 students on its six campuses, including nearly 8,000 graduate students in multiple programs. a Public Ivy, UConn is one of the founding institutions of the Hartford, Connecticut/Springfield, Massachusetts regional economic and cultural partnership alliance known as New England’s Knowledge Corridor. UConn is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the Big East Conference.UConn’s main campus is in Storrs, Town of Mansfield. The university’s interim president is Dr. Philip E. Austin, who took over from Dr. Michael J. Hogan, a noted historian and former provost of the University of Iowa. Hogan resigned June 30, 2010 and took the position of President at the University of Illinois.

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69.  Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech was Founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college, Virginia Tech is a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia and one of the few public universities in the United States that maintains a corps of cadets. The Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The central campus is roughly bordered by Prices Fork Road to the northwest, Plantation Drive to the west, Main Street to the east, and US 460 Bypass to the south, though it has several thousand acres beyond the central campus. The university has established branch campuses in Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach), the National Capital Region (Northern Virginia Center Falls Church and Urban Affairs & Planning Program (Masters and Ph.D. in urban and regional planning) at its Old Town Alexandria, Virginia) campus, Richmond, Roanoke, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
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70.  Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is a small public teaching and research university devoted to engineering and applied science, with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth’s natural resources. Located in Golden, Colorado, CSM was ranked 29th in America among national public universities in 2011. Undergraduate admissions at Mines is highly selective. Nearly 10,000 students vie each year for 875 spots in the freshman class.The college was originally founded in 1873 by the Episcopal Church, but in 1874 control was transferred to the Colorado Territory, and CSM became a state institution when Colorado attained statehood in 1876. The school mascot is Blaster the Burro, the athletic teams are called the Orediggers, and the logo (designed by architect Jacques Benedict) is a Reuleaux triangle.

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71.  University of California - Santa Cruz
The university offers 63 undergraduate majors and 35 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. [37] Popular undergraduate majors include Art, Business Management Economics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Psychology. [38] Interdisciplinary programs, such as Feminist Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Digital Arts and New Media, and the unique History of Consciousness Department are also hosted alongside UCSC’s more traditional academic departments.Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, UCSC has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.
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72.  University of Iowa

The University is home to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, nationally recognized as one of America’s best hospitals. In fact, according to U.S. News and Reports three specialty departments were recognized as being in the top ten across the country. They are Otolaryngology (4th), Ophthalmology and visual sciences (6th) and Orthopaedics and rehabilitation (9th). It is one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the nation. Iowa was the first American institution of higher learning to accept creative work for academic credit, and it developed the Master of Fine Arts degree.The University of Iowa is the oldest public university in the state. The university is organized into eleven colleges granting undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. UI is categorized as RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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73.  Brigham Young University

The university’s primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 master’s and 25 doctoral degree programs, including a Juris Doctor program. About 70% of student tuition is funded by LDS Church tithing funds, making tuition less expensive than at similar private universities.BYU students are required to adhere to an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings (e.g., academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol). Approximately 97% of male BYU graduates have taken a two-year hiatus from their studies at some point to serve as Mormon missionaries, and 32% of BYU female graduates have been missionaries as well.

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74.  Indiana University

Indiana University is the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. It is also referred to as Indiana, or simply IU, and is located in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. The name Indiana University Bloomington is not an official campus name, and is only used for clarity.In 2010, the Academic Ranking of World Universities gave Indiana University a world rank of 90 and a national rank of 50. Time named Indiana University its “2001 College of the Year” among major research universities. Indiana is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities, the leading American research universities. Additionally, IU has over 110 academic programs ranked in the top twenty nationwide.Of students enrolled in the Fall 2009 term, 1,883 were African-Americans, 1,803 were Asian, 1,099 were Hispanic, and 121 were American Indian. Fewer women (20,967) were enrolled than men (21,380). While 70% of the student body was from Indiana, students from 49 of the 50 states, Washington D.C., and 165 foreign nations were also enrolled.

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75.  Marquette University

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1881, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and currently has a student body of 11,600. Marquette is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States, and the largest private university in Wisconsin.Marquette is located on a 93-acre (380,000 m2) campus in the near downtown Milwaukee neighborhood of University Hill, on the former Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Lake Michigan is roughly one mile east of the edge of campus. The campus encompasses 9th Street on the east, to 20th Street on the west, and from Wells Street on the north, to Clybourn Street on the south. Wisconsin Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Milwaukee, bisects the campus, placing academic buildings on the south side, and residence halls and other offices and buildings on the north side. Named after the university, the Marquette Interchange is also close to campus.
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76.  University of Delaware

The school has renowned engineering, science, business, education, urban affairs and public policy, public administration, agriculture, history, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry programs, among others, drawing from the historically strong presence of the nation’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the state of Delaware. In 2006, UD’s engineering program was ranked number 10 in the nation by The Princeton Review.In 2009, US News and World Report ranked the chemical engineering program 10th among undergraduate programs and 9th among graduate programs. It is one of only four schools in North America with a major in art conservation. UD was the first American university to begin a study abroad program.The school from which the university grew was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest in the nation. However, UD was not chartered as an institution of higher learning until 1833. Its original class of ten students included George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith, all three of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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77.  American University

American University (AU or American) is a Methodist private liberal arts and research university in Washington, D.C. Roughly 6,000 undergraduate students and 3,912 graduate students are currently enrolled.[4] AU is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. A member of the Division I Patriot League, its sports teams compete as the American University Eagles.American’s main campus is located at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues at Ward Circle in Northwest Washington. The area is served by the Tenleytown-AU station on the Washington Metro subway line in the neighborhood of Tenleytown.Academic programs continuously gained high national rankings, and the quality of AU’s students was reflected in the high number of merit awards and prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, such as Fulbright awards and Presidential Management Fellowships.
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78.  Baylor University
Baylor University is a private, Christian-affiliated research university located in Waco, Texas, United States. Founded in 1845, Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. is known for its programs in business, law, music, philosophy, theology, and science .The university campus is located just southeast of downtown Waco, roughly bounded by Interstate 35, La Salle Avenue, Eighth Street and the Brazos River.Baylor offers a top academic experience. Baylor is the oldest, continually operating university in the state. Baylor students report themselves significantly more satisfied with almost every aspect of their undergraduate experience (approximately 90 percent of the items measured) than students at other private institutions
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79.  Miami University

Miami University (MU) is a coeducational public research university located in Oxford, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1809, it is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest in Ohio. In its 2011 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 79th overall and ranked its undergraduate teaching 2nd among national universities, tied with Princeton University.Miami’s Division I sports teams are called the RedHawks. They compete in the Mid-American Conference in all sports except ice hockey, in which the team is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Miami is nicknamed the “Cradle of Coaches” for the star-quality coaches that have left its football program. Its men’s basketball team has appeared in 16 NCAA basketball championships, reaching the Sweet Sixteen four times. Miami’s ice hockey team finished runner-up in the 2009 national championship game.
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80.  Michigan State University
Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. Its alumni include at least six winners of the Pulitzer Prize. MSU’s record of Rhodes Scholars has led the Big Ten since the 1970s.MSU pioneered the studies of packaging, hospitality business, telecommunication, and music therapy. Today its study-abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in the country, offering more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents including Antarctica.It is considered to be one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. Following the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. After World War II, the number of students tripled as the institution became a major university. Today, MSU is the eighth-largest university in the United States, with 47,100 students and 2,954 faculty members.
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