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Microbiology is the study of the growth, development and behavior of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae. Microbiology is divided into several fields of study, which includes bacteriology, clinical microbiology, virology, and others. Individuals working in this field typically pursue research and development positions, or utilize microbiological research to apply to real world solutions to given problems. Individuals in this field will have a strong background in math and science, and must be prepared to log and analyze research from controlled tests.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$76,850

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

51.77%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

21,670

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the Association of American Universities, Columbia University was the first school in the U.S. to confer an M.D. degree. It was also the first site in the United States where the uranium atom was split. Other "firsts" that came out of Columbia include the birth of FM radio, the laser beam, the first use of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), among many more pioneering inventions and patents.

Columbia offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels, as well as professional degrees, in a comprehensive range of academic fields. It is ranked number one as a research university by the Center for Measuring University Performance. It shares first place in rankings with MIT and Stanford University. Columbia University receives fourth ranking overall among other universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia University has a particularly illustrious list of alumni, boasting more Nobel Laureates than any other educational institution in the world. Since 1901, when the Nobel Prizes were first granted, 79 Columbia University alumni, faculty, researchers and administrators have won the Nobel Prize. The first recipient was Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 (Peace), and the most recent was President Barack Obama in 2009 (Peace).

There are renowned Columbia alumni in nearly every career field, including nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 29 Heads of State, 25 Academy Award winners, more than 100 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Award winners, at least 30 MacArthur Foundation Award winners, more than 40 National Academy of Sciences Award winners, and many more.

History

Columbia University in the City of New York was founded in 1754 by royal charter of England's King George II. It was founded as "King's College." It closed during the American Revolution, and reopened after the war in 1784 as "Columbia College." In 1857, Columbia College moved from its original location at Park Place, to 49th Street and Madison Avenue. It remained in this location for more than 40 years. In 1897, the school moved to its present location in Morningside Heights in Manhattan. Architect Charles Follen McKim designed the buildings at the new Morningside Heights Campus in a Roman classical or Athenian style. Many newer buildings now surround the original buildings on campus.

Academics

The academic calendar for Columbia University in the City of New York follows the semester format, with fall and spring "terms." There is also a Summer Study Abroad program in various locations, as well as several "Special Programs" abroad. The academic schedules for these programs vary, and further information should be obtained from the program administrators.

Colleges and Schools

Undergraduate students at Columbia University attend Columbia College (Liberal Arts degrees), The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Engineering and Applied Sciences degrees), or The School of General Studies (nontraditional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees) on the Morningside Heights campus. Undergraduates will also have access to affiliated institutions such as Teachers College, Barnard College, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as the Julliard School.

The colleges and schools of Columbia University in the City of New York include:

  • Columbia College
  • School of General Studies
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Continuing Education
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • School of Social Work
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Law
  • Graduate School of Business
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Dental Medicine

Student Life

There are numerous student groups and organizations at Columbia University in the City of New York, including the many fraternities and sororities that are active on campus. There are also many co-educational Greek organizations available. Greek Life has been active on the Columbia campus sine 1836. 

In addition to various academic, social, political, religious and military student organizations, there is a campus organization representing and supporting lesbian, gay and transgender students.

Community Impact (CI) is a non-profit community service organization on campus that involves Columbia students in assisting the disadvantaged communities of Morningside Heights, Washington Heights and Harlem.

On-campus housing is available, guaranteed for enrolled undergraduates. Residence halls are located at Columbia College, Hartley Hall, Wallach Hall, Livingston Hall, John Jay Hall, Furnald Hall and Carman Hall. Apartment-style housing is available in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Students at Columbia can enjoy some of the many performances from campus groups including the Columbia Players, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, Columbia Musical Theater Society, Black Theatre Ensemble, and the Columbia University Marching Band, among others.

Traditions

The Columbia University school colors are blue and white. The blue is a light blue commonly known as "Columbia Blue."

The school mascot is the lion.

An old tradition at Columbia University is "Orgo Night," a custom that involves the Columbia University Marching Band playing music around campus for 45 minutes, beginning at the stroke of midnight, on the eve of final exams to distract students from studying for their Organic Chemistry final exam.

Another old tradition, which began prior to the American Revolution, is the lighting of the Yule Log. A troop of "soldiers" dressed as the Continental Army, carry the Yule Log from the campus Sun Dial to John Jay Hall, where it is lit as people sing Christmas carols and read aloud from traditional Christmas books.

Athletics

The Columbia University "Lions" athletic teams compete in 29 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Morningside Heights Campus in Manhattan (New York, New York) is the primary campus for most graduate and undergraduate studies. This campus occupies more than six city blocks. The campus will soon expand into "Manhattanville," a neighborhood north of its current location. This new expansion will extend the Columbia campus into West Harlem, with new buildings housing programs for business, arts, and some of the sciences.

Columbia University Medical Center Campus is considered its second campus, and houses all of the health-related schools for the University. The Medical Center Campus is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, 50 blocks north of the Morningside Campus. There are many hospitals nationwide and abroad associated with Columbia University's medical-health schools, and in New York these are New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Payne-Whitney Clinic, and the Payne Whitney Westchester, among others.

A third campus for Columbia University is its Lamont-Doherty Campus, located in Palisades, New York, on the west bank of the Hudson River. This campus supports geologic and oceanic research, including seismic activity.

A fourth campus in Irvington, New York, supports the Nevis Laboratories.

There are additional Columbia University facilities throughout New York, and a satellite learning site in Paris, France, among others.

Community Life

New York City is a world-famous metropolis with many historic landmarks and sites, made up of many communities. Students attending any of the Columbia University campuses in the New York area will have easy access to all that the "Big Apple" has to offer, thanks to an excellent transport system.

Acceptance Rate

5.45

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

University of Chicago is a nonprofit private institution located in Chicago, IL and provides a large number of program options for students. Approximately fifteen thousand students enroll at University of Chicago yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs University of Chicago offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Very common standardized test scores among applicants admitted to this school are within the range of 31 - 34 on the ACT, or 1400 - 1570 for the SAT exam. Competition for admissions among applicants is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are accepted to the school. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is around $47,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements.

The mascot for University of Chicago is the "Maroons", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the school's http://www.uchicago.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

6.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

5:1

California Institute of Technology is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Pasadena, CA, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at California Institute of Technology exceeds 2,200 yearly. Areas of study offered at Caltech include but are not limited to:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores in a range of 33 to 35 on the ACT or 2160 to 2380 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of admission. Only 13 percent of applicants are admitted to the school due to the high volume of applicants for the limited enrollment spots. More information from the admissions office can be found at admissions.caltech.edu. The cost of tuition is close to $41,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available for students and costs about $7,200 each year. This school may offer financial aid for students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. The California Institute of Technology Beavers participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study, and much more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.caltech.edu.

Acceptance Rate

6.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

3:1

Cornell University is one of the top, public research universities in the United States. Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell is the State's Land Grant University. As such, it is dedicated to transferring and applying university-based knowledge for practical benefits and economic prosperity in the State.

Research at Cornell is cutting-edge, with research programs being highly interdisciplinary. The academic excellence of Cornell's programs is widely known, as is its renowned faculty. The Cornell programs receiving the highest reviews include its Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Sustainability, Law and Technology, Information Science, International Programs and Weill Cornell Initiatives.

Cross college collaborations are the norm at Cornell, encouraging and enabling explorations into new areas that include genomics, advanced materials and nanoscience. There are countless options for majors and minors at Cornell, and students can pursue a course of study that marries diverse interests.

The Liberal Arts at Cornell are as vital as the sciences, with top programs in literature, art history, theatre, dance and music.

History

Cornell University was founded in 1865 as New York State's Land Grant institution. Two founders, Ezra Cornell and Andrew D. White, wanted to establish an institution that married scientific and technical education with instruction in history and literature. Cornell University opened in 1867 with Andrew White as its first president. The goal then, to be the best at whatever it undertakes, continues today.

Academics

The general academic calendar for Cornell University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is a 3-week Winter Session in January, and the summer semester is divided into three short sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Cornell University has seven undergraduate colleges in addition to its graduate school and professional schools. There are also specialized faculty units at Cornell, and nearly 100 academic departments offering a variety of programs. Academic units at Cornell include many centers, institutes and laboratories as well, and interdisciplinary programs, research and study units that help make Cornell distinctive.

Undergraduate Colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Hotel Administration
  • College of Human Ecology
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations 

Special Faculty Units:

  • The Faculty of Computing and Information Science 

Graduate and Professional Colleges and Schools:

  • Graduate School
  • Cornell Law School
  • S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City and Doha, Qatar)
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (New York City)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine 

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Student Life

There are more than 500 student clubs and organizations at Cornell University, covering myriad interests for its diverse student body. For students interested in engaging in public service and social action, there are many opportunities available through the Cornell Public Service Center (PSC). Local chapters of sororities and fraternities are very active, offering additional opportunities for academic success, community involvement and networking.

Cornell offers a range of options for on campus living, from undergraduate and graduate housing on campus to residential initiatives and community centers.  Faculty leadership is part of the residential initiatives, enhancing the first-year residential experience. There are themed living communities that offer students the chance to live in a place where they can learn more about their interests, such as music, languages, cultures and more.

On campus dining offers a wide range of choices from dining halls to cafes, and off campus eateries in Ithaca offer a diverse range of options.

Traditions

The traditional colors for Cornell University are red and white. These colors were established in 1868 on the banner used for decoration at celebrations for the University's Inauguration Day.  The football team has been nicknamed "Big Red" since the early days.

In 1898, the general manager for the Campbell Soup Company attended a Cornell University football game. He was so impressed with the red and white uniforms worn by the Cornell athletes that he insisted the design for Campbell's Soup labels be changed to red and white. The soup cans have had the iconic red and white labels since that time.

The Cornell University mascot is a bear. A university student wears a bear costume and, as "Big Red," performs for the crowds at varsity athletic events.

Athletics

The Cornell University "Big Red" athletic teams compete in 36 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Sprint Football
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Cornell University has one primary campus in Ithaca, New York, but has medical schools in New York City and Qatar. It also offers the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) programs in 62 counties of New York State, including all five NYC boroughs. The goal of CCE programs is to make the Cornell academic experience and research widely available to improve lives and communities. Programs include agriculture, environment, community development, nutrition and health, and more.

Community Life

Although Ithaca, New York is a college town and often associated with young people, recent news articles have touted Ithaca as the ideal town for retirees. The median home prices are relatively low and retired people can take classes at Cornell University or Ithaca College. There are many activities available for you and old alike, including speeches, concerts, and sports events, day hikes along scenic trails to waterfalls and gorges, and bicycle paths throughout the Finger Lakes region. The Museum of Earth is just one of the many interesting organizations that are available to the public in this idyllic university town full of culture and stimulation.

Acceptance Rate

10.85

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Washington University in St Louis provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and operated as a private institution. Washington University has a yearly student enrollment of around 14,000. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Social Sciences
To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Very common test scores among applicants admitted to this school are in the range of 32 - 34 for the ACT exam, or 1400 - 1540 for the SAT exam. Only 17 percent of applicants are accepted to the school due to the high volume of applicants and the intense competition for the limited enrollment spaces available. Tuition is approximately $46,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to determine cost. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $9,700 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of grants or student loans. Washington University in St Louis offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
Students who wish to see more about this school can take a look at their website at http://www.wustl.edu.

Acceptance Rate

13.85

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

Vanderbilt University is a nonprofit private institution that has many degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Nashville, TN, in a predominantly urban area. Vanderbilt University has a yearly student enrollment of over 13,000. Here is a list of some of the popular programs VU offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 2050 to 2310 for the SAT exam and between 31 to 34 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to VU. Admission to this school is considered highly competitive, with only 20 percent of applicants being admitted per year. More information from the admissions office can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $45,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students, and generally costs around $9,700 each year. Vanderbilt University may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who are eligible in the form of grants and loans. The mascot for Vanderbilt University is the "Commodores", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
Students may visit the Vanderbilt University website to get a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

9.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in 200 departments across all campuses.

U of M in Ann Arbor spans over 600 acres in combined area and has four main sections known as the North campus, South campus, Medical campus, and Central campus. All four areas house thirteen undergraduate and eighteen graduate schools and colleges in total.

The University of Michigan is also recognized as one of the top public universities worldwide and holds one of the highest budgets among research universities in the country. Its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) alone has over 1,000 students and over 600 faculty members involved.

In direct collaboration with the U of M Medical School is the University of Michigan Health System consisting of three hospitals, 120 outpatient clinics, and several centers for medical research and learning. Its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is known to be one of the best children's hospitals in the country.

Famous for its success in football and ice hockey, the U of M is represented by the Michigan Wolverines in intercollegiate athletic events. Sports activities are overseen by the Department of Recreational Sports. Other student organizations in the university include the Pops Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, and the Musical Society which is made up of the Choral Union and the University Orchestra.

Student housing within university grounds is the sixth largest in the country, providing room for over 12,000 students. The university is also home to a golf course, a number of museums, galleries, planetariums, the Nichols Arboretum, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Acceptance Rate

22.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at least 48 highly ranked graduate programs, making it one of the top 10 universities in the nation.

The UC Berkeley campus is known nearly as much for its colorful history of political and social activism as it is for its exemplary academics.  Its attractive campus features Sproul Plaza, Campanile Tower, Lawrence Hall and Doe Library, among other architectural landmarks.

The University of California, Berkeley is also known as "UC Berkeley" or simply "Cal."

History

In 1849, when California first became a state, those drafting the State Constitution added a clause for establishing a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."  This aspiration led to a merger in 1868 of the private College of California in Oakland, California with a state-legislated land grant that included the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College and land parcels in both Oakland and Berkeley, California.  The governor of California signed into law the Organic Act allowing for the creation and organization of the "University of California."

The University of California was officially founded in 1869 with a group of 10 faculty members and 40 students on its first campus in Oakland, California.  In 1873, the University of California moved to a new campus in Berkeley.  After much debate over its mission, governance and curricula, the State Constitution of 1879 guaranteed the University of California some independence to organize and govern itself via its Board of Regents with only limited oversight by the state legislature.  This structure of governance would lead to periodic debates through the years between the regents, state governor and legislators, campus chancellors, faculty members and students.

In 1914 the University of California, Los Angeles was established, initiating the statewide UC System that today has 10 campuses across California.  The University of California, Berkeley is considered the flagship institution of the UC System.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of California, Berkeley is based on the semester system.  UC Berkeley offers more than 350 different degree programs, in one of its 14 colleges and schools, ranging from Aerospace Studies and Art History to Urban Design and Women's Studies.

The academic year at UC Berkeley is divided into two semesters, fall and spring, and one Summer Session.  If you have earned quarter units at another institution that you wish to transfer to UC Berkeley, they can be converted to semester units by multiplying by two-thirds (i.e. 180 quarter units is equal to 120 semester units).

Colleges and Schools

The University of California, Berkeley is comprised of 14 colleges and schools, which are:

  • College of Letters and Science
  • Haas School of Business
  • College of Chemistry
  • Graduate School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • School of Information
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • College of Natural Resources
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Social Welfare

Student Life

Student organizations abound at UC Berkeley, with hundreds available to connect students to community, share talents and develop their group building and leadership skills. The Center for Student Leadership offers assistance with student organization recognition, recruitment and retention, as well as campus publicity and event planning for different groups.

UC Berkeley's Center for Student Leadership also provides programs that provide leadership development models and theories.  Individual or group coaching is available, in addition to workshops, team building and challenge course initiatives.

The Cal Corps Public Service Center has many volunteer or internship programs that connect people, ideas and resources to activism in the areas of social justice, community health and public service.

The Cal2Action.Berkeley.edu program offers online resources that connect UC Berkeley students to countless community volunteer programs such as Berkeley After School Program Volunteers, The Music Connection and Youth Impact, among others.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a thriving "Greek Life" on campus at UC Berkeley with more than 60 recognized chapters of fraternities and sororities.  The "Cal Greeks" have a 140-year tradition at UC Berkeley, and students seeking a common ground for leadership, scholarship, friendship and service can choose from a diverse selection of sisterhood or brotherhood chapters.

Traditions

The California Golden Bears, or Cal Bears, sports teams are known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  You will hear many traditional Cal Bears songs and cheers when attending any sporting event at UC Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley Rally Committee is charged with the responsibility of guarding and protecting the universities traditional songs and cheers.

Athletics

UC Berkeley is well known for its Cal Bears sports teams, rally and spirit groups, and more than nine spectator sports facilities.  You can log onto CalBears.com, the official site of the California Golden Bears intercollegiate athletics.  The site includes sports news, schedules and ticket sales, traditions, boosters clubs and more.

There are many club sports and recreational activities available at UC Berkeley, in addition to intramural sports.  Intramural sports include leagues for a variety of indoor and outdoor sports such as basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and tennis.  The Cal Sports Club provides instruction, competition and recreation in 25 sports and activities open to all Cal Recreation Club members.

Satellite Campuses

There are many adult education and continuing education classes offered through the UC Berkeley Extension program.  The extension courses are taught at satellite campuses in Berkeley and San Francisco, California and many courses or certificate programs are available online.

The programs of study available through UC Berkeley Extension include Art & Design, Behavioral & Health Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Sustainability Studies, Writing, Editing and Technical Communication.

Community Life

There is plenty to do on and off the campus of University of California, Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley website provides a searchable calendar of campus events that include art exhibits, music performances by established artists from around the world, weekly noon concerts, comedy nights and many other forms of entertainment.

Many listings for entertainment and news can be found in the Daily Cal, an award-winning, independent newspaper run by students since 1871.  Other news outlets include The Berkeleyan, a weekly newspaper from staff and faculty, as well as podcasts and the KALX student-run campus radio station.

Several popular dining spots are located on the UC Berkeley campus, including Ramona's Café, Pat Brown's Grill, The Terrace Café, The Golden Bear and the Free Speech Movement Café, an eatery and study spot that features a wall exhibit and events that offer a forum on timely political and social issues.

Acceptance Rate

16.25

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Boston University (BU) is a top-ranked, private institution of higher education located in Boston, Massachusetts.  BU offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in more than 250 fields of study and is particularly known for its interdisciplinary programs, leading research, and excellent faculty.  Its faculty includes several Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award."

BU's main campus is its Charles River Campus, and its Medical Campus is nearby.  The total campus area is 133 acres, supporting 320 buildings, 487 classrooms, 23 libraries and more than 2,000 laboratories.  Despite its physical size, BU strives to have smaller class sizes, with a ratio of one teacher per 13 students.  The average class size for undergraduates is 27 students.

History

Boston University was established in 1869.

Academics

Boston University (BU) follows the semester academic calendar, with fall, spring and summer semesters.  BU offers 250 different programs of study from its 17 colleges and schools.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts & Science
  • College of Communication
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
  • Metropolitan College
  • Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Education
  • School of Hospitality Administration
  • School of Law
  • School of Management
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Theology

Student Life

Boston University has 80% of its undergraduates living on campus, which means there is a strong student community on campus.  Additionally, BU has more than 500 student activity groups that include academic, social, athletic, artistic, scientific and religious interests. BU is host to many annual events, including lectures and debates, music, comedy and drama.

There are several student publications, as well as WTBU, the student-run radio station, that encourage student participation.  A good way for students to connect with others, navigate the academic requirements or find out what's happening on and around campus is to access "Student Central" online.  This online resource provides access to academic bulletins, course descriptions, registration information, student health services, libraries, the student union, student links, a blackboard, the BU Bus schedule, BU maps, BU Bookstore hours, important dates, classes and amenities available at the FitRec Center, and more.

Athletics

The Boston University athletics department participates in 23 varsity sports.  The team mascot is the Boston Terrier, and BU's athletic teams are known as "The Terriers."

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Community Life

The BU community is vibrant and busy, with a full calendar of activities to choose from including exhibits, lectures, social gatherings, year-round events offered at the Agganis Arena, performances at the Huntington Theatre Company, and more.  The FitRec Center offers individual or group exercise classes and state-of-the-art facilities for fitness and recreation.

Acceptance Rate

18.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

University of California - San Diego (UCSD) is a top-ranking academic and research institution in the University of California system.  It is situated along the Pacific Ocean on a campus of coastal woodlands.  UCSD offers hundreds of academic degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. It also offers many professional degrees.  Its academics cover a wide range of disciplines including science, technology, social sciences, medicine, business and the humanities.

The school offers a diverse selection of interdisciplinary programs with many majors and minors in innovative areas.  UCSD has an award-winning faculty, all of whom are experts in their fields, at the cutting edge of science, medicine and technology.  The UCSD faculty boasts many Nobel Prize winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award, among others.

The Chancellor of UCSD has been leading a "Leadership Team" for several years with a goal of influencing the local, national and global communities for the university.

UCSD has a strong Extension and Lifelong Learning program, offering more than 130 academic programs, professional education and public service courses to the San Diego community.

History

UCSD was founded in the 1960s as a research institution, which evolved out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded in 1903.  UCSD grew over the next three decades into a more comprehensive academic institution, in addition to being the nation's first oceanographic institution.  From the beginning, its faculty has included top experts in science and research, including the areas of physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and climate.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of California at San Diego follows the quarter system, with fall, winter and spring quarters running from 55-60 days each.

Colleges and Schools

UCSD has six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, five graduate and professional schools.

Divisions and Schools:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Rady School of Management
  • School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Undergraduate Colleges:

  • Marshall
  • Muir
  • Revelle
  • Roosevelt
  • Sixth
  • Warren

Student Life

The UCSD campus is located near the Pacific Ocean, and is not far from the Mexico border.  There are many places to explore in the area, and the weather contributes to rich opportunities for outdoor activities. UCSD has a page on its website called "Campus Fun 101," which links students to a host of activities and opportunities for engagement.  There are more than 400 student clubs, organizations, societies, adventure excursions, group activities, sporting events, theatre performances, art tours, aquarium visits, and more.

UCSC students will also find opportunities to study abroad, engage in career preparation programs, and participate in leadership training, among others.  There are also many student services available including wellness facilities, a cross-cultural center, and more.

Campus housing and dining are available, and there are excellent fitness facilities and swimming pools.

Traditions

The UCSD school colors are blue and gold. Each college at UCSD hosts many traditional events each year that are open to all students on campus. One of these traditional events is "Warren Live," a music concert from Warren College held in the spring that features headline musical groups.

Athletics

The UCSD "Tritons" athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

UCSD offers many opportunities for volunteerism in the San Diego community and involvement in local non-profit organizations.  Its Center for Student Involvement provides information about how to get involved in programs focused on environment, youth, hunger, and more.

Acceptance Rate

31.48

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship institution within the University of Texas System. This pubic research university is located in Austin, Texas, about one mile from the State Capitol.

History

The first indication of a university in Texas can be traced to 1827. The consensus was to establish a place where students could be educated in the arts and sciences. In 1836, Texas gained independence from Mexico. This is when the Constitution of the Republic was adopted. The Constitution included a clause to establish public education. The Congress of Texas agreed that fifty leagues of land should be used for public educational facilities within the State and forty acres of that land was reserved for that purpose in Austin. It was named College Hill.

 

Texas was annexed into the US in 1846. At this time, $100,000 in US bonds was designated towards establishing a university by the Act of 1858. Land that had at one time been reserved for railroad development was now designated for universities. Development of this plan was prevented when the Civil War broke out and because Texas seceded.

The Morrill Act of 1862 facilitated Texas A&M University after the Civil War. It became known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1876.

Austin was chosen for the site of the main university in 1881. The medical department would be located in Galveston. Construction began on College Hill in 1882. The building that was erected is now called the old Main Building. Students were first welcomed there on September 15, 1883.

On May 22, 1971, former President Johnson and his wife, as well as President Nixon, attended the official dedication of the first presidential library on a university campus. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is located on the eastern side of the main campus, which consists of 350 acres.

Around Campus

The buildings with the highest prestige are those in the West Mall. These include the Main Building, Battle Hall, Goldsmith Hall and the Texas Union Building. There are various green spaces on campus, including benched gardens, natural habitats for animals and birds, beautiful old trees and turtle ponds.

Two of the most regarded places on campus are the Architecture Library and the Life Sciences Library. Granite sculptures, large wooden beams, carved wooden furniture, dappled light and classic quotations etched into the ceilings make these a favorite place for students to relax or study.

Academics

The University of Texas at Austin offers:

  • Organized Research Units
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • Graduate Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary units include, but aren't limited to:

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics Graduate Program
  • Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Texas Materials Institute
  • Center for Cellular and Molecular Toxicology

Colleges and Schools

There are sixteen colleges and schools within the University of Texas at Austin. Examples include:

  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • Cockrell School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Law
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

The University of Texas at Austin is a multicultural education facility. Students from all 50 US states attend as well as students from over 100 foreign countries. The University is home to a very active Greek community.

There are fourteen residence halls, which are often spoken for well in advance. Most students live in apartments, housing cooperatives or private resident halls off campus.

Organizations

There are more than 1,000 student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. The Student Government was founded in 1902 and represents student's general interests. The hub of student activity is the Texas Union Student Events Center. The oldest honor society is the Friar Society.

Athletics

The University offers a wide variety of intramural and varsity sports. Both men's and women's athletic teams have been dubbed the "Longhorns." Texas State University was selected by Sports Illustrated as America's Best Sports College in 2002. The University is considered a football powerhouse.

Local Community

On campus be sure to visit the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The collections and exhibitions are extensive.

Downtown attractions include:

  • The Capitol Building
  • The Governor's Mansion

Be sure to take in a show at Austin City Limits or enjoy a ghost tour on Friday or Saturday night. Other venues include, but aren't limited to Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Steam Train, Austin Zoo, Bear Creek Stables, Capitol Cruises and much more.

If you're interested in nightlife, there are bars, music venues and restaurants. The nightlife hotspot is Sixth Street.

Locals and tourists alike converge on the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk between March and September to witness bats by the thousands feeding on insects. This is a very popular spot, so get there early to get a good viewing spot.

The Paramount Theatre is a century old. It was the office of Sam Houston and also the War Department of the Republic of Texas. Be sure to take in a show at this beautiful theatre that was once home to Vaudeville.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, spend a day at Lady Bird Lake, just south of the downtown area. It's a great place for canoeing, kayaking and rowing or a lovely spot to relax and read a book. If you enjoy hiking, there is a 10-mile trail that goes around the lake. Lady Bird Lake is a popular spot for locals and students alike.

Acceptance Rate

31.82

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

University of California - Davis (UCD), located in the northern city of Davis, California, offers the largest variety of degree programs among the University of California campuses.  UC Davis's programs are nationally ranked, thanks in part to the universities award-winning faculty.  UC Davis offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and specializations.

The agricultural and environmental sciences programs are particularly strong at UC Davis, and since its inception, it has continued to have a reputation as a good "farming school."

History

UC Davis was conceived in 1905 when Governor George Pardee signed into law an act to establish a university-level farm school of agricultural instruction and research within the University of California system.  In 1908, the first students of the University Farm School arrived in what was then known as "Davisville."

Academics

The academic calendar of University of California, Davis follows the academic quarter format, with fall, winter and spring quarters.  Summer sessions are also offered, and evening classes are offered through UC Davis Extension.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and professional schools of University of California, Davis offer more than 100 undergraduate degree programs and 80 graduate degree programs.

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters and Science
  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Graduate School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

There are many campus activities and resources available for UC Davis students including numerous clubs and organizations, more than one campus student union, the Graduate Student Association, the Cal Aggie Marching Band, music ensembles, dance and athletic groups, and more.  There is student housing, and university dining services include a coffee house and a café and pub. Student amenities include a variety of health services and academic support services.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are many chapters of fraternities and sororities available at UC Davis, and the Student Housing Greek Life Office offers support.  The mission of the Office of Greek Life is to foster a diverse and inclusive Greek community, empower students to develop leadership skills, and build strong relationships between Greek organizations and with the surrounding community.

Athletics

The UC Davis "Aggies" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

The city of Davis, California offers a full community calendar of activities including "Scrabble at Picnic in the Park," "Spring Plant Sale at the UC Davis Arboretum," as well as art exhibits, musical and dance performances, and more.

Acceptance Rate

38.87

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

UM's pride lies not only in being Maryland state's flagship university but also in having over a hundred of its academic programs consistently ranking among the best in the country. The University of Maryland boasts of several schools and colleges including those of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Both summer and winter short-term programs include opportunities to study in numerous locations abroad, some of which are either partly or fully-sponsored.

The College Park Scholars and Women in Engineering (WIE) are among the more notable programs being offered at the university. WIE was enacted to encourage support for and the growth of the number of female students in the field of engineering, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Scholars program, on the other hand, invites qualified students to participate in what are called "living-learning programs", covering areas of study such us Global Public Health, Life Sciences, and Public Leadership.

Testudo, a representation of a Diamondback terrapin, stands as the official mascot and symbol of good luck that is present at different college athletic events. The school's landscape features the famous Memorial Chapel and its carillon, the McKeldin Mall sundial and fountain, and the bronze sculpture of alumni Jim Henson with his famous creation, Kermit.

Traditions on campus have been prevalent since its establishment as the Maryland Agricultural College in 1856. Maryland Day for instance, held on the last Saturday of April, marks an open-house event to which prospective students and members of the surrounding communities are invited in joining the university's staff, faculty, and student body in various festivities. UM is located, specifically, within Prince George's county near Washington, DC.

Acceptance Rate

44.18

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a highly diversified research university located in Athens, Georgia.  There are many international students at UGA, as well as nationals and locals from within the state of Georgia.

The UGA offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in a broad range of majors including the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, ecology, environmental design, family and consumer sciences forest resources, journalism and mass communication, education, law, pharmacy, public health, social work and veterinary medicine.

There are many continuing education students at UGA, and the university encourages economic and social development as well as community involvement through its experiment stations and programs in public service and technology transfer.

History

Georgia was the first state in the U.S. to charter at state-supported university in 1785. Studying a curriculum of traditional classical studies, the first class graduated in 1804. The curriculum expanded in 1843 to include law, and much later to include agriculture and mechanical arts. Through the years, sixteen colleges and schools were established within the UGA to provide programs in teaching, research and service.  Today, the UGA is part of the University System of Georgia, and governed by the board of regents.

Academics

The UGA follows the semester academic calendar, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

There are 22 bachelor's degrees offered at UGA with concentrations in 140 fields. The university offers 34 master's degrees (124 concentrations), and nearly 20 Educational Specialist degrees.  There are four different doctoral degree designations (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. and D.P.A.) offered in 91 areas.  Professional degrees at UGA include law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

UGA also offers more than 170 Study Abroad or Foreign Exchange programs.

The university's OASIS program allows you to register for classes, view class schedules and student-related information online.

UGA also has several Distance Learning degrees and certificates including a Master of Education in Adult Education and graduate-level certificates in Pharmacy, among others.  The UGA offers "e-Learning" programs in various departments with Web-based classroom materials and an online learning management system.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Georgia has 16 schools and colleges offering many degree programs, including some interdisciplinary options.

Schools and Colleges at UGA:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environment and Design
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

UGA requires its first-year students to live on campus through their first academic year to get the complete university experience.  There are many residence halls to choose from among several campus communities: Brumby Community, Creswell Community, East Campus Village, Hill Community, Myers Community, Reed Community and Russell Community.

There are many programs available to UGA students that encourage involvement and participation on campus.  The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs celebrates its diverse population and people of color by promoting student leadership and academic achievement.

UGA has many facilities for student health and recreation, including recreational sports and the GORP program, which offers special excursions in hiking, climbing, riding, rafting sailing, and more, for students of all levels.

The Office of Student Affairs has information about the many student groups, clubs, societies and organizations that students can participate in.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are 59 national fraternities and sororities at UGA, and "Greek Life" has been a strong tradition at the university for more than 150 years. The Greek groups at UGA organize and coordinate many annual events and provide leadership for many educational and community programs.

Traditions

The University of Georgia has a long history of traditions, many of which have been made famous in books and movies.  The school's athletics teams have been named the "Bulldogs" since the school was founded and many news reports about sports games at the UGA have made the Bulldogs high profile.  The UGA mascot bulldog, named "Uga," appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Another tradition at the UGA is the ringing of the chapel bell on campus after a Bulldog football team victory.

There is an Arch located on the Northern section of the University of Georgia campus that freshman were traditionally forbidden to walk under.  Although this tradition is no longer enforced, some freshmen still honor the tradition.

Athletics

The University of Georgia's intercollegiate athletics programs ranks among the top 10 in the U.S.  Its Bulldogs teams have won national championships for the past several years in many sports including women's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's swimming and diving, tennis, equestrian and golf.  The women's basketball team is referred to as "The Georgia Lady Bulldogs."

Intercollegiate Sports at UGA:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Georgia's main campus is in Athens, Georgia, and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through its 16 schools and colleges.  The UGA also offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees, and continuing education programs through its satellite campuses elsewhere in Georgia:

  • UGA Gwinnett Campus
  • UGA Griffin Campus
  • UGA Tifton Campus
  • UGA Terry College of Business

Community Life

Community outreach and service is a large part of the University of Georgia's mission.  The UGA has a long history of service to Georgia, and has many public service programs that allow students to work in communities throughout the state on economic development, K-12 education, leadership, professional education and training, as well as research for state agencies.

The community of Georgia, Athens provides ample opportunities for students to find entertainment and explore. There are many art galleries and music and theatre performances on and off campus. The attractive downtown area of Athens offers numerous shops, restaurants, cafes and taverns, helping to make this one of the "Best College Towns" in the United States.

Acceptance Rate

45.3

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university located roughly 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The palm-lined, 1,000 plus acre campus is situated along the Pacific Ocean, with views of the ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

A part of the prestigious University of California system since 1944, UCSB has been named one of America's best colleges, and has frequently ranked as one of its "hottest colleges" over the past 10 years. UCSB offers more than 200 degree majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with top programs in humanities and the arts, engineering and the sciences. It is known for its pioneering research and renowned faculty. The UCSB faculty includes multiple winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, and several Nobel Prize winners.

Two off-campus UCSB programs include the Education Abroad Program, and the UCSB Washington Center program, which offers students the opportunity to spend a quarter on the East Coast working in various internships in the offices of elected officials, the media and others. Continuing education is offered through UCSB Extension.

History

The University of California - Santa Barbara was originally founded as a small and independent teacher's college. It became one of the universities of the prestigious University of California system in 1944.

Academics

The academic calendar of UCSB follows the quarter format, with fall, winter and spring quarters

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Creative Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters & Science
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
  • Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Student Life

UCSB has a very active Office of Student Life (OSL) that organizes many special activities on campus including After Dark, Student-Initiated Outreach Programming, Community Grants, Leadership Development programs, and more. Students at UCSB can join one of the hundreds of student clubs or organizations, representing a wide range of academic, social, cultural, religious and other interests.

Greek Life is an important component of student culture at UCSB, and approximately 10 percent of undergraduates belong to a fraternity or sorority.

On campus housing is available, and there are many off-campus housing opportunities available in neighboring Isla Vista or Santa Barbara.

Traditions

The UCSB school colors are gold and blue, with white as an accent color.

The mascot is the Gaucho, and the men and women's athletic teams are the UCSB "Gauchos." The inspiration for choosing as a mascot this Argentine cowboy, known as a "Gaucho," came from the Douglas Fairbanks's 1927 film The Gaucho. The female students of UCSB led a vote to change the school mascot from the original Roadrunners.

Another UCSB tradition has to do with the fans of the school's athletic teams. Known for their rowdy energy, the Gaucho "Locos" are an independent cheering group of students that attends games clad in gold t-shirts to demonstrate their school pride and support of the UCSB athletes. Loco translates as "crazy" in Spanish. The group's motto is "Unleash the Loco."

Athletics

The UCSB "Gauchos" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

UCSB has its main campus in Santa Barbara. Some courses are held in academic halls situated in neighboring Isla Vista. UCSB Extension courses are offered at convenient locations throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Community Life

UCSB offers students a close-knit college community. Many students live on campus or within walking or cycling distance from campus, and have easy access to many athletic, social, cultural, recreational and academic events and activities. The UCSB campus is adjacent to the Santa Barbara and Isla Vista communities. Both cities offer additional housing, and a host of recreational, cultural and entertainment activities. The area is very scenic, and many parks, beaches and cycling trails offer opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.

Acceptance Rate

29.56

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

About
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, is a public, four year institution that was established in 1901. The school was originally a vocational high school, which changed when it came under the stewardship of the state, resulting in it becoming a two year institution in 1933. By 1942 the school had begun offering four year degree, followed by master's degrees in 1949. By 1960 the school's control was transferred to an independent board of trustees that later became the California State University System. The school is one of two polytechnic institutions in the California State University System, the second being California Polytechnic State University Pomona, which was originally an extension of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo founded in 1938.

Academics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a large number of bachelor and master degree programs, most of which are dedicated to technical and applied science majors. Bachelor degree programs take approximately four years to complete and require the student take a combination of lower and upper division courses related to their major, general education courses, and elective courses that allow students to experience classes and ideas outside of their major. Additionally, students are able to take on a minor degree through additional courses that confer allow for a second area of study.

Master degree programs require students to have earned the appropriate bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Students will have to take a graduate exam and have a strong academic record to be considered for admission. Individuals will apply to a program rather than the school, and space for a given program is limited each year.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals wishing to enroll at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo must complete the application for admission,  provide all pertinent transcripts, write the required essays, provide teacher recommendations and any other information the school may ask for. Students will have their application reviewed by the school, and if they meet or exceed the requirements for admission, the student will be admitted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Any California residents that meet the California State University GPA to SAT/ACT test score scale will be guaranteed admission to a California State University school, though not necessarily the one they have chosen.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA), which is the primary source of information for the school's financial aid department when reviewing student need and aid program eligibility when constructing an aid packet. California residents are also eligible for CalGrants, which are offered based on academic success as well as need. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year, and students should complete the process early to ensure they meet all posted deadlines.

Athletics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo participates in athletics through the NCAA Division 1. The school's mascot is Musty the Mustang, and the school maintains a rivalry with UC Santa Barbara. Individuals participating in athletics are required to maintain a certain level of academic performance. Individuals will also learn valuable skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and discipline. Interested students should contact the school's athletic department to begin the process of participation, including tryouts and forms.

Athletic programs include:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Acceptance Rate

28.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.

History

Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College. It was built in a farming community north of the City of Columbus. The university welcomed twenty-four students when it opened its doors.

Governor Rutherford B. Hayes saw that the college had potential to become an institute of higher learning. With that in mind, he influenced the original board of directors and the college's location in that direction. The name of the school was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Ohio State University accepted its first graduate students in 1880. The following year, Moritz College of Law was established. Eventually, the school included colleges of commerce and journalism as well as dentistry and medicine.

The school's development slowed during the 1870s because of hostility from Ohio's agricultural interests as well as competition from Ohio and Miami universities. These problems were finally resolved and Ohio State became Ohio's leading university in 1906. It became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1916.

Main Campus Academics

The Ohio State University is the leading research and teaching institution in Ohio and the US. It ranks second in industry sponsored research and seventh among public universities in research expenditures.

Renowned colleges include:

  • Moritz College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine and Public Health

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Association of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Life

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State University's main campus, which creates a vibrant and diverse life on campus. Students from a number of cultures and all walks of life are in attendance. Because the campus is so close to Columbus' downtown, students have ample opportunities in employment, enrichment and entertainment.

Ohio State has over 60 active fraternities and sororities. Fraternities include:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma

Sororities include:

  • Chi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Zelta

A longstanding tradition at Ohio State is the Ohio State University Marching Band-the largest percussion and all brass band in the world.

Ohio State University has several media outlets and managed publications, including its official yearbook, The Makio. Since 1881, the school has published a daily newspaper-The Lantern.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams of Ohio State University are the Buckeyes. The university's colors are Grey and Scarlett.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Pistol and Rifle
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Over the years some outstanding athletes have graduated from Ohio State. They include:

  • Jack Nicklaus - golf
  • Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Chic Harley - football
  • Jessica Davenport - basketball
  • Katie Smith - basketball

Seven Heisman Awards have been presented to Ohio State athletes including:

  • Eddie George - 1995
  • Archie Gunn - 1974 and 1975
  • Tony Smith - 2006

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

  • Fred Taylor - basketball
  • Woody Hayes - football
  • Paul Brown - football
  • Mike Peppe - swimming and diving
  • Larry Snider - track and field

Local Community

There are several points of interest on the main campus of Ohio State University.

  • Orton Geological Library
  • Ohio Stadium
  • The Oval
  • Mirror Lake

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

Stone Laboratory was created in a Sandusky fish hatchery by Professor David S. Kellicott. The first students attended in 1900. The Laboratory is now located on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. The deed was given to Ohio State in 1925 by the descendents of Jay Cooke and the facility was named for his father, Franz Theodore Stone, who was an astronomical researcher and mathematician. The first students were welcomed to Stone Laboratory in 1929.

Thurber House

Thurber House was the home of New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is now a living museum dedicated to his life. The house is furnished as it was during the time that James Thurber lived there with his family between 1913 and 1917. Be sure to visit the Centennial Reading Garden and Thurber Center. The Center is next door to Thurber House and the Reading Garden is set between the two.

Short North

Just a few minutes from Ohio State University campus, is Short North, an urban neighborhood that offers a wide variety of activities that include art galleries, shopping and great restaurants. It is Columbus Ohio's most active playground. Be sure to take in a hockey game at Nationwide Arena or an event at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

German Village

German Village was established in 1841. Each year it celebrates German Village Octoberfest. Shop till you drop or visit a bar or coffee house. Enjoy bratwurst and jumbo cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus Restaurant. If you enjoy reading, be sure to visit The Book Loft, which was originally a pre-civil war general store and now is a thirty-two room book and music store.

Arena District

If you like to party and are looking for night life, visit the Arena District. Located close to Ohio State's main campus, it is Columbus' night life hotspot.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love land and marine animals, you will love Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. See manatees, sharks, jellyfish, reptiles of all types, wolves, bald eagles. Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores from around the world can be seen here.

Whatever your tastes, there is something for you to enjoy in and around Columbus, home to Ohio State University.

Acceptance Rate

53.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is the top-ranking public research university in New England, and is considered one of the best universities in the nation. UConn offers undergraduate degrees in more than 100 majors, graduate degrees in 86 areas of research and professional practice, and five professional degrees (J.D., LL.M., M.D., D.M.D., Pharm.D.)

UConn is a Carnegie Foundation Research University, and has a wide range of research activities in more than 100 research centers and institutes. Many of the research outcomes from the UConn drive business development and improve quality of life in the area and beyond.

The faculty at UConn has an excellent reputation, and there are many opportunities for student-faculty collaboration. There are many merit-based scholarships available.

History

The University of Connecticut was founded in 1881 as the "Storrs Agricultural School," thanks to the gift of property and money for equipment and supplies from brothers Charles and Augustus Storrs. The school opened with three faculty members and 12 students.

Later renamed the "University of Connecticut," the university has since grown to include 13 schools and colleges at its main campus in Storrs, as well as five regional campuses throughout Connecticut, and Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Farmington.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Connecticut follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, as well as summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • School of Business
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Neag School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine Arts
  • Graduate School
  • School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

There are more than 400 student clubs and organizations on campus at the UConn, with many different interests represented. Students who wish to start their own student organization at UConn are encouraged to do so. There are many opportunities for involvement in leadership, community outreach and service, student government, intramural sports, cultural groups, and more. There are also many local chapters of national fraternities and sororities that are active on the UConn campus.

There are many student services available on the UConn campus, including career services, counseling and mental health services, health services, international affairs, study buddy program, and more.

On campus living is available, as well as a range of dining services.

Traditions

The UConn school colors are blue and white, and the school mascot is the husky dog.


Athletics

The UConn "Huskies" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Storrs, Connecticut, the University of Connecticut has five regional campuses in the cities of Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury. Additionally, UConn has a School of Law and Graduate Business Learning Center in Hartford, a School of Social Work at its Greater Hartford Campus, and a Health Center in Farmington.

Community Life

Public engagement is a major component of the University of Connecticut's mission. The university supports and encourages public service among its faculty and students, and has many outreach, service-learning and partnership programs and activities. UConn regularly collaborates with local businesses and organizations to make improvements that positively impact daily life in the metro areas around the Northeast and other regions.

Acceptance Rate

49.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts

History

The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.

Academics

The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.

Traditions

There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
Fight!

Athletics

The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a premier public research university, receiving one of the biggest amounts of federal funding for university research throughout the country. Over 4,000 faculty members oversee 18 schools and colleges, offering more than 250 graduate and undergraduate programs.

Contributing to the university's prominence is the UW School of Medicine, acknowledged to be the best in primary care education and medical research in the country. Faculty members are comprised by physicians from Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and numerous UW Neighborhood Clinics in the Seattle area. Since 1946, UW Medicine has constantly ranked among the country's top biomedical research facilities and has grown to accommodate a total of 30 academic departments and several graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Students at UW are entitled to many university services for healthcare, counseling, on and off campus housing, a U-PASS commuter services program, and a childcare program for student-parents. UW is also famous for its commitment to environmental stewardship, switching to the use of renewable sources of electricity within campus grounds. Several student organizations are at the helm of promoting sustainable living and advocating environmental causes such as UW Farm which oversees the local production of food and promoting organic farming inside the UW community.

Establishments within the UW campus include several galleries and exhibits such as the Burke Museum which stands as the state museum of natural history, the Henry Art Gallery featuring contemporary art, the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, and the UW Botanic Gardens. The athletic complex, on the other hand, includes the Dempsey Indoor Track, Nordstrom Tennis Center, King County Aquatics Center, Bank of America Arena, and the Husky stadiums for football, baseball, and soccer.

Acceptance Rate

51.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

About Clemson University, located in Clemson, South Carolina, was founded in 1889 through a donation of land and resources by Thomas Green Clemson upon his death. Mr. Clemson had desired to establish a scientific agricultural and mechanical arts institution in the model of whats is now Mississippi State University.

The donation by Mr. Clemson was almost denied by the state, passing by one vote, and founding what was then known as Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. Originally the school was an all white, male, military institution, becoming civilian and coeducational in 1955, and admitting its first African-American student, future Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, in 1963.

By 1964 the school had changed its name to Clemson University to better represent its expanded and redefined role as an educational institution in South Carolina. Today the school serves almost 20,000 students a year.
Academics Clemson University offers a large number of programs through its five colleges, resulting in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Bachelor degree programs typically take four years to complete and may be accompanied by a minor degree. Minor degrees allow for additional education in a separate field, allowing students to pursue secondary interests or augment their major through a related field of study.

Graduate programs have separate requirements for admission, including excellent academic performance, the appropriate undergraduate or graduate degree, and high scores on a graduate level exam such as the GRE or LSAT. As mentioned above, the school offers programs through its five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Sciences; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid Admission to Clemson University is highly competitive. The school places a high emphasis on academic performance in high school, as well as standardized test scores. Other factors taken into consideration are extracurricular activities, class rank and a student's personal statement.

Once an application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the university and compared to the applications of others, with a final decision rendered as soon as possible, and notification sent to the student shortly thereafter. If admitted, the student will receive information regarding the start of their academic career at Clemson College, including housing, registration procedure and a variety of other topics.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards.

Prospective students may be asked to provide additional financial information prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure the information in the SAR is accurate. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each semester and within the deadlines set by the school.
Athletics The Clemson University Tigers compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I through the Atlantic Coast Conference. Intercollegiate athletics provide students a forum for healthy competition and allows them to experience the camaraderie that comes with success and failure among a group working toward the same goal.

Additionally, such activities assist students in developing skills and habits that are beneficial in one's personal, academic and professional life. These include discipline, teamwork, and good health. Athletic programs have varying start dates throughout the year and interested students should contact the athletic department to obtain tryout dates and times. Students who are admitted into a program must be prepared to commit their free time to train and prepare.
Athletic programs at Clemson University:

  • Baseball (Men Only)l
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Diving (Women Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Golf
  • Rowing (Women Only)
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Acceptance Rate

51.26

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70 percent of the university's faculty conduct research. Many graduate students are supported by research funding.

NC State has its primary campuses located in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is considered one of the best places to live and work in the U.S.  The university's campuses - Main Campus (comprised of South, Central, North, West and East campuses) and Centennial Campus - are located in a region that boasts some of the country's top technology, research and pharmaceutical companies.

Known as "the People's University," NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 8,000 faculty and staff.  Since many of its classes are large, the university has a policy of providing smaller discussion groups and labs so students get more learning opportunities.  NC State has established the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, which provides research-based information to statewide communities.

History

Established in 1887 and opened in 1889, North Carolina State University began as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.  In the 1900s, the school established the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service at State College, which led to many more extension programs, research and outreach work and, eventually, to an official name change.  The curricula expanded greatly over the years, moving far beyond agriculture and mechanic arts to offer all major academic disciplines and to receive top ranking in a number of disciplines.

Academics

NC State has 12 colleges and schools offering all major academic disciplines. Through its history, NC State has been a leading university in agriculture, forestry, wood and paper science, engineering, textiles, veterinary medicine and design. It is also strong in all the sciences, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and computer science.  NC State also has strong departments in the humanities and social sciences and mathematics, among others.

NC State's state-of-the-art research programs are among its highlights, offering students the opportunity to work on campus and off with leading researchers in many fields. NC State has made many important research discoveries, with roughly 660 patents to its credit. Some of NC State's "firsts" include the prototype for the artificial retina, and the first synthetic aorta.

Colleges and Schools

The 12 colleges and schools of NC State University are:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Poole College of Management
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Physical Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Textiles
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • First Year College
  • Graduate School

Athletics

The NC State University's athletics teams are known as the "Wolfpacks" or "Packs" for short. North Carolina State University teams have won two NCAA national championships and two AIAVV titles, among others.  NC State competes in 23 intercollegiate sports.

The school also offers 45 different club sports to NC State students, including 18 intramural leagues for all skill levels.

Student Life

Known as the "People's College," NC State has more than 400 organizations and activities for students to get involved in.  The myriad categories include:

  • Arts & cultural activities
  • Academic organizations & honorary societies
  • Service groups
  • Graduate student associations
  • Peer group, lifestyle & diversity initiatives
  • Political & social action groups
  • Professional & career support
  • Religious & spiritual organizations
  • Special interest opportunities
  • Sports, recreation & leisure activities
  • Student governing boards
  • Student media & publications

There are also many leadership opportunities through NC State's service-learning programs and community service initiatives that integrate community work with academics.

Year-round arts and entertainment programs and activities are also available for students and faculty.  There are arts organizations and exhibits, on-campus cinema, media outlets, theatres, crafts centers, dance performances, music performances and the summer TheatreFest.

The Division of Student Affairs at NC State offers support and services to students through many extracurricular recreational activities.

There are many choices for on-campus housing at NC State including residence halls at East, West and Central campuses.  There are also the "Living and Learning Villages," which are residence halls devoted to grouping students with similar lifestyle or academic interests.  The Wolf Village Apartments, Western Manor and E.S. King Village are conveniently located off-campus apartment complexes for married students.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are many fraternities and sororities open to students on the NC State campus.  There are local chapters of national organizations as well as many "social" groups who are involved in a variety of leadership, service, academic and social activities.

The school has issued a warning that the Zeta Psi fraternity has been suspended from the university for being found responsible for hazing and alcohol violations, among other infractions.

Traditions

Holladay Hall, which was built in 1889, was the first campus building for NC State and is still considered its "main building."

The "Free Expression Tunnel," a tunnel that connects two halves of NC State's Central Campus, was established in the 1960's as a place where students could express themselves through wall graffiti.

NC State's school colors are red and white, although the original school colors were pink and blue.

The school mascot became the "Wolfpack" in 1922 after its students were described as behaving like a "wolf pack" at sporting events.

An NC State student wrote the words to the school's fight song in 1926:

NCSU Fight Song
Shout aloud to the men who will play the game to win
We're behind you, keep fighting for State---
Hold that line, hold 'em fast,
We'll reach victory at last
We're behind you, keep fighting for State---
Rise up to the fray and let your colors wave,
Shout out for dear old N.C. State --GO STATE!
And where-e'er we go,
we'll let the whole world know,
We're behind you, keep fighting for State.

Community Life

NC State is a land-grant institution and, as such, it encourages and promotes community involvement in every department through extension programs, engagement initiatives, economic development efforts and many partnerships with outside organizations.

Acceptance Rate

45.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility.

History

The University of Illinois at Urbana was established in 1867, after a bidding war between several Illinois cities. It was originally called the Illinois Industrial University and was founded under the 1862 Morrill Act. Students were first welcomed to the school on March 2, 1868. At that time there were only two faculty members. In 1885, the name of the school was changed to the University of Illinois. In 1982, the name was once again changed. It is now known as The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

Academics

The University of Illinois at Urbana has over 100 graduate and professional programs and more than 150 undergraduate programs. Their academic programs are ranked as some of the best in the world. The University is one of the United States' premier public universities.

Major academics include:

  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • Graduate College
  • Division of General Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • College of Media
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
  • College of Medicine at Urbana-Champagne
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Other academic units include:

  • UIC College of Nursing Regional Program at Urbana
  • UI Online
  • Continuing Education
  • International Programs and Studies

It is also listed as one of the Top 25 American Research Universities by The Center for Measuring University Performance

Student Life

All first year undergraduates who do not commute must live in University housing and are required to purchase a meal plan. Graduate housing includes two graduate dormitories and two university owned apartment complexes. Students who are disabled are provided with accommodations to meet their needs.

The University of Illinois at Urbana has a large Greek community that includes thirty-six sororities and sixty-nine fraternities. The Greek system is self-governed by the Inter-Fraternity Council and Pan-Hellenic Council.

The University has modern recreational facilities. The campus has over a thousand clubs and organizations, including athletic, cultural and philanthropic.

Athletics

The University of Illinois at Urbana participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division one. The University's athletic teams are known as the Fighting Illini. There are eleven women's and ten men's varsity sports. The University is a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Community

Be sure to stop by the Alma Mater bronze statue that is located on campus. It is a tranquil area where the flower bed stretches from the statue to the corner of Green and Wright Streets. This area is known as Alma Mater Plaza.

The botanical garden and 2,000 square foot conservatory, known as the University of Illinois Conservatory and Plant Collection, is located in the Plant Sciences Laboratory Greenhouses on campus. If you have an interest in plants or horticulture, this is a must-see, as is the University of Illinois Arboretum. It includes 160 acres on the south campus and includes a Welcome Garden, Japanese House and Hartley Garden, among others.

There are many other things to see and do in the area that are reasonably priced. Take in the seasonal festivals, go to an art fair, join the weaver's guild, take a dance class, join a bridge club or take a pottery or martial arts class.

Acceptance Rate

59.03

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in St. Paul/Minneapolis and is a public research facility.

History

Though the University of Minnesota was founded on February 25, 1851, no students were welcomed within its halls until 1867. Enrolment was detained because of the American Civil War, as well as financial challenges. However, in 1867, John Sergent Pillbury, a University regent, state governor and senator, loaned the school a sizeable sum and used his political position to allow it to become the recipient of a Morrill Land Grant. The first president, William Watts Folwell was inaugurated on December 22, 1869. The First Bachelor Degree was awarded in 1873. In 1888, Doctor of Philosophy degrees were awarded.

The original Minneapolis campus was located on the Mississippi River, overlooking St. Anthony Falls. It was upgraded to a college from a preparatory school in 1869.

Minneapolis Campus

Today, the University's Minneapolis campus is located on both banks for the Mississippi River; the East Bank being the main campus. East Bank is divided into five areas. They are:

  • The Athletic Area
  • The Gateway Area
  • The Health Area
  • The Knoll Area
  • The Mall Area

The West Bank first saw major development during the 1960s. West Bank Art Center consists of:

  • The Barbara Barker Center for Dance
  • Ferguson Hall
  • Regis Center for Art
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • Rarig Center

St. Paul Campus

The St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in the Falcon Heights Suburb. Social Sciences and the College of Food are located here. The Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi allows students easy access between the East and West Banks. Gopher way tunnels allow students access to some buildings during inclement weather. The University has its own law enforcement in and around campus for student safety.

Academics

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is compromised of sixteen colleges and schools. Examples include:

  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Food, Agriculture and National Resource Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • Law School
  • College of Education and Human Development

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranks as second largest for higher education in the Midwest and offers degrees in a large variety of fields.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are called the Golden Gophers. Goldy Gopher is the campus mascot. Teams include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

Student Life

There are a wide variety of academic, cultural, entertainment and professional opportunities at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. There are over 600 co-curricular, cultural and educational organizations from which students can choose. Examples include:

  • ACLU Law Student Group
  • Adaptive Sports Club
  • Agricultural Education Club
  • AHC Multicultural Society
  • Animal Science Graduate Club
  • Biological Science Research Club
  • Black Motivated Women
  • Cardiovascular Disease Interest Group
  • Champions for Christ
  • Disabled Student Cultural Center
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Club
  • Gophers Dairy Club

There are hundreds of others and also a wide variety of fraternities and sororities.

Local Community

There are a wide variety of art galleries and museums in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that offer free admission.  Meanwhile, other attractions in the Twin Cities metropolitan area offer free admission, as well.  Examples in the area include free attractions such as:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • TRACES Museum Center for History and Culture-donation requested
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Minnehaha Depot
  • Museum of Russian Art
  • Bell Museum of Natural History - free only on Sunday

Be sure to check out The Museum Adventure Pass, which is a free pass handed out by libraries in the Twin Cities area.

If you enjoy an adventure, be sure to visit Guthrie Theater. The building is beautiful, has glass floors and fascinating spaces. The Endless Bridge spans the spectacular Mississippi River.  From fly fishing to shopping, fun and nightlife hotspots, there is something for everyone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Acceptance Rate

56.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

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Top Microbiology Degrees

With a variety of degrees to choose from in microbiology, how do you know which is best for you?  The key to determining which degree is best will be a function of your personal priorities as applied to school offerings.  To help you establish your unique priority list, take the time to read our Complete Guide to the College Admissions Process.  Pages three and four provide the foundations for the development of a priority list that will make the decision-making process far easier.  With your priority list in hand, simply request information from the best schools for you below and begin to gather admissions information on top colleges offering microbiology degrees.

Microbiology Bachelor's Degrees

Earning a bachelor degree in microbiology will take approximately four-years of full time matriculation.  Microbiology degrees will be conferred by colleges as a Bachelor of Science (BS) given the science-rich curriculum.  Programs will fuse general education courses such as history, communications, sociology, psychology, and philosophy with core courses.  A common set of classes in microbiology will include courses such as: fundamentals of microbiology, pathogenic microbiology & infectious diseases, molecular biology, physiology of microorganisms, ecology, cell biology, physics, water microbiology, organic chemistry, botany, chemistry, calculus, and biochemical methods.

Microbiology Master Degrees

The master’s degree track in microbiology is conferred as a Master of Science (MS) at most universities with a heavy emphasis on sciences.  The program will vary in length from 2-3 years of full time matriculation and longer for part-time student’s dependent upon course load and time taken to complete the thesis project.

Classes will be a function of the area of specialty chosen, electives, and research courses.  Upon program completion, students will either find work in the field of microbiology or continue on to earn a PhD in the field.

PhD in Microbiology

A doctorate degree in microbiology is conferred as PhD and will take students 3-5 years of full time study to complete.  The PhD program provides microbiology students with a number of distinctive features. Common elements of a PhD degree include:

  • Dynamic research environments
  • Platform of use-inspired and translational research
  • Leading-edge training opportunities
  • Opportunities to collaborate with top-tier research partners
  • Learning moments with highly qualified professors

Graduates from the PhD program will continue research for public or private organizations, teach at the college-level, or find employment in industry performing a variety of tasks.

Microbiologist Educational Requirements

Students pursuing a career in microbiology must have at least a bachelor's degree in microbiology or a related, similar field. Students will have an education that prepares students with the knowledge necessary to identify and utilize scientific principles, as well as to utilize various research methodologies in order to better understand and utilize information garnered from such projects.

Individuals are typically required to participate in laboratory work in order to gain the necessary experience to become eligible for employment. Independent research typically requires a doctoral degree, which in turn requires postdoctoral research position which may last as long as three years. A curriculum in microbiology may include:

  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Physiology and Anatomy
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Virology
  • Organic Chemistry

Employment Opportunities in Microbiology

Individuals in this field will typically work in laboratories or offices, conducting research or analyzing data from research projects. Such research programs are usually either looking for breakthroughs within the field for the purposes of medicine, food, or other related areas, or the application of existing research to provide solutions for problems.

A notable example is the use of genetics to create hardier and more productive strains of wheat. Individuals with higher levels of education will be able to pursue higher levels of research, with doctoral degree holders often working alongside colleges, universities, or government agencies to conduct independent research.

Microbiologist Salary & Job Growth

The mean annual salary of a microbiologist is currently sitting at $78,400.  The top ten percent of microbiologists average $130,000 while the bottom 25% earn $50,370 on average.  Top paying states for microbiologists include Maryland, California, and Georgia.  Biggest employers of microbiologists is research firms followed by pharmacy companies, universities, and architectural companies.

Microbiology is slated for an 8% growth in the coming ten year span of time.  The national average growth is expected to be around six percent making this niche discipline an attractive career.  Combining an above average income with a growing field can be an excellent recipe for success.  Individuals interested in microbiology may also be interested in virology, immunology, parasitology, toxicology, or forensic science.

Resources for Microbiologists

For additional information on a career path in microbiology, visit our Definitive Career Guide in Biology today.  Further research can be made via national associations such as the ASM or the Microbiology Society.  The resources and tools available in designated associations may be worthy of additional research for students interested in pursuing a career in microbiology.

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