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Urban planning is the field responsible for determining how living settlements will be constructed and maintained, including methods of transportation, resource management, utility availability and zoning. Degrees in urban planning are offered from the associates level to PhD.

Urban planning programs typically do not have their own school and are normally part of an architecture, design or public policy school. Urban planning requires students to have an education in multiple disciplines and the ability to utilize those disciplines in a cohesive manner.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$73,060

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

49.26%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

34,810

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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Harvard University is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the top "Ivy League" universities, Harvard's reputation was built on its liberal arts curriculum, particularly at the undergraduate level, and has always boasted an acclaimed faculty of scholars in the liberal arts. It continues to offer excellent undergraduate programs, with 44 fields of study offered at the bachelor's degree level. Over the years, Harvard also has gained a reputation for its excellent graduate programs and professional schools.

Most departments offer a tutorial style of teaching and learning, with a good teacher to student ratio. Tutorials, which are taught individually or in small groups, are directed courses of study in a field of concentration.

Harvard University offers excellent facilities, including the largest university library in the world, many museums, and more than 20 scientific and laboratory centers.

The "prominent alumni" list for Harvard reads like a "Who's Who" of iconic figures from American and international societies, culture, politics, and nearly every field or industry over more than 100 years. The alumni list boasts 44 Nobel laureates, among other luminaries. From President John F. Kennedy to President Barack Obama, and composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein to cellist Yo Yo Ma, and author and activist Helen Keller to author-historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and diplomat Henry Kissinger, among others, the list is an impressive one.

History

The university's name came from its first donor, minister John Harvard of Charlestown. He died in 1638, leaving his library and half his estate to the institution of higher education that was established in 1636.

The history of Harvard University is a storied one. Those who wish to learn more about its history can visit the Harvard University Archives.

Academics

The academic calendar of Harvard University follows the semester format, with fall and spring "terms," and summer "school" (or session).

Colleges and Schools

  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard College
  • Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Student Life

Students at Harvard University have many student services available, and many activities and living options to choose from. Residential housing is offered, providing a small college atmosphere at the university. Each of the 12 residential "houses" is well staffed, and offers dormitories and dining halls, as well as libraries, social events and intramural athletic teams.  Off campus housing is also available.

There are nearly 200 student-run organizations, groups, clubs and programs on Harvard's campus. There are close to 100 plays or musical performances offered by students each year. Two student newspapers offer plenty of opportunity for involvement, in addition to the many journals that are also produced at the university. Community service is encouraged through two programs: the Phillips Brooks House Association and the House and Neighborhood Development (HAND) program.  Mentorship is strong at Harvard, and students living on or off campus have faculty mentors available to them through various programs.

The facilities available to Harvard students are among the best at any university in the world. There are nearly 14 million volumes in the Harvard library system, and roughly 100 collections. More than 20 buildings are dedicated to scientific research in the areas of astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology and physics.  The university has many museums on campus, housing renowned art collections.  Its natural history museum is also well known.

Traditions

In 1875, Crimson was chosen as both the school color for Harvard, and its nickname for athletics teams. The school chose white for its second school color the same year.

In 1884, Harvard athletes began the tradition of waving a little red flag during any game they play against Yale.

Athletics

"The Crimson" athletics teams of Harvard compete in numerous intercollegiate sports, and have won championships in many. The sports that Crimson athletes compete in include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Heavyweight Crew
  • Lightweight Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Heavyweight Crew
  • Lightweight Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

Although there is only one campus for Harvard University, its many buildings, divisions and schools are spread throughout Cambridge. Harvard's campus facilities are located on both sides of the Charles River in Cambridge.  The Harvard Yard, (or "The Yard") is at the center of the campus and is the hub of Harvard's campus activities.

Community Life

The charms of Cambridge, Boston and New England as a whole, are many. Cambridge offers the ambiance of a small town in New England with its town greens, grassy riverbanks along the Charles River and charming town squares offering wonderful restaurants, unique shops, sidewalk cafes, and more.

Boston is a cosmopolitan city vibrant with history and culture.  Cobbled streets and church spires of colonial times are juxtaposed against modern architecture and high rises, offering a diversity that most visitors find stimulating. Concerts and live performances in theatre and classical music, museums and galleries, out door recreation and a world-renowned waterfront offer many opportunities for activities and entertainment. Students and visitors alike will enjoy the many areas that are within easy distance of Harvard.

Acceptance Rate

4.64

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

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 Pennsylvania ("Penn") is recognized as America's first university. It is an urban university, internationally recognized as a great institution of higher learning and research. It is home to the nation's first medical school, and the center of technological invention. In 1946, the school released the first electronic, general-purpose digital computer. The school's founder, Benjamin Franklin, was noted for his many innovative inventions, including bifocal lenses and the lightning rod.

Penn ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation, and boasts a faculty of leaders in their fields. Among its acclaimed alumni, Penn boasts many innovators and pioneers, including 15 Nobel Prize winners, and the inventor of motion photography, Eadweard James Muybridge.

Penn offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning through many different programs including its on and off-campus study opportunities for cross-disciplinary or joint-major degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It also offers continuing education, distance learning, summer programs, international programs, study grants, and more.

History

The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, who was known for his dedication to education and intellectual pursuits, as well as his commitment to public service. Founded in 1749, the university opened its doors in 1751 as the Charity School of Philadelphia. In 1874, the university added a teaching hospital to its growing programs and campus.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Pennsylvania follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. It also offers a variety of special summer sessions and distance learning programs with flexible scheduling.

Colleges and Schools

  • Annenberg School for Communication
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School
  • Perelman School of Medicine
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Design
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Policy and Practice
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wharton School (Business)

In addition to its 12 colleges and schools, the University of Pennsylvania offers a long list of research centers and institutes to choose from.

Student Life

There are hundreds of student groups and organizations available for involvement at the University of Pennsylvania. Student organizations cover every interest and focus, including academic, cultural, environmental, governmental, recreation and hobby groups. There are also honor societies, graduate and professional organizations, performing arts groups, political organizations, religious groups, service clubs, social clubs, publications and media, and many fraternities and sororities.

Many student services are available, as well as on campus housing, dining and shopping.

Traditions

The school colors for the University of Pennsylvania are red, blue and white.

Athletics

The Penn "Quakers" athletic teams participate in a wide range of intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Sprint Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

As with most ivy-league colleges, all of Penn's 12 academic schools are located on a single campus.

Community Life

Penn is known for its picturesque campus, situated in the vibrant, cultural city of Philadelphia. A full calendar of activities and entertainment are available on campus year-round, but the city also offers a vibrant nightlife, many museums and art galleries, a wide range of top restaurants, and plenty of shopping and sightseeing in historic areas.

The Civic House is Penn's hub for community service, and its Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is a central office for community initiatives and service.

Acceptance Rate

7.66

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a nonprofit private institution located in Cambridge, MA and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled annually at MIT.

Students may pick from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Physical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. The majority of students admitted to MIT achieve an SAT score within the range of 2090 - 2340, or an ACT score within the range of 32 - 35. Competition runs high for admissions, given that only 10% of students who applied are accepted to the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $45,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $8,000. MIT may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

The MIT Engineers participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)

Students who would like to view more about MIT can check out their website at http://web.mit.edu/student/.

Acceptance Rate

6.7

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

GU is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Washington, District Of Columbia, in a predominantly urban area. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at GU is nearly seventeen thousand yearly.

Students can select from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

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

The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. The majority of students admitted to Georgetown University achieve an SAT score within the range of 1290 - 1500, or an ACT composite score in a range of 30 - 33. Only 20% of applicants are accepted to the school due to the huge number of applicants and the intense competition for the limited enrollment spots. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $46,000 for the year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to determine cost. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $9,800 for the year. GU may provide financial aid for students who are eligible in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Georgetown University is the "Hoyas", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AA)

Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study offered, and more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.georgetown.edu.

Acceptance Rate

14.36

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a public research university that is a world leader in education, research and medical healthcare. When it was founded in 1876 by benefactor Johns Hopkins, it was divided into the university and a separate hospital - The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Today the university has three major campuses: the headquarters "Homewood" campus in Baltimore, a campus in Washington, D.C., and a campus in Montgomery County, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University also maintains learning facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and in China and Italy.

The Homewood Campus sits on 140 acres of green space and offers courses for part-time and full-time undergraduates, as well as programs for full-time graduate students. Part-time coursework is also available to master's degree students.

Johns Hopkins Institutions are comprised of the university and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Together, these institutions are the state's largest private employer.

Johns Hopkins programs rank first among U.S. universities in many areas, including federally funded research programs, the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins faculty members and their research colleagues have won more federal research and development funding than any other university in the U.S. since 1979.

History

Johns Hopkins University was opened in 1876 with the mission to provide "knowledge for the world."  From the beginning, Johns Hopkins administrators believed that research and teaching are interdependent, so both areas have developed at an even pace over more than 130 years.

Academics

The general academic calendar for Johns Hopkins University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. However, the summer semester is divided into several "Summer Sessions." There is a "Winter Intersession" offered in January.

Each of Johns Hopkins University's nine schools maintains separate academic calendars, which may vary somewhat from the general academic calendar. Students are encouraged to consult the academic calendar for their specific school within the university to determine their schedules.

Colleges and Schools

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • Carey Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Peabody Institute
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a division of the university that is equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL is located between Baltimore and Washington. It supports national security and pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development.

The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. SAIS is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.  The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore, which is considered the headquarters of Johns Hopkins University.

Student Life

The Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University is a community within a larger city for the students who reside there. Residential halls offer on-campus housing, and students on campus enjoy a range of meal plans and dining options. There are things to do around campus year-round, with outdoor movies shown at the quad in summer, an annual speaker series, and more than 360 student groups, clubs and organizations that cover every interest. The fine arts and performing arts communities are very active on campus, offering a full calendar of entertainment. For more ideas about what to do on campus, students may access the events calendar online at www.event.jhu.edu.

JHU students can access a host of services and resources online, where they will find links to student affairs, calendars, libraries, fitness and health centers, ministries, campus facilities, ID card services, and more.

The Arts and Culture at The Johns Hopkins University is thriving. Students can choose from some of the following:

  • Homewood Museum
  • Evergreen Museum & Library
  • Homewood Art Workshops Gallery
  • Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
  • WJHU, Johns Hopkins Student Radio
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Digital Media Center
  • Johns Hopkins Film Fest
  • Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
  • JHU Symposium on Foreign Affairs
  • Homewood Arts Programs
  • Barnstormers Theater Group
  • Johns Hopkins University Theatre

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Johns Hopkins University are light "Columbia" blue and black, with white as an accent color. The school mascot is a blue jay, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays." The Athletic Department was founded in 1876.

Athletics

The Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays" athletic teams have won many state and national championships while competing in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

  • Homewood
  • East Baltimore
  • Peabody Campus
  • SAIS Washington
  • SAIS Bologna
  • SAIS Nanjing
  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Washington, D.C., Center
  • Montgomery County
  • Columbia, Md.

Community Life

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) is an initiative that forms a vital connection with East Baltimore. The UHI fosters University and community partnerships in health care, education and community planning. The UHI works with local residents, educators, philanthropic organizations, elected representatives and community leaders, in addition to the wealth of intellectual resources at JHU.

A community garden is underway on the Johns Hopkins at Eastern campus, due to the efforts of a small group of students and support from several university offices.

The garden was created for Real Food Hopkins, a student-run group committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane and fairly priced food to the Homewood campus and the surrounding Baltimore area.

There are many things for students and visitors to see and do in Baltimore, Maryland. The Maryland seafood is world-famous; there are many city festivals and events to enjoy, including Restaurant Week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area or the Preakness Stakes. The Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens play at Camden Yards.

Other activities include the Art, Cultural and Historic Museums, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History, among others.

Acceptance Rate

11.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

About

The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central Library, followed by a brief tenure on Vermont Avenue on what is now known as Los Angeles City College. UCLA is the second oldest campus of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system, having joined in 1919.

UCLA is a public research university in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, with convenient access to a large part of Los Angeles' cultural facilities. The school is considered among the best public institutions in the country, offering an excellent undergraduate program along with a large number of graduate opportunities, serving nearly 40,000 students annually.

Campus

A number of residential complexes are available on campus, from student halls to university apartments. In addition, numerous recreation facilities such as the Marina Aquatic Center and the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center are made accessible for all students to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles.

The school has over 160 buildings situated upon 419 acres of land in western Los Angeles, with structures utilizing a number of architectural styles. UCLA itself provides relatively easy access to main Los Angeles conduits, including Sunset Boulevard and 405 San Diego Freeway.  Additionally, the school is relatively close to Santa Monica Beach and the Los Angeles coastline.

Education

More than 300 programs are offered by several undergraduate departments and the Professional Schools of Architecture, Theater, Law, Public Affairs, the Samueli School of Engineering, and Anderson School of Management. Programs in Health Sciences are provided at the Geffen School of Medicine, the schools of Nursing and Dentistry. Research in Health Sciences are also conducted at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Semel Institute for psychiatry and neuroscience.

The UCLA Institute of the Environment consists of several research centers on climate change and environmental management. Among these are the La Kretz Center for California Conservation and the centers for Air Pollution and Exposure, Climate Change Solutions, Tropical Research, as well as the center for Corporate Environmental Performance.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

UCLA uses a variety of admission criterion to determine whether or not a student will be admitted, including test scores, GPA, class rank, strength of one's high school curriculum, particularly during senior year, courses taken on top of standard requirements, if the student took advanced placement or other high level classes, and participation in academic activities over long periods of time.

Students will also supply a personal statement that will provide the college with one's background and abilities, and is used in conjunction with the above material to make a final determination. Admitted students will be notified through a packet providing the information necessary to begin one's academic career.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs available at the state and federal level. Students in need of financial assistance will obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used by the financial aid office to calculate need, identify aid program eligibility, and determine monetary awards.

Students may also be eligible for academic merit or athletic scholarships offered by the school. Individuals may also apply for external scholarships which offer awards for a variety of reasons. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to the financial aid office to ensure their SAR is accurate prior to the disbursement of funds.

Athletics

The university is also known for the UCLA Bruins and participates in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Division 1A Pacific 10 Conference. As of 2009, UCLA holds the most number of team championships in the NCAA.

Intercollegiate athletics provide students a forum for healthy competition, allowing the development of skills such as discipline and teamwork, providing good health habits and allowing individuals to feel the bonds of camaraderie formed through the successes and failures one experiences when working with others toward a singular goal. Students interested in participation in an athletic program should visit the athletic department for tryout dates and relevant forms.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Student Life

Student life involves many UCLA traditions including the annual Dance Marathon for the Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Jazz Reggae Festival on Memorial Day, and the Unicamp summer program for children of Los Angeles which is organized and spearheaded by hundreds of UCLA student volunteers. New events are also held throughout the year, encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities and maintain an active social life.

A series of showcases, theatrical performances, and other such events are held on campus throughout the year, as are intramural sport activities which allow students on campus to engage in friendly competition with one another. Students may also enroll in one or more of the 800 clubs and organizations available on campus, participating in a group atmosphere related to topics of personal interest. Interested students should contact the Department of Student Affairs for assistance in finding clubs, intramural participation, and other events on campus.

Acceptance Rate

12.32

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

University of Virginia, Charlottesville (U.Va.), is a public research university that was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. One of the original public "ivy colleges," it is considered to be among the top 25 best universities in the United States, and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the second best public university in the nation.

The University of Virginia is comprised of eleven schools at it Charlottesville location, in addition to its College at Wise in southwest Virginia. The university offers more than 50 bachelor's degrees, 84 master's degrees, six educational specialist degrees, 57 doctoral degrees, and two professional degrees (law and medicine). The University of Virginia Health System, located adjacent to the U.Va. Charlottesville campus, is considered a top medical center that provides training for medical care professionals and excellent patient care.

One of the goals for which Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia was to develop leaders and foster leadership through many areas of study. The illustrious alumni of the University of Virginia include many great leaders, such as President Woodrow Wilson; Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, John Warner, Charles Robb, and George Allen, among others.  The U.Va. is known for producing a great number of Rhodes Scholars.

Jefferson was also a strong supporter of the arts, and the university has educated many leaders in drama and literature, including Mark Johnson (the movie producer of Rain Man and Good Morning, Vietnam), Henry Taylor (the 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry), and Edgar Allan Poe.  The U.Va. offers excellent programs in drama, music and visual arts, and the Department of Drama has modern facilities and two theatres, while the McIntire Department of Art has a well-known art gallery. The University of Virginia Art Museum exhibits a notable permanent collection as well as changing exhibits.

History

When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819, his vision was to create a university that was publicly supported and dedicated to educating leaders in public service. Jefferson undertook the university project near the end of his life, and he was very involved in the planning of the curriculum, recruitment of the faculty, and the design of the buildings and campus.  One of the more noteworthy buildings Jefferson helped to design is the Rotunda, which stands at the north end of the Lawn.

The U.Va. opened its doors in 1825, with 68 students enrolled and a faculty of eight. The curriculum in 1825 included ancient and modern languages, mathematics, philosophy, chemistry, law and medicine.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. It also offers an accelerated January Term.

The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine follow different academic calendars, and students should contact those schools for further information.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Curry School of Education
  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • McIntire School of Commerce
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Student Life

There are hundreds of student clubs and organizations available for involvement at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Nearly every interest is represented, whether it is academic, political, professional, cultural, social, service-oriented, athletic, artistic, religious, or otherwise. The Greek Life on campus is very active, with many local chapters of fraternities and sororities, as well as inter-fraternity and inter-sorority councils, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and more.

On campus housing is available, including in "residential colleges," and there is a wide range of on campus dining to choose from. University Avenue is a hub of student life at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, with a collection of student shops, bookstores, restaurants, cafes and more. Newcomb Hall, the student union, has a selection of snack shops.

Traditions

The school colors for the University of Virginia are navy blue and orange, with white as an accent color. The mascot is the cavalier.

The University of Virginia has several traditions for which it is known, including the reference to the campus as "the Grounds." The students are referred to as "first year," "second year," "third year," and "fourth year," rather than as freshmen, sophomores, junior and seniors.

There is a tradition of "secret societies" at Virginia, which have operated for many decades and are noted for leaving their painted marks on the university buildings. Many of the societies perform good works and service activities, though their efforts are unpublicized.

Athletics

The Virginia "Cavaliers" athletic teams compete in 25 intercollegiate sports for men and women, and all sports at U.Va. are very highly ranked. The U.Va. is one of only 15 schools to finish in the top 30 in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings. Intercollegiate sports at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Satellite Campuses

The University of Virginia has its primary campus in Charlottesville, with a satellite campus at College at Wise in southwest Virginia. The University of Virginia Health System has its buildings and facilities adjacent to the primary U.Va. campus in Charlottesville.

Community Life

The city of Charlottesville was named for the wife of George III, Princess Charlotte, when it was settled in the 18th century. Today, this metropolitan city offers rich historical and cultural charm, and is considered one of the most desirable places to live in America.

The U.Va. campus itself is a big attraction for visitors, and a nearby attraction is Monticello, the home of the university's founder, Thomas Jefferson. Also nearby, are the homes of presidents James Monroe and James Madison. Other attractions in the area include the University of Virginia Art Museum, a city sculpture garden, and many local theater groups.

Many university and community ensembles and performance groups can be found in Charlottesville, including a chamber choir and orchestra, symphony orchestra, swing orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, opera workshop, and various singing groups.

Acceptance Rate

23.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Carnegie Mellon University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Around 11,000 students enroll at Carnegie Mellon University yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Carnegie Mellon University offers:

  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Public Administration And Social Services
Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. The majority of students admitted to this school achieve an SAT score within the range of 1950 - 2250, or an ACT composite score in a range of 29 - 33. Carnegie Mellon University admits roughly 30 percent of students applying yearly. Of those admitted, nearly 29 percent of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found at my.cmu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $48,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $7,200. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans. The mascot for Carnegie Mellon University is the "Tartans", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study, and more may be accessed on school's website at www.cmu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

15.44

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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 North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill.  One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the United States, "Carolina" ranks high for its academic quality, affordability, diversity, social engagement and international presence.

Consistently ranking among the top five or six U.S. universities for the quality of its research programs, research faculty at "Carolina" consistently attract strong funding for their work. Faculty garnered more than $800 million in research contracts and grant funding in 2010.

Many undergraduate and graduate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill receive high marks. Receiving particularly high marks are the school's city and regional planning programs, MBA, healthcare management and nursing programs, and its School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Education and School of Law.  UNC-Chapel Hill is also noted for its excellent creative arts programs, producing many great visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians and writers over the years.

History

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered the same year that George Washington was inaugurated as president (1789), and first opened its doors to students in 1795.  It was the nation's first public university, and also the only one to award degrees in the 18th century.

Academics

The UNC-Chapel Hill's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Friday Center for Continuing Education
  • General College
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Graduate School
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Government
  • School of Information & Library Science
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Summer School

Student Life

Students at Carolina can get involved in the more than 600 student groups, clubs and organizations available that focus on politics, the arts, public service, recreation, academics, research, and much more. The university magazine and online blog, Blue & White, is one of many ways for Carolina students to connect. There are also numerous journals and other media outlets available on campus to help students keep up with the news or become involved.  Many cultural events and performances are available on campus year round.  Campus recreation includes fitness classes, intramural sports and many adventure trips.

Campus housing is available, along with numerous on-campus dining options.  Student health services are available, as are academic services, and many other resources that are accessible via MyUNC.

Traditions

The mascot of Carolina's "Tar Heels" is the ram. The white ram's antlers are traditionally painted light blue to represent the university's colors of white and light blue.

Athletics

UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic program produces some of the top college athletes in the country, and the Carolina "Tar Heels" men and women's teams compete in 28 sports.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Chapel Hill is situated in the rolling, wooded hills of North Carolina.  It is located three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and equidistance from the Atlantic coast.  Chapel Hill is one of three points in The Research Triangle, an area that is noteworthy for being a top location to live, do business and conduct scientific research. The other two "points" in the "triangle" are the cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina.  The area is considered by many publications to be one of the best places to live in America.

Acceptance Rate

22.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Haverford College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, which is a predominantly suburban area. Enrollment at Haverford College is nearly 1,200 yearly.

Students can select from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • English Language And Literature
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • History

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Most students admitted to this school have an SAT score in a range of 1960 to 2260, or an ACT composite score between 30 to 33. Only 25% of applicants are accepted to the school due to the large number of applicants and the intense competition for the limited enrollment spaces available.

The cost of tuition is approximately $46,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their costs. Housing is available for students and costs about $8,000 each year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Haverford College "Fords" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the website to see a complete list of areas of study, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

16.32

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Georgia Institute of Technology ("Georgia Tech") is one of the top research universities, and among the top 10 public universities in the United States. Georgia Tech is situated on a 400-acre campus in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers many prestigious, nationally recognized programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Degrees are offered in several colleges within the university, including computing, engineering, sciences, architecture, management and liberal arts.

The U.S. News & World Report has given Georgia Tech top rankings for several of its programs over the years. It ranks Georgia Tech at number one for its industrial engineering program, number four for its graduate engineering program, and number five for its undergraduate engineering college, among others. Georgia Tech offers several internships and co-ops that have been highlighted as "Programs to Look For."

Recent studies show that as an international leader in science and technology, Georgia Tech's research activities have an annual impact of roughly $2.15 billion on the Atlanta economy. The prestigious faculty at Georgia Tech includes leaders in many fields and recipients of many awards.

Georgia Tech is one of four research universities, and 35 public institutions of higher education in the University System of Georgia. This is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the nation.

History

The Georgia School of Technology was founded in 1885, with the shift in the South from an agrarian to an industrial economy. Over the next 50 years, Georgia Tech developed from a small trade school to a nationally recognized technological university.

The name of the school was changed in 1948 to Georgia Institute of Technology. The first female students were admitted in 1951, and the first African American students were admitted in 1961.

Academics

The academic calendar at Georgia Tech follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is divided into three sessions.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Management
  • College of Sciences

Student Life

The campus of Georgia Tech is vibrant with a full annual calendar of events and activities that keep students, faculty, staff and visitors busy. Intercollegiate athletics and intramural athletics are popular on campus, and there are many music concerts, theater performances, comedy acts, lectures and social events to attend. The student-run DramaTech Theatre is a big draw at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech students are known to work hard and play hard.

Students looking for recreation beyond the classroom or the lab can consult the "JacketPages" for more information about events and organizations available for participation. There are hundreds of student organizations to choose from at Georgia Tech, from an astronomy club to an origami club.

Other opportunities for involvement on the Georgia Tech campus include:

  • Community Service
  • LeaderShape - A program for leadership development
  • LEAD - Get a minor in Leadership Studies
  • Student Media - WREK Radio and campus news outlets
  • Jumpstart - Bringing mentors to preschool children to build education skills
  • Greek Life
  • Student Center Programs
  • Career Tech Portfolio 

Many on campus housing and dining options are available.

Traditions

The traditional school colors of Georgia Tech are white and gold. The school mascot is a yellow jacket named "Buzz," and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Georgia Tech "Yellow Jackets." Georgia Tech has a secondary mascot known as the "Rambling Wreck." This is a vintage car (a 1930 Ford painted white and gold) that since 1961 has led the football team out onto the playing field at every home game.

There is a "Ramblin' Wreck" fight song and a Ramblin' Wreck Parade held every Homecoming, among many other time-honored traditions at Georgia Tech.

Athletics

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association sponsors intercollegiate athletics competition in seventeen sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross country
  • Swimming and diving 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross country
  • Swimming and diving
  • Volleyball 

Schedules and other athletics information are available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Satellite Campuses

In an effort to stay on the cutting edge of the global economy, Georgia Tech has expanded its reach beyond the main campus in Atlanta, Georgia. It has online and distance-learning opportunities, as well as satellite campuses and learning centers at the following locations:

  • Georgia Tech-Savannah
  • Georgia Tech-Europe: Georgia Tech-Lorraine (GTL) in Metz, France. GTL is also the site of a unique joint international laboratory (UMI GT-CNRS) between Georgia Tech and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). 
  • Georgia Tech-Ireland: The European division of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Athlone, Ireland
  • Georgia Tech-Singapore: Site of the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific (TLI-AP), which is in collaboration with the National University of Singapore that offers research and education programs in global logistics.
  • The Georgia Tech-Shanghai Initiative: Provides Tech students the opportunity to live and study in rapidly growing China and gives Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) students exposure to a world-class education.
  • Peking University Joint Degree Program
  • Georgia Tech-Latin America: Costa Rica is the site of the Georgia Tech Trade, Innovation & Productivity (TIP) Center.

Community Life

The campus community is vibrant at Georgia Tech, and the community outreach mission carries that vibrancy beyond the campus. Georgia Tech follows a motto of "Progress and Service," promoting active volunteerism among students, faculty and staff. Service learning classes, community projects and initiatives are of benefit to local Atlantans and students alike. Community recipients of Georgia Tech programs have included Atlanta Public Schools and local businesses and organizations.

Acceptance Rate

20.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

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

LU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately seven thousand students are enrolled per year at LU. Here is a list of some of the popular programs LU offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Physical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then studied by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to this school. Scores between 28 to 31 on the ACT or 1220 to 1400 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. LU has an admissions rate of about 33 percent of which only 31 percent chose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition is close to $45,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students, and generally costs around $6,800 for the year. Lehigh University may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans. The LU Brown and White participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AA)

Acceptance Rate

32.1

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of higher learning in the state.

The University of Florida has a 2,000 acre campus and has been recognized as a "Public Ivy" facility. It has 150 research centers and institutes and is the home of 16 colleges.

History

The Buckman Act of 1905 consolidated all Florida colleges into three institutions that were segregated by race and sex. They were:

  • The Florida Female College for white women.
  • The University of the State of Florida for white men
  • The State Normal School for Coloured Students, which accommodated African American men and women

The State University System of Florida was reorganized by the Buckman Act and allowed the system to be governed by the Florida Board of Control, which chose Gainsville for the new campus. 102 students were welcomed there on September 26, 1906.

The name of the school was changed from the University of the State of Florida to the University of Florida in 1909. In 1911, the alligator was chosen as the school's mascot.

In 1924, the Florida Legislature mandated that women over the age of 21 years and who had completed 60 semester hours could enrol at the University of Florida in programs that weren't offered at the Florida State College for Women. Lucy Goodbread-Black enrolled at the College of Agriculture in 1925. She was the first woman to attend the University of Florida.

When WWII ended, many returning military men applied to the University of Florida under the GI Bill of Rights. The University couldn't meet the demand and the Tallahassee Branch was opened on the campus of the Florida State College for Women. 954 men had enrolled by 1947. To meet the demand the Florida State College for Women reverted to co-ed status and the name changed to Florida State University.

By 1958, a medical school and Shands Hospital had been founded and African American students were allowed to enrol. Campus expansion increased dramatically at this point and continues to do so.

Many of the buildings on the campus of the University of Florida have significant historical value. The Historic District covers about 650 acres and is comprised of 19 buildings, some of which are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Examples include:

  • Buckman Hall
  • Century Tower
  • Carlton Auditorium
  • Florida Gymnasium
  • Women's Gymnasium
  • Mallory Hall
  • Infirmary
  • The Hub
  • Plaza of the Americas

Academics

Students world-wide attend the University of Florida. Professional degree programs include but are not limited to:

  • Law
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University of Florida ranks 17th in the US for the largest international student body. It ranks 2nd in the US for bachelor degrees awarded to African Americans and 3rd for Hispanic students.

The application process for the University of Florida is very competitive. The freshmen retention rate is 94%. Students who wish to apply to the University's honors program must do so after being accepted to the University. Over 100 programs are offered in the honors program. Freshmen must have a SAT score of 2070 and a GPA of 4.0 minimum.

The University of Florida is comprised of 16 colleges and over 100 educational research and service centers. It offers 200 graduate degrees and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Examples of colleges include:

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
  • Levin College of Law
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences

Student Life

At Reetz Student Union students will find the Career Resource Center, which provides services for alumni and students. These services assist in career experiences, employment opportunities and career development.

More than 15% of undergraduate students belong to a fraternity or sorority. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Alpha Gamma Ro
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Chi Omega
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Mu
  • Zeta Phi Beta

The Reserve Officer Training Corps was officially founded in 1905 and is the official training and commissioning program.

There is housing for 9200 students at the University of Florida. Privacy and cost vary.

Local Community

There is lots of green space on campus, including picnic areas, ponds, open space and a wildlife sanctuary that is comprised of 81-acres. The University owns Lake Alice and there are many recreational rivers and lakes in the area. Sports facilities are plentiful both indoors and out, including the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Plaza of the Americas and the University Golf Course.

Besides these, there are a wide range of museums, attractions, festivals, events, hiking trails, swimming, canoeing and wildlife viewing. There are also dozens of hotspots for those who enjoy a night out on the town.

Acceptance Rate

36.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

University of California - Irvine (UCI) is an institution of higher learning and research, and one of the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system.  It is situated in the heart of Orange County, in Southern California. Consistently ranked among the nation's top universities, UCI is known for its top-rated academic programs and professional schools. Some of UCI's newer programs include public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science, and its School of Law.

UCI offers more than 80 academic majors and 63 minors for undergraduates. UCI offers more than 100 academic disciplines at the graduate degree levels, with 53 master's degree programs, and 45 doctoral programs. Professional degree programs include the M.D., Ed.D. and J.D. UCI provides graduate students with many opportunities to participate in research initiatives and interdisciplinary programs.

UCI is known as one of the top research universities in the world, thanks to a distinguished faculty of scholars and scientists. Included among the faculty are two Nobel laureates, two Medal of Science recipients, more than 20 National Academy of Science members, among others. UCI faculty are also acclaimed in the arts, literature and other disciplines, with three Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 50 Fulbright scholars, and nearly 40 Guggenheim Fellows, among others.

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI is the first in the UC System, and is one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind in the U.S.

UCI also offers an Extension program for continuing education focusing on professional and personal enrichment.

History

The Irvine Company contributed 1,000 acres of land for the University of California, Irvine campus in 1960. UCI officially opened in 1965 with eight buildings on its campus. Over the years, many renowned architects contributed to additional buildings at the UCI campus.

There were nearly 120 faculty members and just over 1,500 students enrolled on campus when the school opened.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of California - Irvine follows the quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Colleges and Schools

The University of California - Irvine, refers to its departments, colleges, schools and programs as "Academic Units," which are:

  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Department of Education
  • The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Program in Nursing Science
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • Program in Public Health
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences

 UCI also has numerous research centers and institutes.

Student Life

The Student Affairs Office at the University of California - Irvine offers a range of student services that are gathered in clusters: Auxiliary Services, Campus Recreation, Counseling Services, Health Services, Enrollment Services, Dean of Students and Student Housing.

The Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) offers a host of student activities and amenities, including fitness facilities, activity rooms, family/children's time, an aquatics plaza, a rock wall, roller rink, multiple intramural sports clubs, many social, academic and cultural clubs, cooking and nutrition classes, dance classes, yoga, swimming lessons, team building and leadership programs, and more.

On campus student housing is available, along with a range of dining services.

Traditions

The school colors are blue and gold, and the school mascot is the anteater. When the UCI was founded in 1965, students voted for their favorite mascot. The anteater won over the other possibilities that were promoted, including the unicorns, eagles, golden bears, and sea hawks, among others.

Athletics

UCI "Anteater" athletic teams have earned 26 national titles in nine sports. Anteaters have won more than 60 individual national titles. More than 40 "Anteater" athletes have competed in the Olympics.  The UCI Anteater athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

UCI is located in the Irvine, California, which has been voted the "safest city in America" for several years running. The UCI campus offers all the best of California, including nearby beaches, mountains, deserts, and plenty of entertainment and culture.

UC Irvine is Orange County's largest employer, and has a significant economic impact on the area. The campus community of UC Irvine is founded on several core principles: respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun.

UCI's faculty, students and staff contribute to the community through programs that address social issues. The UC Irvine Medical Center and UC Irvine Douglas Hospital offer cutting-edge medicine and the latest technologies to the area's citizens.

UCI engages the community through many public events and activities, including campus performances and speaking engagements that are open to the public. A recent headliner was the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Acceptance Rate

26.54

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

UM provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Coral Gables, Florida and operated as a private institution. Approximately sixteen thousand students are enrolled annually at UM. Here is a list of some of the popular programs University of Miami offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken to apply to UM. Scores within the range of 28 - 32 on the ACT or 1830 - 2090 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of admission. Approximately 40% of all students that applied were admitted at UM, with 20% of those accepted choosing to attend.  A full range of admissions information can be obtained by calling the school or by simply requesting information from this page. The cost of tuition is approximately $44,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $7,400. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The UM Hurricanes participate in several athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Diving (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
For a complete list of areas of study, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please visit the school's website at www.miami.edu.

Acceptance Rate

27.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Why Become an Urban Planner?

Urban planners are an important piece of land development and land use management in large cities, counties, and rural areas around the country. Diligent planning and resource organization are requisite to accommodate for future population changes, incite business growth, enhance aesthetics, and improve a citys functionality.

Urban planners meet with architects, engineers, and city officials to understand how to best utilize land. From these decisions come conceptual designs, plans, and documents to support the proposed changes. Additional administrative paperwork include reviewing land proposals with a lens of applicable zoning and building codes.

How to Become an Urban Planner

In order to become an urban planner, you must follow a series of steps outlined below. Like many other professions, it is mission critical to know the steps before you start to avoid backtracking or stopping short of your goals. As such, we will cover the steps involved in becoming an urban planner below to help you through the process.

  1. Research: The first step in your journey to become an urban planner is to research accredited colleges and universities. This step will involve you finding the right program for you including degree programs, learning modalities, and financial aid. To make the most of this step, you will need to create a priority list for your career and education. This beacon of light will help direct you towards the right school for you. To learn more about online programs and on-site degrees, simply request information from the programs below.
  2. Education: The next step in the process after selecting the best college for you is to earn a college degree. In most cases, you will need to earn a masters degree or doctorate degree to work for a municipality government agency. You can accomplish this through a two-step process of first earning a bachelors degree in urban planning or similar degree followed by a masters degree in urban planning or a single step dual-degree process that accelerates the process towards degree completion.
  3. Experience: While earning your degree, you will want to obtain work experience through an internship or externship. The work experience, knowledge transfer, and professional networking opportunities are essential on your path to becoming an effective planner. Packaged into this process is a recommendation to get involved in local issues, regulations, policies, politics, and environmental issues.
  4. Certification: Many agencies will require you to earn a professional certificate for urban planners while others make it optional. To make the most of your career, invest the time to take the most applicable certificate for your state or region. Popular options include the AICPs certificate for urban planners along with eligibility requirements and membership benefits.
  5. Continuing Education: After joining an organization as a urban planner or certified urban planner, you will need to keep up your credentials by taking approved continuing education credits and/or recertification every two years.

Urban Planner Requirements

Employment in Urban Planning

Individuals working in urban planning may find employment in either the public or private sector, either through government, non-governmental organizations, or firms and businesses involved in development and growth. Some individuals may choose to pursue a career in politics in order to affect policy at a decision making level rather than through proposal.

A career in urban planning allows for a variety of positions and specializations, and can be used to pursue career in other related fields as it utilizes techniques and methods that can be applied elsewhere.

Common Job Titles of an Urban Planner

As you think about a career in urban planning and map out your future, you are best served to understand some of the titles you may see in the field or during a job search.  While not a comprehensive list, the job titles below represent the most popular job titles for an urban planner across industries and geographic bounds.

  • City Planner
  • Housing Grant Analyst
  • Regional Planner
  • Urban Design Consultant
  • Community Development Director
  • Neighborhood Planner
  • Planner
  • Community Development Planner
  • Housing Development Specialist
  • Planning Director
Top Job Duties of an Urban Planner

In a recent survey performed by the U.S. Department of Labor, professional urban planners from around the country provided insight into their work.  The biggest take-away from the survey was a list of the top job duties of an urban planner summarized below:

  1. Discussing highest and best use land use projects for public transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, or industrial use
  2. Holding public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, public members, or special interest groups in an effort to formulate, develop, or solve land use plans
  3. Recommending approval, denial, or conditional approval of planned land use proposals
  4. Designing and managing plans and policies for effective land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation issues
  5. Advising planning officials and city officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and alternatives

Largest Employers of Urban Planners

  1. Local Government Agencies
  2. Architectural & Engineering Firms
  3. State Government Agencies
  4. Management & Technical Consulting Firms
  5. Federal Government Agencies

States with the Most Employed Urban Planners

  • California          6,770
  • Texas                 2,130
  • Washington     2,070
  • Florida              1,920
  • Pennsylvania   1,640

Top Paying States for Urban Planners

  1. District of Columbia   $97,360
  2. California                      $86,860
  3. New Jersey                   $83,990
  4. Nevada                          $82,940
  5. Connecticut                  $81,590

Urban Planner Salary

The average salary for an urban planner is $70,020 per year, with the lowest 10% receiving below $42,000 per year and the highest 10% receiving over $93,500 per year. The range of salaries for urban planners reveals a wide range of possible outcomes. Salaries are driven by experience, job type, entity, and scope of duties. Those interested in an urban planning degree may also like to look into a degree in architecture, public policy, and sociology.

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