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Overview of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is the area of study and practice concerned with the health and treatment of animals in a medical capacity. Individuals in this field are trained and educated to provide healthcare to animals of varying types, and depending on one’s education, be able to perform surgery in order to facilitate in the health of the animal.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$100,560

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

63.14%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

67,650

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Veterinary Medicine Schools

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

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

Tufts University provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Medford, Massachusetts and operated as a private institution. Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled yearly at Tufts University.

Areas of study available at Tufts University include:

  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Students may take either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at this school. A score between 2040 to 2260 on the SAT, or 30 to 33 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. Competition for admissions among applicants is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are accepted to the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $47,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, and generally costs around $6,800 each year. Students at Tufts University may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Tufts University "Jumbos" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.tufts.edu.

Acceptance Rate

14.95

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

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

History

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

Academics

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

Colleges and Schools

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

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

Student Life

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

Fraternities and Sororities

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

Athletics

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

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

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

Acceptance Rate

38.87

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

44.18

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

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

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

History

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

Academics

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

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

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

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

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

Colleges and Schools

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

Schools and Colleges at UGA:

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

Student Life

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

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

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

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

Fraternities and Sororities

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

Traditions

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

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

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

Athletics

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

Intercollegiate Sports at UGA:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

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

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

Community Life

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

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

Acceptance Rate

45.3

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

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

History

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

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

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

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

Main Campus Academics

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

Renowned colleges include:

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

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

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

Student Life

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

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

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

Sororities include:

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

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

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

Athletics

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

Men's Sports

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

Women's Sports

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

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

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

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

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

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

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

Local Community

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

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

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

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

Thurber House

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

Short North

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

German Village

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

Arena District

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

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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

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

Acceptance Rate

53.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

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

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

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

History

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

Academics

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

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

Colleges and Schools

The 12 colleges and schools of NC State University are:

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

Athletics

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

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

Student Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fraternities and Sororities

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

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

Traditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Life

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

Acceptance Rate

45.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

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

History

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

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

Minneapolis Campus

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

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

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

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

St. Paul Campus

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

Academics

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

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

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

Athletics

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

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

Student Life

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

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

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

Local Community

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

56.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

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

History

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

Academics

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

Major academics include:

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

Other academic units include:

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

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

Student Life

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

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

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

Athletics

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

Community

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

59.03

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as "Virginia Tech," is a leading research institution - ranked 44th in the U.S. for its university research programs.  Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia on 2,600 acres.  It offers nearly 70 undergraduate and 150 graduate degree programs. Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim, translates from the Latin as "That I May Serve." It fulfills this motto through a dedication to learning, discovery and engagement.

Virginia Tech is comprised of eight colleges and a graduate school. Its campuses feature an airport, a computing and communications complex with international access, an adjacent corporate research center, and more.

History

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech was originally called Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. The name was changed in1896 to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute.  This name was so long that locals shortened it to "VPI."  After the name change, a new school spirit cheer was needed.  A contest was held to select a new, more suitable cheer. 1896 graduate, O.M. Stull, won the top prize for the cheer he created, which is known as "Old Hokie."  The school mascot, which originally was a turkey, eventually became a "Hokiebird."  Today the mascot wears an orange and maroon bird costume that somewhat resembles a turkey.

The school colors of burnt orange and maroon were chosen in 1896.

Virginia Tech is one of only three public universities in the U.S. that still has both an active corps of cadets and civilian students on campus. Historically, Virginia Tech required corps participation for all able-bodied males.  This tradition continued until 1964, when corps participation became voluntary.

Academics

Virginia Tech follows the semester-format academic calendar with fall and spring semesters, and two shorter summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Virginia Tech's colleges are:

  • Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Architecture & Urban Studies
  • Business, Pamplin College of
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Science
  • University Studies
  • Veterinary Medicine

As an enhancement to its academic, outreach and research programs, Virginia Tech has created schools in its colleges and in affiliation with Wake Forest University. Virginia Tech's schools are:

  • School of Architecture and Design (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Public and International Affairs (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Visual Arts (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Performing Arts and Cinema (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
  • Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • School of Education (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Student Life

Virginia Tech offers more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and only three people are required to form a new student club.

There are several residence halls to choose from for on-campus living, and there are also on-campus dining venues.

Athletics

Virginia Tech has 21 "Hokie" athletics teams that compete in intercollegiate sports, which include:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main Blacksburg campus, Virginia Tech offers classes and programs online, as well as at the following satellite campuses and centers:

  • Western Campus
  • Valley Campus
  • National Capital Region
  • Central Campus
  • Hampton Roads Center
  • Capital Campus
  • Corporate Research Center

Community Life

Blacksburg is a traditional college town, situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, in Virginia's New River Valley.  Blacksburg has been ranked one of the best places to live in the nation and one of the "50 Best Small Southern Towns," thanks to its moderate climate, affordable cost of living, low crime rate, stable community and small town charm.

Acceptance Rate

70.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Texas A & M University is an international island university located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is surrounded by natural wetlands, which provide a perfect laboratory for environmental and marine sciences.

History

The Agricultural and Mechanical College was established as a land-grant college in 1871. It was the first public institution of higher learning in Texas. Students were first welcomed here in 1876.

Enrolment at Texas A & M University was restricted to men who were interested in receiving military training for the better part of its first century of operation. A requirement was to participate in the Corps of Cadets. A limited number of women were allowed to attend during this time but they were the daughters of facility and could not receive a degree. In 1918, during WWI, the senior class was called by the military to fight in France. Over 20,000 combat troops, many of them officers, were mustered out of Texas A & M during WWII.

Shortly after WWII, Texas A & M University upgraded from a college to a university. The name was changed to Texas A & M University after the war ended. At this time it became co-educational and integrated.

Near the end of the 20th Century, Texas A & M University gained recognition for its research. Designation of space grant university and sea grant university were specified at that time. In 1997, George Bush Presidential Library was established.

Academics

Students have ample opportunity to pursue career choices at Texas A & M University. The degree programs offered are ranked in the top ten nationally.

Colleges

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Department of General Academic Programs
  • Mays Business College
  • Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Science
  • College of Geosciences
  • College of Liberal Art
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research at Texas A & M extends around the world. The University is renowned for world-class research facilities and a student and faculty body that is highly motivated. Texas A & M University offers more than 130 graduate programs.

Student Life

Texas A & M Student Services will allow students to have access to a supportive environment both on and off campus. Students will be learn how to hone leadership skills, to embrace diversity, be active in the campus community and assist them in realizing their educational goals successfully. There are a wide variety of fraternities and sororities on campus.

Athletics

Texas A & M University athletic teams are known as the "Islanders." The school has a physician's examination room, staff offices and state of the art equipment. Teams include:

  • Men's basketball
  • Women's basketball
  • Baseball
  • Women's golf
  • Softball
  • Cross country
  • Men's track and field
  • Women's track and field
  • Men's tennis
  • Women's tennis
  • Volleyball

Community

Corpus Christi is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is sheltered behind beautiful barrier islands. The shoreline runs for miles and is the perfect spot for sunbathers. It's also a popular haven for bird watchers. The area consists of 133,000 acres of undeveloped barrier reefs and is a treasured jewel of nature. There are a multitude of shops, restaurants and clubs along Chaparral, Shoreline and Water Streets.

The promenade and seawall offer stunning views and bikers, skaters and walkers can be found enjoying the moderate climate and scenery. Historical and cultural venues are numerous.

Be sure to take in the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and the Art Museum of South Texas. If you enjoy sea life, be sure to drop by the Texas State Aquarium. The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens are beautiful year 'round for those who enjoy strolling along pathways and viewing stunning blooms.

Corpus Christi comes to life after sunset. Bars and pubs are plentiful. A favorite spot for seafood lovers is Pelican's Landing Restaurant, located on Mustang Island.

Whether you enjoy spectacular views, gorgeous sunsets, shopping, nightlife or nature, there's something for everyone in Corpus Christi.

Acceptance Rate

57.79

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana. Ten other locations throughout the state serve as schools for the Purdue College of Technology, with programs focusing on the use of information technology for both the government and business sectors.

Ranked among the best research universities in the country, Purdue's Discovery Park complex is home to the university's nanotechnology research facility along with other programs in agricultural research, engineering, and environmental studies. Research grants are provided by a number of federal executive departments as well as NASA.

Purdue also features a number of student and recreational facilities which include a sports center, aquatic center, golf courses, and a health center. In celebration of its diverse population, the university provides for cultural learning via the Black cultural center, Latino cultural center, China center, Confucius institute, as well as the Native American educational center.

Traditions and celebrations abound at Purdue, highlighted by annual Fountain Runs and a 50-mile go kart race dubbed as the Purdue Grand Prix. Involvement in intercollegiate athletic events is spearheaded by the Purdue Boilermakers, representing the university in football, basketball, tennis, and wrestling, among others.

Student housing is available both within and outside campus grounds, with an office for Off-campus Housing Services lending assistance to students seeking residency in nearby neighborhoods. A partnership with the West Lafayette City Bus provides for free transportation to all members of the Purdue community. Campus security is presided over by the university's police department.

Acceptance Rate

59.83

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the US.

History

Governor Kingsley S. Bingham signed a Bill on February 12, 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first agriculture college in the USA. Students were welcome to the school in May 1857. At that time 63 male students attended. There were five faculty members and three buildings to accommodate the students. A curriculum was designed by school President Joseph R. Williams to balance liberal arts, practical training and science.

Women were first admitted to the college in 1870, even though no female residences existed. The faculty created a women's course in 1896. Home economics, liberal arts and science were melded into the women's course and old Abbot Hall was transformed into a women's dorm. The first African American student was admitted in 1899.

The early 20th century saw the curriculum expanded extensively. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1946, the largest expansion in the school's history took place, due to the 1945 G.I Bill. In its Centennial year, 1955, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words Agriculture and Applied Science were dropped and the institution became known as Michigan State University.

Campuses

Michigan State University is comprised of the North and South Campuses. The North Campus is located on the banks for the Red Cedar River. It is the oldest campus and this is where the original buildings stood. None of them remain today. The South Campus is located south of the Red Cedar River and is home to the Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden.

Academics

Michigan State University ranks 80th in the world. It has more than 200 academic programs and is comprised of 17 degree granting colleges. The Nuclear Physics program is ranked second in the US. Other notable programs include:

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality Business
  • Dietetics
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Music Therapy

Athletics

Michigan State University offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women. The teams are known as the Spartans. The school participates in all Big Ten Conference varsity sports with the exception of ice hockey.

Football started as a club sport in 1884 and gained varsity status in 1886. The Spartans football team competes in Spartan Stadium. Football has a long tradition at Michigan State University.

Student Life

Michigan State University has the largest resident hall system in the US. However, 58% of students live in apartments, co-ops, fraternities and sororities that are off-campus.

Michigan State University has one of the largest Greek populations in the US.

Community

Michigan State University has a huge campus that offers a country like setting for biking, jogging, running and hanging out with friends. Nature lovers can enjoy a feast of the senses in all four seasons at Sanford Natural Area or Beal Botanical Gardens. During the hot summer months, enjoy an ice cream at Michigan State University Dairy Store.

Take in a football game at Spartan Stadium and watch the Spartans take on a competitive opponent. For sky-watchers, visit Abrahms Planetarium on Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for a public show.

Golf courses are plentiful in the area for those who love to hit the greens for a round of golf. History buffs will enjoy Kresge Art Museum with its collection of over 6500 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, among other exhibits, including medieval illuminations, paintings, prints and sculptures.

No matter what your interests, there is a variety of things to see and do in East Lansing, Michigan.

Acceptance Rate

71.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Lincoln Memorial University provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Harrogate, TN and operated as a private institution. Enrollment at LMU exceeds 4,400 annually. Here is a list of some of the popular programs LMU offers:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 915 - 1100 on the SAT and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to LMU. LMU has an admissions rate of around 65 percent of which only 31 percent chose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at lmunet.edu. The cost of tuition is around $19,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending Lincoln Memorial University. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is about $4,800. Students attending LMU may qualify for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for LMU is the "Railsplitters", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)
Contact information, admission forms, programs offered, and more may be viewed on school's website at www.lmunet.edu today.

Acceptance Rate

49.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

MSU provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Mississippi State, Mississippi and publically funded. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of Mississippi. MSU enrolls nearly 20,000 yearly, making it one of the largest schools in the state.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs MSU offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score between 970 - 1235 on the SAT, or 20 - 27 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. Approximately 60% of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 47% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay nearly $6,400 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $16,000 annually. The price of on-campus housing is about $5,100 for the year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at MSU through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available include:

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

Students who would like to view more about MSU can check out their website at http://www.msstate.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

53.86

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Tuskegee University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Tuskegee, AL. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of Alabama. Enrollment at Tuskegee University is nearly two thousand annually. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Agriculture Operations
  • Engineering
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 1198 to 1490 for the SAT exam and in a range of 17 to 22 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to this school. 64% of those who apply are admitted to Tuskegee University, of which 44 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at tuskegee.edu. The cost of tuition is nearly $20,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should use the school's net price calculator to get a better idea of their costs. Students at this school may qualify for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans. The Tuskegee University Golden Tigers participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
Contact information, tuition information, areas of study, and much more may be accessed on school's website at www.tuskegee.edu.

Acceptance Rate

51.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Auburn University in Alabama is one of the few educational institutions in the United States that is designated as a land, sea and space grant university. Auburn University offers more than 140 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. With 13 colleges and schools on its campus, Auburn University is one of the largest in the South. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that blends the arts and applied sciences.

Auburn University has nationally-ranked programs in architecture, pharmacy, engineering, veterinary science, and business, among others.

History

Although it is now a large public research university, Auburn University began as a small private liberal arts institution in 1856. The school has had four different names through its history:

  • East Alabama Male College (1856-72)
  • Agricultural and Mechanical College (1872-99)
  • Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1899-1960)
  • Auburn University (1960-present)

The school closed from 1861 to 1866 due to the Civil War. Women were first admitted to the previously all-male college in 1892. In 1967, the Auburn Montgomery campus was established.

Academics

The academic calendar for Auburn University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There are also two, shorter "mini-sessions" offered in the summer.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture
  • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • James Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Architecture, Design & Construction
  • College of Education
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
  • College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Liberal Arts

Student Life

There are more than 300 student groups, clubs and organizations available for involvement at Auburn University. There are also many local chapters of national fraternities and sororities on campus, with a very active Greek Life. Students who choose to get involved will develop teamwork, relationships, leadership, and professional skills. The Office of Student Involvement offers more information about how students can find a group that fits their interests.

Traditions

The school colors for Auburn University are orange and blue, and the mascot is the Tiger. "Aubie" the Tiger promotes Tiger athletics at most sports events, and has been voted the top collegiate mascot in the country several times.

The "war eagle" figures into Auburn University's battle cry at sporting events, but is more of a spirit yell than a mascot.

Athletics

Auburn University's "Tigers" athletic teams compete in more than 19 intercollegiate men and women's sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Main Campus in Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University has the following satellite campuses:

  • Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  • Auburn University at Montgomery

Community Life

The city of Auburn is small, with a friendly college-town feel. It is located in eastern Alabama, roughly 50 miles east of Montgomery and just over 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Residents enjoy mild winters and a generally warm and sunny climate. Auburn is a "bicycle" city, with bike lanes surrounding the university.

Although it is small, Auburn offers a host of recreational activities and entertainment, including many concerts, clubs and sports events within driving distance. There are many golf courses in the area, including the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Chewacla State Park is nearby.

Acceptance Rate

80.67

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

The University of Tennessee (UT) is considered a "research-intensive" institution of higher learning that promotes excellent education, research and public service.  The university co-manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's largest science and Energy lab.

UT was ranked 47th among public universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The University of Tennessee's nuclear engineering, social work, and supply chain management and logistics programs rank particularly high.

UT offers more than 300 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It is situation on a large, 560-acre campus that is known for its green spaces, nearby lakes and views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The UT brings many research dollars to the state of Tennessee and prides itself on sharing the collective expertise, creativity and cutting-edge research of its faculty and student body with the local communities.

History

The University of Tennessee was founded in Knoxville in 1794 as Blount College, two years before Tennessee became a state.  The school changed names a few times, becoming the University of Tennessee in 1879.  Initially an all-male college, the first women were admitted as students in 1892.  The university had to close during the Civil War, and its buildings were used by the Confederate army, and later the Union army.  It reopened after the war, becoming a federal land-grant institution.  The UT has continued to grow since then, expanding its program offerings through the years.

Traditions

The University of Tennessee is rich with traditions, and the two most notable traditions are worth mentioning.  The school colors of orange and white, chosen for the orange and white daisies that grew on campus.  Part of the original campus is known as "The Hill," the rising bank above the north short of the Tennessee River, on which Ayres Hall stands.  Ayres Hall was built in 1919.

Academics

The University of Tennessee's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summers semesters, and a shorter "mini-term" that runs from early May until early June.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Design
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Information
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Space Institute
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University of Tennessee also has institutes of Agriculture, Public Service and Space.

Student Life

The University of Tennessee offers many programs and resources to its students, including undergraduate advising, outreach and continuing education, honors programs, distinguished fellowship programs, a student success center, a teaching and learning center, and more.

The UT Knoxville campus offers 12 residential housing options for students.  There are also many dining options on campus.

Students at UT have more than 300 student clubs and organizations to choose from, including service groups, academic clubs, and professional organizations, those focused on politics, religion, sports or other interests.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are more than 26 fraternities and 17 sororities available at the University of Tennessee.  The Dean of Students Office has more information about how to become involved.

Athletics

The UT athletics division has 20 men's and women's varsity teams that compete in intercollegiate sports.  The "Vols" and "Lady Vols" have won many athletics championships.  The "Vols" sports teams include:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The Knoxville campus is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system, which also includes the Chattanooga and Martin campuses, and the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.

Community Life

The University of Tennessee prides itself on being an economic driver in the state.  Its co-management, with Battelle Memorial Institute, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of its key contributions to and collaborations with the local communities.  Additionally, UT has a top campus environmental effort called "Make Orange Green" that is honored across the state.

Acceptance Rate

78.85

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a public, land-grant university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that is committed to teaching, research and community outreach. OSU is one of the top universities in the nation, offering innovative study programs in a range of disciplines, top faculty, and a diverse student body.

OSU offers more than 350 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Professional degrees include the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. OSU also offers Specialist in Education degrees in certain fields.

The Mission

Proud of its land-grant heritage, Oklahoma State University advances knowledge, enriches lives, and stimulates economic development through instruction, research, outreach and creative activities.

Research is very active at OSU. Oklahoma State University students can benefit from the university's membership in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) - a consortium of 96 colleges and universities located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ORAU works with member institutions to assist students and faculty in gaining access to federal facilities nationwide for academic, research and partnership opportunities.

International studies and outreach are also thriving at OSU, which has a long tradition of excellent programs in international studies. Over the past 50 years, hundreds of OSU faculty members have participated in overseas projects through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

History

Founded in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, the first students enrolled for studies in 1891. Established shortly after the Land Run of 1889, the school opened with no buildings or books, and early classes were held in local churches.

In 1894, the first academic building was completed. This building, called "Old Central," is still located on campus OSU's main campus. In 1896, the first six students graduated.

In 1957, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College was renamed Oklahoma State University. The school established technical branches in Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. Over the years, many of these technical branches merged with other colleges or schools to form the various colleges and campuses that are now part of OSU.

Academics

The academic calendar for Oklahoma State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. OSU also offers shorter pre-sessions or inter-sessions before the beginning of each semester.

Colleges and Schools

Colleges at OSU:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Health Sciences
  • Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Human Sciences
  • Spears School of Business
  • Graduate College

Student Life

There are many student organizations and clubs available for involvement at Oklahoma State University. Many student hobbies or interests are represented by already-established groups and range from political interests, to social, academic and recreational. However, students who are interested in forming a new student organization at OSU will find lots of guidance and support through the Office of Campus Life. Some of the resources available include graphic design services, advisor information, organizational leadership certificate, treasurer's module, customized workshops, and more.

The annual Camp Cowboy event offers incoming freshmen opportunities for making friendships and getting oriented to campus life before the start of their first academic year at OSU.

Fraternities and Sororities

OSU Greek Life is very active on campus, with many chapters of fraternities and sororities available. Community involvement through Greek Life is thriving and diverse, offering many opportunities for service and friendship.

Student services at OSU include:

  • Campus Safety
  • Counseling Services
  • Health Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Disability Services
  • Career Services
  • Student Government Association

Traditions

The official school colors for Oklahoma State University are orange, black and silver. The nickname for the men and women's athletic teams are the OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls."

There are several traditional school songs associated with OSU, including:

The Waving Song

Oklahoma State! Oklahoma State!
We'll sing your praise tonight;
To let you know where e're we go,
For the Orange and Black we'll fight
We'll sing your worth o'er all the Earth
And shout: Ki Yi! Ki Ye!
In books of fame we'll write your name,
Oklahoma State!

"Ride 'Em Cowboys" Song

Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride'em Cowboys,
Right down the field!
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight'em Cowboys, and never yield.!
Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride on, Cowboys, to victory;
Cross (opponent)s goal;
Then we'll sing 'O-kla-homa State!'

Athletics

OSU is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Main Campus for Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This campus includes the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. There are four other campuses in the OSU System:

  • OSU-Oklahoma City
  • OSU Institute of Technology (formerly OSU-Okmulgee)
  • OSU-Tulsa
  • OSU Center for Health Sciences

Community Life

The Main Campus for OSU in Stillwater is in the north-central area of Oklahoma. Stillwater is roughly 60 miles from Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Acceptance Rate

69.98

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Louisiana State University (LSU) is a public university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, the main LSU campus in Baton Rouge includes 250 Italian Renaissance-style buildings on a 650-acre plateau overlooking the Mississippi River.  Many of LSU's more than 17 schools and colleges have received recognition for their excellent academic programs. The school is noted for its excellent research programs and facilities and, as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, receives funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among others.

Among illustrious LSU alumni is Hubert Humphrey, 38th vice-president of the United States, along with many foreign ambassadors, doctors, lawyers, writers, and research scientists.

History

Founded as a land-grant institution in 1853 as the "Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy," the school later became a military academy and earned the nickname "The Ole War Skule."  The school was forced to close in 1861, due to the American Civil War. At the end of the war, General Sherman donated two cannons to the school. In later years, the school reopened and expanded its offering, eventually changing its name to Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

After Hurricane Katrina caused devastation in the New Orleans area, LSU took in thousands of displaced students from other schools like Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and others. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus was converted into a field hospital to help hurricane victims, with the help of thousands of LSU students.

Academics

The academic calendar for LSU follows the semester format with fall and spring semesters, as well as a shorter "Wintersession," a spring "Intersession," and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

LSU has more than 17 schools and colleges:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Art & Design
  • College of Science
  • E.J. Ourso College of Business
  • School of the Coast and Environment
  • Continuing Education
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Library & Information Science
  • Manship School of Mass Communication
  • Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
  • College of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • School of Social Work
  • University College
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Student Life

LSU offers more than 350 student clubs and organizations, including many active fraternity and sorority chapters. Student government at LSU is very active as well, with control of funding for many student initiatives.  The many services and amenities offered to LSU students include the African American Cultural Center, various campus dining services, career services, the Center for Academic Success, on campus housing, the International Cultural Center, LSU Student Union, and much more.

Traditions

The mascot of LSU is the tiger, represented by a Bengal tiger named "Mike."  The school colors are purple and gold.

Athletics

The LSU "Tigers" athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

LSU is an urban institution that has a strong commitment to its community through community service and partnerships.  The Community University Partnership (CUP) of LSU contributes instruction, continuing education, research, service learning and volunteer services to the local community with a focus on the Old South Baton Rouge area near the LSU campus.

Acceptance Rate

74.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

The University of Missouri (MU), known by students, faculty and locals as "Mizzou," is located in one of America's best college towns: Columbia, Missouri. Mizzou offers more than 280 degrees and many academic programs that are highly ranked including writing, journalism, family and community medicine, and dispute resolution.  MU has 40 degrees that may be completed online.

The faculty at MU includes many award-winning scientists and scholars.  MU is Missouri's largest public research university and is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System.

The campus of MU is considered to be one of the most beautiful, and its 1,372-acres full of many varieties of trees and plants has been designated a botanic garden.

History

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839.  Located in Columbia, Missouri, it was the first state university in the Louisiana Purchase territory, and the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

Academics

The University of Missouri follows the semester-format academic calendar, with fall and spring semesters and shorter summer sessions.

The UM offers more than 200 degree programs through its 19 colleges and schools, including:

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • School of Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • School of Music
  • Trulaske College of Business
  • School of Accountancy
  • College of Education
  • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
  • School of Health Professions
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Social
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

There are many services and amenities offered to students at Mizzou including academic advising and career resources, as well as many venues for dining, shopping, meeting, studying, and socializing on campus.  There are many historic and beautiful buildings on campus, and the University Club is a popular choice for fine dining, special events, weddings, meetings, and more.  The Department of Student Life offers many resources and lists of things to do at Mizzou, from guest lectures to learning how to rock climb.

There is campus housing available and residential life is very social at MU. The online portal "MyZou" has a campus housing tab that offers more information about student housing options.

Athletics

Black and Gold are the colors of the Mizzou, or Missouri, "Tigers" athletics teams of the University of Missouri.  The Tigers compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

Columbia, Missouri has been named by several publications as one of the best places to live in America for the exceptional quality of life it offers.  For MU students, there is much to do on and off campus, from MU Tiger athletic games to musical performances from the School of Music, or productions from the Department of Theatre, and shopping in town.  There are many museums and art galleries on and off campus, including exhibits at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Acceptance Rate

80.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Iowa State University (ISU) is a top ranking university in Ames, Iowa, which is considered one of the best places to live in America. The school's central campus is known for its beauty and historic landmarks, and is notable for its landscape architecture.

ISU offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels in nearly 200 fields of study. At the undergraduate level, Iowa State University earns high marks for its academic programs in agriculture technology, sciences and arts. At the graduate level, ISU earns high marks for its programs in chemistry, statistics, physics, agricultural sciences, electrical engineering and economics.

The university also offers a variety of study abroad, service-learning, and work abroad programs. ISU attracts a diverse student population from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 110 countries worldwide.

History

Iowa State University was one of the first land-grant universities established in the United States, after President Lincoln signed the law to establish colleges and universities throughout the country that would offer accessible higher education to all citizens, teach practical classes and share knowledge beyond the campus borders.

ISU was established in 1858 on a farm as "Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm." The school's first campus building, "The Farm House," was completed in 1861. The first students enrolled in 1869, and graduated in 1872. Iowa Agricultural College was considered a leader in agriculture, engineering, and home economics, among other practical subjects.

An increasing focus on technology led to the development of the world's first electronic digital computer near the end of the 1930s. Due to expansion into more technological areas of study, the school changed its name to "Iowa State University of Science and Technology" in 1959. This name was later shortened to "Iowa State University." Over the years, Iowa State University further developed its offerings and continued to achieve academic excellence in its expanding and top-ranking programs in agriculture, technology, science and art.

Academics

The academic calendar of Iowa State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate College

Student Life

According to the Student Activities Center, there are hundreds of student clubs and organizations available for participation at ISU, and students will find them listed under categories such as Media Production, Music/Performing Arts, Multicultural, Honoraries, Fraternities, Sororities, and Special Interest, among others.  The Center offers information and resources to students who wish to start their own club or organization on campus.

There are also many groups, venues, facilities, workshops and events available for arts, entertainment and recreation.  ISU students can choose from live music performances, leadership activities or multi-media courses through The Union Workspace, such as pottery-making classes, photography workshops, and carpentry workshops. Other activities available include ballroom dance and rotating art exhibits.  There is a student group called "ISU After Dark" that plans late night events throughout the year.

Several different options for on-campus housing and on-campus dining are available.

Traditions

ISU school colors are cardinal (red) and gold, and its mascot is a cardinal (bird) named "Cy."

Iowa State University's teams were nicknamed the "Cyclones" by a news reporter who covered their football games in the 1890s. The school's athletic department eventually adopted the nickname as their official name for all of Iowa State's sports teams.

Athletics

The Iowa State "Cyclones" compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Community Life

As a state, Iowa is known as an area of friendly people, small towns and close-knit communities. It is also known for good schools and nice cities, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation in its many parks, as well as shopping and entertainment.

Ames, 30 minutes from Des Moines, is one of Iowa's nicest small towns. Due in part to the presence of Iowa State University, Ames draws top performers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, international symphonies, Broadway musical tours, and more.

Acceptance Rate

92.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is named as the "university of choice" for residents of Colorado. The university offers more than 150 programs of study and 55 departments in eight colleges. It has excellent academic programs in science, math, business, creative writing, engineering and technology. It also has top professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism and agriculture, atmospheric science, sustainability and clean energy, among others.

CSU is considered one of the best undergraduate education institutions in the nation, and deemed one of the "Best in the West" universities overall by education services company, The Princeton Review. CSU offers a combination of excellent academics and affordability for graduate-level and undergraduate-level students, along with some unique programs, that makes it a popular choice for many. One unique program is offered through the university's School of Global Environmental Sustainability, which allows students to add environmental courses to their major and receive training in a broad range of environmental issues.

History

Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant college called "Agricultural College of Colorado." It's first students (five of them) enrolled in 1879.

By 1882 the school had 24 women among its student body, and over the years the curriculum was expanded from its popular agriculture and engineering programs to include programs in typewriting and stenography, that were tailored more for women.

Academics

The academic calendar for Colorado State University follows the semester format with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Applied Human Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Online Plus (Distance Learning School)
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Education
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

The student activities and resources on the Colorado State University campus are plentiful.  There are more than 200 student groups, clubs and organizations to become involved in, as well as helpful resources like the RamRide program. Modeled after the CARPOOL program at Texas A&M, RamRide is a safe ride program for students who need safe, carpool-style transportation during the nighttime (RamRide is available Thursday through Saturday.)

A "Twilight Garden Series" is offered to students and gardeners of all abilities.  This is a series of three, 2-hour workshops.  There are many intramural sports activities available in all seasons, including ski trips and the Colorado State Ultimate Frisbee League.

Live music concerts are available at the Lory Student Center, among other arts and entertainment offered on campus.  On campus housing is available, along with many on-campus dining options.  There are several chapters of fraternities and sororities at CSU.

Traditions

The CSU school colors are green and gold and the school mascot is the ram.

Athletics

The Colorado State "Rams" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, and there are always many vocal Rams fans at the college's sporting events.

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Fort Collins City Parks, Colorado State Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer plenty of outdoor recreation for CSU students in the area around campus and Fort Collins, Colorado. Ski Colorado offers ski vacation packages so students can enjoy the world-class ski slopes in the area during the winter months.

Acceptance Rate

81.35

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

What is a Veterinarian?

A veterinarian is a doctor trained and licensed to provide animals specialized care and treatment. Veterinarians are ultimately responsible for accurate, timely communication regarding treatment plans and injuries associated with animals and pets. Job duties of a veterinarian include the following:

  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Assess and Diagnose Animal's Health & Wellness
  • Dress and Dress for Wounds
  • Vaccinate and Test Animals for Illness & Disease
  • Prescribe Medication
  • Operate Medical Equipment
  • Euthanize Animals
  • Protect Humans from Disease Carried by Animals
  • Performing Clinical Research
  • Communicating & Counseling Animal Owners

Veterinarians at an animal hospital, veterinary hospital, or animal clinic work side-by-side with veterinarian assistant and veterinary technicians to diagnose and treat animals. The veterinary team splits surgical, technical, administrative, and clerical duties to ensure a smooth running operation.

How to Become a Veterinarian

In order to become a veterinarian, a student must follow a series of steps predicated upon the other. We will cover them in a series of easy to follow steps below for clarity purposes.

Step 1 Research Veterinary Schools

The initial phase in your journey to become a veterinarian is to research accredited universities and colleges that fit your vocational aspirations and goals. In the United States, there are approximately three dozen veterinarian programs to choose from for prospective students which we have listed below in a centralized fashion. You can also utilize our proprietary matching portal to quickly filter schools and accelerate your college search.

Step 2 Meet Medical Prerequisites

After receiving admissions information from your top school choices, you will need to ensure you meet all prerequisite requirements. Gaining admissions to an accredited veterinary program may or may not require applicants to have a bachelors degree while many mandate a threshold number of credit hours. Additionally, applicants will need to sit for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), or VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test) depending on the schools requirements.

Step 3 Apply to Ved Med Schools

After meeting all prerequisites and sitting for the appropriate standardized test, you can apply to veterinary schools. During your application process, make sure to take the time to illuminate all related work experience associated with animal care. From summer jobs working on a farm to volunteering at an animal shelter or clinic, practical experience will help you stand out from other applicants. It is important to understand the competitive nature of veterinary programs and with acceptance rate of less than fifty percent, you need to put your best foot forward.

Step 4 Ved Med College

After gaining admissions to a veterinary medicine school, you will need to sit down with your advisor and sign up for classes. Given a veterinarys job requirements, students should not be surprised to learn pre-veterinary courses typically include animal science, anatomy, microbiology, zoology, biology, chemistry and physiology along with general education courses like philosophy, math, business administration, and English. Veterinarian programs are divided between hands-on clinical work, traditional classroom academics, and laboratory work. In fact, in the final year of a 4-year veterinary program students will perform a set of clinical rotations at approved veterinary medical facilities or animal hospitals.

Step 5 Graduate, Exams, Certification, & Licensure

Upon graduating from an accredited college or university, you will receive a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) or VMD (Veterinary Medical Doctor) designation. Licensing requirements for veterinarians will vary from state to state, so be sure to research the requirements of your location. Most will need to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination for each of the states you will be practicing in before being allowed to begin working. In addition to earning a veterinarian license, you may choose to add on a specialty certification. Veterinarian certifications can help you land a great job or upskill in a particular area of interest like microbiology, surgical procedures, or internal medicine.

College Requirements for Veterinarians

Veterinary studies is a graduate level degree that requires a student to have earned a related bachelors degree prior to enrollment in a program. Upon completion the student will earn a doctorate, doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.), which typically takes four years. Individuals will study a variety of topics related to healthcare, animal biology, physiology and more, as well as becoming familiarized with diseases and other ailments that may be common a given species.

A curriculum may include:

  • Physiology
  • Animal Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology

Veterinary programs are highly competitive. Acceptance rates at the accredited veterinary medicine schools in the United States range from 6.7% to 34%. An ideal school will provide resources and facilities that are up to date and allow for practical education alongside more traditional classroom courses. Students will work with experienced professionals and will be required to participate in clinical rotations on a path to obtaining licensure.

Most Popular Careers for Veterinarians

Like medical doctors treating human patients, a veterinarian can elect to specialize in medical areas during college or even after graduation.  The 5 primary areas of concentration for a veterinarian include: research, inspection & food safety, food animals, equine, and companion.  An overview of each is listed below to help you better understand the differing specialty fields within veterinary medicine.

Research Veterinarians

Unlike a Companion Animal Veterinarian, a Research Veterinarian will spend the bulk of their day in labs conducting clinical research.  If a private research facility or government agency is considering a new surgical technique for commercial viability, they will engage a Research Veterinarian to test it within a clinical environment before large-scale decisions are made by an organization.  Other aspects of a Research Veterinarian’s job may include disease prevention, refining clinical methodologies, and a variety of consulting activities.

Inspection & Food Safety Veterinarians

Food Safety and Inspection Veterinarians are specialists that test a variety of livestock and animal products, provide necessary inoculations, conduct vital research, help enforce public health programs, and work with the FDA to enforce food safety standards and updating approved processes.

Food Animal Veterinarians

The professionals that manage the health of animals that are consumed by humans falls under the purview of a Food Animal Veterinarian or Farm Animal Veterinarian.  By spending their time performing site visits at farms and ranches, a Food Animal Veterinarian can help manage the quality control and processes associated with consumable food from a variety of animals such as pigs, cattle, sheep, and chickens.

Equine Veterinarians

Equine Veterinarians work closely with horses and their owners to help prevent diseases, provide treatment plans, and rehabilitate as needed.  As an example, an equine vet may be called upon to work in conjunction with a foot specialist or farrier to improve a horse with limb deformity, balance, and lameness.   They may spend substantive time around horses performing basic examinations, inoculations, drawing blood, treating wounds, prescribing medication, and performing surgery.

Companion Animal Veterinarians

Companion Animal Veterinarians are responsible for providing pet owners with a variety of help and education for the benefit of their pets.  Examples can include diagnosing health related issues, providing counsel to pet owners, and performing medical tasks like broken bones, inoculations, and dental work.  Per the AAVMA, 75% of Companion Animal Veterinarians work in an animal hospital or private clinic.

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Employment Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians work with a variety of animal types, and specialization is possible within the field. Job growth is expected to increase rapidly over the next decade due to growing demand for professionals and an increasing pet population. Statistics show that individuals are willing to pay high premiums for pet care in this way, and as such it should be relatively easy for graduates to find employment or establish their own clinic. Advances in pet medicine and surgery also have increased demand for qualified professionals.

Where Do Veterinarians Work?

Veterinarians work for an array of private clinics, state agencies, local government, and federal government organizations.  You can find veterinarians employed in a wide variety of animal hospitals, farms, laboratories, ranches, classrooms, slaughterhouses, medical offices, and think tanks.

Veterinarians that work in the food safety industry will be on-site at ranches, slaughterhouses, food processing plants, and farms.  Their job will be to help the ranchers and owners comply to the FDA guidelines and enforce industry standards across all locations and animal variations.  At the same time, a veterinarian that specializes in research will spend the bulk of their time in an office or lab having nominal contact with animals.

Veterinarian Job Duties

Traditional licensed vets spend the bulk their day treating wounds, examining animals, providing medical diagnosis, rehabilitating animals, performing surgery, administering tests, provide inoculations, prescribing medications, and counseling pet owners.  Additionally, veterinarians are trained to treat a number of animal injuries and illnesses through the use of various medical equipment, x-ray machines, surgical tools, and ultrasound technology.   A veterinarian will provide medical treatments and procedures for animals that parallel what a physician would provide for a human.

Veterinarian Salary & Career Outlook

Mean annual income for a licensed veterinarian in the United States is $101,530 which is nearly $49 an hour.  The top 25% of veterinarians average $118,600 per year with the bottom twenty-five percent averaging just over seventy-thousand dollars.  The variation in pay exists based on factors such as work experience, size of the veterinary hospital, scope of job duties, hours worked, and population density.

The BLS estimates there are approximately 79,600 veterinarians currently employed in the U.S. The projected growth rate is estimated to be 19% through 2026 adding over 15,000 veterinarian jobs during this time.  The national average growth rate is estimated at six percent placing veterinarians on a path to grow three times the national average.

Employment forecasts indicate veterinarians will remain in high demand in the coming years.  Job stability and income growth favor those that hone their craft, effectively engage with others, are empathetic, possess great time management skills, effectively manage resources, and communicate well with others.

Additional Veterinary Resources

The American Veterinary Medical Association is a professional organization that works to advance the interests of its members, as well as provide resources and guidelines the ensure the quality of its practitioners.  Additional insights regarding the veterinary medicine industry can be found on our resource guide titled Complete Career Guide for Veterinarians along with Top College Degrees for Animal Lovers.

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