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Pennsylvania State University--World Campus

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Pennsylvania State University at University Park, located in urban University Park, PA, offers highly ranked graduate programs through the College of Education and the College of Engineering. This public institution, founded in 1855, offers several student activities on its 8,556 acre campus including numerous clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and THON (the largest student-run philanthropy in the world). The Nittany Lions compete in the Division I Big 10 Conference and the football team plays on one of the largest arenas in North America. Notable alumni include John Cappelletti, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player; and Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA agent and author.

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Daytona State College

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Founded in 1957, Daytona State College is a public institution located in Daytona Beach, Fla. The college began offering online courses in 2006, including online bachelor's programs in business, office management and supervision, computer and information sciences and liberal arts general studies.

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University of Illinois--Chicago

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The University of Illinois—Chicago is home to a variety of online programs including applied health sciences, business administration, education, engineering, medicine and more. Students can download assignments and review faculty feedback 24 hours a day. They can interact with each other and instructors utilizing multimedia, threaded discussion, chat and more.

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Western Kentucky University

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A public school founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is located in the city of Bowling Green, Ken. The university has its beginnings as a "normal school," devoted to teacher training, and became a university in 1966. Among the university's more popular programs are journalism and broadcasting, education, engineering and business. Western Kentucky University offers many student clubs and organizations and also has an award-winning speech and debate team.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University--Worldwide

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, founded in 1926, is a private institution residing on 185 suburban acres in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school offers more than 40 majors, including the nation's largest Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Science programs. The Embry-Riddle Eagles compete in the NAIA Division I Sun Conference.

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Oregon State University

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Located in Corvallis on a 400-acre campus, Oregon State University is a public institution founded in 1868. It began offering online bachelor’s degree programs in 2000. There are nearly 50 fraternities and sororities at Oregon State, and students may choose from more than 250 clubs and organizations. The university’s athletic teams are nicknamed the Beavers and compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference in 12 sports. Famous alumni include Nobel Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling.

 

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Colorado State University--Global Campus

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Colorado State University, located in urban Fort Collins, CO, is one of the premier teaching and research institution in the U.S. This public institution, founded in 1870, offers several degrees in eight colleges with graduate programs in the schools of business, engineering and education. CSU is considered one of the leading research universities, exploring fields in atmospheric science, infectious diseases, clean energy technologies, and environmental sciences.

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Arizona State University

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Arizona State University was founded in 1885 and is a public institution. The university has four campuses throughout Phoenix occupying 1,966 acres. Students can choose from more than 275 majors, 500 clubs and organizations and more than 300 study abroad options. ASU’s Sun Devils student athletes compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 conference. Notable alumni of the university include David Spade, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and baseball star Barry Bonds.

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Ohio State University--Columbus

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Ohio State University – Columbus is a public institution that was founded in 1870 and has a 1,765-acre campus. Online bachelor’s degree programs became available starting in 2008. There are more than 65 fraternities and sororities at Ohio State, and students may join more than 1,000 clubs and organizations. Nicknamed the Buckeyes, the university’s more than 30 sports teams compete primarily in the NCAA Division I Big 10 Conference. Prominent alumni include former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and comedian Richard Lewis.

 

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Pace University

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A private institution with a 100-year history, Pace University began providing online education in 2004. The school's distance learning program, called iPace, offers bachelor's degree completion programs in business studies, nursing, professional communication studies and professional technology studies. Additional resources available to iPace students include counseling services, an online library and online tutoring.                    

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Regent University

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A private school founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 in Virginia Beach, Vir., Regent University’s mission is “to serve as a leading center of Christian thought and action.” The school, which has 5,915 students, offers 54 graduate and undergraduate degrees. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is a professor at the university.

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Savannah College of Art and Design

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Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private art and design university that began providing online education in 2006. The school offers a variety of web-based bachelor's and master's degrees through its eLearning program. SCAD online students also have access to services such as MySCAD, the SCAD eLearning Club and the Virtual Lecture Hall.

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Central Michigan University

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Founded in 1892, Central Michigan is a large public university with more than 21,000 undergraduate students. Located in Mount Pleasant, Mich., about equal distance from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, the doctoral research university offers degrees in numerous majors through eight colleges and is the fourth largest institution in Michigan. In addition to student organizations, the school’s athletic programs participate in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference and offers nine intercollegiate sports for women and seven for men.

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University of Florida

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The University of Florida, located in suburban Gainesville, FL, is the state’s oldest university, founded in 1853. This public institution offers a ton of fun activities and students bring plenty of school spirit. The Florida Gators compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and The Gator Growl is the largest student-run pep rally in the world. Students can attend Gator Nights for free entertainment and a late-night breakfast.

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Utah State University

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Utah State University is a public institution founded in 1888 and located in Logan, Utah. The school, which began offering online degrees in 2007, offers more than a half dozen online bachelor's degrees, including agricultural business and management, family studies, psychology, economics and communications science. They also graduate programs in instructional technology and learning sciences.

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Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hayes State University’s virtual college offers certificate programs and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. About 600 courses are available each semester. All classes are taught by the same instructors that teach on campus. They are available by phone or email whenever students require assistance.

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SUNY College of Technology--Delhi

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Founded in 1913, the SUNY College of Technology – Delhi became an online offshoot of SUNY – Delhi in 2008. It is a public institution with a rural campus. There are 16 fraternities and sororities on campus, as well as more than 60 student clubs and organizations. Known as the Broncos, the university’s 14 athletic teams compete as independents in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Famous alumni include actor Bill Pullman, who also taught at the institution.

 

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University of La Verne

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The University of La Verne is a private school founded in 1891 in La Verne, Ca. The school promotes students becoming knowledgeable about biodiversity, the global economy and the pursuit of lifelong learning. The school offers online bachelor's degree programs in several areas, including business administration and entrepreneurial studies. The school also offers an online MBA.

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George Washington University

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George Washington University, located in urban Washington, DC, has broad graduate offerings and its Law School and Graduate School of Education and Human Development are well regarded. This private institution, founded in 1821, not only offers several activities on campus, but there are also plenty of things to do off campus. The school is only a mile away from museums on the National Mall and the Washington Monument. On campus, there are several student organizations and a large Greek system for students to get involved in. Notable alumni include politicians Harry Reid and Eric Cantor, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and performers including Courteney Cox Arquette.

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University of Illinois--Springfield

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University of Illinois—Springfield, located in Springfield, Illinois, is a public institution funded in 1969. Situated in the state capital, students at Illinois Springfield can choose from nearly 25 undergraduate programs and about 20 master’s degree programs. Outside the classroom, students can participate in more than 80 organizations and numerous campus events.

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Washington State University

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Washington State University is a public institution founded in 1890 and located on a 640-acre campus in rural Pullman, Wash. It has been offering online education programs for more than 20 years. Greek life plays a prominent role, with about 50 fraternities and sororities; there also are more than 250 student clubs and organizations. The university’s sports teams are nicknamed the Cougars and compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. Prominent alumni include broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and counterculture figure Timothy Leary.

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California Baptist University

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A private institution founded in 1950, California Baptist University resides on 128 suburban acres in Riverside, California. The school is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, and seeks to integrate academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. The ultimate goal of California Baptist University is produce graduates who are academically prepared, biblically rooted, globally minded and equipped to serve.

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University of Wisconsin--Superior

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A public institution founded in 1893, University of Wisconsin—Superior is situated on 125 city acres in Superior, Wisconsin. The university offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs, and several pre-professional and professional education certification programs. University of Wisconsin—Superior students can participate in more than 60 registered organizations and clubs.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

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Palm Beach Atlantic College (PBA), a private institution founded in 1968, resides on 78 urban acres in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is an interdenominational Christian school that offers more than 45 undergraduate majors and a variety of graduate programs. Students have over 60 campus clubs and organizations to join, and the PBA Sailfish compete in the NCAA Division II National Christian College Athletic Association.

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