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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

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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George Washington University

Washington, DC

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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Ohio State University- Columbus

Columbus, OH

Ohio State University at Columbus, located in urban Columbus, OH, offers several graduate programs through its highly ranked College of Education and Human Ecology, Max M. Fisher College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Medicine and Michael E. Moritz College of Law. This public institution, founded in 1870, has a lot to offer on its 3,469 acres with numerous clubs and organizations and several fraternities and sororities. The Ohio State Buckeyes compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Its football stadium is actually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Famous alumni include actress Patricia Heaton and Goosebumps author R. L. Stine.

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Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

Tulane University, located in urban New Orleans, LA, has a well-regarded law school and its School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the only specialty school of its kind in the United States. This private institution, founded in 1843, offers students several things to do with numerous organizations and a thriving Greek life, as well as an exciting city life. The French Quarter, a few miles from the main campus, is a tourist attraction known for its music, nightlife, and shopping. The Tulane Green Wave sports teams compete in the Division I Conference USA. Notable alumni include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, talk show host Jerry Springer, and the creator of HBO’s hit show Entourage, Douglas R. Ellin.

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University of Texas- Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin, located in urban Austin, TX, is comprised of 12 schools and colleges, the College of Liberal Arts being the largest. This public institution, founded in 1883, is one of the largest schools in the nation. It has one of the biggest Greek systems in the country, two of the largest student publications, and numerous clubs and organizations. There are also several things to do off campus in this vibrant city known for its music, food, outdoor activities and nightlife. Notable alumni include former pitcher Roger Clemens, actor Matthew McConaughey of films The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and former first lady Laura Bush.

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University of Washington

Seattle, WA

The University of Washington, located in urban Seattle, WA, is a cutting-edge research university that hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium every year for students to present their work to the community. This public institution, founded in 1861, has a long history of being the first institution in the West. There’s plenty to do at the University of Washington with numerous organizations and a thriving Greek life. Students can even start new clubs with at least a few members. The school competes in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference and football is a huge tradition. Notable alumni include Thomas Foley, former U.S. Speaker of the House; Chris DeWolfe, co-creator of MySpace; and Irv Robbins, co-founder and namesake of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain.

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Fordham University

New York, NY

Fordham University, located in urban New York, NY, offers graduate programs at its highly ranked Fordham School of Law, which is home to the first Fashion Law Institute in the country. This private institution, founded in 1841, has campuses throughout the city, walking distance to some popular attractions including the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens, and Little Italy. To get around to the various campuses, students can hop on the Ram Van that runs every half hour. The Fordham Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Athletic 10 Conference. Notable alumni include NBA sportscaster Mike Breen, former U.S. Representative Robert Giaimo (Conn.), and U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter.

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Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University, located in suburban Malibu, CA, is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values. This private institution, founded in 1937, is known for its picturesque location squeezed in among the Santa Monica Mountain foothills. There is a Church of Christ on campus and student-led ministries. The Pepperdine Waves compete in the Division I West Coast Conference. Club sports at Pepperdine include lacrosse, dodgeball and beach volleyball. Top athletes include baseball player Randy Wolf, golfer Jason Allred, basketball player Alex Acker, and beach volleyball Olympic medalist Nicole Sanderson.

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University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

The University of Connecticut, located in rural Storrs, CT, offers many graduate programs including the highly ranked Neag School of Education, known for its kinesiology doctoral program. This public institution, founded in 1881, has a lot of fun and unique activities to do on its 4,313 acre campus including an on-campus movie theater and free skating at the school’s ice rink as well as several clubs and organizations.

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Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University, located in urban Dallas, TX, offers well-regarded graduate programs at the Cox School of Business and its law school. This private institution, founded in 1911, is surrounded by outdoor activities, the Dallas International Film Festival, and more than 400 parks. The school also offers activities on campus such as its thriving Greek live and campus events like the Festival of Lights and the Mane Event.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

The University of Georgia, located in urban Athens, GA, has renowned graduate programs in its College of Education and Law School. This public institution, founded in 1785, is the first public, state-supported college in America. The University of Georgia offers several student clubs and organizations and community service is a big focus. The Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology is unique in that it was the first school of its kind when launched in 2007.

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Brigham Young University- Provo

Provo, UT

Brigham Young University- -Provo, located in urban Provo, UT, is known for its excellence in language education, offering 55 different languages. This private institution, founded in 1875, centers its student life on religion and responsibility. The football team at Brigham Young is known for the number of players drafted by the NFL, with more than 70 in the past 30 years.

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Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University, located in suburban Clemson, SC, is a land-grant institution that conducts research to better the community and students and faculty are involved in projects ranging from improving irrigation systems to lowering bully rates. This public institution, founded in 1889, offers several things to do on its 17,000 acres including a bowling alley, arcade, and billiards room on campus as well as numerous clubs and organizations.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University, located in urban Syracuse, NY, is an independent institution with an international reputation having a campus in Florence, Italy. This private institution, founded in 1870, offers several student activities including numerous clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and annual celebrations which include a 12-day Winterfest and a Jazz Fest. With about 100 inches of snowfall each year, Syracuse also offers skiing, snowboarding and sledding opportunities.

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University of Maryland- College Park

College Park, MD

The University of Maryland, located in suburban College Park, MD, is a comprehensive research university with a highly ranked graduate program in education. This public institution, founded in 1856, regularly earns accolades for its sustainable and clean energy initiatives. There’s plenty to do on this 1,250 acre campus with several clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and the school’s sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

The University of Pittsburgh, located in urban Pittsburgh, PA, is well known for its focus on going green as well as its School of Medicine which is well regarded for its research. This public institution, founded in 1787, is surrounded by activities and entertainment including museums, sports entertainment, and since the school is surrounded by rivers, water activities. The school also offers clubs and organizations and has an active Greek life.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, located in urban Worcester, MA, was one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. This private institution, founded in 1865, stands out as a close-knit private school grounded in scientific education. Campus activities are very popular at WPI with contests like the gigantic tug-of-war, an active Greek life, and numerous students are involved in the school’s sports teams.

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Purdue University- West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University at West Lafayette, located in urban West Lafayette, IN, is comprised of 12 schools and colleges with many well ranked professional and graduate programs. This public institution, founded in 1869, offers a wide range of activities including a Greek life, performance groups, and athletic teams. One of the popular school traditions: students run through the campus fountains in the beginning and the end of their time at Purdue.

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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey- New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick, is located in urban Piscataway, NJ. This public institution, founded in 1766, offers many graduate programs with its Graduate School of Education being highly ranked. Rutgers has five mini-campuses each with a different setting and feeling, letting students choose what’s right for them. There are also numerous clubs and organizations and an active Greek life.

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Texas A&M University- College Station

College Station, TX

Texas A&M University, located in urban College Station, TX, offers highly ranked graduate programs and is known as a research institution. This public institution, founded in 1876, has much to offer on its 5,200 acre campus including numerous clubs and organizations, and a huge Greek life. Students can also give back by volunteering at The Big Event which is the largest single-day, student-run volunteer effort in the country.

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University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, located in urban Minneapolis, MN, offers highly ranked schools which include the Carlson School of Management, College of Education and Human Development, and law school. This public institution, founded in 1851, is actually located in two different cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, which is how they got their name “twin cities”. There are also numerous clubs and organizations at the University of Minnesota.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech, located in rural Blacksburg, VA, has a long history as a technical institute and offers graduate programs at the highly ranked College of Engineering. This public institution, founded in 1872, has a background in the sciences and encourages students to “invent the future”. On campus, students can go bowling, play pool or play games in the BreakZONE arcade. Virginia tech also offers numerous clubs and a thriving Greek life.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, located in suburban East Landing, MI, offers programs at its highly ranked College of Education and well-regarded Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. This public institution, founded in 1855, offers several student activities on its 5,190 acre campus with numerous clubs and organizations, and an active Greek life. There are also local community events, volunteering opportunities, and several nightlife options downtown.

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University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa, located in urban Iowa City, IA, offers many well-ranked graduate programs, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics being the only teaching hospital in the state. This public institution, founded in 1847, has the smallest student population of any other school competing in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Leadership skills are important at Iowa with many leadership activities students can participate in.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University was founded in 1893 as a private university. The campus is located in the nation’s capital city, situated on 84 acres in the city’s northwest corner. The setting is urban with a nearby stop on the D.C.-area Metrorail transit system to ferry students to all the museums, restaurants, clubs and historic landmarks that Washington has to offer. The American University Eagles are part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League and the university has more than 300 student organizations on campus.

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