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Barry University

Miami Shores, FL

Barry University is a private, Catholic school located in Miami Shores, Fla. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the university puts an emphasis on a liberal arts tradition. The university offers undergraduate degrees in many different fields, and also offers a “Take 5” degree in which you can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Students are encouraged to become active in the local community through the school’s Service Learning program, which includes activities such as painting homes for seniors or aiding in reef cleanup. The school has 2,747 undergraduate students and 3,748 graduate students.

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Benedictine University

Lisle, IL

Founded in 1887 in Lisle, Ill., just west of Chicago, Benedictine University offers an education “guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage.” The private, Catholic university offers a values-centered liberal arts education in five schools: liberal arts, science, business, education and health services. Benedictine is classified as a doctoral/research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The university has more than 3,700 undergraduate students.

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Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

Founded in 1865 in Bowie, Mary., Bowie State University is a public school that is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland, and one of the 10 oldest in the country. The school offers 23 undergraduate majors and 35 master’s, doctoral and advanced certification programs. Campus life includes 90 student clubs and organizations, as well as 12 fraternities and sororities in the Greek system. Additionally, the school is located between the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The university has 5,400 students.

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Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, WI

An independent Franciscan Catholic University, Cardinal Stritch University – located in Milwaukee, Wis. – is a private school founded in 1937 and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The school has four schools for undergraduate study: arts and sciences, business and management, education and leadership and nursing. The school, which is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America, offers numerous clubs and organizations as well as service and spirituality groups. The school has a total of more than 6,000 students.

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Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, GA

Clark Atlanta University, founded in 1988, is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of private, historically black schools of higher education in the nation. Classified as a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Foundation, Clark Atlanta University offers degrees in four schools: arts and sciences, business, education and social work. In addition to numerous student organizations and activities, the university is located in the heart of Atlanta, one of the largest cities in the nation. The school has more than 3,000 undergraduate students.

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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

A metropolitan university founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public school offering degrees in business administration, education, human services, engineering, law, liberal arts, social sciences, science and urban affairs. Because as many as 90% of its students work full or part time, the university offers a flexible schedule and class times at different hours. The campus offers more than 150 different student organizations and activities, and is located on 85 acres in downtown Cleveland. The school has more than 16,000 students.

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East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

East Tennessee State University, located in Johnson City, Tenn., began in 1911 as a Normal School that educated teachers for work in local school districts. Over the years it went from a state teacher’s college (in the 1920s and 1930s) to a state college (in the 1940s) until becoming a state university in 1963. The campus, which is just outside the Cherokee National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains, offers degrees in more than 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations. In addition to numerous student organizations and activities, the mountain setting offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The school has more than 16,000 students.

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Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, FL

A public land grant university founded in 1887, Florida A&M (Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University) is a historically black university in the state capitol of Florida, Tallahassee. The university offers 62 bachelor’s degrees and 39 master’s degrees through 13 schools and one institute. FAMU also operates a College of Law in Orlando and has 11 doctoral programs. Located on 422 acres atop the tallest of Tallahassee’s seven hills, the school offers numerous student organizations. There are about 12,000 students enrolled at FAMU.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Located in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University was founded in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida. The school now has facilities in six counties in South Florida, and has about 29,000 freshmen students. A research school noted for work in biomedicine, biotechnology and ocean engineering, FAU also stresses that entrance into the school is very competitive for freshmen. The school offers many different student organizations as well as social fraternities and sororities, and the Florida Atlantic University Owls compete in 18 NC AA Division I sports.

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Florida International University

Miami, FL

With two main campuses located in Miami-Dade County – one in the western part of the region and another on Biscayne Bay – Florida International University serves more than 46,000 students. A public school, FIU was founded in 1965 and now offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. A majority of the students are enrolled in the College of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and 96% of the staff hold doctorates or higher.

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Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

A public school founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is located in Statesboro, Ga., and has more than 19,000 students earning degrees in one of the university’s eight colleges: business administration, education health and human services, information technology, liberal arts and social sciences, public health, science and technology and a graduate school. The school has more than 19,000 students and has a 700-acre campus that includes a museum of cultural and natural history and a botanical garden.

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Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Founded in 1913, Georgia State University is a public school located in downtown Atlanta, Ga. The school offers degrees in 200 majors and more than 400 student organizations, as well as an active Greek community. The school’s Panthers sports teams compete in the Sun Belt Conference. The school also offers graduate degrees in many subjects, including law, business and education. Notable alumni from Georgia State University including rapper Ludacris and Ken Lewis, former CEO of Bank of America.

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Established in 1865 as a Normal School for teachers, Indiana State University has grown to a total enrollment of 11,494 students. The public university is located in Terre Haute, Ind., and offers more than 100 majors through five colleges: arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health and human services and technology.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA

The original university building, built in 1875, still sits at the heart of this campus in Indiana, Pa. More than 15,000 students are enrolled there, earning degrees in 130 undergraduate programs, 50 master’s degree programs and 10 doctoral programs (it is the only state public university to offer a doctoral program). Indiana University of Pennsylvania is also home to the John Murtha Center for Homeland Security. The school’s sports teams compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division II.

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Jackson State University

Jackson, MS

Jackson State University, located in the Mississippi capitol city of Jackson, is a historically black, public university that is rated as a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The public university, founded in 1877, offers degrees through six colleges: business, education and human development, liberal arts, lifelong learning, public service, and science, engineering and technology. The school emphasizes public service that enhances the quality of life and seeks solutions for urban problems. There are about 9,000 students enrolled in the school.

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Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Located in Beaumont on the Texas Gulf Coast, Lamar University is a public university with more than 14,000 students studying in more than 100 degree programs. Founded in 1923, the university offers about 100 clubs and organizations for students. The Lamar University Cardinals play in a dozen NCAA Division I sports, including basketball, volleyball, golf and cross country.

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Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

Founded in 1962 in Boca Raton, Fla., Lynn University is a private liberal arts university that focuses on career preparation. There are 1,660 undergraduate students and 449 graduate students, coming from 44 different states and 78 nations, with 24% of the students coming from outside the United States. Students study in the colleges of aeronautics, business and management, international communication, liberal education, music, education and hospitality management.

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Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

A public university founded in 1911, MTSU, located in Murfreesboro, Tenn., began as a Normal School for the training of teachers. The university changed to its current name in 1965, and now has more than 26,000 students earning degrees through nine colleges including basic and applied sciences, behavioral and health sciences, business, education, liberal arts and graduate studies. The school offers doctoral degrees in English, economics, human performance and public history.

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Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

Montana State University, located in urban Bozeman, MT, offers several master’s programs including engineering, education, and nursing, as well as many undergraduate degrees. This public institution, founded in 1893, has many unique research facilities such as the Plant Growth Center and the Center for Bison and Wildlife Health. MSU also offers many things to do on its large campus including student organizations, an active Greek life, and recreational sports.

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Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

A public university, Morgan State University was founded in Baltimore, Md., in 1867. The school is designated as Maryland’s Public Urban University. Originally founded as a biblical institute by the Methodist Episcopal Church, the school became a public university in 1939. It now has more than 7,000 undergraduate students. Morgan State is a founding member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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National Louis University

Chicago, IL

A private institution with a 125-year history, National-Louis University began providing online education in 2003. Distance learning programs are offered through the College of Management and Business and the National College of Education. These include a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Care Leadership and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), among others.

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North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

North Carolina A&T State University, located in Greensboro, N.C., is a public university with more than 10,000 students. Originally established as a university for African-Americans in 1891 and was elevated to university status in 1967. N.C. A&T graduates the largest number of African American engineers in the nation, and also the largest number of African American certified public accountants. The university competes in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Located in Flagstaff, Ariz., Northern Arizona University was founded in 1899 and now has more than 17,000 students at its main campus and another 4,000 at community campuses. The university offers 80 degree programs for undergraduates and 56 in graduate programs, with at least 70 offered online. Under the mascot of Louie the Lumberjack, Northern Arizona University competes in NCAA Division I athletics in the Big Sky and Western Athletic Conference.

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Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Founded in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., in 1964, Nova Southeastern University is a private institution with more than 6,000 undergraduate students and offers degree programs through numerous colleges, including the Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Research is a large part of the school’s mission, with a new Center for Collaborative Research that will focus on medical, pharmaceutical, dental and oceanographic research.

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