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Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University BloomingtonIndiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Bloomington
www.iub.edu

Indiana University Bloomington is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. It is popularly known as "Indiana University," IUB, or simply IU. It is located in Bloomington in Monroe County, Indiana.
The University is one of 60 elected members of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Academics
IU has 110 programs ranked in the nation's top 20. Twenty-nine graduate programs and four schools at Indiana University-Bloomington are ranked among the top 25 in the country in the US News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2001-2002. Time magazine named IU-Bloomington its 2001 College of the Year among major research universities. Newsweek named Indiana University-Bloomington the Hottest Big State School in the Nation in 2005.USA Today called Bloomington one of the top 10 places for campus culture. The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic home to more than 40 percent of IU's undergraduates, while also offering the electives and general education courses for most other schools on campus. There are more than 50 academic departments in the College, ranging from biology to art history, from Jewish Studies to telecommunications, from computer science to political science, and IU teaches nearly 40 foreign languages.


University of Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Chicago
www.uchicago.edu

The University of Chicago is a private research university located primarily in the Hyde Park neigborhood of Chicago, Illinois that was founded in 1890 with major funding from John D. Rockefeller. Historically, the university is particularly noted for its: unique undergraduate "core curriculum," contributions to the Manhattan Project during the Second World War; various academic movements such as " The Chicago School of Economics", " The Chicago School of Literary Criticism", and " The Chicago School of Sociology".

Academics
The University currently maintains twelve units, grouped into divisions for graduate research, professional schools, the undergraduate College, the Library, the Press, the Lab Schools, and the Hospitals. The Divisions: Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Humanities. The Professional Schools: the Divinity School, the University of Chicago Law School, the Graduate School of Business, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, the School of Social Service Administration, and the Graham School of General Studies. The economics department is particularly wellknown, so much so that an entire school of economics thought ("The Chicago School") bears its name. The school is also known for the creation of the first Department of Sociology in the United States, which founded its own Chicago school of sociology. The university is ranked amongst the top 15 institutions worldwide according to the The Times Higher Education Supplement. The Princeton Review in 2004 rated the University as having the "Best Overall Educational Experience" for undergraduates among all American universities and colleges.Faculty, students, and researchers affiliated with Chicago have obtained a total of 78 Nobel Prizes.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
www.uiuc.edu

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. It has academic programsin library and information science, engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, physical sciences, advertising, psychology, educational psychology, agriculture, and accounting. In 2005, US News and World Report ranked the undergraduate program 41st overall out of nationally accredited universities. The graduate program has 60 disciplines ranked in the top 30 nationwide, including 23 in the top 5 overall. Of note is the College of Engineering, ranked 4th nationwide, with 14 graduate disciplinesranked in the top 10. The university is composed of 18 Colleges and Institutes that offer more than 150 programs of study and has been referred to as a Public Ivy.

Academics
UIUC is the site of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), which created Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, the foundation upon which Microsoft Internet Explorer is based, and Telnet.
The University has the largest public university library in the world with more than 10 million volumes.


University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
www.umn.edu

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. Its student body is the second-largest in the United States according to autumn 2005 statistics,behind Arizona State University's campus in Tempe, Arizona. It is located on two campuses in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; the campuses are linked through a dedicated bus system.

Academics
By far the largest institution of higher education in the Midwest, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities offers degree programs in almost all fields, from agriculture to modern dance. US News World and Report ranks the University of Minnesota at 77th among colleges in the United States. Colleges include the College of Liberal Arts, the Carlson School of Management, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences, the Medical School, the College of Natural Resources, and the Institute of Technology.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
www.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the eleventholdest institution of higher education (and the oldest public institution) in the United States. Known to many as Carolina, North Carolina, UNC-CH, or simply UNC.

Academics
Among graduate programs, the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Public Health, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Analytical Chemistry program, and the Kenan Flagler Business School are especially highly regarded. The business school's Executive Masters of Business Admistration program was ranked 5th in the world in the biannual rankings published by Businessweek. For undergraduates, the university offers one of the nation's most acclaimed Honors Programs in a public institution.


University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
www.upenn.edu

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn is the moniker used by the university itself) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the university, it is the fourth oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and "America's first university." It is a member of the Ivy League. As one of the Colonial Colleges, Penn's history predates the founding of the United States. Nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and eleven signers of the Constitution are associated with the University. Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder, advocated an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service as on the classics and theology. Penn has been recognized as a leader in the sciences, the humanities, architecture, engineering and education. It is particularly noted for its professional programs including Penn's schools of business, law and medicine.

Academics
As of 2006, Penn is ranked fourth in US News & World Report's list of top schools nationally. The undergraduate business program at Penn's Wharton School was rated No. 1. The Atlantic Monthly ranked it as the eighth most selective college in the United States. Penn offers approximately 99 majors across its four undergraduate schools (the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing and the Wharton School of Business). Penn's graduate schools are among the most influential schools in their respective fields. The schools of business, architecture, communications, medicine, nursing and veterinary medicine rank in the top five nationally. Penn's law, social policy and education schools are consistently placed in the Top 10.


University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Madison
www.wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin is a public university in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1848, it is the largest university in the state and the 9th largest in the United States in terms of student population.

Academics
The University of Wisconsin–Madison, the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System, is divided into twenty associated colleges and schools. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate divisions in business, engineering, education, agriculture, and letters and sciences, the university also maintains professional schools in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Wisconsin has been one of the leading public universities in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century and ranks as one of the great research universities of the world. Among U.S. universities, the University of Wisconsin is frequently listed as one of the "public Ivies"-publicly-funded universities providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. In addition to being a highly-ranked school in education, geography, history, and sociology, the university was recently ranked the second-best college at which to earn an education degree, and the overall seventh-best public school in the United States.


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