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University of Northern Iowa

Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Size: 12,000

Founded: 1876

UNI is a vibrant university with an exceptional modern campus located in the attractive town of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Established in the 1870s, UNI has a long teaching history and excels in applied degrees taught over a large range of academic areas.  It has close links with large regional employers like John Deere, and this feeds through to the varied curriculum.

As a campus university in a college town, UNI has a distinct identity and a lively, friendly, campus life with many sports and entertainment options. High profile performers, shows and artists play at UNI’s performing centre, such as Willie Nelson, and Broadway stage productions.

Athletics are strong at this Division I institution and tickets to see the Panthers play can be in high demand, both from the student body and those who live in the town.

UNI has some distinguished alumni  such as novelist Bess Streeter Aldirch, a number of NFL players such as Eddie Berlin, and Krista Voda, Fox NASCAR announcer. The Princeton Review has consistently named UNI as a “Best in the Midwest” college.

For more information, please visit the University of Northern Iowa website.

Louisiana State University

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Size: 31,000

Founded in 1860

Based in Baton Rouge, LSU is part of the Louisiana State University System. It’s a large comprehensive university that offers a wide range of courses and elite research specialities from liberal arts to medical science. It is situated in a large and attractive campus (which is also the location of the movie Pitch Perfect) zoned into areas of academic specialisation. Baton Rouge, capital of the state of Louisiana is a short car journey away, and New Orleans can be reached by road in 90 minutes.

There is substantial student engagement across the spectrum of campus life and LSU’s many academic areas. LSU is a Division 1 athletics college and has a high profile college football team, the LSU Tigers, who play in a state of the art stadium. LSU even have their own tiger, which lives in a tiger habitat run by the Zoology department on campus.

The US News and World Report rated LSU as the 63rd best public university in the United States.  

For more information, please visit the Louisiana State University website.

St Norbert College

Location: De Pere, Wisconsin

Size: 2200

Established: 1898

SNC is a private liberal arts college established in the late 19th Century under the Norbertine order. The 111 acre campus is exceptionally beautiful with residence halls and academic buildings that border the shores of the Fox River. Academically SNC is distinctive. The College has competitive entry requirements with a strong focus on class and college participation to build leadership. SNC has a strong international focus with an above average number of students taking advantage of study abroad opportunities.

SNC is ranked by Forbes as 113 out if 650 for America’s best colleges. Notable alumni include Chris Ayers, Hollywood cartoonist, Tadashi Yamamoto who founded the Japan Center for International Exchange, and numerous NFL players, sports personalities, and state senators.

The Green Bay Packers train each year on the SNC campus and are notable sponsors of the College.

For more information, please visit the St Norbert College website.

Queens College, CUNY

Location: Queens, New York       

Size: 18,500

Established: 1937

Founded in 1937 Queens is part of the City University of New York system. This has almost 300,000 students taught in a variety of campus locations around New York and which also comprises associate degree and community college students. Queens’ 80 acre campus is located in the urban Kew Garden Hills neighbourhood which is a busy area of Queens bordered by Jamaica and Flushing.  Travel to Manhattan by public transport takes about 45 minutes.

Entry to Queens is competitive and it has a diverse student body which comprises students from affluent Long Island, local students from Queens and Brooklyn, students from Manhattan and the rest of the US, and 170 other nationalities. This diversity is reflected in the hard working and friendly campus atmosphere, and in the very wide range of taught academic and research opportunities at Queens. These range from Neuroscience to Music.

Queens has some campus accommodation however the majority of students live off campus.  It is ranked #41 in Regional Universities North. Queens has a long list of distinguished alumni who include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Favreau, Adrien Brody and Paul Simon.

For more information, please visit the Queen College website.

Columbus State University

Location: Columbus, Georgia

Size: 9000

Established: 1958

Founded in 1958, CSU is a modern university with two campuses in Columbus, approximately 2 hours drive from Atlanta. The Main campus is located in suburban Columbus, the River Park campus is in downtown Columbus by the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Both campuses offer a distinctive character and cover different academic areas. The laid back cosmopolitan downtown campus is home to the Music and Performing Arts courses. These programs are based in state of the art facilities such as the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The Main campus teaches liberal arts, medical science based courses. 

As a modern State university, CSU offers highly applied programmes focused in employability and practical application. The campuses are varied and friendly with excellent modern facilities for both study and leisure. CSU is a Division II athletics college and provides residential accommodation for students.

CSU is ranked #106 in Regional Universities South.

For more information, please visit the Columbus State University website.

Mercer University

Location: Macon, Georgia            

Size: 9000

Established: 1833

Mercer is the oldest private university in Georgia, about two hours from Atlanta. The spacious Macon campus was founded in 1833 and offers an aesthetic blend of historical southern architecture with state of the art modern teaching facilities. The historical clock tower is the centre point of the campus, where the campus tradition of freshers signing their names on exposed beams within continues.

There are 12 schools within Mercer, including Music, Medicine and Business. Mercer is a highly competitive university gain into which to gain entry as an undergraduate student. Classes are rigorous and Mercer students are highly involved in community outreach to the surrounding areas.

Mercer was ranked at #135 in the News & World Report of national universities rankings. Alumni  are many and distinguished, such as Nathan Deal, current Governor of Georgia.

Mercer is a Division I athletic school and has a lively and immersive campus, and successful athletic teams, the Mercer Bears who train and compete in purpose built state of the art facilities.

Please visit the Mercer University website for more information.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Location: Geneva, New York

Size: 2500

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a historical amalgamation of two institutions, Hobart College and William Smith College. The former originally being for male students and the latter being for women. Now HWS is a highly competitive co-educational institution surrounded by stunning scenery in the Fingerlakes district, although the two colleges maintain distinctive campus traditions under a “coordinate system.”

HWS’ campus incorporates 170 acres focused around a central campus and quad, residence housing and a studio art and exhibition centre. The lake borders the north side of the campus and the area itself is a popular location for vineyards and associated tourism.

As a small institution the colleges offer a strong focus on student experience and developing the individual. Study Abroad is an important part of HWS curriculum and a higher than usual percentage of students take part in HWS’s abroad programmes. HWS is noted for its commitment to documenting students’ study abroad experiences and for integrating them into further study. A journal of these, ‘Aleph’ is released yearly and provides an industry leading insight into the field of managing study abroad.

Both the University of Chichester and HWS are members of the Anglican CUAC organisation.

Please visit the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website for more information.

Pennsylvania State University

Location: Pennsylvania

Size: 100,000

Established: 1855

Penn State is a state-related, land-grant, doctoral university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has more than 160 Majors taught to almost 100,000 students.

Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township. It has two law schools: Penn State Law, on the school's University Park campus, and Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, 90 miles south of State College. The College of Medicine is located in Hershey. Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special mission campuses located across the state. Penn State has been labelled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League

PSU has a large collection if notable alumni who include Herman Fisher, co-founder of Fisher Price toy company, Chris Fainini, co-founder of Weebly and Nobel Prize winner, Paul Berg.

York University

Location: Toronto

Size: 53,000

Established: 1959

York University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is Canada's third-largest university.

York has has eleven faculties which incorporate a wide range of technical, scientific, fine arts and liberal arts subject areas. York University's Film Department houses Canada's oldest film school  and has been ranked one of the best in Canada.

The Times Higher Word University Rankings place York at #226 in the world. The University has over 200,000 living alumni including astronaut Steve MacLean and actress Rachel McAdams.

Thompson Rivers University

Location: Kamloops, British Columbia

Size: 14,000

Established: 1970

Thompson Rivers University is a public teaching and research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational training. Its main campus is in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and its name comes from the two rivers which converge in Kamloops, the North Thompson and South Thompson. The university has a satellite campus in Williams Lake, BC and a distance education division called TRU-Open Learning. It also has several international partnerships through its TRU World division.

TRU offers 140 on-campus programs and approximately 60 online or distance programs through the Open Learning division, including trades apprenticeships, vocational certificates and diplomas, bachelor's and master's degrees and law.

University of New Brunswick

Location: Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick

Size: 10,000

Established: 1785

UNB  is a public university with two primary campuses, located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick. It is the oldest English-language university in Canada, and among the oldest public universities in North America. UNB was founded by a group of seven Loyalists who left the United States after the American Revolution.

UNB has two main campuses: the original campus, founded in 1785 in Fredericton, and a smaller campus which opened in Saint John in 1964. In addition, there are two small satellite health sciences campuses located in Moncton and Bathurst, New Brunswick, and two offices in the Caribbean and in Beijing. UNB offers over 75 degrees in fourteen faculties at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a total student enrollment of approximately 11,400 between the two principal campuses. UNB was named the most entrepreneurial university in Canada at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.

University of Buffalo

Location: Buffalo, New York

Size: 22,000

Established: 1846

For more information, please visit the University of Buffalo website.