Biochemistry

What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is a science dedicated to studying the chemicals that occur naturally within living organisms. It utilizes the principles of chemistry and applies them to the chemicals generated at the cellular and molecular level. 

Biochemistry students use several scientific disciplines to examine complex molecules in biological material and the ways in which those molecules interact. Because this field operates at the cellular level, biochemistry also paves the way for understanding and treating diseases in humans, animals, and plants. It is considered both a life science and a chemical science.

The Biochemistry Degree

Students who earn a degree in biochemistry study a curriculum featuring classes in subjects like cell biology, genetics, disease mechanisms, and metabolism. Because the degree encompasses two sciences, biochemistry major jobs include both biology and chemistry-related professions. The biochemistry degree is available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels.

Biochemistry vs. Biomedical Sciences

The difference between these two degrees is in their respective scopes. A biochemistry degree focuses specifically in the chemistry of living organisms while a biomedical sciences degree has a much broader focus examining human life itself. 

In other words, biochemistry is a part of the biomedical sciences family, which also includes other subjects such as anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Biochemistry is very specifically the focus of examining biology and chemistry at the molecular level. For a broader view, biomedical sciences would be a better match for your interests. 

Biochemistry vs. Molecular Biology

The difference between biochemistry and molecular biology is a bit more technical. Biochemistry mostly concerns itself with the study of proteins and how their shape and location determine their biological function. Molecular biology goes even deeper than that, focusing on the atomic scale to examine DNA and RNA structures. So in order to choose between these two disciplines, you’ll need to determine what aspect of biological studies on the molecular level interests you the most.

Would I Make a Good Biochemist?

To be a good candidate for the biochemistry degree, you must possess an interest in the sciences and an aptitude for biology and chemistry specifically. In addition, because many biochemists concentrate their work on treating and eradicating disease, it helps to be motivated by the desire to improve human lifespans. 

Biochemists spend a lot of their professional life in the lab where they regularly process a large amount of data. You need to be comfortable with mathematics and computer science in order to draw proper conclusions from that data. Furthermore, since most labs are equipped with expensive equipment like electron microscopes and lasers, you need to be comfortable with using such technology and willing to learn about new equipment when technology advances further. You will also have to be familiar with safety procedures associated with the work you do in the lab.

Associate Level

An associate degree in biochemistry features a number of basic and introductory classes in both this specific field and the sciences in general. This degree can be completed in two years, although it is not offered at every community college. The biochemistry associate degree includes courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics and classes feature a mixture of lectures and laboratory work. 

In some cases, the associate degree curriculum also includes an internship. For most students, the associate degree in biochemistry provides a transition to a 4-year institution but there are a few jobs available for associate degree holders.

Biochemistry major jobs at the associate level include: Lab Assistant, Lab Technician, and Quality Control Technician.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $28,000 (Lab Assistant) to $36,000 (Lab Technician, Quality Control Technician).

Baccalaureate Level

The bachelor’s degree in biochemistry begins with a foundation in a number of general science classes as well as mathematics. These include: biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. From there, the biochemistry curriculum delves into the study of topics more specific to the field such as genetics, DNA, proteins, and amino acids. Courses feature a mixture of classroom assignments and lab work centered around technology like molecular spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance. A bachelor’s degree in biochemistry can usually be completed in four years.

At certain institutions, it’s possible to earn an online biochemistry degree at the bachelor’s level. These online degrees feature classes in core sciences similar to an on-campus curriculum. For some online degrees, students will be required to attend campus and participate in lab activities in person. Online bachelor’s degrees are also offered in related fields like biological sciences and biotechnology.

What Can You Do With a Biochemistry Degree?

With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, you’ll be eligible to apply for jobs such as: Biomedical Scientist, Analytical Chemist, Clinical Research Associate, Toxicologist, Forensic Scientist, and Research Scientist.

The average salary for these careers ranges from $57,000 (Analytical Chemist, Forensic Scientist) to $65,000 (Biomedical Scientist) to $81,000 (Clinical Research Associate, Research Scientist) at the upper end of the scale.

Graduate Level

For students who wish to specialize in the field of biochemistry, numerous schools offer a master’s degree program that can be completed in two to three years. Most master’s degree programs cover topics such as modern biochemistry, cell biology, and biotechnology. Students can further specify their area of concentration by studying topics like protein engineering, biological photochemistry, molecular genetics, and biological photochemistry. There is also the option of pursuing a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree in the subject. MS degrees are more research-oriented and provide a lead-in to a PhD program.

Students who wish to pursue a career in a research field can continue their education past the master’s-level and attempt to earn a PhD. A PhD in biochemistry takes an average of five years and consists of a number of advanced-level courses, research, lab experiments, and teaching assistantships. The program culminates in a dissertation or research project as well as a defense before biochemistry faculty. Examples of biochemistry PhD topics include: molecular biophysics, molecular genetics, virology, and biochemical research.

Biochemistry degree jobs you can land with a graduate degree include: Biomedical Scientist, Ecologist, Engineer, Science Writer, Pharmacologist, Data Scientist, and Nanotechnologist.

The average salary for these jobs ranges from $74,000 (Ecologist) and $80,000 (Biomedical Scientist, Science Writer) to $121,000 (Data Scientist) and $136,000 (Pharmacologist).

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Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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Georgetown University

Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the oldest Catholic university in the US. Rated as having a “most selective” admissions process, this school ranks #20 in National Universities according to U.S. News & World Report. International Relations...

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Great location in D.C. The prep is real, and turned me off initially, but it's all about who you surround yourself with. I find that people have a hard time relaxing.

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Founded in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington is the largest university in the state and the flagship campus of the IU system in southwest Indiana. IU encompasses 16 colleges and schools hosting over 200 undergraduate majors. As a school with a...

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University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

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Founded in 1845 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor University is a 4-year Christian institution and the oldest continuously-operating university in Texas. Baylor offers bachelor’s degrees in 128 academic fields of study. As a...

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Washington State University

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

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University of Maryland-College Park

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Clemson University

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Northeastern University

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University of Houston

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University of Notre Dame

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Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University is a big university with a small campus feel. Within my first year I connected with so many professors. They help quite me with studying, reviewing and any questions I had regrading an assignment. The community is so...

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University of South Florida-Main Campus

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Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

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Vanderbilt University

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Temple University

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I am learning a lot from both the professors and myself. Temple has numerous facilities that are available for the students to access and/or get help. Also, professors and teacher assistants are constantly striving to help students in distress. They...

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

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The University offers a wide variety of course-work and majors. I am often overwhelmed (in a very good way) by the courses being offered each semester and am faced with a tough decision when it comes to choosing which ones to take. The professors...

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Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a 4-year public school in south Texas and the largest campus in the TSU system. TSU hosts nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 98 academic majors. Every year, Texas State unveils a Common...

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Majority of professor's are well rounded and are good at what they teach. Most enjoy being there or love what they teach, making it easier for the student to learn and understand.

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. Hopkins confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs. Additionally, Hopkins is home to the Hopkins Applied...

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The curriculum offered at Johns Hopkins University is excellent no matter what major you choose to pursue. The professors are generally approachable and they know their stuff, though some of the mathematics profs might not be able to speak english...

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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They have many services to help students, when I came from BRCC I was surprised at how there are colleges that actually care for the students. The staff is very helpful and they take care of things timely. Everyone is very friendly too.

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Colorado State University-Fort Collins

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CSU is a great university for students. It has great programs and classes. Not to mention that the campus is very beautiful!

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a 4-year public research university in western Virginia. Virginia Tech encompasses nine colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 110 academic majors. To promote...

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Virginia Tech is a beautiful place full a good people and food. The community is very welcoming and engaging to students. There is a wide variety of courses and you will always find something to do that you like.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

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I feel like I'm learning a lot at LU. Every teacher I've had here is an excellent teacher and genuinely cared about their students. Most of the classes are good yet challenging. You can expect to put in many study hours. However, there are several...

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University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City, often considered one of the nation’s top college towns. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs. The...

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There is so much to learn here! Between all of the possible courses to choose from and learning all the aspects of the campus and city you will never get bored. I have already learned so much and cannot wait to learn more! Iowa has some great top...

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Rice University

Originally founded as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art, Rice University is a 4-year private institution in Houston. Rice encompasses six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over...

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Rice is outstanding in all areas of college life, from academics, to partying, right down to the weather. I was a little hesitant to leave New York for Texas and pay a little bit more than my other college options, but honestly Rice was worth the...

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University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

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The campus is huge and nice.
The academic environment is strict, compared to the free campus environment.
The location is pretty great, as it is located in La Jolla, near a beach.

” – MiraMesa from San Diego, CA
University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a private research university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. USD offers 42 different bachelor's degrees and 54 minors, in addition to various study abroad programs, and more than half of the student body...

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I am a freshman who is a science major. The teachers in the science are so knowledge and very available to help every student. I also found my Calculus 2 teacher to be very helpful and found that class great. Overall I enjoyed all my teachers...

” – Erin from Auburn, WA
George Mason University

George Mason University is a public research university with three regional locations and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. It is considered to have the “Highest Research Activity” and ranks among the Best Southeastern Schools according to...

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I do not know where to begin in describing how much I have learned at George Mason. This past year was my first year at Mason and I started off as a biology major. My first semester provided me with a variety of classes that kept me on my toes...

” – Sabel from Virginia Beach, VA
University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education...

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There are a lot of things that I am learning in every class! Some people think that the larger class sizes are not beneficial- but I disagree. Everyone has something to contribute to the class, and my larger classes are what teach me the most. If you...

” – Theresa from Lousiville, KY
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University is a public research university, one of the first nine original colonial colleges, and a land grant institution, as well. The largest university in New Jersey, Rutgers maintains 29 schools and colleges between its three campuses...

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This is one aspect I guarantee you will feel the same way about. Having about 3-5 academic classes and 1-2 seminars per semester allowed me to really focus on the information presented. I found that teachers were incredibly effective and helpful, and...

” – Annie
University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects...

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My professors are interesting and diverse. Most of them understand that you are first quarter freshman and give you a week or two to get settled. Not only do I learn from classes but there are a ton of out of state and international students to learn...

” – Darla from Brighton, CO
George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...

” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ
Pace University

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

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Pace U is an institution with it's priority set at student interests. Many students may feel intimidated by the rigor and responsibilities that come with college life, myself included; however, one never has to feel this way at Pace. By going to...

” – Raina from Richmond, CA
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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There is always an interesting class to take, and the professors are very helpful! They encourage you to do your best, while presenting you with challenging information. If you are a freshman, most professors understand the transition from high...

” – Amanda from Cincinnati, OH
The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a 4-year public research institution and the largest university in the San Antonio region. UTSA encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College. Between...

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UTSA has great professors that are not only good at what they do but make the subject matter enjoyable and easy to learn. Classes are difficult but that's how you know its worth the money, right? UTSA also offers SI sessions and has a huge library...

” – Alexander from San Antonio, TX
California State University-Fullerton

California State University-Fullerton is a 4-year public research institution in Orange County and a campus of the Cal State system. Cal State Fullerton has the largest student body out of any California State University school and has been...

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Many of the professors at Cal State Fullerton are very knowledgable in their respected area of study, and show a great deal of passion about the topics they teach. The education is of a very high quality, and the curriculum is very intellectually...

” – Jenny from Los Angeles, CA
University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

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I am excited to begin my education in Political Science at what I understand to be an extremely well-balanced institution. While a common concern of Political Science classes is that a professors bias will directly influence what a student learns, it...

” – Hillary
Drexel University

Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

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I came into my first year of Drexel not knowing what to expect. Seeing the types of classes I was going to be taking really scared me. As I proceeded with my classes though, I had to greatly adapt my way studying and doing homework so I could be...

” – Jim from Bath, PA
Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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Iowa State is probably the best decision I could have made. It's an amazing school for engineering and agriculture. As well as it's in an extremely friendly town and it has a beautiful campus. N

” – Student from Saint Louis,MO
University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

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The Open Curriculum serves the purpose for student to explore ad take their academic path into their own hands. 
The University is known for its music school: Eastman School of Music.
An Awesome Science and Engineering College, with the added bonus...

” – Orin from Brooklyn, NY
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Founded two years before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the first public university west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is home to nine colleges and schools...

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College learning is amazingly different from high school learning in all the best ways! I just completed my first semester at the University of Tennessee and found I wanted to wake up and walk to class every day. I am an English minor and there are...

” – Suzanna from Knoxville, TN
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant research university located in the state capital, Raleigh, home of the annual state fair and Winterfest. The largest university in the Carolinas by enrollment, NC State is home...

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The Professors are very knowledgeable and are more than willing to help individual students out. They are constantly announcing office hours and working with students’ schedules. There are also a variety of tutoring resources from SI sessions to free...

” – Ethan from Green Mtn., NC
West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution that operates 10 experimental farms and four forests across the state. Sociology, Journalism, and the Arts and Humanities are popular fields of study at this research-intensive university...
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As a freshman student at WVU I quickly learned how to advocate for myself. Academic advisors were seemingly invisible during my first few weeks making the transition from high school to college scheduling very stressful and even tearful. With that...

” – Kayla from Clarksburg, WV
Stony Brook University

Originally founded as a school for math and science teachers, Stony Brook University is a 4-year public university on Long Island and part of the State University of New York system. Stony Brook is home to 12 schools and colleges conferring degrees...

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Professors challenge you intellectually every single day. Science classes are extremely competitive especially to weed out pre-medical students. Be prepared for late nights studying. Meet some top people in their respective field. Will never get...

” – Corinne from Douglaston, NY
University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and ranks #90 in National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. They offer Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), multiple honors programs, and an Education...

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I am currently a freshman majoring in civil engineering as a freshman, and I can assure you that the level of difficulty in the engineering department is very challenging compared to AP courses. Rest assured though, engineering across all colleges is...

” – Kevin from Lakewood, CO
American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers...

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American University has a wonderful, intensive general education program. It gives a great foundation and helps you to become a well-rounded student. In addition, the School of International Service (SIS) has an excellent International Relations...

” – Molly from Eaton, OH
Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 190 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the FIU campus houses the International Hurricane Research...

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The teachers are great here. Most of them will help you and have office hours. Unfortunately, the office hours are not very flexible with your schedule. I have only had a bad experience with the math teacheres here, but all my other professors have...

” – Stephanie from Miami, FL
University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California in Santa Barbara is a leading research institution in the city and state of the same name. UCSB is a member of the Association of American Universities, home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis, as well as an...

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You can think of the quarter system as your frenemy; by the time it takes you to get bored of your classes, a new quarter begins. UCSB offers so many interesting classes with so many great professors and you have so many chances to take them....

” – Amanda from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites...

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BYU is a great college. There are those classes where you will learn a whole ton if you haven't graduated preschool, and then conversely there are classes that are so difficult that they are impossible. So far, I haven't taken either of those type of...

” – Tyler from Highland, UT

A top-ranked medical program and business school crown Dartmouth College’s liberal arts education. This Ivy League school, the second youngest but also the smallest, is located in Hanover, NH, where it’s easily the main attraction in town. 

The...

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Dartmouth has some of the most welcoming professors, friendly student, and most comprehensive yet entertaining classes.

” – Brian from Cedar Knolls, NJ
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the result of a merger between Indiana University and Purdue University and offers degrees from both institutions. IUPUI hosts 17 schools granting degrees in over 350 areas of study. Additionally...

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IUPUI is an incredible institution to start a new chapter of your life and education. I've always been told that you usually learn something new everyday, but at IUPUI I learn gobs of new information everyday! With over 250 degrees from 21 schools...

” – Lauren from Indianapolis, IN
University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is a 4-year public university in northern Delaware and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country—noting signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in its first graduating...

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I'm a Music Education major here, and not only am I already finding myself improving (not even two months into classes!) with my piano and vocal studies, but my General Education classes are teaching me a great deal. I like that there is a large...

” – Maria from Long Island, NY
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

One of two polytechnics in the CSU System, the California Polytechnic State University, more commonly known as Cal Poly, has a competitive admissions process for its programs, which focus in arts, technology, and sciences. The university is located...

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Every class I have been in has had exceptional teachers. My freedom and equality in American history teacher is insanely passionate about the subject and can always relate some of her graduate studies to daily lecture. My economics teacher is always...

” – Elizabeth from Roseville, CA
Tulane University of Louisiana

Tulane University is private nstitution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. As one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, TU is considered a top research university. The campus features five undergraduate schools that provide...

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all of my classes so far have been manageable while still making me feel like i'm learning something. i had several fantastic professors just in my freshman year. they're all very approachable and genuinely care about what they're teaching you, which...

” – anonymous from illinois
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Originally founded as a small branch college, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a 4-year public university and an Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving institution. UNLV encompasses 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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Just meeting new people and getting to know a different world is a huge learning experience. The curriculum of my classes are really challenging.

” – Louis from Chicago, IL
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

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The first year felt like a review for me (in some of my classes). I was, however, able to take classes that fulfilled some of my general education requirements where I did learn new things. The professors were also always trying to find ways to help...

” – Erika from Salt Lake City, UT
Hofstra University

Hofstra University boasts small classes, dedicated faculty, and an energized campus within reach of New York City. Students can choose from about 160 undergraduate programs and about 165 graduate programs, in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business...

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Hofstra University is a place where you can find yourself, be yourself, and express who you are. It allows students to interact and network with others within and outside of the University to improve social, networking, and individual abilities. The...

” – Kimberly from Hempstead, NY
University of California-Riverside

The University of California-Riverside is a public institution on 1,200 acres of land in Southern California’s Inland Empire. A part of the UC system, UCR is home to colleges of Humanities, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring undergraduate...

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University of California Riverside is a school that expects the best from all of its students despite the different backgrounds one may come from. Therefore, the University of California Riverside offers assistance at a tutoring center called the ARC...

” – Student at UC Riverside
Tufts University

Tufts University is a 4-year private institution with three campuses in the Boston area. Tufts is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 90 academic majors and minors. The school is known for their popular a capella...

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The students here are brilliant and genuinely nice. So many opportunities, from clubs, to internships, to research projects. And if you can't find them here, Boston is just a T ride away.

” – Emily from Freehold, NJ
University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a public institution featuring a main campus in Denton. Ranked as a Tier One research university, UNT is home to an Office of Research and Innovation, as well as the Institutes of Research Excellence, which include...

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The faculty and staff here at UNT are the biggest resource to students, but you have to be active in using them as your resources! Professors are impressed by those who take time to talk to them during their office hours, so do it! If you are having...

” – Leslie from Denton, TX
Portland State University

Originally founded to educate returning World War II veterans, Portland State University is a 4-year public institution in the heart of Portland. The PSU campus encompasses eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120...

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Portland State University has a great campus that allows for a lot of diversity and growth. The overall experience that I've had at PSU is great because I have made a lot of new friends, gained knowledge, and pursue my future with a bright outlook...

” – My-Duyen from Clackamas, OR
Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a 4-year institution in central Illinois and the first public university in the state. The ISU campus hosts six colleges and schools as well as an Honors Program and Milner Library. In addition, ISU is...

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I will be a sophmore in the fall of 2012 . I attended last year and my colledge experience has changed my life! I just love it , I work really hard and enjoy going there!

” – Katlyn from Lockport, IL
Miami University-Oxford

Founded in 1809, Miami University is a 4-year public research institution in southwest Ohio and the state’s second oldest university. Miami of Ohio confers bachelor’s degrees in over 120 fields of study. For recreation, Miami is home to a unique...

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Miami University not only helps one to learn a lot academically but helps also in learning essential life skills. Besides the excellent academic curriculum Miami University also helps its students with skills such as time management and creating a...

” – Jennifer from Cincinnati, OH
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, liberal arts university founded in 1891. The urban research campus offers 82 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and schools, as well as 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs...

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The professors are great. I have not had a class Ive hated. The Classical Studies department is excellent. Never a dull moment with those professors. Professors are usually very understanding to those who are actively trying in the class. They will...

” – Brittany from Welcome, NC
University of Wisconsin-Madison

From its main campus located atop a hilltop in Wisconsin’s state capital, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UW system. Founded in 1848 at the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood...

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Each professor has their own teaching technique to make their class interesting, and many classes have teaching assistants who can help you individually. One small problem you might encounter with the teaching assistants is a language barrier, but...

” – Kristin from Madison, WI
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar...

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The classes are on a whole new level compared to high school. Although the whole college experience will take some time to get used to, the classes provide a way for students to explore what they love most. Much of our homework and studies are done...

” – M from Storrs, CT
University of Missouri-Columbia

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is a 4-year public school in central Missouri and the first university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring degrees in 97 academic majors including the...

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Honestly, Mizzou is one of those schools where you definitely get in what you put in. If you want As, the teachers are going to make you work for them, and doing the bare minimum won't get you a C, it'll get you a D or an F, but Mizzou is NOT a...

” – Azia from Columbia, MO
East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

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This school challenges one academically as well as socially. It allows one to branch out and find new groups of friends through constant activities held on and off campus. If you have the desire to make life long connections as well as learn...

” – Jana from Charlotte, NC
University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 140 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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I have learned a lot in many of the classes I have taken so far here. UB has a great range of class sizes, anywhere from 20 to 450 student classes. I think that it is easier to learn in the smaller classes. As a history major, I have had many good...

” – Kelsey from Rochester, NY
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

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The teachers explain the materials pretty well and are very easy to get in contact with if you do have any questions. Just actually attend class, take notes, and pay attention and you will be fine. There is usually a T.A. but I found that they really...

” – Megan from Grayslake, IL