Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain and the nervous system. A branch of biology, it combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling, and psychology to further understand learning, memory, behavior, perception, and consciousness. Neuroscience degrees are offered at baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels, and most careers within neuroscience will require, at minimum, a master’s degree.

Baccalaureate

A bachelor’s degree in neuroscience is geared towards providing a rigorous academic platform for graduates intending to continue into a research or medical profession. Coursework will include both hard and social sciences, as well as a number of advanced courses in areas such as developmental biology, behavioral and cognitive neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, as well as neurobiology laboratory. Entry to neuroscience programs can be competitive, and also may be separate from admission to the institution in general.

Graduates with a bachelor’s in neurobiology may be able to obtain positions as a research assistant or technician, work in pharmaceutical sales, or as a technical writer.

Master Level

Master’s programs in neuroscience are largely research-driven and can be earned as either terminal or pre-doctoral degrees. Concentrations become a large, driving force during graduate degrees in this field, often culminating in a thesis that determines completion of the degree. The major branches of neuroscience include neural engineering, neuroanatomy, neurogastronomy, cellular neuroscience, affective neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, neurogenetics, computational neuroscience, and much more.

Career opportunities for graduates with a master’s in neuroscience include: Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Genetic Counselor, Occupational Therapist, Orthotist/Prosthetist, Neural Engineer, Neuroimaging Technician, Speech-Language Pathologist, Biostatistician.

Doctoral Level

Doctorates in neurobiology come in two forms: a PhD or a Medical Degree. As is typical, a PhD often indicates the intention to remain in academia or research, while a medical degree indicates working in the field. A PhD in Neuroscience largely leads to careers within universities and their research departments as a neuroscientist, though obtaining this type of job is incredibly competitive. Other options include working for a government facility or in a private research industry to develop pharmaceuticals. Careers largely depend on specialization.

An MD or DO is required for any sort of clinical work. With an MD/DO, the neuroscience degrees translate directly into becoming a licensed neurosurgeon or neurologist. Some institutions offer combine PhD and MD programs, broadening the scope of work for graduates. Neuroscience doctorate graduates receive an average salary between $82,000 and $104,000, depending on type of degree and industry.

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Colleges

University of California-Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, is one of 10 campuses in the UC system. With 109 academic departments and more than 125 majors offered, as well as an average of one billion dollars funded for research every year and...

“…All of the professors that I have had, so far, have been knowledgeable about their subject and the majority of them can also teach. I have only had two professors from whom I learned very little, and I believe that my inability to learn anything...” – Kate

Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

“…One does not get to be a professor at Stanford without being pretty brilliant. Some are better teachers than others, but even my least favorite classes (the freshman core humanities and writing) have given me their share of enlightenment, and my...” – William from Reno, NV

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its...

“…The learning environment is so amazing at Penn State. There is literally something for everyone. A class for any type of interest. The professors show you things you never even thought about or heard about. The lessons are so in depth and there are...” – Ashley from Silver Spring, MD

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student...

“…In high school, I never imagined there could be so many subjects outside of Math, English, American History, and so on. But at Berkeley, it's hard to decide on what to fill your schedule with because of the hundreds of classes to choose from. You can...” – Emily from San Diego, CA

Yale University

Yale University is a large research institution chartered in 1701, making it the third-oldest institution of higher education in the US. On top of the numerous academic undergrad degrees at Yale College, students also have access to Multidisciplinary...

“…With so much history around you combined with an Ivy League atmosphere, how can you not learn a lot?!” – Sara from Buda, TX

University of Chicago

Founded in 1890, The University of Chicago is a private urban research institution. U of Chicago is home to an undergraduate college noteworthy for establishing the fields of Ecology and Sociology. In addition to classroom facilities, the U of...

“…The University of Chicago is an institution focused on rigorous inquiry and the life of the mind; that is, the University encourages thoughtful exploration of game-changing theories, beliefs, etc. Academics are the University's number one strength,...” – Student from Aurora, IL

Columbia University in the City of New York

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private research university located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The urban Ivy League campus houses 17 libraries and 20 schools, which offer upwards of 350 majors, as well as the Cathedral of St. John...

“…Between the Common Core and the city of New York, it is difficult to conceive of an education more intellectually stimulating than that which Columbia provides. The Core allows students to engage with the great thinkers of the past, while New York...” – Nathan from Cincinnati, OH

Cornell University

As an Ivy League, a research institution, and one of three private land-grant universities in the US, Cornell University admissions are highly competitive. Since Cornell was founded in 1865 in Ithaca, NY, it has been a co-educational, nonsectarian...

“…Classes are hard, but if you manage your time wisely, you'll be able to handle your courseload. That being said, don't expect anyone to hold your hand or bail you out of a tough academic situation. Students are expected to take it upon themselves to...” – John from MD

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Founded in 1817, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the state’s oldest university. U of M has very high research activity and is a often referred to as a Public Ivy. The university at Ann Arbor offers upwards of 260 degrees for undergraduates,...

“…I have learned so much after only one semester. I am in the School of Nursing, and I have classes with mostly the same group of freshman nurses (besides my English and electives). We all help each other study for our exams. Many of the courses I take...” – Jessica from Farmington Hills, MI

Duke University

Duke University is a selective, private research university that calls Durham, NC, home. Founded originally as Trinity College in 1838, it was renamed by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in 1924 and became the “Gothic Wonderland” campus it is today...

“…Duke's campus is absolutely beautiful. The professors are great and the academics are very rigorous. Also, school spirit is huge.” – Ariana from Fort Myers, FL

Texas A & M University-College Station

Opening its doors on October 4, 1876, Texas A&M University’s College Station campus was the first institution of higher education in Texas. A&M is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic programs. This...

“…The professors are willing to help out if you have problems with the material covered in classes.” – Amanda from houston , TX

The University of Texas at Austin

A Public Ivy and space-grant institution, the University of Texas at Austin is one of nine academic universities in the UT system, and also the first. Founded in 1883 and home to 18 schools and colleges, it is one of the largest schools in the US but...

“…As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn so much in the time that I have been here. I have met people from many walks of life and many different ethnic groups—many professors, teacher’s...” – Mirakol S. from Dallas, TX

Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“… As a freshman at Sargent College, I did a lot of research before picking a school. I felt that BU is a great school, and Sargent College is the best if you are looking for something in the medical field. The classes of pre-med are VERY...” – Gabby from NJ

Arizona State University-Tempe

Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, is a large public university founded in 1886, making it the first higher education institution in the state. ASU also has campuses in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, a Polytechnic in Mesa, in Lake...

“…I am learning a lot- inside, as well as outside, of the classroom. You will learn something, of course, from any school you go to. ASU has a lot of great teachers and fantastic programs. It is a huge school, so it has a lot to offer. I think it is...” – Megan from Phoenix, AZ

New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

“…New York University offers a learning experience on levels many schools cannot deliver. As with any practical college, the learning is balanced so it takes place in and out of the classroom so that a well-rounded education naturally occurs. The...” – Luke from Spokane, WA

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an institution in the UNC system and the first public university to confer degrees. A member of the Association of American Universities, UNC Chapel Hill is considered a Public Ivy and houses a...

“…UNC is prestigious for its academic environment. While many lecture classes may easily contain 300+ students, there are plenty of one-on-one opportunities with professors and teaching assistants outside of class. There are also a wide selection of...” – Olivia from Roxboro, NC

Princeton University

Founded in 1746, Princeton University is a private, highly selective, Ivy League, the fourth oldest higher education institution in the nation, and one of the original nine colonial colleges. Princeton features a liberal arts education in the...

“…Princeton was my life dream, two months in I have no doubt I made the right choice. I have met so many unique, passionate, and amazing people. My classes are very challenging, but engaging and fun.” – 2016 Tiger

University of Arizona

Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is a 4-year public institution in Tucson and the first university established in the Arizona territory. Arizona features 21 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom...

“…There are so many classes to take and lots of majors offered. That's what I like about it being a big school. I got to start with the introductory courses in my major right away and even took the honors strand (open to everyone) so I had a great...” – Kristy from small town, NY

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…I am in the Viterbi School of Engineering and USC has definitely taught me how to learn more so than anything else. I walked into my Computer Science major not knowing anything so in my introductory class I was at a disadvantage but with the help of...” – Jordyn from Georgetown, SC

Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university that was founded in 1764. The university offers more than 40 academic departments. The campus is home to program housing for students who share similar interests, plus substance-free,...

“…It is very hard to describe Brown in three sentences; Brown is beyond amazing. Brown is a community, a melting pot, an institution to learn, and a hub of activity, but most of all, Brown is home. The people here are friendly and diverse, with...” – Brown Student

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…Paying attention in class is very important - I notice a lot of students get away with surfing Facebook or MSN in class because undergrad classes are so large. If you take notes and use the wealth of knowledge that your TA's have, you'll do well.” – Jessica from Seattle, WA

University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style...

“…Penn's coursework is challenging, but I feel like you leave class every day exhilarated and excited to go back. The professors are really a huge part of that so I would check with students who already attend to make sure you snag the best ones. The...” – Christina from Elgin, IL

Michigan State University

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a large public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan, and a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries. MSU is home to more than 200 areas of study through 17 degree...

“…The classes here are extremely informative. The information provided can sometimes be overwhelming, but I enjoy it because it gives me a chance to branch out into subjects I would never have considered. The course list is extremely expansive,...” – Tyler from Toledo, OH

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a 4-year private research institution in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools and is renowned for its Medill School of Journalism, Kellogg School of Management, and Bienen School of Music....

“…There are so many things to do here that one of your biggest worries is finding the time and avoiding schedule conflicts. Of course, you can expect to learn a great deal from one of the best schools on campus. The classes aren't easy by any means,...” – James from Jacksonville, FL

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as a land-grant university in 1870, Ohio State University is a public institution in Columbus and the third-largest campus in the nation. OSU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

“…Ohio State makes learning interesting. With an intelligent, research-experienced staff, students have the opportunity to learn relevant information from people who have been there, done that, so to speak.” – Danielle from Dayton, OH

Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, research institution located in the New York town of the same name. SU’s 13 academic divisions offer 200 majors and 100 minors for undergraduate students, as well as multiple international study programs in  60...

“…Syracuse's classes are absolutely fantastic. They have so many classes in so many different majors and almost all the Professors really know what they're talking about and genuinely seem to care about their students. I've only been at SU for a year...” – Alison from Schenectady, NY

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

“… If you are a student that goes to lecture and does your homework, you will learn an astounding amount in just your first year as a student at the University of Illinois. Intelligence from all over the globe comes to U of I to research and...” – Brittany from Island Lake, IL

University of California-Davis

The University of California in Davis is a public institution in northern California and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the UC System. UC Davis is home to four colleges conferring undergraduate degrees and six professional schools....

“… As a freshman this past school year, I noticed that the staff and faculty at UC Davis was very knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating to the schedules of students. I learned a lot in my classes, but it wasn’t what I would call easy. I...” – Kevin from Livermore, CA

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a land- and sea-grant public research university in Athens, GA. Founded in 1785, University of Georgia is one of three public universities to hold the title of the oldest public university in the US. With 17 different...

“…It’s easy to say that you will learn a lot in the classrooms here at the University of Georgia because you will. What sets UGA apart is how you learn outside of the classroom. You experience new ideas, places, and interests that show you more of who...” – Edward from Athens, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Georgia Institute of Technology, more commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a 4-year research institution offering technology-focused education based out of Atlanta, GA. The institution has a number of instructional sites, including online and physical...

“…Georgia Tech offers so many majors and degrees. Many of the professors are merited with the highest level of prestige and are more than capable of teaching you!” – Mykhail from Urbana, IL

Florida State University

Florida State University is the oldest institution of Higher Education in Florida. Located on 1,633 acres of land in Tallahassee, FSU is a space- and sea-grant research university offering more than 300 degree programs. The campus is home to the only...

“…I took on my entire liberal arts degree in the 1st year so I definitely got a lot out of all the classes I took. As long as you put in the effort you will get the most out of the classes at FSU.” – Kaila from Pompano Beach, FL

University of Miami

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...

“…One of the great things about University of Miami is that they have top-notch professors in every area of study. Also, small class sizes allow students a lot of one-on-one time with professors to enhance the learning experience.” – Brittany from Miami, FL

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...

“…Georgetown provides a very stimulating academic environment with the flexibility to choose fields that interest you. Some of the basic, general education requirements, like English or Theology, can be tedious depending on your interests. However,...” – Georgetown class of '13

Indiana University-Bloomington

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...

“…The professors at Indiana University are accommodating to their students. If for any reason your schedule conflicts with office hours or review sessions most professors are willing to set up other meeting times for your benefit. There are many...” – Farihah from Munster, IN

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...

“…I was expecting to be challenged academically, but instead I found that classes here were not as hard as expected. The classes are easy to get through, but are very interesting. ” – Sophia from Temecula, CA

Baylor University

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...

“…The academic quality here at Baylor is superb. The classes are interesting and the professors work to stimulate your thinking; of course, like all colleges there are professors and classes here that are less-than-worthy of even considering taking,...” – Robert from CC, TX

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...

“…I am definitely learning a lot at Washington State. All students are required to take a class from several categories, which include intercultural studies, sciences, etc. These requirements give students the opportunity to take a class that they...” – Meigan from Kent, WA

University of Maryland-College Park

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland-College Park is a 4-year public research university in Maryland’s Capital Region and the flagship campus of the UMD system. UMD hosts 12 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 92 academic...

“…The academics at the University of Maryland are incredible. They have Limited Enrollment Program for Engineering and Business (top notch fields at UMD) and are ranked high in the many different fields that they offer.” – David from Bowie, MD

Northeastern University

A private research institution located in Boston, Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Northeastern is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic majors. Additionally, the university operates a...

“…The classes at Northeastern University and what you are able to take from them depend on three things; your major, your interest in learning the course material, and your professor. Different majors at the university have more rigorous courses than...” – Ashley from Madison, CT

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is one of the nation’s top religious schools and holds mass multiple times a day. U.S. News & World Report rates the school as #18 in National...

“…The classes here are almost all taught by professors who are experts on the subjects they teach, and usually know how to make things interesting. Most professors here make an effort to make themselves available to students outside of class, and there...” – Athena from DC

Central Michigan University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Central Michigan University has grown to become a 4-year public research institution. CMU encompasses eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs. In addition, CMU is home to...

“…My classes have been amazing. All of my professors are enthusiastic about the subjects they teach, which makes learning easy and interesting, and none of my classes have been taught by student assistants. Central also offers an honors program that...” – Ashley

Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

“…I love the classes and professors here. Some of the professors/instructors were particularly helpful to me and I often enjoyed seeing them outside of class, usually strolling about campus. The wide range of classes here also allows me to pursue my...” – Ashley from Roseville, OH

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh academy, the University of Pittsburgh is a 4-year state-related research institution. Pitt is composed of 16 colleges and universities granting undergraduate degrees in numerous academic majors and minors. The Pitt...

“…My favorite thing about Pitt is that you don't just learn in the classroom. I've gained more life experience here in the last year and a half than I have my entire life. The professors are hit or miss at times, but the you will always take something...” – Madison from Myerstown, PA

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

“…While many schools have adopted a looser curriculum, Boston College's core requirements ensure that every student receives the foundations of a liberal arts education. While courses outside of one's major may not be the most interesting, being open...” – Brendan from Clarksburg, NJ

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

“…As a student at Vanderbilt, you will have the opportunity to take classes from some of the leading researchers and scholars in the nation. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible depth of intelligence my professor's possess. And what's so...” – Go 'Dores!

Temple University

Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

“…Temple offers a myriad of degree programs. This allows everyone to find the perfect combination of majors and minors. I would like to become a teacher, so I learned a lot about what there was to choose from between browsing their website and taking a...” – Kathryn from Wallingford, PA

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public institution in Charlottesville. UVA encompasses 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields of study. For artistically-inclined students, UVA...

“…So many classes, so little time! Take the classes that interest you the most. To be honest, if you can't handle AP classes in high school, I suggest you look at another school. I know most of you are excited about taking notes on your laptop, but...” – Diana from Fairfax, VA

Johns Hopkins University

Named for a well-known abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. JHU confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs....

“…Johns Hopkins does have a reputation for being academically rigorous, but the school is not as cut-throat as many put it out to be. This being said, you still have to put in effort in order to perform well. Some classes are easier than others, so as...” – Caroline from Newton, MA

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Colorado State University is a land grant university located in Fort Collins at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Business Administration, Kinesiology, and Human Development are popular fields of study at this flagship university. A Student Recreation...

“…The adjustment from High School to College was a difficult one. In high school, you may spend one hour on homework a night however, you are in class all day. With college being opposite, it was a difficult adjustment. However, Colorado State does a...” – Lana from Overland Park, KS

Georgia State University

Georgia State University is a 4-year public university with seven campuses throughout Atlanta and the largest university in the state by enrollment. GSU features 10 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 100 areas of study. Additionally, the...

“…The teachers here rally make sure you learn what you are there to learn. If you are falling behind, most of the teachers will give you plenty of opportunity to catch back up. the class sizes were very reasonable. I was able to develop a personal...” – Jayquan from hampton, GA

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...

“…There is such a wide range of classes available to take at Virginia Tech. Think of anything and the university will have a class that focuses on that idea or is similar to it. Most classes are very engaging and the teachers really care about the...” – Michael from Kapolei, HI

Emory University

Emory University is a liberal arts institution located in Atlanta, Georgia, with a second campus in Oxford. The 600-acre campus in the Druid Hills neighborhood is home to four undergraduate and seven graduate colleges, as well as over a dozen...

“…The best part about Emory is the small class sizes. I have friends at comparable private schools such as Hopkins, Northwestern, Stanford, and Columbia. Despite the prestige of all of these schools, none offer class sizes as small as Emory's. This...” – Sean from Seattle, WA

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...

“…The faculty at the University of Iowa are extremely intent on their students learning excellent material that they will later apply to their future career. Despite the university being a large school in the Big Ten, the professors and teacher...” – Kelly from Tiffin, IA

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...

“…Very rigorous academics. Loving and welcoming environment. Extremely friendly and helpful people.” – Andrea from TX

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...

“…UCSD provides excellent professors to optimize learning for its students...for the most part anyway. Like any other school, it has it's off professors, but for the most part, all of my professors have been very enthusiastic and passionate about what...” – Sidney from Menifee, 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...

“…The University of San Diego offers an wide variety of opportunities to expand your academic interests. Ranging from an excellent student to professor ratio (1:15; no teacher assistants) to flexible professor office hours to academic clubs, student...” – Daniel from Littleton, CO

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...

“…I get excited about what I have learned when I leave my classes. I am a psychology major and psychology is very interesting within itself, but I have been able to explore my major in ways to help me decide what I want to do after I get my degree. I...” – Sherita from Logan Township, NJ

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,...

“…I've only been here for one semester and I've already learned SO much. The professors I have are quality professors that care about their students. Even though the university is of an exceptionally large size, the classes are an average size of 25...” – Kelsey from Georgetown, KY

DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…Going from AP classes in High School to Honors Accounting classes here was rather similar. If you were a strong student in High School, you will do well here if you keep up the same work ethic. Most of the things I have learned here have been from...” – Ashley from Hickory Hills, IL

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly referred to as MIT, is a private research university that focuses on scientific and technological research. Located on 166 acres of land in Cambridge, MA, MIT maintains five schools hosting 30...

“…Not only is there an extensive amount of material covered, but you also have professors who are the top of their fields, right from the beginning of freshman year!” – Hannah from CT

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...

“…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 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...

“…I am currently in UC's college of DAAP- Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. It is a fantastic place to study; the majority of the professors are UC graduates who teach part time. They start from the basics no matter how much previous experience...” – Caitlin from Akron, 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...

“…I am learning a lot at UTSA. Not just in academics but also about myself. UTSA has great professors who are willing to help you if you just make the effort. ” – Devon from Austin, TX

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...

“…the university of kansas offers a quality education while also teaching it's students important life skills. it is a place where one truly has the freedom to explore their interests, and it has all the tools they could possibly need to do so. the...” – Samantha from Villa Park, IL

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...

“…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...

“…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...

“…The University of Rochester offers a unique curriculum that allows students to explore their different interests. Instead of wasting time on General Education Requirements UR gives students the freedom to find what really interests them and what they...” – Hillary from Palmyra, NY

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....

“…Most people consider WVU a 'party school,' but once you attend your first class you will find that it is not all play here on campus. The classes challenge you and all of the teachers here are very interesting.” – Elizabeth from Charlottesville, VA

Fordham University

Founded in 1841 by the Catholic Diocese of New York, Fordham University is a Jesuit institution in New York City and the oldest Catholic university in the northeast. With three campus locations throughout the city, Fordham is home to four...

“…Most of the teachers are extremely interested in their field and have the highest degree possible in the field. However, there are the occasional teachers who are teaching only out of requirement.” – Trevor from Colts neck, NJ

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...

“…As at any school, at Stony Brook you get out of the experience what you put in, and the most rewarding class will be the one you work hard in, but the effort is made easier by the excellent faculty--the majority of which are renowned experts in their...” – Petey

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...

“…CU Boulder has a variety of classes with levels you can choose from that suite you. No doubt, some classes are a little more challenging than others, but it's great feeling after you've accomplished a semester. The professors know what they are...” – Christian from Waipahu, HI

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,...

“…The professors here at American are some of the best I've met between visiting campuses or friends at other colleges. They are very approachable, and dedicated to their fields of study. I haven't met one yet that doesn't have some sort of higher...” – Kendall from Ridgefield, CT

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...

“…I have had three quarters of classes so far, and every quarter I not only learned something from the professors of the classes, but I also learned something about myself. This school promotes you to be yourself, and encourages you to figure out who...” – Emily from Vacaville, 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,...

“…College in general is going to be more intense than high school, and BYU is no exception. Although getting adjusted to the rigor of classes and extracurricular activities is challenging, there are so many people willing to help you, from professors...” – Christina from CA

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. 

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“…I'm learning as much outside class than inside. I've found that in humanities or social studies classes, it's much more common to just agree with the teacher's ideas than to formulate our own, and our grades improve because of it, which is a shame. I...” – '14 from MA

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,...

“…the teachers here are great. 71% of the classes have 30 or less students which help us have a more personal relationship with the teachers who prefer that because they want us to succeed. they give you their office hours and encourage you to come and...” – Sara from Shawano, WI

University of Delaware

Originally founded as Newark College, the University of Delaware is a 4-year public school in northern Delaware and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country. Delaware features seven colleges and schools offering over 300...

“…University of Delaware finds the best teachers in their fields who are not only the most intelligent, but also the most eager and willing to spread their knowledge for the benefit of others. No matter which field you are majoring in, the teachers...” – Christine from Bear, DE

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...

“…There are almost countless resources available to students who seek help in subjects. These include, but are not limited to, Supplementary Instruction classes, office hours, teaching assistants, the Learning Center, and success counselors. I found...” – Elizabeth from Riverside, CA

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...

“…Despite the fact that I am enrolled in mostly introductory courses, where the general class size is unavoidably larger, everyone--the professors and TAs--are nevertheless incredibly accessible. Next semester, however, when I am beyond the...” – A tiny person in a Jumbo-sized environment

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a research institution located in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1900, CMU is labeled the #24 University in the World by Times Higher Education and has been rated #25 in National Universities...

“…It seems as if though I am learning in a day what I once learned in a week while in high school. I am not only learning a lot about my major but, also about street smarts as well as other fields. Everyone is so knowledgeable and it doesn't take long...” – Jacob from Pittsburgh, PA

Nova Southeastern University

Founded by a group of local businessmen over breakfast, Nova Southeastern University is a 4-year private university in southeast Florida and an Hispanic-serving institution. NSU is home to 18 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

“…My major is Education and the professors were learning from defiantly gives us a lot of their experiences to help us in our future teaching. Your not only learning through the textbooks but through stories shared in the classroom” – Hanadi from Pembroke Pines, FL

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...

“…In my experience, the professors at Miami are passionate about their topics and really want the students to do well. Professors are readily available outside of class and eager to help the student learn. Students are heavily encouraged to be more...” – Demitrios from Chicago, IL

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,...

“…The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the rare combination of academic rigor and excellence, a huge social scene, a beautiful campus, and endless opportunities for involvement. Whether you are a business student, a future engineer, or majoring...” – Austin from Downers Grove, IL

University of California-Santa Cruz

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences,...

“…My professors made sure that I not only understood the subject matter, they also made us utilize what we learned into different problems. You learn a lot about yourself when you experience a different environment. ” – S. Garcia from LA

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...

“…Mizzou so far has been a great experience for me. I am currently about to start my sophomore year and I feel with the help and opportunities I had freshman year that I am ready to face the challenges on taking classes more in-depth to my major....” – Ashley from troutman, NC

University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 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...

“…I feel like I learned so much in just one year. There are so many libraries on campus, and teachers have office hours every week. Not only did I advance academically, but living in Buffalo taught me some good life” – Emily from Watkins Glen, 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...

“…The learning atmosphere is great! The professors, TA's, and tutors all want to help you, and they let you know it! Most respond to emails promptly, and the professors are always accommodating when it comes to office hours.” – Mary from Orland Park, IL

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a 4-year public institution in central Oklahoma. OU offers bachelor’s degrees in 170 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom space, the OU campus hosts the National Weather Center featuring a...

“…Most of my professors at OU have been very good and actually care about their students. No one will hold your hand through college, but they definitely encourage independent thinking and hard work. OU emphasizes a liberal arts education, so they...” – Kathryn from Norman, OK

Mercer University

Founded by Baptists in 1833, Mercer University is a private non-denominational institution in central Georgia. Mercer houses both the largest pharmacy school and the oldest college of nursing in Georgia as well as one of only four medical schools in...

“…The campus is absolutely gorgeous. The facilities are very nice and nothing is too close together or too far apart. The school itself seems to function like a small town with its own community” – Morgan from Hampstead, NH

Lehigh University

Founded by a local industrialist and philanthropist, Lehigh University is a 4-year private school in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Lehigh is home to colleges of Business, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health, and Education granting...

“…Lehigh's curriculum is challenging America's brightest minds and I consider myself proud and lucky to soon be apart of a student body that will achieving great things. ” – Haley from Northampton, PA

Colgate University

Established in 1819, Colgate University is a selective 4-year private liberal arts institution in central New York State and one of the oldest universities in the northeast. Colgate confers bachelor’s degrees in 56 academic majors and the campus is...

“…Colgate will give you four of the best years of your life. More importantly, however, it will set you up to have a successful career in any field which you wish to enter. Nobody wants to leave Colgate, but when they do, they are as prepared as...” – Brian from Penfield, NY

Marquette University

Founded in 1881 by the first Archbishop of Milwaukee, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 80 academic majors combining focus on the...

“…Marquette has a very nice atmosphere that makes it feel like a small school but is big enough to be social. The academic rigor is high, I would recommend it to all health science majors. The opportunities here are endless and the school is very well...” – Christine from Chicago, IL

Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a 4-year private university with a liberal arts curriculum located in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and 60 minors and it does not require students to...

“…Wake Forest classes are difficult, but the professors are great about helping students understand their material so long as those students appear to be completing their assignments to the best of their ability. The pressure to succeed is relatively...” – Melanie from Chester, VA

Washington University in St Louis

Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, Washington University in St. Louis is a 4-year private research university. WashU encompasses seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 areas of study. For artistically...

“…Wash U is a challenging school, with numerous possibilities. Since it's not a large school, class size is generally smaller, which creates a great learning environment. The handful of large lecture style classes are still very effective, often with a...” – Rebecca from Fort Collins, CO

Oberlin College

Oberlin College is a liberal arts institution that was founded in 1833 in Oberlin, OH. Only two colleges operate on this private university’s campus, a College of Arts and Sciences and the oldest continuously operating Conservatory of Music in the...

“…Oberlin has top professors, who are actually engaging. I have been invited over to my professors' houses for picnics, dinners, documentary watching nights, etc! At first you might think its strange that your teachers genuinely want to get to know you...” – Enimielen from San Antonio, TX

Kent State University at Kent

Originally founded as a teacher-training school, Kent State University is a 4-year public research university in northeast Ohio. Kent State hosts ten colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 300 areas of study. Additionally, KSU is home...

“…The major that I am in (Visual Communication Design) started me out right away in classes towards my degree! I'm only in my second semester and am actively learning many essential tools and concepts of design through three classes dedicated solely to...” – Christy from Akron, OH

High Point University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, High Point University is a liberal arts university in central North Carolina. HPU is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Methodist institution, High Point holds weekly...

“…The professors here not only care about your number scores but about your wellbeing as well. High Point University maintains it's holistic approach to education by making sure that a student does well in all areas of life.” – Jane from Raleigh, NC

Bucknell University

Bucknell University is a highly selective, private liberal arts college located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Offering more than 50 majors, Bucknell classes 100% taught by professors, never grad stduents, and the campus is home to several research...

“…I feel like I've been able to learn so much in just one short semester! So far, my learning experience at Bucknell has been incredible. The professors at Bucknell are extremely dedicated to teaching and they are always happy to help students. My...” – Katherine from Marblehead, MA

Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

“…I am currently going into my second year of college here at Santa Clara and we are on a quarter system so classes go by fast and therefore I have already taken about 12 different classes. You can take up to 18 units per semester and most classes are...” – Mark from Castro Valley, CA

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

“…I have found that LUC not only teaches us, but make us think about situations from different points of view. The Jesuit Tradition is big on having students consider all the reasons behind making a decision and the events that cause certain situations...” – Joel from IL