Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Nursing is a sector of the healthcare field focused on the care of individuals and/or communities. There are many different types of nurses, and most can be distinguished by their level of education, which can be certificates, diplomas, baccalaureates, and masters. Nurses often choose specialties, the same way doctors do, and may also have the authority to prescribe medications depending upon education and state regulations.

CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants, typically work in long-term care and they are often the day-to-day assistants for patients. From a state-approved education program, becoming a nursing assistant can take anywhere between three to eight weeks. CNAs bathe patients, help them use the facilities, eat, and dress. They take vitals, as well as move patients from beds to wheelchairs.

The average salary for a CNA is around $26,500.

Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs, typically hold either a certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Most commonly, they work in long-term care, though occasionally they’ll work in hospitals or doctor’s offices. Primarily, LPNs will take vitals and speak with patients, reporting to an RN. Depending upon state regulations, LPNs may or may not be able to hook up an IV. To officially become an LPN, passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required.

LPNs make around $42,000 per year.

Registered Nurses, RNs, typically have a baccalaureate degree (though some states allow for an Associate’s degree) and have passed the NCLEX-RN. The majority of RN nurses work in hospitals and take on more responsibilities than an LPN, including assessing patient conditions, assisting in diagnosing patients, setting up plans for patient care, and educating patients and families about care once at home, plus much more. RNs can work in specialities, including in critical care, genetics, neonatal, public health, and rehabilitation.

Salaries for RNs can vary based on specialty, but clocks in around $62,000 per year.

An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), sometimes referred to as a Nurse Practitioner, is likely to be the most educated form of nurse. On top of having a baccalaureate, NPs will have a master’s degree with a specialization. They work under the guidance of a physician, but have more autonomy than RNs. They can diagnose, treat, prescribe, and run medical tests independently.

Advanced Practice Nurses have an average salary of $90,000 per year.

Career options for nurses are heavily dependent on education level, as well as the accreditation of the institution.

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Colleges

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a 4-year institution in Charleston featuring four colleges on a 320-acre campus. EIU offers 60 bachelor’s degrees, which can be complemented by any of the 85 minors offered, as well as four areas of undergraduate study:...

“…The Gen. Ed. classes are all enjoyable and my major classes were taught by teachers who knew their subjects very well.” – William from Schaumburg, IL

Lee University

Lee University is a 4-year institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. They offer 55 majors on the more than 119 acre campus with the focus of “develop[ing] within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skill which will...

“…In general, classes are challenging but not too overwhelming. Lee offers a variety of classes so that students can study subjects that really interest them. ” – Laura from Virginia

Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

“…Wichita State University has some of the best teachers and professors I have ever met. With very few exceptions I am able to understand all of them with acceptable to superb degrees, and all of them know their stuff much better than they would ever...” – David from Wichita, KS

Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University is a 4-year, private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in Winchester, Virginia. Founded in 1875, Shenandoah has grown to include six locations throughout the Valley it was named after, offering...

“…I go to the Conservatory of Shenandoah University and just from my first semester of Basic Acting, I have learned so much. There are two (at least at this time) different first year acting teachers, both have completely different teaching styles but...” – Rebecca from Winchester, VA

University of Charleston

Founded in 1888, the University of Charleston is a private school situated in Charleston, West Virginia and is a designated military-friendly school. UC is home to the Erma Byrd Gallery, which houses over 100 pieces of art created by local female...

“…The University of Charleston is small private college located on the Kanawha River in Charleston, WV. The professors genuinely care about each individual student's grades, progress, and success in his or her respective field. This institution is...” – ElizabethR from Charleston, WV

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a Roman Catholic university in eastern Washington state and a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Gonzaga offers 15 undergraduate degrees featuring 52 majors. As a Catholic institution, Gonzaga...

“…I transferred for University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho to go to a more demanding school like Gonzaga University. Gonzaga thrives off of the success of it's students. The teachers care and although this school requires a lot of work, the fulfillment...” – Arlene from Vancouver, WA

California State University-San Bernardino

With a campus nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, California State University-San Bernardino is a 4-year public institution and part of the Cal State system. An Hispanic-serving institution, Cal State San Bernardino is home to...

“…I am about to start my sophmore year in fall 2009 and cannot wait. My freshman year was amazing. I learned many things in class that I used outside of class. Professors take the time to answer questions students may have, and make convenient office...” – Sandy from Apple Valley, CA

Bowie State University

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

“…So far, I have found the professors to be very knowledgeable in their fields of study.” – Jasmine from Clinton, MD

St Olaf College

St. Olaf College is a 4-year institution founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran Immigrants. Today, St. Olaf maintains its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on its 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, often called “The...

“…St. Olaf College is a small liberal arts college in the rural town of Northfield, Minnesota. It has a Norwegian, Lutheran heritage that is seen throughout campus, from our accordion club to our Limestone buildings. In addition to its esteemed...” – Mid-Western Student

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University is a 4-year institution in O’ahu and the largest private university in the central Pacific. HPU hosts colleges of Business, Liberal Arts, Health, Natural Sciences, and Professional Studies. In addition, the HPU campus is...

“…The foreign language and business classes here are taught really well and the students actually learn applicable material. The small class sizes allow for a lot of focus on areas specific to the individual students.” – Christina from Dunkirk, MD

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also...

“…My classes are all diverse, but you have to challenge yourself.” – Hayley from Bothell, WA

North Park University

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

“…It is very easy to learn everything you need to know at this school. The largest class size is 25 max. Your professors are always available to help you when you need extra help. ” – Shellye from las vegas, NV

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is a 4-year public school with a main campus and four regional sites. EKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic majors including the only Aviation program in the state. Additionally, Eastern Kentucky makes over 21...

“…You learn a lot if you make it to every class and do all the readings required. It's tough, but anyone can do it. Get to know your teachers, they help more than you'd think. And they do understand what is happening with all the changes in our lives,...” – Natalie from Lexington, KY

Lincoln University (PA)
Lincoln University, PA
Lincoln University (PA)

Lincoln University is a public, historically black institution established in Oxford, Pennsylvania, with a satellite location in Philadelphia. The 422-acre main campus is home to over 50 buildings built as early as 1899. The college offers nearly 40...

“…Lincoln University was not one of my first choices, however, I am glad that I decided to attend. Many of the courses I have taken have professors who are very good with communicating information to the students. I have learned numerous things that...” – Nicholas from Washington, DC

Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a 4-year public school in the Atlanta metro area and part of the University System of Georgia. Featuring a 214-acre park-like campus, Clayton State confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic majors and minors. In...

“…The professors at Clayton State are so wonderful. They connect with the students on a personal level which encourages you to want to learn even more. They make sure you get your times worth in class and it's rare you will leave confused” – Alexa from Stockbridge, GA

Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University is a 4-year Christian university in the greater Birmingham area affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Samford is home to 10 colleges conferring numerous undergraduate degrees and all classes are focused...

“…From the standards of the admissions as well as the partnerships that Samford holds, I really do believe that learning will be taking place, both inside the classrooms and out.” – TYEA from Birmingham, AL

Texas Woman's University

Originally founded as the Girls Industrial College, Texas Woman's University is a school primarily for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and the largest such university in the United States. Although TWU is designed for women, the university...

“…Every teacher will take the time to help their students if you let your presence be known to them. They will help you to reach your goals and better understand the course material. If you introduce yourself to them and show genuine interest in...” – L.D.M.

Wingate University

Affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Wingate University is a Christian institution with a main campus and two satellite locations in southern North Carolina. Wingate confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields of study. For...

“…Work hard in high school, so they will offer you a large scholarship. Visit the campus. It's really beautiful. :)” – Shelley from NC

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The second largest university in Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year public school and part of the UL system. Louisiana Lafayette is home to nine colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 80 academic majors....

“…Rarely I have had classes where I felt the relation between professor and class would lack.” – Jonathan from Brusly, LA

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY
Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northwestern New York State. Niagara is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality granting degrees in...

“…niagara university has a great teaching staff; some of which work int the field they teach. they are very good about keeping you aware of current and up coming events. biggest criticism the current parking arrangement; be prepared to walk about 2-3...” – Dawn from Niagara Falls, NY

Palm Beach State College

Founded in 1933, Palm Beach State College is a 2-year community college in south Florida and the first community college in the state. PBSC offers bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Supervision & Management, and Information Management as well as numerous...

“…Obviously the type of learning environment created varies from professor to professor, but one can always expect small class sizes. Many of the courses considered to be high risk (those that have a greater percent of students withdrawing or...” – Stephanie from Loxahatchee, FL

Western Governors University

Created by a coalition of United States governors, Western Governors University is a private online university headquartered in Salt Lake City. WGU is home to four colleges of Teaching, Nursing, IT, and Business conferring bachelor’s degrees in 30...

“…The great thing about this type of learning is that you go at your own pace. I am a detail orietnted person that can stay focused on a topic easier in this format. If I were to be sitting in a classroom my mind would be wondering around thing of the...” – Catherine from Port Saint Lucie, FL

Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a public, 4-year institution established in the state of Maryland. FSU offers a wide variety of degree programs, many of which are unique, such as Adventure Sports Management, Forestry, and Ethnobotany. The school bases...

“…All of my teachers so far have been great! They all know what they're talking about and make sure we understand what they're talking about before moving on to something new. Even my math teacher, who tended to move a little fast, was willing to stay...” – Brittany from Clearville, PA

California State University-Northridge

California State University-Northridge is a public university in Los Angeles and one of the largest single-campus universities in the nation. CSU Northridge encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring 68 bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, CSUN...

“…The activities and parties are a lot of fun to participate in and the people are really fun to hang out with.” – Kirk from Northridge, CA

University of Bridgeport

With campus along the coast of the Long Island Sound, the University of Bridgeport is a private institution in southern Connecticut. UB is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Sciences offering degrees in over 125 academic...

“…Within the University of Bridgeport, the classroom ratio, students to teacher, is 17:1. The classroom has very little students in each class. For example, if you are taking an English 101 class there are about 20 english 101 classes giving during...” – Alicia from Brooklyn, NY

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

“…If you are willing to spend the time, the professors are more than willing to help you out. Some of the classes are hard and require after class work, but in the end it's all worth it. They don't restrict you on what you can / can't take. It's up to...” – Donald from Norwood, MN

Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

“…Education here was fun. Professors kept you engaged in the activities.” – Taneshia from Houston, TX

Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
Rider University

Originally founded in 1865 as a business college, Rider University is a 4-year private school in western New Jersey. Rider is home to colleges of Business Administration, the Arts, Education, and Liberal Arts offering undergraduate degrees in 71...

“…The professors are very knowledgable. Many of the professors take the time to get to know their students.” – Robert from Hamilton, NJ

Eastern University

Founded by six Baptist ministers, Eastern University is a Christian institution in the Philadelphia metro area. Eastern confers undergraduate degrees in over 95 academic fields of study. As a Christian university, Eastern holds chapel services once...

“…Eastern has really taught me a lot not just academically, but also spiritually and personally. One of the biggest lessons I've learned is just how connected everything is. I've learned things in TaeKwon-Do that applied to Psychology that then applied...” – Angelique

Gannon University

Founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania and one of 11 Diocesan universities in the United States. Gannon grants bachelor’s degrees in 64 academic fields of...

“…The professors at Gannon are great. They will work with you and around your schedules to make sure that you are up to par and where you need to be. I find it great that there are certain classes that everyone has to take and they are often very...” – Elizabeth from Mc Donald, PA

Benedictine University

Benedictine University was founded in 1887 by Benedectine monks. It is a private institution that has a “selective” admissions process and bases its curriculum on Roman Catholic teachings. It is home to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum which houses...

“…It is a small university. There is a lot of interaction between the professors and students. Professors are extremely nice and helpful, and they would help you anytime. This way i am learning a lot in every single course i am taking. ” – Mirza from Naperville, IL

Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

“…Lipscomb University has Greek Life, so I highly recommend joining one of the social clubs on campus!! The professors have a calling to be there for more than just to get paid; they actually want to see their students succeed, and they care about...” – Kayla from Florence, MS

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University of New Orleans is a 4-year, Catholic university in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Loyola Core and core curriculum operates on the idea of “students as scholars” and centers on five key elements: critical thinking, effective...

“…Loyola wants its students to be well-rounded. So you learn many things while you are there... about different cultures, religions, ways of thinking. Also even though Loyola is a Jesuit University religion is never something that is forced upon you....” – Zaina from Metairie, LA

Seattle Pacific University

Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is a 4-year Christian university in Seattle. With a campus nestled in the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, SPU awards undergrad degrees in 69 academic majors. In...

“…Seattle Pacific University is a small school, but the educational quality is wonderful. The professors teach every class themselves, and they are all always ready to meet and talk about your education. Furthermore, the professors themselves are...” – Benjamin from Wilsonville, OR

University of Nevada-Reno

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is a 4-year public institution and the first university founded in the state. UNR encompasses 11 colleges offering bachelor’s and graduate degrees in more than 460 fields of study. Additionally, the...

“…My college experience thus far has taught me to work hard, how to prioritize my time better, and how to enjoy a full college experience. Classes here are lots of work, in order to succeed I had to learn great study habits, become friends with my...” – Jessica from Reno, NV

Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

“…Not only am I learning SO much in regards to my media major and other general courses, I feel that I am learning so much about life and how to be a prospect for change in my community.” – Chris from Tulsa, OK

Abilene Christian University

Originally founded as the Childers Classical Institute, Abilene Christian University is a 4-year Christian institution in west Texas affiliated with the Churches of Christ. ACU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic majors with a focus on...

“…I have learned and grown so much here. The teachers are amazing and care so much for you as a student and as a person. You will learn a ton in your classes, and will be more than prepared when you enter the work field or continue on with your...” – Brittany from Abilene, TX

Saint Cloud State University

With campus located along the Mississippi River, St. Cloud State University is a 4-year public institution and one of the largest universities in Minnesota. St. Cloud State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs and is the only...

“…SCSU has a lot to offer. They have a great Nursing program, they are highly recognized for their Education programs (Special Ed., Sports Ed., etc.), and the Business programs are some of the best in the nation. I love that all my teachers aren't...” – Amanda from Racine, WI

University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Virginia. UMW is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Business conferring undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study. To provide a transition to...

“…Students at the University of Mary Washington definitely learn a lot. There are about 4,000 students total in the entire school, so over 900 students in each graduating class. It is so beneficial going to a school that is smaller because classes are...” – Breon from Stafford, VA

Stockton University

With a main campus surrounded by the Pinelands National Reserve, Stockton University is a 4-year public institution in southern New Jersey. Stockton grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over 160 academic fields of study. To promote...

“…The professors that I have had so far have been great. Each teacher has taken time out of class to work with students who are struggling or need help in choosing which career they may pursue. Stockton College has an enormous amount of different...” – Colleen from Ringwood, NJ

California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conventions. The 160-acre campus in Riverside, CA, features 10 schools and colleges that offer 76 bachelor’s degrees with Christ-centered...

“…Two of my favorite things about California Baptist University are the class sizes and the professors. You will have small classes and will have the opportunity to get to know your professors. I have only been at CBU for a semester but my largest...” – Rebecca from Riverside, CA

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University is a public institution focused on liberal arts and professional training. SCSU is part of the Connecticut State University System and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. All students must complete a Liberal...

“…The professors are good. You could probably enjoy being with them.” – Allen from Waterbury, CT

Delaware State University

Founded in 1891, Delaware State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the state capital of Dover. Delaware State is home to colleges of Humanities, Agriculture, Business, and Health Sciences conferring undergrad degrees...

“…My schedule is intense but the professors are great.” – OLIVIA from Oxon Hill, MD

Formerly known as Armstrong State University, Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus is a residential campus of the University System of Georgia. GSU-Armstrong offers bachelor’s degree programs in over 50 Georgia Southern majors from seven...

“…The Science classes are very though, even for Biology majors, but Armstrong is a great college. I love it here. Most of the teachers are available to help you during office hours and there are a ton of places to get help on campus as well. ” – Girl from Calhoun, GA

Queens University of Charlotte

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a 4-year private school in the Charlotte metro area. Queens grants bachelor’s degrees in 43 academic majors centered around the liberal arts. In addition, the university is home to The Queens...

“…The professors are here to help you. They are very flexible to having meetings if you need additional help and there are even other areas on campus that are here to help you learn as much as possible, such as the center for academic success.” – Chanelle from Lanham, MD

Jacksonville State University

Originally founded in 1883 as a teacher’s college, Jacksonville State University is a 4-year public school in eastern Alabama. With a campus nestled in the Appalachian foothills, Jacksonville State awards bachelor’s degrees in over 95 academic...

“…The teachers here are great and are definitely willing to help you out with whatever needs you might have.” – Christopher from Douglasville, GA

Southeastern Louisiana University is rated as a “selective” public university based in Hammond, LA. Southeastern operates multiple research centers throughout the state, including the Turtle Cover Environment Research Station. Top fields of study...

“…Southeastern provides students with the best technology, faculty, and organisations to ensure that students have every opportunity to achieve the highest level of education possible.” – Blake from Mermentau, LA

University of North Georgia

University of North Georgia is a public university in Dahlonega, an hour north of Atlanta, and is a member of University System of Georgia. The university offers more than 100 programs of study through five academic colleges, boasting 50 academic...

“…NGCSU is great. I love the Professors and the small classroom environment. I know I can personally talk to each of my Professors and I know they care about my education. ” – Kaitlyn from Canton, GA

Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

“…No matter what school you choose be sure to get involved in some way, it makes college much more enjoyable and Murray is a great place to get involved.” – Kayley from Morganfield, KY

Lincoln Memorial University

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Lincoln Memorial University is a liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee. LMU offers over 30 bachelor’s degree programs including one of the only Conservation Biology majors in the United States. To ease the...

“…It is a great school with excellent educational opportunities. However the technology is slow and unreliable. Also it is extremely expensive and is located in an area that is low income so they should find ways to lower tuition. ” – Ashley from Morristown, TN

Immaculata University

The Immaculata University is a Catholic university in Malvern, PA, that was founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Christian core values of charism and tradition permeate the more than 60 majors available at Immaculata,...

“…The professors all seem so nice and willing to help. Everyone wants you to do well here!” – Heather from Phoenixville, PA

Grambling State University

Founded by a group of African American farmers in 1901, Grambling State University is a 4-year public school in north central Louisiana. This Historically Black College and University is listed on the Louisiana African-American heritage trail. Part...

“…Grambling is a great school because you get to experienve the life of a black college and how diffeerent some things at grambling are compared to other schools. Grambling also gives you the chance to make out there in the work world with the...” – Domonique McElroy from Little Rock, AR

Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

“…Every school has its pros and cons, especially when it comes to the faculty. Fortunately most of the professors at SMC are top notch, many have taught and still teach at great schools such as UCLA. I recently took a business course and it put me at...” – Amanda from Los Angeles, CA

Berry College
Mount Berry, GA
Berry College

Berry College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Mount Berry, Georgia. Berry became a 4-year, coeducational college in 1926 and has since grown to offer 42 majors and 38 minors for its undergraduate degree population through four schools...

“…I am applying what I learn in my animal sciences classes directly into the Dairy where I work. Everything from their nutrition, calving, vaccinations, and surgeries are done first hand by the students. We learn the way things are done in the room...” – Colleen from Linwood, KS

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

“…The professors make an effort to teach you things you don't already know from high school. The classes provide you with outside resources, like websites, where you can pick up more information about a certain field” – Akram from Nashville, TN

Fayetteville State University

Founded in 1867, Fayetteville State University is a 4-year public school in central North Carolina and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of North Carolina System, FSU...

“…While Fayetteville State is a great school. With its vast number of programs and clubs offered there is always something to do. Although this school is a HBCU there is still some diversity with the students, the food, and the classes.” – Taylah from Hope Mills, NC

University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is a 4-year public school in southeast Mississippi. Southern Miss is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing as well as the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the...

“…the university of southern miss has the most beautiful and laid back campus that continues to get better and better every year. the location of the campus is in hattiesburg, ms, which has been rated one of the most livable cities in mississippi, due...” – kristin from petal, ms

Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

“…The professors here are great! If you need help they are there for you. Often times students don't go to them so they really do want you to come to them or else they won't have anything to do during office hours. ” – Wendy from Brooklyn, NY

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University is a 4-year public school in the Research Triangle and an Historically Black College and University. NCCU is home to six colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 32 academic majors and is the first...

“…Most teachers are passionate about their jobs and they love being at North Carolina Central University. Teachers are always available outside of class to offer you help whenever you need it. There are also so many other resources to use on campus...” – A Proud Eagle from Raleigh, NC

Utah Valley University

With campus a short distance from Utah Lake, Utah Valley University is a public school in northern Utah and the largest public university in the state. UVU is a dual mission institution combining a teaching university and community college to confer...

“…I have many friends attending UVU and they have told me how much they love the school. They say it is a great learning environment. I have been able to go and sit in on a class one of my friends was in just to get a feel for it and what an experience...” – AnnAlysse from Santaquin, UT

Norfolk State University

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University is a 4-year public school and Historically Black College and University in southeast Virginia. Norfolk State confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and is the only school in the state to offer a...

“…The classes and professors at Norfolk State are great. There is so much to learn and gain from the materials taught as well as the professors. The professors do not mind explaining the materials thoroughly, and they encourage everyone to ask...” – Kristan from Chesapeake, VA

Chicago State University

Founded in 1867, Chicago State University is a coeducational public institution based in Chicago, Illinois. CSU is a member of both the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Chicago State...

“…chicago state university is perfect for any minority student who is conscious about fitting in with their peers. the teachers are very proactive and thorough when it comes to assisting a student with a dilemma. chicago state university's councilors...” – Juan from Chicago, IL

Wesley College

Founded in 1873, Wesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Delaware state capital of Dover and the oldest private institution of higher learning in the state. Wesley offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors. In addition, Wesley...

“…Small classes, supportive staff, numerous majors/minors....” – Laura from Bronx, NY

Dominican University

Founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Dominican University is a Catholic institution in the Chicagoland area. Dominican is home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors. As a Catholic university,...

“…Dominican University is a unique institution with a challenging atmosphere. It provides students with the prefect blend of supportive staff, engaging professors and innovative technologies. The University is truly a place for those who want to be...” – Amanda from Chicago, IL

University of St Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a 4-year private institution and the only Catholic university in Houston. St. Thomas confers undergraduate degrees in over 35 academic majors and the university has been designated an Hispanic-serving institution. As a...

“…This is an amazing school. I have learned so much. My faith has also been enhanced. They really stress the balance between faith and reason. The professors really care about who you are. You are not just a number, but a person. They enjoy teaching,...” – Karen, Houston, TX

New York Institute of Technology

The New York Institute of Technology is a private school of vocational and technological studies with campuses on Long Island and Manhattan. NYIT is home to six schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 90 career-centered academic programs....

“…I was truly impressed by innovative facilities and how my questions were answered in a friendly manner. I was impressed by their well-presented computer-engineering workshop. The teachers explained everything on what to do and what not. They also...” – Hector from Bay Shore, NY

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

With a campus on Ward Island overlooking Corpus Christi Bay, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi is a 4-year public university in south Texas and a campus of the Texas A&M system. Known as The Island University, A&M Corpus Christi offers undergrad...

“…Being a commuter school, I figured the classes would be very boring and simple. It turns out that for the most part, they were anything from that. Almost every teacher I have had has no problem slowing down during a class and making sure everyone...” – Mike from TX

University of Scranton

Originally founded in 1888 as St. Thomas College, the University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit school in eastern Pennsylvania. Scranton is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Management, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate...

“…The classes can be challenging at times, but are very worth while and you will learn plenty. The science classes tend to be quite challenging but aren't too bad. The philosophy classes are quite interesting and make you think quite a lot about things...” – Shrut from Dalton, PA

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is a public institution and senior military college in Charleston. The Citadel confers undergrad degrees in 23 academic majors and all students become part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In...

“…The leadership qualities and discipline that I learned at this college will go beyond college. I have learned hard work and determination. This school strives itself on academics and making sure each student attends classes.” – Miles from Mount Pleasant, SC

Jacksonville University

Originally founded as a junior college, Jacksonville University is a 4-year institution and a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Jacksonville confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors and minors. The...

“…My classes are amazing! The teachers are very responsive to the students and don't mind you asking question if you don't understand something. Even if you send them an email, it is usually answered within 24 hours. As a Biology student, having the St...” – Robyn from Jacksonville, FL

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…I love the University of Tulsa's curriculum. All students have to take certain classes, and it helps to break up your classes that are all focused on your major. Also, all liberal arts majors are required to have a minor (and science majors are...” – Faith from Tulsa, OK

Regis University

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, Regis University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Denver. Situated against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Regis is home to five colleges and 184 degree-granting programs. As a Jesuit university, Regis...

“…All of my classes have been taught by brilliant and passionate professors who really care about teaching and want students to succeed, both on tests and in life. Regis provides you with a challenging academic curriculum, but professors and tutors are...” – Joanna from Pueblo, CO

Adams State University

Adams State University is a 4-year, liberal arts institute in Alamosa, Colorado. ASU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, and the university is also the center of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...

“…A great school for general education. ASU has an amazing close knit community that I am proud of. The professors and other staff members are very approachable and make it easy to be here. ” – Sophmore from Denver, CO

Santa Fe College

Santa Fe College is a 2-year community college in north central Florida and a member of the Florida College System. Santa Fe offers nine bachelor’s degrees and is also home to over 100 associate degree-granting programs. In addition to classroom...

“…The classes are only 20-35 students so each person has a good chance to get extra help if needed.” – Crystal from Florahome, FL

Angelo State University

Angelo State University is a 4-year institution offering more than 100 majors located in San Angelo, Texas. Every year since 2010, Angelo State has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a military friendly school, and ranked as one of the Best...

“…Angelo State University is a safe and fun enviorment for new freshman. All classes are close and easy to understand. Everyone you meet is super nice and very friendly.” – Susan from Wichita Falls, TX

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Located in the Rocky Mountain Region, The University of Colorado Springs is a public research institution. U.S. News & World Report lists the school as #6 in Top Public Schools. UCCS has many LEED Gold Certification buildings on campus, uses solar...

“…Apparently, even though the course work does increase in difficulty (like in high school) you actually get more engaged in your courses & want to discover better ways to expand your knowledge. Plus the Learning Center help here is excellent!! Go...” – Marcus from Colorado Springs, CO

Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

“…Rhode Island college is a nice college that in looking to improve the way it looks on the outside! I love the teacher to student relationships as you can talk to them for advice or just to talk. ” – Jessie from Cranston, RI

Robert Morris University

Named for an original signer of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris University is a 4-year private school in the greater Pittsburgh area. RMU hosts schools of Business, Engineering, Humanities, and Nursing granting degrees in over 80...

“…RMU has very very nice facilities, especially with their medical engineering programs. Everyone there is willing to help and friendly.” – Stephanie from West Newton, PA

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts,...

“…Professors care and want you to succeed. They challenge you, tasks are easy, but they also want to give you the tools to succeed, and excel at it. Some of the professors you connect with will get to know you at a personal level. In the classroom you...” – Nickolas from Barrington, IL

Pima Community College

Pima Community College is one of the biggest multi-campus community colleges in the nation. PCC serves the Tucson metropolitan area of Arizona and operates six campuses and four education centers. It has an open admissions policy and offers non...

“…So certain classes have more 'learning' being done than others, if you really care about learning vs getting the easy A, you can just check rateyourprofessor.com. Most of the prerequisite teachers understand that they are just a class that most...” – Cynthia from Tucson, AZ

Lewis University is a private institution based in Romeoville, Illinois. The university operates two regional sites in Oak Brook and Tinley Park, as well as a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The school is affiliated with the Roman...

“…Lewis is an amazing school. There are many different types of majors and degrees offered and it has the top rated Aviation and Nursing programs in the Midwest. Lewis is a small, close knit and friendly community.” – Martina from Burbank, IL

Affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Union College is a Christian liberal arts college in Lincoln. Union confers undergraduate degrees in 29 academic fields of study. As a Christian institution, Union features weekly chapel services and...

“…union is located in lincoln, nebraska, which contrary to popular belief is not in the middle of a cornfield. union is small enough to know most people and say hi to them as you walk around campus. service is emphasized and led by student groups.” – PurpleDolphin

Palm Beach Atlantic University

With campus a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian institution in South Florida. PBA is home to seven schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors. As a...

“…The teachers are great! they are very willing to help you succeed in class. My first semester teachers were lively and wanted to teach! I cannot wait to see what I get second semester.” – Brittany from Saint Cloud, FL

University of Indianapolis

Originally founded as Indiana Central University, the University of Indianapolis is a 4-year private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. UIndy confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic fields of study including the only...

“…I love attending class every day. The professor are there and are willing to teach you every thing they can about the subjects covered during class. Even though I have taken similar classes to some that I took last semester, I still learned a lot...” – Amanda from Indianapolis, IN

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a 4-year public school in southwest Utah. SUU confers bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and the university features a project-based curriculum that focuses on professional experience. Known as The University of the...

“…I love the professor's here on campus! I know that I, Brianna, am their number one priority. They try to help me in any way they possibly can and they truly care about me and my goals.” – Brianna from Helper, UT

Longwood University

Founded in 1839, Longwood University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in central Virginia and one of the oldest universities in the United States. Longwood awards undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and all students...

“…The teachers here at Longwood expect a lot from their students. Especially those in your intended major. They are very smart and have a lot to offer in the classroom. ” – Rebecca from Farmville, VA

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University is an Historically Black College and University and a public constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. WSSU is the country’s only HBCU to  offer a Motorsports Management degree and its Department of...

“…Winston-Salem State University is a beautiful,elegant campus! The staff here go the extra mile for you, and it is easy to get the help you need to graduate. The campus also has various activities throughout the year and tons of student organizations...” – Shae from Oxford, NC

Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

“…All of my classes at Salem State teach me the basics of the subject, as well as things I will use in my every day life. This past semester in my Child Growth class, my professor gave us everyday examples of how we will use what we have learned. We...” – Hayley from Methuen, MA

Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University is Connecticut’s oldest public university and the largest institution in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. CCSU is home to schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Graduate Studies...

“…This college is all you can ask for. Not to many people in classes and is a small university where learning material is much easier to grasp on.” – Adam from Bridgeport, CT

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View A&M University is an Historically Black College and University in the Houston metro area and the second oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Texas A&M...

“…I have been at PV for almost 3 years now and I can firmly say that you cant help but learn something as your here. I am a firm believer that Prairie View Produces Productive People because their are so many great influences on this campus you cant...” – Chelsea from Prairie View, TX

Dixie State University

Originally founded as a Mormon academy, Dixie State University is a public university in southwest Utah. Dixie State confers bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors and is also home to 19 associate degree-granting programs. In addition to classroom...

“…If you take a class from Russell Gordon in Hurricane you are sure to understand the math. He is a great teacher and I'm sure many more like him are employed there.” – Joshua from LA Verkin, UT

Hartwick College

Founded in 1797, Hartwick College is a liberal arts institution in central New York State. Hartwick confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic fields of study and also offers a 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program allowing students to save on tuition...

“…The professors are extremely nice and fully knowledgeable. I spent an hour during a visit just chatting with a pre-law advisor. The staff seems close knit and able to have very personable relationships with both other professors and students. If you...” – Sarah from Liverpool, NY

Valparaiso University

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University is a 4-year Lutheran liberal arts college in northwest Indiana. Valpo is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 academic majors and all first year students are required to enroll in a...

“…Valparaiso offers a great honors program that usually has a group of 80-100 freshmen in it. They compose music, choreograph, write, and act in a drama production each fall, which definitely brings the whole class close together! In general, however...” – Rachel from WI

University of California-San Francisco

The University of California-San Francisco is a health science research institution and part of the Cal system. UCSF is home to schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. To provide a hands-on education, the university utilizes facilities...

University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

“…UCM is the best of both worlds. You get the small town feel and the feeling of a big campus all at once. The people are friendly, the classes and teachers are personal, and everyone is always more than willing to help.” – Jenny from Olathe, KS

Endicott College

With a campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Endicott College is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Endicott is home to nine colleges granting undergraduate degrees and the college’s experiential learning program enables students to...

“…Endicott's professors WANT you to succeed. None of your classes will have more than 25 students, so your teacher knows your name. They all have office hours to make themselves available to you for some extra help or whatever you need to stay on top...” – Kaila from Tewksbury, MA

Delta State University

Delta State University is a public institution based in Cleveland, Mississippi. DSU began, and continues to be, a teacher’s college, but also offers programs in traditional areas as well. It is home to the Delta Music Institute, the Bologna...

“…Delta State University is a small school where the teachers genuinely care about the education their students earn. Everyone knows everyone, and we are all one big Fighting Okra family. Delta State University is a perfect example of what a university...” – Magnolia from Hernando, MS

Fresno City College

Fresno City College is a two-year community college with an open admissions policy. The college is based in Fresno, California, and confers associate degrees and certificates. FCC provides the option for 25 month-programs that come with guaranteed...

“…Most of my professors are devoted to their classes. They are not restrained from the pressure to teach California standardized exams or the No Child Left Behind exam. Instead they are able to be creative and think outside the box. They create new...” – Veronica from Fresno, CA

Millikin University

Affiliated with the Presbyterian church, Millikin University is a 4-year private school in central Illinois. Millikin encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Professional Studies conferring degrees in over 100 academic...

“…Classes are small which I feel help to develop stronger relationships with teachers, who take the extra time to make sure everyone understands, and make learning easier. ” – Meghan from Geneva, IL

Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public 2-year community college situated in Montgomery County, Maryland. The school operates three campuses in Germantown, Takoma Park, and Rockville. MC has an open admissions policy and grants associate degrees as well as...

“…there are many great professors and staff. the atmosphere is well equipped with many computer labs and study areas. ” – Nazia from Gaithersburg, MD