Top universities by region – Online College Blog and School Reviews Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 universities in the Northeast Wed, 02 Jan 2008 20:35:15 +0000 This is the 5th and final posting in the Top Universities by Region series. Considering the Northeast is home to the Ivy League, I thought it was fitting to end the series with this stellar list of the Top 5 universities in the Northeast.

Although this review is not specifically geared for the online student, except for Princeton, all of the Ivy League universities listed below offer some sort of online program.

Although not included here, another Ivy League institution, Cornell University, also offers online degrees and certificates.

What is the very best university in the nation? The question can perhaps be rephrased: What is the very best university in the Northeast? Time and again, on list after list, the top-rated university in the country is a Northeastern one.

The names stay the same, though the order sometimes changes. Is it Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Princeton, Harvard, Yale, or Yale, Princeton, Harvard? Given the prestige that comes with a degree from any of these universities, it is sometimes difficult to see any difference.

But there is, of course, a difference. Each school offers its own version of the best and each graduates students who can quickly and easily identify fellow alums. A Yalie is a Yalie is a Yalie, be he John Kerry or George Bush (to cite two recently profiled graduates of that institution).

To graduate from any of these schools is to be a member of an elite club. For many hopefuls, it seems, education is an afterthought. The primary goal is just getting in. Once the yearned-for admission is achieved, it is time to exhale. In the fantasy of many applicants, admission means that a lifetime of doors opening, jobs appearing, and riches all but guaranteed. Like any cliché, this fantasy has a basis in reality. Graduates from the schools on this list go on to big things, and big things are often done by graduates of these schools.

Is it the ambition to be the best that student arrive with that makes them become CEOs and presidents? Or is there something inherent in the education offered at these institutions that shapes leaders? That is a chicken and egg question, it is very hard to know the answer. But if someone is to solve that question, it is not unlikely that he or she will hold a diploma from one of the esteemed schools on this list.

1. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard has so long been synonymous with the best (think “the Harvard of…”) that its first place seat on this list is unlikely to shake the institution one way or the other. Despite its many detractors, Harvard continues to attract top students and top faculty, making it the high water mark in American education. Being able to ‘drop the H-bomb,’ and say you went to Harvard, continues to impress more than any degree.

2. Yale University, New Haven, CT

Number two Yale, alma mater of presidents and the powerful, has a heated competition with Harvard that keeps both schools at their best. A word to the wise: Visit New Haven before accepting a Yale admission. The flavor of the campus and town are different from that at the other Ivies and may not be to everyone’s taste.

3. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Third place Princeton University has recently plundered some of Harvard’s most prestigious departments for faculty, gaining the school headlines and new enthusiasm among applicants. Forever the American home of Einstein, Princeton’s bucolic setting makes it the ideal place to ponder imponderables on the road to success.

4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Founded by no less prestigious a figure than Benjamin Franklin, Penn lures top applicants away from the top three schools on this list by providing one of the very best educations available anywhere in the world, with a stress on integration between academic and non-academic experience. Penn is simply a great school.

5. Columbia University, New York, NY

Last, but in no way least, is Columbia University. Located above Central Park in Manhattan, Columbia capitalizes on its city-that-never-sleeps location to attract some of the most creative and visionary students and faculty in the nation to its campus. Columbia is a terrific school, offering stellar education alongside impossible-to-beat cultural and internship opportunities.

If you are admitted to more than one of these schools, first, congratulations. Second, some advice: it is essential to spend time on and around campus before making your decision, each is excellent and each has a flavor all its own.

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Top 5 universities in the Northwest Wed, 02 Jan 2008 20:20:39 +0000 This is the 4th posting in the Top Universities by Region series. Although this review is not specifically geared for online students, it still contains valuable information that is applicable to all prospective students and every one of the schools outlined offers online programs…..

For those of us who have already completed the university application process, it is sometimes too easy to forget what a difficult and potentially demoralizing exercise it can be. Essay questions seem designed to dig out the darkest secrets of your weakness and unsuitability. Interviews do worse, staring you down as if you had no business picking up pen and paper, not to mention actually attending an institution of higher learning.

This process can be made easier by thinking of yourself as being in control. You are not so much begging for acceptance to a university as shopping for the university that is right for you. Remember that you as the potential student are the customer in this situation, and, as the saying goes, “the customer is always right.” Do not let yourself be intimidated by probing questions or stuffy interviewers. Be yourself. If an acceptance does not follow, then the school was probably not right for you in the first place.

Compiling any “best of” list is, like the application process, sometimes a difficult task. There are always those who will disagree with one’s judgment. Naming the top five universities in the Northwest may be asking for trouble. Alumnae of ignored or low rated schools will surely shriek in protest. But these objections can be weathered with confidence. This list has been compiled considering not only present-day academic standards, quality of student life, but many other factors crucial to a quality academic experience.

1. University of Washington, Seattle, WA

University of Washington, in Seattle, tops the list of best universities in the Northwest due to an outstanding combination of academic rigor and a quality of student life that deserves to be boasted about. University of Washington is not only a Northwestern great, but one of the top schools in the nation. The campus’s spectacular Seattle location provides not only an ideal setting for learning but a setting off point for adventures–cultural, educational, and otherwise–in the school’s great host city.

2. Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Washington State University takes the number two slot on the list by joining a top-notch undergraduate education with a strong research university. Many of Washington State University’s academic programs compete head-to-head with the best in the nation.

3. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

The third place on this list is held by University of Oregon, in Eugene. The University of Oregon boasts a strong liberal arts undergraduate program alongside the larger research university. With 20,000 students, University of Oregon is not unlike a town-within-a-town, creating a destination for many culturally minded locals.

4. University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Fourth place on the list is the University of Idaho, in Moscow, a stunning campus in a state not necessarily first thought of when researching top quality institutions of higher learning. The University of Idaho, like the other schools on this list, earns its place by providing students with strong academics and a high quality of student life. A visit to the campus is often all a prospective student needs to decide on Idaho as their first choice.

5. University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Last, but not least, is the University of Montana, in Missoula, another spectacular setting, another great school. The University of Montana delivers consistently challenging academics and receives high marks on student life, making it one of the more sought-after admissions in the Northwestern university system.

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Top 5 universities in the Midwest Wed, 02 Jan 2008 19:44:47 +0000 This is the 3rd posting in the Top Universities by Region series. Keep in mind, this review was not originally geared for online programs. In the first two “by region” posts, all of the Top 5 offered online programs. Unfortunately, only three of the institutions below offer online programs…… 

Picking a school can sometimes feel like picking a number on a roulette wheel. If somehow you can make the exact right choice, everything will come out right for you, and you’ll live happily ever after. But what is the right choice? Happily, while there are only a few winning numbers on a roulette wheel, there are many institutions of higher learning that deliver a high quality education, one that can get you pointed in the right direction.

Not all universities are alike, however. Some excel at pushing students with rigorous academic programs, but offer next to nothing to help shape complete graduates. Extracurricular activities and social life are neglected on some campuses; just as some campuses can themselves seem neglected, more like low-security prisons than settings for digesting knowledge.

A well-rounded university mints well-rounded graduates. The schools featured on this list of the top five universities in the Midwest are each outstanding examples this principle in action. These universities make it their business not only to give students the opportunity to learn all they can in their chosen field, but also create an atmosphere where unformed students are shaped over the course of their experience into full-fledged adults, with everything that may entail.

1. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The number one school on the list is the University of Chicago, an institution renowned not just as a great Midwestern university, but as one of the very top universities in the nation, if not the world. The University of Chicago has a history of offering students stellar faculty with a taste for the academic cutting edge. The University’s urban setting gives students ample opportunity for cultural exploration and community service, making graduates some of the most well rounded in the country.

  • No online programs offered

2. Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis holds the number two slot on this list with a powerful combination of challenging academics and a strong sense of community, both within the walls of the university and within its host city. Washington University undergrads choose from courses in five divisions, arts and sciences, architecture, art, business, and engineering. The graduate school adds law and medicine to the list. If what you are hoping to study is on this list, you may have found the school for you.

  • No online programs offered

3. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Third on the list is Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, just a half hour outside of Chicago. Northwestern offers seventy majors to undergrads, with many students opting to design their own majors, mixing and matching more traditional disciplines. Rigorous, well located, and competitive, Northwestern is a strong choice whether you are looking exclusively in the Midwest or not.

4. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is a great example of the big, public research institution done right. Graduates from University of Michigan consistently report a top-notch experience across the board, from challenging coursework to a satisfying experience socially. But be warned, like all the schools on this top 5 list, University of Michigan fields a lot of applications. Admission is by no means guaranteed.

5. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have earned this Indiana institution a place in the hearts of many a sports fan, but it is only in combination with outstanding academics that Notre Dame takes the fifth place on this list. Loyal alumnae of this Catholic university have demonstrated the value of a Notre Dame education through varied and impressive achievement.

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Top 5 universities in the Southwest Wed, 02 Jan 2008 19:12:21 +0000 This is the 2nd posting in the Top Universities by Region series.  Keep in mind, this article isn’t only geared for online students, but each of the Top 5 Universities in the Southwest offer some sort of online program…..

Putting together a list of the top universities in the Southwest opens one up to criticism from many different factions. Alums from the great Southwestern schools take it very personally when they see their alma mater losing rank and swell with pride at a gain. Faculty and staff are also eager to see their schools rank well. Happily, this list has not been composed to stroke the egos of graduates and employees but to help guide those who are searching for the school that is right for them, the students of tomorrow.

Choosing a school can be a grueling and anxiety provoking process. Will this decision change the course of your life? Actually, it very well may. Your friendships, your understanding of the world, and your future life course can all be shaped during the crucial years of education. In fact, if the school you choose does not somehow determine who you are and who you become, then you have chosen unwisely. It is the job of our educational institutions to help shape us and guide us toward becoming the best that we can be at whatever it is we set out to do.

With this in mind, those researching this list have taken into careful consideration not only high academic standards (an absolute must), but also the quality of campus life, along with several other factors essential for an enriching university experience. And so, with no further ado, here is the list:

1. University of Texas, Austin, TX

It will be no surprise to those who gauge Southwestern universities to see the University of Texas topping this list. Nestled in Austin, Texas, one of the most beloved Southwestern cities, the University of Texas consistently delivers outstanding performance throughout the spectrum of qualities deemed most important in a school: Academics are stellar; student life is rich and fulfilling; alums go on to rewarding and varied careers. For those seeking an education in the Southwest, it is hard to better than acquiring one of the sought-after enrollment slots at this prestigious institution.

2. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Texas A&M University was the first of Texas’s public schools and has grown into a top-notch institution. The university has expanded beyond its “agriculture and machinery” roots into all fields, exhibiting excellence in many. At the same time, Texas A&M has retained a spirit of tradition. The combination of academic excellence and old Texas spirit makes Texas A&M an irresistible choice for many and lands the school at number two on this list.

3. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Brigham Young University earns the third place on this list with its outstanding educational programs and high quality of student life. BYU sits among spectacular mountains, offering acclaimed language and performing arts programs. Note that the school’s sponsor is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; all programs are designed to be consistent with the principles of that faith.

4. Baylor University, Waco, TX

The third of four Texas campuses to make this list, Baylor University in Waco earns top marks with its uniquely effective combination of high academic standards and Baptist faith. The Baylor seals sums up the mission of the school: “Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana.” That is, “For Church, For Texas.”

5. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Rounding out the top five Southwestern schools is Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. SMU gains its high ranking by offering relatively small class size and easily accessible professors. SMU’s urban location affords students the additional benefit of cultural enrichment as well as internship experience in the university’s host city.

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Top 5 universities in the Southeast Wed, 02 Jan 2008 18:40:40 +0000 This is the 1st posting in the Top Universities by Region series.  

I ran onto this article today and thought it was worth sharing. Although the article isn’t specifically geared for attaining an online degree, all of these schools offer online programs. The links below will take you directly to the distance education programs indicated….

Top 5 Universities in the Southeast

Choosing the school that’s right for you can be one of the most harrowing decisions you will ever have to make. There are very few choices in life that commit us to years in a new place, with new people, and can possibly shape the course of the rest of our lives. It is no wonder that people approach this decision with a huge amount of anxiety and fear.

Before deciding upon an institution of higher learning, it is wise to consider what exactly it is you are looking for. Just because a school is ranked number one in the nation, does not mean it will necessarily be able to fit your needs—all the hopes and dreams that are particular to you. When shopping for a school, be sure to consider not only academic excellence, but also the quality of student life, and the track record of alumnae. How much interaction do students have with professors? What do students do to let off steam? What do the school’s graduates tend to do and do they enjoy it?

These are some of the questions that were taken into consideration in the researching and writing of this list of the top five universities in the Southeast. While no list will perfectly reflect the experience of every student, we are confident that the schools that earned their way onto this list are each phenomenal, each in their own way.

1. Duke University, Durham, NC

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, tops the list of best universities in the Southeast due to a nearly unbeatable combination of outstanding academics and consistently high level of student enjoyment of life and engagement in campus activities. Duke is highly competitive, and for good reason. Applicants come from around the nation and the world, giving Duke a unique flavor among Southeastern schools, at once familiar and exotic, traditional and modern. Duke’s Durham campus allows access to a wealth of opportunities, both cultural and educational. A Duke education is great to have; first you have to get accepted.

2. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Like Duke, number two Johns Hopkins University is not just one of the best schools in the Southeast, but one of the best in the entire country. Johns Hopkins is known as one of the most challenging academic programs in the nation. Students are seen not as passive receptacles for professors to pour wisdom into, but as active participants in their education. Johns Hopkins gives students a role in shaping their education that is unlike that at any other university.

3. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University, number three on this list, is the oldest Catholic university in the nation. Georgetown’s stellar reputation for its accessible faculty and wide-ranging programs is well earned. The school’s District of Columbia location gives Georgetown students a thrilling opportunity to enhance their educational and cultural experience by immersing themselves not only in school but in the thriving life of the nation’s capitol.

4. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia earns its place on this list by joining a liberal arts college feel with a full research university. Academics are rigorous at University of Virginia, but students still report a rich life outside of the classroom, enjoying the historic environs of the school and its Charlottesville setting.

5. Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Finally, Atlanta’s Emory University fights its way onto the list with its offering of a broad education combined with a sense of mission, involving students in international, national, and local communities. Like the others who share space on this list, Emory University is an outstanding place to receive an education. Getting past the competitive admission process may be the hardest part of you Emory experience.

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University of Illinois now offers online programs Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:10:34 +0000 University of Illinois

Online at a glance:

  • University of Illinois was founded 1867
  • University of Illinois is ranked 38th in the nation by U.S. News
  • University of Illinois offers online programs through its Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield campuses

University of Illinois Online Admissions Application and admission procedures vary by campus and program, as three University of Illinois campuses offer online degree and certificate programs. Want to learn more? Take 2 minutes and get the details you need (pre-reqs, tuition, financial aid, etc.) from the University of Illinois Online Global Campus. University of Illinois Tuition and Financial Aid Tuition rates vary by campus and program, so I will just list a few ballpark figures. The Springfield campus currently offers the best tuition rate due to their “e-Tuition” offer. Students taking only online classes leading to an online degree at the Springfield campus are eligible for the eTuition rate of $201.75 per credit hour. Urbana-Champaign undergraduate tuition runs about $295 per credit hour, but it depends on the program. Chicago offers graduate degrees online with tuition running about $635 per credit hour. Students enrolled in online degree programs are eligible for financial aid. Certificate programs may or may not qualify for financial aid; it depends on the campus offering your degree program. University of Illinois Online Degree programs The following degrees and certificates are offered via the University of Illinois Global Campus:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Degree Completion)
  • Master of Science in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism
  • Master of Education in e-Learning
  • Master of Science in Patient Safety Leadership
  • Foundations of e-Learning Certificate
  • Management of e-Learning Certificate

Interested in one of these programs? Take 2 minutes and get the complete scoop from the University of Illinois Global Campus. The following online degrees certificates are offered via the University of Illinois Chicago Campus:

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Health Informatics Certificate (post-bachelor certificate)
  • Health Informatics Certificate (post-master certificate)

Interested in one of these programs? Take 2 minutes and get the complete scoop from the University of Illinois Chicago Campus. Related colleges and universities:

To search for other online programs, perform an Online Degree Search. Source: University of Illinois, Online, 2007.