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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be best known for its math, science and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

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Stanford University Stanford, CA

The sunny campus of Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The private institution stresses a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

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University of California–Berkeley Berkeley, CA

The University of California—Berkeley overlooks the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Students at this public school have more than 700 organizations to get involved in, including more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters.

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California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

The California Institute of Technology focuses on science and engineering education and has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1. This private institution in Pasadena, California, is actively involved in research projects with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,682, with a gender distribution of 66.2 percent male students and 33.8 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus.

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University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

Founded in 1867, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign is a public institution. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University, a private institution in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the country’s only school founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The school specializes in academic areas including engineering, business, computer science, and fine arts.

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University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor was established in 1817 as a public institution. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor follows a trimester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

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Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, a private school in Ithaca, New York, has 14 colleges and schools. Each admits its own students, though every graduate receives a degree from Cornell University. The university has more than 1,000 student organizations on campus.

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Purdue University–West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University–West Lafayette has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,255, with a gender distribution of 57.4 percent male students and 42.6 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

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Princeton University Princeton, NJ

The ivy-covered campus of Princeton University, a private institution, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton was the first university to offer a “no loan” policy to financially needy students, giving grants instead of loans to accepted students who need help paying tuition.

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University of Texas–Austin Austin, TX

University of Texas–Austin is a public institution that was founded in 1883. The school has 36.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Texas–Austin is 18:1.