Large universities offer varieties of comprehensive academic programs and provide diverse ranges of activities often unavailable at smaller institutions. The largest universities in the U.S. are public institutions, usually a part of their state's university system. Many of them are research universities. A research university typically receives funding because it offers extensive research programs. If you were to attend a large university you may feel bewildered at first, like just another face in a huge crowd. But remember that a large student body provides an entertaining and well-rounded educational experience.

Arizona State University (ASU)

Located in Tempe, Arizona, ASU boasted an enrollment of 55,552 students in the fall of 2009, making it the largest university in the U.S. More than 250 academic programs are offered, as well as more than 100 graduate programs. ASU's undergraduate program ranked 143rd in the country by U.S. News and World Report. In September 2010, the National institute of Health awarded ASU's departments of chemistry and biochemistry $7.7 million to study antiviral protein structures.

Arizona State University

University Drive and Mill Avenue

Tempe, AZ 85287


Ohio State University (OSU)

OSU enrolled 55,014 students in the fall of 2009. Located in Columbus, Ohio, OSU has a strong following based on its stellar athletics program, having won national championships in all three major sports. OSU's undergraduate program ranked 56th in the country by U.S. News and World Report, with over 175 undergraduate majors offered. The National Science Foundation has ranked OSU in the top 10 public universities in the U.S. for research expenditures.

The Ohio State University

Enarson Hall 154 W 12th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210


University of Central Florida (UCF)

UCF is located in Orlando, Florida, and had 53,537 students attending in the fall of 2009. Offering more than 110 undergraduate majors, it ranked 179th in the country by U.S. News and World Report. UCF has 12 campuses, and its enrollment has grown 60 percent since 2000. UCF received over $122 million in research funding for the 2009-2010 school year.

University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32816


University of Minnesota (U of M)

The U of M is a research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. U of M had 51,659 students attending in the fall of 2009, making it the fourth largest university in the country. Its undergraduate program ranked 64th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. U of M offers a "mini Medical School" program every semester to give students a well-rounded look at health professions and medical school. U of M received $563.8 million in research funding for 2009.

University of Minnesota

Office of Admissions

240 Williamson Hall

231 Pillsbury Dr. S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455


University of Texas at Austin (UT)

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the eight Public Ivy Institutions, providing an Ivy League experience at a public institution. It enrolled 51,023 students in the fall of 2009, and ranked 45th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Offering more than 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate courses of study, UT awards more than 8,700 undergraduate degrees and more than 3,500 postgraduate degrees annually.

University of Texas at Austin

Office of Admissions

P.O. Box 8058

Austin, TX 78713


University of Florida (UF)

Located in Gainesville, Florida, UF was home to 50,691 students in the fall of 2009 and is the most academically comprehensive research university in Florida. UF offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate programs, and has more than 750 student organizations on campus. In 2009-10, UF received more than $678 million in research funding. UF's undergraduate program ranked 53rd in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Florida

Office of Admissions

201 Criser Hall

P.O. Box 114000

Gainesville, FL 32611


Texas A&M University

Texas A&M had 48,885 students attending in the fall of 2009. It is a prestigious research institution, with projects funded by the NIH, NASA, the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. While Texas A&M's main campus is located in College Station, Texas, it also has a branch campus in Qatar. It offers more than 120 undergraduate and over 240 graduate degrees. Texas A&M's undergraduate program ranked 63rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Texas A&M University

217 John J. Koldus Building

College Station, TX 77843


Michigan State University (MSU)

Located in East Lansing, Michigan, MSU was home to 47,100 students in the fall of 2009 and offers more than 200 programs of undergraduate and postgraduate study. MSU is one of the top research universities in the nation and has more than 600 student organizations. Its undergraduate program ranked 79th in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Michigan State University

250 Hannah Administration Building

East Lansing, MI 48824


University of South Florida (USF)

USF is located in Tampa, Florida, and had an enrollment of 46,612 students in the fall of 2009. More than 89 majors and 139 postgraduate degree programs are offered. USF's undergraduate program ranked 183rd out of the country's colleges by U.S. News and World Report. It was one of the country's top 63 research universities.

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Ave.

Tampa, FL 33620


Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Penn State has 24 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania. It is considered a Public Ivy and hosted 43,998 students for the fall 2009 term. Penn State's undergraduate program ranked 47th in the nation, and it has 17 colleges and 778 student organizations. The Wall Street journal recently ranked Penn State as the top university for graduates best prepared to succeed in their firms.

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions

201 Shields Building

University Park, PA 16802


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