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Rutgers University - New Brunswick

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Fact Book

          With major campuses in northern, central, and southern New Jersey and extension offices and
activities in all twenty-one counties, Rutgers is the flagship institution of New Jersey’s public higher
education system. It is a vibrant and diverse community of 50,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff.
The university comprises 27 undergraduate colleges and graduate and professional schools, as well as over
180 specialized research institutes. Some 175 academic departments offer over 270 bachelor’s, master’s,
doctoral, and professional degree programs.

          While these numbers are impressive, they do not capture the magnitude of Rutgers’ dramatic
recent transformation. Founded over 240 years ago in 1766, Rutgers is distinguished as one of the oldest
institutions of higher learning in the country. At the same time, modern-day Rutgers, which was designated
New Jersey’s state university in 1945 and 1956, qualifies as the youngest of America’s major public
research universities.

         In the short span of fifty years, Rutgers has risen from a disparate collection of schools,
geographically dispersed and operating largely independently, into the ranks of the most prestigious
educational institutions. That advancement was recognized in 1989 when Rutgers was asked to join the
Association of American Universities, comprising the top research universities in North America. Today,
Rutgers thrives as a cohesive academic community, capitalizing on its collective strengths, and building
synergies across disciplines and campuses that will benefit students, faculty, and residents in every corner
of New Jersey.

         Dedicated to a threefold mission, Rutgers is equally committed to excellence in teaching,
scholarship, and public service. And driving all of Rutgers’ activities is the defining characteristic of a
premier research university: the continuous and vigorous creation of intellectual capital—the new
discoveries and insights that drive the advancement of human knowledge and contribute to the
improvement of the human condition.

SUNY at Buffalo

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          The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in
the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB was the first
public university in New York to be admitted (in 1990) into the Association of American Universities,
joining North America’s other leading research universities. UB is a leader and an innovator in higher
education and in beneficial discoveries. Our work in education, research, and service is guided by our
mission to improve the quality of life for the people of our region and to the world at large.
          Our strengths in medicine, engineering, and computer science enable us to conduct
multidisciplinary research and provide education at a level of excellence that few universities can match.
The faculty of UB’s professional schools share an unusually strong research orientation with their
counterparts in the arts and sciences, and together they have established an outstanding record of research,
scholarship, and creative activity.

University of Connecticut

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          The University of Connecticut is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. Founded in
1881, the University of Connecticut has grown to include 13 Schools and Colleges at its main campus in
Storrs, separate Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, five regional campuses throughout the state
and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

         UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant College and a Space Grant Consortium institution. The
University spans more than 4,200 acres at its Storrs campus, five regional campuses, UConn Health Center
in Farmington and School of Law in Hartford.

         Over more than a decade, the University has been undergoing an amazing transformation. UConn
is renewing, rebuilding and enhancing its campuses through an unprecedented $2.3 billion, 20-year state
investment in the University’s infrastructure. State-of-the-art facilities grace every campus.

         The University of Connecticut is a school of choice for academically talented students. We serve
more than 25,000 men and women on our campuses across the state. UConn has stood as the top public
university in New England, for seven consecutive years. Since 1995, freshman applications have nearly
doubled and the University recently welcomed more than 100 high school valedictorians and salutatorians
to UConn’s Class of 2009.

University of Delaware

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Facts and Figures

         The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding as a small
private academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today.

         The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of
the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is one of only three institutions with Land
Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Urban Grant status. UD also is classified by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity--a designation
accorded to less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.

         A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers courses in a broad range of disciplines,
including 4 associate’s programs, 130 bachelor’s programs, 110 master's programs and 43 doctoral
programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 50 research centers. Our student
body includes nearly 16,000 undergraduates, 3,500 graduate students, and 1,000 students in professional
and continuing studies from across the United States and around the world.

University of Maine

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          Located in the town of Orono along the banks of the Stillwater River, the University of Maine
offers a strong traditional education at an affordable price. You're in a great place here. UMaine is one of
New England's premier universities. We help students create success stories—with a wide variety of
programs and opportunities—and we do so with world-class faculty members, nationally recognized
research; first-rate facilities; a friendly, safe atmosphere; and easy access to some of the best year-round
recreation sites in the nation.
         At UMaine, you'll enjoy the world through 88 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree
programs, and 25 doctoral programs. Our library is ranked among the top in the country, we have one of
the nation's oldest and most prestigious Honors College programs, and our students enjoy hands-on
research, even at the undergraduate level.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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         One of today’s leading institutions of public higher education in the Northeast, the University of
Massachusetts Amherst was established in 1863 under the original Land Grant Act. In recent decades it has
achieved a growing reputation for excellence in an increasing number of disciplines, for the breadth of its
academic offerings, and for the expansion of its historic roles in education, research, and public service.
External funding for University research comes from a variety of sources, including the federal
government, private industry, the state, and private foundations. Three hundred and sixty-eight faculty
members actively engage in sponsored research activities, and last year sponsored activities on the Amherst
campus totaled over $103 million.

          Within its ten schools and colleges, the University offers bachelor’s degrees in 90 areas,
associate’s degrees in six, master’s degrees in 68, and the doctorate in 49. There are approximately 24,000
students: 18,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students, and 300 students at the Stockbridge School. The
University prides itself on the diversity of its student body, and is committed to the principles of affirmative
action, civility, equal opportunity, and the free exchange of ideas.

          Located in the historic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the 1,450-acre campus provides
a rich cultural environment in a rural setting. The University is one of the founding members of the Five
College cooperative program, offering reciprocal student access among the University and Amherst,
Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.
         The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s
university system. There are three other undergraduate campuses, at Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell. The
University’s Worcester Medical Center includes the medical school and teaching hospital.

University of New Hampshire

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Fact Book

          Founded in 1866 as one of the first land-grant colleges in the nation, the University of New
Hampshire today remains true to its original land-grant mission as one of only eight universities in the U.S.
to hold land-, sea-, and space-grant charters.

         The University comprises six colleges: the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; the
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, which includes the Thompson School of Applied Science; the
College of Health and Human Services; the College of Liberal Arts; UNH Manchester; and the Whittemore
School of Business and Economics. UNH serves more than 11,300 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate
students in 100 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs of study.

         A comprehensive research university, UNH received more than $117 million in grants in 2007.
The University has a unique commitment to undergraduate research, and has an endowed undergraduate
research program that provides students from all disciplines with faculty mentoring and financial support to
pursue independent research and scholarship.

         The University of New Hampshire is at the forefront of developing nationwide university best
practices to address climate change. Through its EcoLine project, UNH will be the first university in the
U.S. to use renewable landfill gas as its primary energy source, significantly reducing greenhouse gas
emissions. UNH also developed the first University greenhouse gas inventory tool, which is now used by
more than 300 universities, and established the first endowed University-wide program to integrate
sustainability principles into University curriculum, operation, research, and engagement .

University of Rhode Island

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         The University of Rhode Island is a medium-sized state university with its primary campus in the
southern part of Rhode Island in the village of Kingston. In part because of its unique location near the
ocean and six miles from Narragansett Bay, the University has developed strong marine programs and has
been designated a national Sea Grant institution.

The University enrolls about 13,000 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students, and has a full-time tenure-
track teaching faculty of approximately 600.

         The center of campus is a quadrangle of handsome, old granite buildings surrounded by newer
academic buildings, student residence halls, and fraternity and sorority houses. On the plain below
Kingston Hill are gymnasiums, athletic fields, tennis courts, a freshwater pond, agricultural fields, and the
University’s Thomas M. Ryan Center
University of Vermont

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UVM Reports

          Founded by heroes of the American Revolution, the University of Vermont is the fifth oldest
university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown); Vermont is often known by the
initials "UVM," derived from its Latin name, Universitas viridis montis, the University of the Green
Mountains. The University has a living commitment to the ethical foundations of democracy and to values
long-associated with the state of Vermont: fairness, social justice, environmental stewardship, openness,
independence, lack of pretense and the achievement of practical results.

          Vermont is distinguished by innovative research and scholarship across all the major fields of
study, led by programs of great distinction in the life sciences and in environmental sciences and studies.
Vermont offers 52 master's degrees, 21 doctoral degrees, as well as the degree of doctor of medicine. There
are 94 undergraduate majors. In the tradition of one of the towering figures in American intellectual
history, John Dewey (University of Vermont Class of 1879), undergraduates here profit from the
opportunities for learning by doing that only a research university can offer, with chances to turn classroom
abstractions into concrete experiences at the lab benches of world-class scientists as well as in service-
learning programs and internships

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