Location, Location, Location! Choose Your College by Region

If you have decided to study in a particular region of the USA, to be close to home (or far from home) then this list of top ranking universities by region will help you reach your decision. 


North Regional Universities 

Villanova University, PA

This is a private institution named after an Augustinian saint and it is still affiliated to the Catholic Augustinian Order although they welcome students of all faiths. It has a suburban campus just outside Philadelphia. There is a thriving Greek life and successful sports teams. Incoming freshmen are guaranteed housing for their first three years. Student-faculty ratio is 12:1 and annual fees are $45,966.

Providence College

This is a private institution with a small suburban campus in Providence, Rhode Island. It is the only college in the USA run by Dominican Friars. On campus there is a dynamic student life as well as 100 social clubs. Freshmen and sophomores have to live on campus. The college offers 50 majors in arts, sciences, business, professional studies and education. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1 and average annual tuition is $43,245.

South Regional Universities

Elon University

This private university has a suburban campus covering 620 acres in North Carolina between Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle. On campus there are 140 clubs and an active Greek life with 35% of students being involved. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. There is a prestigious honors program and more than 70% of students study overseas at some time or another. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1 and annual tuition fees are $31,247

Rollins College

Florida’s Rollins College is a private institution with a modest 80 acre campus in Winter Park, a few minutes from Orlando. There are about 140 campus clubs including a number of water sports like wakeboard and waterskiing. Almost 75% of students live on campus. The wide range of subjects offered includes Latin American and Caribbean Studies, computers, biochemistry, theatre and dance. There are several Masters Programs including human resources and elementary education. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1 and the annual tuition fees are $43,080.

Midwest Regional Universities

Creighton University

This private university in Omaha, Nebraska has an urban setting and is affiliated to the Jesuit movement. Ministry, religious retreats and community outreach programs play a big part on campus.  Of the 200 plus campus activities many are to do with media, literature and television. About 25% of undergraduates are involved in the Greek life. Student-faculty ratio is 11:1 and the annual tuition is $35,360

Butler University

This private Indianapolis University requires freshmen to live on campus and upperclassmen can choose between on campus residential halls or university apartments. 35% of students are involved in Greek life. There is a successful honors program and opportunities to study abroad.  Student-faculty ratio is 11:1 and annual tuition is $35,652.

West Regional Universities

Trinity University

This is a private institution in an urban setting overlooking downtown San Antonio. There are 115 campus activities, a thriving Greek community and over 80% of students live on campus.  They offer a degree in music, science, arts and Masters in psychology, teaching, school administration, accounting and health care. There is a compulsory liberal arts common curriculum which must be completed as part of all degrees. Student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and annual tuition is $36,214.

Santa Clara University

This is a private institution in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, California with an urban campus of 106 acres. The university excels in performing arts, and entertainment at their Center of Performing Arts and the de Saisset Museum of Art and History. There are over 100 student organizations. Among the wide range of schools on campus there is the graduate Jesuit School of Theology and undergraduate schools of business, engineering, arts and sciences. Student-faculty ratio is 12:1 and the annual tuition is $43,812.


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