University Profiles

  • By Jenna Kirby and Alice Froude

NB: When referring to the $, Canadian $ is used for CA unis, and the American $ for US unis. The

exchange rate is different, so be aware of this when working out conversions.

CANADA

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

Ice hockeyLOCATION: SASKATOON, CANADA.
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER, CLOSE TO THE CENTRE OF SASKATOON.
WEATHER: AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE ABOVE 18C FROM MAY-SEPTEMBER. NOVEMBER-MARCH, THE AVERAGE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE IS -4C.
STUDENT POPULATION: 21,000
RANKING: 9TH BEST CANADIAN UNIVERSITY, JUDGED BY ITS RANGE OF PHD PROGRAMS AND MEDICAL SCHOOL (2013 MACLEAN’S RANKING). MEMBER OF U15, A GROUP OF THE
BEST RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA.
MASCOT: HUSKIES
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM SASKATOON AIRPORT – CONNECTING FLIGHT NECESSARY FROM VANCOUVER, TORONTO OR CALGARY. GREYHOUND BUS SERVICES OPERATE IN THE CITY – 3 DAY JOURNEY TO TORONTO, 2 DAY TO VANCOUVER!
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $16,000. ‘PROVINCIAL’ HEALTH CARE BENEFITS PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE. PROOF NEEDED OF A MORE ALL-ENCOMPASSING HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME.
INTERESTING FACT: THE UNIVERSITY HAS PRODUCED TWO NOBEL LAUREATES.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLOMBIA
ALSO KNOWN AS: UBC
LOCATION: POINT GREY, VANCOUVER.
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? 20 MINUTE DRIVE FROM DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER, NEAR SEVERAL BEACHES.
WEATHER: DRY SUMMER MONTHS, TYPICALLY RAINY FROM OCTOBER-MARCH. WINTERS ARE MORE MILD THAN THE CANADIAN AVERAGE.
STUDENT POPULATION: 57,000
RANKING: 2ND BEST UNIVERSITY IN CANADA (2013 MACLEAN RANKINGS). MEMBER OF U15, A GROUP OF THE BEST RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA.
MASCOT: THUNDERBIRD
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000(INCLUDING $500 FOR HEALTH INSURANCE)
INTERESTING FACT: TWO UBC STUDENTS HAVE GONE ON TO BECOME CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERS. OFFERS THE LARGEST AND MOST ACTIVE GREEK SYSTEM IN CANADA.

DalhousieDALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
ALSO KNOWN AS: DAL
LOCATION: NOVA SCOTIA – 3 CAMPUSES IN HALIFAX, ONE IN BIBLE HILL. THE GLOBE AND MAIL NAMES HALIFAX THE “ULTIMATE COLLEGE TOWN.”
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED?: STUDLEY CAMPUS – THE PRIMARY CAMPUS – IS LOCATED IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREA SURROUNDING HALIFAX.
STUDENT POPULATION: 18,000
WEATHER: COLDER THAN CENTRAL CANADA, DUE TO ITS LOCATION ON THE ATLANTIC COAST. SNOW, RAIN AND ICE IS COMMON IN THE WINTER MONTHS.
RANKING: 15TH BEST UNIVERSITY IN CANADA (2013-14 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION, WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS). MEMBER OF U15, A GROUP OF THE BEST RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA.
MASCOT: TIGER
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 30 MINUTE DRIVE TO HALIFAX STANFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. FREE BUS TRANSPORTATION WITH STUDENT CARD.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $12,000. CAN OPT OUT OF DALHOUSIE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN.
INTERESTING FACTS: THE CAMPUS WAS ORIGINALLY MODELLED AFTER THE UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG IN GERMANY. THE UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER IS THE OLDEST IN NORTH AMERICA, AND PARTS OF THE CAMPUS ARE SAID TO BE HAUNTED.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
ALSO KNOWN AS: RUTGERS
LOCATION: NEW JERSEY
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE CITY.
WEATHER: HUMID, WARM SUMMERS WITH COLD WINTERS – SNOW POSSIBLE FROM DECEMBER-MARCH. MODERATE RAINFALL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
STUDENT POPULATION: 60,000
RANKING: RANKED 38TH NATIONWIDE AND 54TH WORLDWIDE IN THE 2008 ACADEMIC RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES.
MASCOT: SCARLET KNIGHTS
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 20 MINUTE DRIVE TO PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. A MEGABUS RUNS DIRECTLY FROM NEW JERSEY TO NEW YORK, IN AN HOUR AND A HALF.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $14,000 INCLUDING $1,200 FOR MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE.
INTERESTING FACT: CHARTERED IN 1766, IT IS THE TENTH-OLDEST COLLEGE IN THE US, AND ONE OF THE 9 ‘COLONIAL COLLEGES’ FOUNDED BEFORE THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. IT IS KNOWN AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
LOCATION: GUELPH, ONTARIO
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS, A 20 MINUTE BUS RIDE FROM THE CITY.
WEATHER: COLD WINTERS AND WARM, HUMID SUMMERS WITH MODERATELY HIGH RAIN AND SNOWFALL.
STUDENT POPULATION: 23,000
RANKING: MACLEANS RANKED GUELPH AS THE BEST COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY IN CANADA IN 2006 AND 2007.
MASCOT: GRYPHON (FUNNY WAY OF SPELLING GRIFFIN)
TRAVEL AMENITIES: AN HOUR DRIVE TO PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TORONTO.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $14,000. YOU CAN OPT OUT OF THE DENTAL PLAN, BUT NOT THE HEALTHCARE PLAN.
INTERESTING FACT: THE SIX-STOREY LIBRARY’S 400 COMPUTERS PUT UOB’S LIBRARY TO SHAME! THE TERM HAT TRICK WAS INVENTED WHEN THE GUELPH HOCKEY TEAM THE MAD HATTERS SCORED THREE GOALS; SPECTATORS WERE ENCOURAGED TO THROW THEIR HATS ONTO THE ICE.

People holding hands in a circleNEW BRUNSWICK(FREDERICTON)
ALSO KNOWN AS: VARSITY REDS (NICKNAME)
LOCATION: FREDERICTON
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? URBAN CAMPUS
WEATHER: HOT, HUMID SUMMERS AND COLD WINTERS
RANKING: #4 IN CANADA BY MACLEAN
STUDENT POPULATION: 9,000
MASCOT: PROSPECT (MEN’S HOCKEY)
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM FREDERICTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000. MEDICAL INSURANCE IS $900
INTERESTING FACT: HAS BEEN VOTED AS “ONE OF CANADA’S BEST PLACES TO LIVE” (THREE TIMES!) BY MONEYSENSE.

SIMON FRASER
ALSO KNOWN AS: CLAN
LOCATION:BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, WITH ITS MAIN CAMPUS ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN AND SATELLITE CAMPUSES IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER AND SURREY.
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED?: CAMPUS.
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY HAS THREE CAMPUSES, EACH LOCATED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF GREATER VANCOUVER. SFU’S MAIN CAMPUS IS LOCATED IN BURNABY, ATOP BURNABY MOUNTAIN. TWO SATELLITE CAMPUSES ARE LOCATED IN VANCOUVER’S DOWNTOWN AT HARBOUR CENTRE, AND IN SURREY.
STUDENT POPULATION: 35,398
WEATHER: TEMPERATE
RANKING: SFU HAS BEEN RATED AS CANADA’S BEST COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY (IN 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 AND 2013) IN THE ANNUAL RANKINGS OF CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES IN MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE SINCE 1991.
MASCOT: MCFOGG THE DOG
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 15 MINUTE DRIVE TO THE HEART OF VANCOUVER. 25 MINUTE DRIVE TO VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $16,000
INTERESTING FACTS: FIRST NON-US MEMBER OF NCAA

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
ALSO KNOWN AS: WESTERN
LOCATION: LONDON, ONTARIO
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS WITHIN THE CITY, WITH THE RIVER THAMES RUNNING THROUGH THE WESTERN PORTION.
WEATHER: WARM SUMMERS, WITH THE TEMPERATURE REACHING 30C ON AVERAGE 7 DAYS A YEAR. THUNDERSTORMS OCCUR MORE REGULARLY THAN IN ANY OTHER CANADIAN CITY, DUE TO PROXIMITY OF THE GREAT LAKES. HEAVY SNOWFALL DURING WINTER.
STUDENT POPULATION: 35,000
RANKING: THE 2012 ACADEMIC RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES RANKED WESTERN AS 8-16 OF CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES. MEMBER OF U15, A GROUP OF THE BEST RESEARCH
UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA.
MASCOT: JW THE MUSTANG
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 20 MINUTE DRIVE TO LONDON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. FREE SHUTTLE BUSES RUN AT CERTAIN TIMES DURING THE SEMESTER.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $10,000 FOR ACCOMMODATION AND MEAL PLAN. ENROLMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN IS MANDATORY; THIS COSTS $600.
INTERESTING FACT: THE DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC OFFERS ALMOST 400 PERFORMANCES AND MASTERCLASSES EACH YEAR.

OttawaUNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
LOCATION: OTTAWA, CANADA
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREA OF SANDY HILL, NEXT TO THE RIDEAU CANAL.
WEATHER: WARM SUMMERS, BUT DOMINANT SNOW AND ICE IN THE WINTER.
STUDENT POPULATION: 40,000
RANKING: THE 2012-13 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS RATED OTTAWA U 7TH BEST UNIVERSITY IN CANADA. MEMBER OF U15, A GROUP OF THE BEST RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA.
MASCOT: GEE-GEE.
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 20 MINUTE DRIVE TO MACDONALD-CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING:AROUND $600 PER MONTH FOR ACCOMMODATION. MEDICAL INSURANCE IS APPROXIMATELY $400 PER SEMESTER
INTERESTING FACT: OTTAWA IS THE LARGEST BILINGUAL UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD, AND IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS INDIGENOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT. WHEN THE WINTER COMES, THE CANAL FREEZES OVER AND STUDENTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO REGULARLY SKATE TO CLASS!

TRENT UNIVERSITY
ALSO KNOWN AS: TRENT
LOCATION: PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: COLD, DRY WINTERS. HOT, HUMID SUMMERS.
RANKING: #5 BY MACLEAN
STUDENT POPULATION: 8,000
MASCOT: EXCALIBEAR
TRAVEL AMENITIES: FREE BUS PASS ALLOWS TRAVEL AROUND DOWNTOWN AND TO THE UNIVERSITY ON CITY TRANSIT. TORONTO IS AN HOUR AND A HALF AWAY (EASY AND CHEAP BY GREYHOUND)
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $12,000
INTERESTING FACT: 70+ UNI/CITY BASED ORGANISATIONS TO GET INVOLVED WITH, INCLUDING JOURNALISM, RADIO AND FASHION.

UNITED STATES

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY
LOCATION: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS, A 20 MINUTE BUS RIDE FROM DOWNTOWN LOUISVILLE.
WEATHER: HOT DURING THE SUMMER – IN 2012, LOUISVILLE HAD THE FOURTH HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD, WITH TEMPERATURES RISING UP TO 41C. RAIN IS COMMON YEAR ROUND, ALTHOUGH IT ONLY USUALLY SNOWS FOR A FEW DAYS OF THE YEAR.
STUDENT POPULATION: 3,500
MASCOT: THE KNIGHT
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 10 MINUTE DRIVE TO LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. BUSES RUN DIRECTLY TO THE CAMPUS.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $10,000. THE UNIVERSITY DOESN’T OFFER A HEALTHCARE PLAN, SO YOU ARE FREE TO FIND YOUR OWN.
INTERESTING FACT: OVER 35% OF BELLARMINE’S STUDENTS STUDY ABROAD, MEANING THERE IS A BIG INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE. A PRIVATE, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY –
SO THE TUITION FEES ARE USUALLY $35,000 PER YEAR!

PITZER COLLEGE
LOCATION: CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? LOCATED IN A COLLEGE TOWN, 39 MILES EAST OF LA.
WEATHER: WARM CLIMATE – REGULARLY EXCEEDS 30C DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. PRONE TO STRONG WINDS AND ‘SUMMER FOG’. SNOW IS VERY RARE.
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,025
RANKING: 35TH BEST LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN THE WORLD (US NEWS & WORLD REPORT)
MASCOT: CECIL THE SAGEHEN
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 15 MINUTE DRIVE TO ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. BUS SERVICE DIRECTLY TO LA.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $13,000. $1,800 FOR HEALTH INSURANCE – CAN BE WAIVED IF STUDENT ALREADY HAS ADEQUATE INSURANCE.
INTERESTING FACT: THE UNIVERSITY IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS LIBERAL OUTLOOK ON LIFE – IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO BE ASKED FOR YOUR ‘PREFERRED GENDER
PRONOUN’ WHEN MEETING NEW PEOPLE!

ChicagoILLINOIS-CHICAGO
LOCATION: NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO CITY.
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: FOUR DISTINCT SEASONS: SUMMER IS HOT AND HUMID WITH THE TEMPERATURE EXCEEDING 32C FOR AN AVERAGE OF 21 DAYS. WINTERS ARE COLD AND SNOWY, AND SPRING AND AUTUMN ARE MILD.
STUDENT POPULATION: 28,000
RANKING: THE 2013 TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION RANKED UIC 4TH IN THE NATION FOR UNIVERSITIES UNDER 50 YEARS OLD.
MASCOT: SPARKY D. DRAGON
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 30 MINUTE DRIVE TO O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE CHICAGO SUBWAY ALSO HAS A STOP ON THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: MANY STUDENTS RENT APARTMENTS IN THE CITY CENTRE, ALTHOUGH THE UNIVERSITY NOW HAS 10 RESIDENCE HALLS. ESTIMATED HOUSING AND FOOD COST IS $12,000. $1,200 FOR CAMPUS CARE INSURANCE – THIS CAN BE OPTED OUT OF.
INTERESTING FACT: UIC’S NICKNAME – THE FLAMES – IS IN REFERENCE TO THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE WHICH STARTED A FEW BLOCKS EAST OF CAMPUS. ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF FALL SEMESTER, THE ANNUAL SPARK IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL IS HELD ON CAMPUS.

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
ALSO KNOWN AS: “COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS”(NICKNAME)
LOCATION: LARAMIE, WYOMING
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: COLD WINTERS AND HOT SUMMERS. SOME SNOW, THUNDERSTORMS AND RAIN.
STUDENT POPULATION: 14,000
RANKING: VOTED ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES IN THE STATES BY BEST COLLEGES.
MASCOT: COWBOY JOE/ PISTOL PETE
TRAVEL AMENITIES: LARAMIE REGIONAL AIRPORT – DAILY FLIGHTS. VERY EASY TO GET TO DENVER, COLORADO
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000
INTERESTING FACT: THE UNIVERSITY IS HOME TO MANY DIFFERENT PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS.‘OUTSIDE’ MAGAZINE HAS RECOGNISED UW AS AS ONE OF THE TOP “ADVENTURE COLLEGES”

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
ALSO KNOWN AS: UI
LOCATION: IOWA CITY
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS BASED IN THE EAST OF THE CITY, ALONG THE BANKS OF THE IOWA RIVER.
WEATHER: WARM FROM MARCH-OCTOBER. COLD WINTERS – CAN REGULARLY BE -20C AND SNOWING.
STUDENT POPULATION: 30,000
RANKING: 28TH BEST UNIVERSITY IN THE COUNTRY (US NEWS & WORLD REPORT). CONSIDERED A ‘PUBLIC IVY’ UNIVERSITY.
MASCOT: HAWKEYE
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 20 MINUTE DRIVE TO EASTERN IOWA AIRPORT (DOMESTIC).
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: AROUND $13,00 FOR THE YEAR ($1,560 FOR HEALTH INSURANCE – CAN BE OPTED OUT OF).
INTERESTING FACT: REGULARLY RANKED AS ONE OF THE BEST PARTY SCHOOLS IN THE US. ASHTON KUTCHER IS A NOTABLE ALUMNI.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
ALSO KNOWN AS: UC
LOCATION: CINCINNATI, OHIO (UPTOWN)
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED?: CAMPUS WITHIN A CITY
STUDENT POPULATION: 40,000
WEATHER: HUMID CLIMATE WITH HOT SUMMERS, COLD IN WINTER WITH CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF SNOW
RANKING: 28TH BEST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY (LONDON TIMES)
MASCOT: BEARCAT
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 30 MINUTE DRIVE TO GREATER CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ACCESSIBLE BY CITY BUS ROUTES
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $15,000. HEALTH INSURANCE IS A FURTHER $1,800 BUT CAN BE WAIVED IF STUDENT HAS INSURANCE THAT MEETS REQUIREMENTS.
INTERESTING FACTS: THREE PRESIDENTS COUNT UC AS THEIR ALMA MATER. CINCINNATI IS FAMOUS FOR ITS MOUTH-WATERING CHILLI TOPPED WITH CHEESE, AND COLLECTIVELY, CINCINNATIANS EAT MORE THAN 2 MILLION POUNDS OF IT EACH YEAR.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
LOCATION: UPTOWN NEW ORLEANS
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WITHIN A CITY
STUDENT POPULATION: 5,000
WEATHER: MILD WINTERS AND HOT, HUMID SUMMERS. SNOW RARELY FALLS, ALTHOUGH ‘HURRICANE SEASON’ IS TECHNICALLY JULY-SEPTEMBER.
RANKING: 2012 US NEWS & WORLD
REPORT RANKED LOYOLA 8TH BEST UNIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH.
MASCOT: WOLFPACK
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 30 MINUTE DRIVE TO NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $9,500. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN INSURANCE PLAN WHICH COSTS $99 PER MONTH.
INTERESTING FACTS: PRIVATE, JESUIT UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN A CITY KNOWN FOR ITS FRENCH CULTURE AND CRAZY NIGHTLIFE. NEW ORLEANS IS WORLD-FAMOUS FOR
THE BARS ON BOURBON STREET, ITS MARDI GRAS PARADES AND AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ MUSIC.

WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
ALSO KNOWN AS: UWM
LOCATION: MILWAUKEE
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS.
DIVIDED INTO FOUR QUADS ON MILWAUKEE’S UPPER EAST SIDE
WEATHER: HUMID. FOUR DISTINCT SEASONS.
RANKING: TOP 100 UNIS IN US BY VANGUARD COLLEGE RANKING
STUDENT POPULATION: 30,000
MASCOT: PANTHER
TRAVEL AMENITIES: LESS THAN A 10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM DOWNTOWN
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $7,500. MEDICAL INSURANCE IS $1,600
INTERESTING FACT: THE UNIVERSITY IS LOCATED JUST OFF OF LAKE MICHIGAN. THERE ARE OVER 300 ORGANISATIONS ON CAMPUS.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
ALSO KNOWN AS: NMSU
LOCATION: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? LARGE URBAN CAMPUS
WEATHER: VERY HOT SUMMERS
RANKING: 73RD IN THE COUNTRY. WASHINGTON MONTHLY
STUDENT POPULATION: 19,000
MASCOT: PISTOL PETE
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 10 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN. AN HOUR FROM SANTA FE
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $12,5000
INTERESTING FACT: HEAVY SPORTS COMPETITION WITH UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
ALSO KNOWN AS: UM
LOCATION: ORONO, A COLLEGE TOWN IN MAINE
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
STUDENT POPULATION: 11,000
WEATHER: WARM (ALTHOUGH NOT STIFLING) SUMMERS AND COLD AND SNOWY WINTERS.
RANKING: THE LARGEST UNIVERSITY IN THE STATE, UM IS CONSISTENTLY LISTED AMONG THE NATION’S TOP COLLEGES BY PRINCETON REVIEW AND FORBES.
MASCOT: BLACK BEARS
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 20 MINUTE DRIVE TO BANGOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $14,000. UNIVERSITY HEALTH INSURANCE IS OFFERED, BUT CAN BE WAIVED.
INTERESTING FACTS: THE CAMPUS IS ONLY 100 MILES FROM THE CANADIAN BORDER. EVERY SPRING, CLASSES ARE CANCELLED FOR MAINE DAY, WHEN A PARADE IS
HOSTED ON CAMPUS.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
ALSO KNOWN AS: UA
LOCATION: TUSCALOOSA
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: WARM ALL YEAR ROUND
RANKING: TOP 50 UNIS IN US BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
STUDENT POPULATION: 35,000
MASCOT: BIG AL
TRAVEL AMENITIES: LESS THAN A 10 MINUTE DRIVE TO DOWNTOWN.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $8,000
INTERESTING FACT: THE UNIVERSITY’S STADIUM CAPACITY IS 101,821. IT WAS FEATURED IN ‘FOREST GUMP’ WHEN GUMP PLAYS FOOTBALL WITH THE LEGENDARY BEAR BRYANT.

BIRMINGHAM – SOUTHERN COLLEGE
ALSO KNOWN AS: BSC
LOCATION: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: HUMID SUBTROPICAL CLIMATE. HOT SUMMERS, MILD WINTERS
RANKING: ONE OF 26 PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS NAMES A “BEST BUY” IN 2009. FISHE GUIDE TO COLLEGES
STUDENT POPULATION: 1,300
MASCOT: PANTHERS
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 3 MILES FROM DOWNTOWN. SHUTTLE BUS AVAILABLE.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000
INTERESTING FACT: AVERAGE CLASS SIZE IS 16. 22 NCAA DIVISION III VARSITY SPORTS COMPETING IN THE SOUTHERN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
ALSO KNOWN AS: “JAYHAWKS” (NICKNAME)
LOCATION: LAWRENCE, KANSAS.
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS
WEATHER: HOT, HUMID SUMMER, DRY, COLD WINTER
RANKING: 101 IN COUNTRY (THIS IS IMPRESSIVE – THINK ABOUT HOW BIG THE US IS!)
STUDENT POPULATION: 20,000
MASCOT: BIG JAY, BABY JAY, AND CENTENNIAL JAY
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM KANSAS CITY.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000
INTERESTING FACT: UNI OF KANSAS’ FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE NCAA IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS.

PROVIDENCE
ALSO KNOWN AS: FRIARS (NICKNAME)
LOCATION: RHODE ISLAND
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? CAMPUS, IN ELMSHURST NEIGHBOURHOOD
WEATHER: COLD WINTERS. HIGH HUMIDITY ALL YEAR ROUND.
RANKING: #4 BY PRINCETON REVIEW
STUDENT POPULATION: 3,800
MASCOT: FRIAR/FRIAR BOY
TRAVEL AMENITIES: NEIGHBOURHOOD SHUTTLE LOOP. 3 DRIVE TO NYC
INTERESTING FACT: STUDENTS CLAIM THAT PROVIDENCE HAS THE BEST NIGHTLIFE AND “PARTY SCENE” OUT OF MOST COLLEGES IN THE STATES.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – DULUTH
ALSO KNOWN AS: BULLDOGS (NICKNAME)
LOCATION: DULUTH
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? URBAN CAMPUS
WEATHER: COLD, DRY WINTERS. WARM SUMMERS.
RANKING: #42 OUT OF REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES BY BEST COLLEGES
STUDENT POPULATION: 10,000
MASCOT: CHAMP THE BULLDOG
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM DOWNTOWN, BUS SERVICES
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $8,500
INTERESTING FACT: MINNESOTA HAS 15,000 LAKES OVER 10 ACRES

NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE
LOCATION: NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS
CAMPUS OR CITY BASED? SUBURBAN CAMPUS
WEATHER: HUMID. COLD WINTERS AND HOT SUMMERS
RANKING: TOP 20 REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
STUDENT POPULATION: 3,000
MASCOT: CARDINALS
TRAVEL AMENITIES: 40 MINUTE DRIVE TO CHICAGO
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING: $11,000
INTERESTING FACT: THE COLLEGE IS A PRIVATE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE. HOME TO A LARGE CONCERT HALL.

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