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Winter-sports athletes arguably have a special kind of passion for sports and student athletes are no different. If you are a student athlete looking for colleges with teams for winter sports, this top-50 colleges rankings list may help you in your search.

Many of the “best colleges for winter sports” articles only consider two or three sports. However, the NCAA (ncaa.org) lists 10 winter sports, based on regular season dates as well as championship dates, and that basis is what we have used to build our ranking system:

  1. basketball
  2. track and field (indoor)
  3. swimming and diving
  4. wrestling
  5. ice hockey
  6. bowling
  7. gymnastics
  8. skiing
  9. fencing
  10. rifle

If you notice, the above list of sports is not alphabetical. Rather, we’ve filtered through NCES.ed.gov data on 2,750+ bachelor’s-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. (mainland, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, DC) and counted the number of times each winter sport is represented with at least one varsity team. This frequency count is represented in the list above, in decreasing frequency. That means, for example, that more of the 2,750+ institutions have at least one varsity basketball team than any of the other winter sports, and that rifle has the least representation — 10 institutions, in fact, but only one of which made it to our top 50 list (#7, University of Nebraska – Lincoln). The sport of fencing comes in second last, represented by 39 institutions. Basketball, the most popular “winter” sport, is represented at 1,466 bachelor’s-granting institutions overall, and at all the institutions listed in our rankings. No institution has team representation for all 10 winter sports, but #1, Brown University, represents eight.

Using both a unique weighted popularity score, as well as factors such as the number of winters sports and the lack or presence of sports/ athletic/ fitness-related academic programs, we built a scoring system — applied consistently to all 2,756 U.S. bachelor’s-granting institutions considered — to arrive at our top 50, listed further below.

Summary:

Here is a quick overview of the metadata of our final 50 schools, collectively. Public and private nonprofit schools were roughly about even in representation, with for-profits not represented at all in the top 50. Every school offered at least bachelor’s degrees, with some also offering associate’s degrees and/or graduate degrees.

Geographically, 40 states and districts (e.g., including Washington, DC) were represented by the top 200 candidate institutions in our filtered list. The top 50 “winter sports” colleges in our list represent only 20 states, as shown below. (Numbers in brackets represent the number of colleges/ universities that are represented for a given state, if it’s more than once.) All states and DC are represented across the 1,460 institutions that have at least one winter sports team.

  1. Arizona
  2. California
  3. Connecticut (4)
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa (2)
  6. Kentucky (2)
  7. Massachusetts (6)
  8. Michigan (3)
  9. Minnesota (7)
  10. Missouri
  11. Nebraska
  12. New Hampshire (2)
  13. New Jersey
  14. New York (6)
  15. North Carolina (2)
  16. Ohio
  17. Pennsylvania (3)
  18. Rhode Island
  19. Vermont
  20. Wisconsin (4)

There are eight “Ivy League” colleges in the U.S., all of which are considered to be high-prestige schools. The Ivy League schools are actually part of one NCAA athletic conference. Six of the eight Ivy League colleges ranked in our top-50 list. Not on our list are Columbia University (#51) and Dartmouth College (#78).

Additional metadata statistics are listed below:

  • Yearly net price range: $10,936 – $37,204.
  • Most affordable: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (based on net price)
  • In-state tuition range: $7,553 – $49,056.
  • Out-of-state tuition range: $15,053 – $49,056.
  • Lowest in-state: Saint Cloud State University.
  • Lowest out-of-state: Minnesota State University-Mankato.
  • Graduation rate range: 36-98%.
  • Highest graduation rate: Harvard University.
  • Transfer-out rate range: 2-36%. (31 of 50 institutions did not report this.
  • Lowest transfer-out rate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Student population range: 2,126-58,322.
  • Undergrad population range: 2,072-.
  • Smallest # students: Williams College
  • Largest # students: Ohio State University.
  • Smallest # undergrads: Williams College.
  • Largest # undergrads: Ohio State University.
  • Oldest school: Harvard University (est. 1636).
  • Youngest school: Sacred Heart University (est. 1963).
  • # states covered: 20.

 

NOTES:

  • The rankings are not a comment on quality of education
  • Overall scoring is based on a combination of: (a) number of winter sports represented by a team (men’s, women’s, mixed, or individual), (b) our “powerscore,” and a (c) college’s general undergrad graduation rate.
  • Most data referenced here are from the NCES.ed.gov database for the most-recently reported academic year (AY) at time of writing
  • We did not factor in off-campus facilities/ events, as many other “best winter sports colleges” have already done this.
  • While presence of one or more sports/ athletic/ fitness-related academic program at undergrad or graduate level does receive extra points, the bulk of point scoring comes from the presence of winter sports teams.
  • We did not make a distinction between men’s and women’s teams — only that at least one team for a given sport was present.
  • More popular winter sports receive significantly higher points than less popular winter sports.
  • All factors together determine ranking.
  • All 50 colleges/ universities/ institutes listed here represent at least five winter sports and at most eight winter sports.
  • Winter sports for each institution is listed in decreasing order of popularity.
  • The Areavibes.com “cost of living score” added to each school represents the affordability score for living in the town/ city/ region and is independent of housing costs on-campus.

 

 

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Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and was established in 1849.

EMU offers nearly 400 programs at all levels across seven colleges and schools: Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology; Honors; Graduate School. (It also has over a dozen centers and institutes, which may afford research opportunities.) Undergrad students can choose from nearly 190 majors and 130+ minors. Sports-related programs include: BS Athletic Training; BA/BS Sport Management; BA/BS Sport Performance and Fitness Entrepreneurship; BA/BS Exercise Science; BA/BS K -12 Physical Education Teacher Education; Secondary Education Physical Education (minor); BA/BS Special Education Major K-12 Physical and Other Health Impairment Endorsement – Elementary; BA/BS Special Education Major K-12 Physical and Other Health Impairment Endorsement – Secondary. At the graduate level, additional programs that may be of interest include: MS Exercise Physiology; MS Sport Management; MS Physical Education Pedagogy; certificate Physical Education; MEd and certificate, Secondary Certification – Physical and Other Health Impairment. Online options include: BA/BS Dietetics; MS Dietetics; MS Human Nutrition.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Eagles
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 37%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $13,040.
  • In-state tuition: $9,663.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $25,706.
  • Student population: 22401.
  • # undergraduates: 18340.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Arizona State University-Tempe

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Arizona State University-Tempe is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Tempe, Arizona, and was established in 1885. This is the flagship location of the multi-campus system. With all campuses and learning centers in the ASU system combined, it is said to have the largest student body amongst U.S. institutions of higher learning. ASU has a motto of “One university in many places,” and as such, any programs listed here are those collectively available at all ASU campuses. However, all athletic facilities are at the Tempe campus.

ASU offers over 600 degree programs at all levels across 15 schools and colleges at all campuses, collectively. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 400 programs (major, minor, certificates). Sports-related programs at the Tempe campus include: BA Business – Sports and Media Studies; BS Community Sports Management; BA Sports Journalism; MSLB Sports Law and Business. Other options that may be of interest include but are at campuses other than Tempe (some of which are available online): BS Healthy Lifestyles Coaching; BS Kinesiology; BS Parks and Recreation Management with Therapeutic Recreation Management option; BAE Secondary Education – Physical Education; BS Exercise and Wellness, general or Health Promotion option; MA Sports Journalism; MS Clinical Exercise Physiology; PhD Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness; MPE Physical Education

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Sun Devils
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 63%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $12,191.
  • In-state tuition: $10,157.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $24,503.
  • Student population: 50320.
  • # undergraduates: 39961.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 22 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B.

 

 

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Gannon University

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Gannon University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and was established in 1925.

Gannon offers over 110 degree and other academic programs at all levels. Undergrad students can choose from 9 associate’s degrees and 55 bachelor’s degrees. Sports-related programs include: BSBA Sport Management and Marketing; Athletic Coaching (minor); Exercise Science (minor); Sport Behavior (minor). Other programs that may be of interest: BS Nutrition and Human Performance; Master of Athletic Training (MAT, accelerated 3+2); MS Sport and Exercise Science; DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy. Undergrad students can also select the AA or BA in Interdisciplinary studies, which allows them to combine a selection of either one major and secondary field, or one major and two secondary fields.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Golden Knights
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 66%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 26%.
  • Yearly average net price: $20,920.
  • In-state tuition: $28,368.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,368.
  • Student population: 4410.
  • # undergraduates: 3205.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Springfield College

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Springfield College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was established in 1885. In 1891, grad student James Naismith invented the game of basketball.

Springfield has six schools: Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; Professional and Continuing Studies; Social Work. Undergrad students can choose from over 40 majors. Sports-related programs include: Athletic Training (with DPT dual-admission option); Communications/ Sports Journalism; Movement and Sports Studies (Physical Education); Physical Education; Physical and Health Education (dual certification); Physical Therapy; Recreation Management; Sport Management; Sports Biology. Other programs of possible interest: Nutritional Sciences.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Pride
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 69%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $28,292.
  • In-state tuition: $33,455.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $33,455.
  • Student population: 3178.
  • # undergraduates: 2138.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D+.

 

 

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Iowa State University

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Iowa State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Ames, Iowa, and was established in 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. Its current full name is Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

ISU has 10 colleges and schools: Agriculture and Life Sciences; Business; Design; Engineering; Graduate; Human Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Veterinary Medicine; Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication; School of Education. Undergrad students can choose from over 110 majors (BA, BS, BFA, etc.) and 90+ minors. Sports-related programs include: BS Athletic Training; Health Coach (minor and undergrad certificate); Kinesiology (major or minor); Physical Education Teacher Education; Exercise Science; Diet and Exercise (BS and MS dual degree); Sport and Recreation (minor).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cyclones
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 69%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 24%.
  • Yearly average net price: $13,899.
  • In-state tuition: $7,731.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $20,617.
  • Student population: 34435.
  • # undergraduates: 28893.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 19 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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University of Iowa

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University of Iowa is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Iowa City, Iowa, and was established in 1847.

UU has 12 colleges: Carver College of Medicine; College of Dentistry; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; College of Public Health; Graduate College; Tippie College of Business; University College. Undergrad students can choose from 80+ major areas of study plus dozens more subprograms/tracks, as well as 55 minors. Sports-related programs include: BA HHP – Exercise Science; BA HHP – Health Promotion; BA HHP – Health Studies; BA Athletic Training; BA Sports Studies with Coaching Authorization track; BS Sport and Recreation Management with seven tracks — Business Studies, Coaching and Sport Instruction, Communications Public Relations/ Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Sport and Diversity, Student-Designed. Students may also be interested in the BS Therapeutic Recreation program. Many of these HHP (Health and Human Physiology) programs are also available as minors.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Hawkeyes
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 70%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 24%.
  • Yearly average net price: $14,315.
  • In-state tuition: $8,079.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $27,409.
  • Student population: 29970.
  • # undergraduates: 22354.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was established in 1887.

NC State offers 300+ degree programs at all levels across 65 departments within 12 colleges: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Design; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Natural Resources; Poole College of Management; College of Sciences; College of Textiles; College of Veterinary Medicine; The Graduate School; Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 100 majors. Sports-related major programs include: Sport Management; Health and Exercise Studies; Professional Golf Management. Minors include Sport Science and Coaching Education. Other programs that may be of interest: Nutrition Science, Outdoor Leadership (minor).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Wolfpack
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 75%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 9%.
  • Yearly average net price: $13,579.
  • In-state tuition: $8,296.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $23,551.
  • Student population: 33989.
  • # undergraduates: 24473.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Ithaca College

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Ithaca College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Ithaca, New York, and was established in 1892.

Ithaca has five academic divisions: Business; Communications; Health Sciences and Human Performance; Humanities and Sciences; Music. Undergrad students can choose from over 90 majors and 70+ minors. Sports-related programs include: BS Athletic Training; BS Clinical Exercise Science; BS Exercise Science; BS Health Education and Physical Education; BS Physical Education; BS Sport Management; BS Sport Media. Students may also be interested in the following: BS Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy (also has DPT); BS Therapeutic Recreation; BS Outdoor Adventure Leadership

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Bombers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 78%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $33,866.
  • In-state tuition: $39,532.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,532.
  • Student population: 6587.
  • # undergraduates: 6124.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 11 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Champaign, Illinois, and was established in 1867. The campus has not one but two recreation centers, one of which is one of the largest on-campus rec centers in the U.S., thanks to a renovation (2006-2008) at the cost of nearly $55M. It counts Olympians and Paralympians amongst its alumni. As well, over 20 alumni and faculty are Nobel Prize winners, and another 20+ who are Pulitzer Prize winners.

UIUC offers over 250 programs at all levels across 16 colleges, schools and other academic divisions. Undergrad students can choose from over 150 fields of study (major and minor combined) from the nine undergraduate academic divisions. Sports-related programs include: Recreation Management; Recreation, Sport and Tourism; Sport Management; Kinesiology; Kinesiology – Physical Education (K-12); Teacher Education: Kinesiology – Physical Education (K-12). Other programs possibly of interest include: Rehabilitation Studies or Pre-Physical Therapy (a pre-professional program, which can complement a major).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Fighting Illini
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 84%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $16,249.
  • In-state tuition: $15,020.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,646.
  • Student population: 45140.
  • # undergraduates: 32959.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 19 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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Norwich University

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Norwich University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Northfield, Vermont, and was established in 1819.

Norwich has five colleges: Graduate and Continuing Studies; Liberal Arts; National Services; Professional Schools; Science and Mathematics. Undergrad students can choose from 19 residential programs (including one online). Sports-related programs include: Athletic Training; Physical Education; Sports Medicine.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cadets
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 58%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $27,429.
  • In-state tuition: $34,704.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,704.
  • Student population: 3672.
  • # undergraduates: 2648.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 10 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a 4-year, public institution that offers degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and was established in 1894.

UWSP has four colleges: College of Fine Arts and Communication; College of Letters and Science; College of Natural Resources; College of Professional Studies. Undergrad students can choose from 48 majors and 78 minors (collectively offering 120+ study areas). Sports-related programs include: Athletic Training; Coaching; Physical Education; Physical Education – Exceptional; Physical Therapy (preprofessional). There are also health/ wellness programs that may be of interest.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Pointers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 60%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $11,561.
  • In-state tuition: $7,668.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,241.
  • Student population: 9330.
  • # undergraduates: 9006.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 20 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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SUNY College at Oswego

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SUNY College at Oswego is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Oswego, New York, and was established in 1861.

Oswego has 110 programs of study at all levels, from 30 departments across four colleges and schools: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; School of Education. Undergrad students can choose from over 40 majors and minors. Sports-related programs include: Athletic Coaching (minor); Nutrition (minor); Health Science (minor); Health and Wellness (grad certificate).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Great Lakers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 63%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 25%.
  • Yearly average net price: $15,784.
  • In-state tuition: $7,581.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,231.
  • Student population: 8034.
  • # undergraduates: 7193.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Rochester, New York, and was established in 1829.

RIT has 12 colleges, schools, institutes and other academic divisions: College of Applied Science and Technology; Saunders College of Business; B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences; Kate Gleason College of Engineering; College of Health Sciences and Technology; College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; National Technical Institute for the Deaf; College of Science; School of Individualized Study; Golisano Institute for Sustainability; University Studies. Undergrad students can choose from 20+ associate’s degree programs (AAS, AOS, AS) and nearly 80 bachelor’s degree programs (BS, BFA) and nearly 100 minors or 60 immersions. Sports-related programs include: Exercise Science (certificate).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Tigers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 63%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $27,923.
  • In-state tuition: $35,768.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,768.
  • Student population: 16310.
  • # undergraduates: 13460.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Augsburg College

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Augsburg College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was established in 1869.

Augsburg undergrad students can choose from around 30 categories and over 50 areas of study (including options/ tracks, and excluding the programs designated as Adult Undergraduate). Sports-related programs include: Exercise Science; Health Education; Physical Education.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Auggies
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 63%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $18,460.
  • In-state tuition: $34,431.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,431.
  • Student population: 3548.
  • # undergraduates: 2619.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 12 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Concordia College at Moorhead

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Concordia College at Moorhead is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Moorhead, Minnesota, and was established in 1891.

Concordia has eight academic divisions: Fine Arts; Business; Communication Studies; Education; Humanities; Languages/ Global; Sciences and Math; Preprofessional Programs. Undergrads can choose from over 60 majors (15 of which are honors majors). Combined with minors and concentrations, there are over 120 areas of study. Sports-related programs include: Exercise Science; Health, Physical Education and Exercise; Coaching. Students may also be interested in the Physical Therapy preprofessional program, which some Exercise Science students take subsequently, or in the Food/ Nutrition/ Dietetics program – the graduates of which sometimes advise professional athletes.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cobbers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 72%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $22,827.
  • In-state tuition: $34,114.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,114.
  • Student population: 2398.
  • # undergraduates: 2381.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 12 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

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University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 4-year, public institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Madison, Wisconsin, was established in 1848, and is the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system. UW faculty/ alumni have collectively won nearly 20 Nobel prizes and over 30 Pulitzers.

UW has 22 schools, colleges and other academic divisions collectively offering over 4,700 courses. Undergrad students can choose from over 200 programs. Sports-related programs include: Kinesiology (bachelor’s, MS, PhD) with three options (Athletic Training, Physical Education Teacher Education, Exercise and Movement Science).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Badgers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 84%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $16,131.
  • In-state tuition: $10,410.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,660.
  • Student population: 42598.
  • # undergraduates: 30694.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Trinity College

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Trinity College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Hartford, Connecticut, and was established in 1823. It was originally founded as Washington College and is the second oldest college in Connecticut state (after Yale University).

Trinity undergrad students can choose from over 40 majors and nearly 30 interdisciplinary minors. There are no sports-related academic programs; however, there are for-credit Physical Education courses, offered quarterly and each awarding 0.25 academic credits (pass/fail basis, and up to 1.0 credits maximum over four years). Class offerings change quarterly. Also, the Sports Medicine department, besides treating athletic injuries, offers non-academic courses in health and wellness as well as other topics.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Bantams
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 84%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 10%.
  • Yearly average net price: $25,120.
  • In-state tuition: $49,056.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $49,056.
  • Student population: 2408.
  • # undergraduates: 2316.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 9 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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Boston University

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Boston University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and was established in 1839.

BU has 17 schools and colleges that collectively offer over 250 programs. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 150 majors — some of which have diploma, minor, associate’s and/or master’s equivalents — as well as an additional 30+ minor topics. Undergrad and grad sports-related programs include: Athletic Training (BS or accelerated dual BS and DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy); Physical Education (licensure and non-licensure tracks); Physical Education, Health Education, and Coaching (minor or EdD). The School of Education also offers a couple of online courses that may be of interest: Curriculum and Special Methods for Coaching; Methods of Coaching. Other items of possible interest: a workshop in Coaching Strategies and a seminar in Kinesiology.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Terriers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 85%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $32,539.
  • In-state tuition: $46,664.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $46,664.
  • Student population: 32112.
  • # undergraduates: 18017.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: F.

 

 

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Wesleyan University

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Wesleyan University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Middletown, Connecticut, and was established in 1831.

Wesleyan has 46 departments collectively offering over 1,000 courses. Undergrad students can choose from 45 majors, 14 minors, 14 interdisciplinary programs and over a dozen certificates (60 topic areas combined). There are also nearly a dozen dual-degree bachelor’s/ master’s (BA/MA) programs. The department of Physical Education and Athletics hosts a number of sports schools, camps and clinics. See Wesleyan site for details.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cardinals
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 93%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $24,156.
  • In-state tuition: $48,272.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $48,272.
  • Student population: 3224.
  • # undergraduates: 2928.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 8 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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University of the Cumberlands

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University of the Cumberlands is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and was established in 1889.

Undergrad students at UC can choose from over 40 majors and 30+ minors. Sports-related programs include: Exercise and Sport Management; Fitness and Sport Science; Health and Physical Education (P-12 Certification).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Patriots
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. bowling
  • Graduation rate: 36%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $16,877.
  • In-state tuition: $20,000.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $20,000.
  • Student population: 5736.
  • # undergraduates: 2655.
  • Campus setting: Town: Remote.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Campbellsville University

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Campbellsville University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and was established in 1906.

Campbellsville has eight schools and colleges: College of Arts and Science; School of Business and Economics; Carver School of Social Work and Counseling; School of Cosmetology; School of Education; School of Music; School of Nursing; School of Theology. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 60 bachelor’s degree programs. Sports-related programs include; Sport Management (BS major, minor, Master’s); Health and Physical Education (with or without teaching certification); Sports Leadership track; Sport Medicine Track; Athletic Coaching (minor); Exercise Science Area; Fitness/ Wellness Specialist.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Tigers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. bowling
  • Graduation rate: 39%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $14,646.
  • In-state tuition: $22,842.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,842.
  • Student population: 3427.
  • # undergraduates: 2992.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Minnesota State University-Mankato

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Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Mankato, Minnesota, and was established in 1868.

MSU/MNSU has eight colleges and divisions: College of Allied Health and Nursing; College of Arts and Humanities; College of Business; College of Education; University Extended Education; College of Graduate Studies and Research; College of Science, Engineering and Technology; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students can choose from over 110 majors and minors, plus additional areas of concentration. Sports-related major or minor programs include: Sports Management; Athletic Coaching; Athletic Training; Developmental/Adapted Physical Education; Physical Education; Exercise Science; Pre-Physical Therapy (pre-professional).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Mavericks
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 50%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 34%.
  • Yearly average net price: $12,464.
  • In-state tuition: $7,574.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,053.
  • Student population: 15387.
  • # undergraduates: 13395.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 23 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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Western New England University

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Western New England University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was established in 1919.

WNE has five colleges and schools: Arts and Sciences; Business; Engineering; Pharmacy; Law. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 50 majors and around 40 minors. WNE also has a number of five-year, dual-degree programs that result in a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, as well as a six-year, dual-degree Engineering/Law program and a 3+3 dual-degree bachelor’s /JD law program. Sports-related programs include: Sport Management (major) and Athletic Coaching (minor). Students may also be interested in the Health Sciences major, whose Web page points out that “[m]any of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports…” There are also a series of lectures on sports business and its impact on global economy that are sponsored by the university’s Center for International Sport Business (CISB). CISB offers a Seminar Abroad program.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Golden Bears
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
  • Graduation rate: 59%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 26%.
  • Yearly average net price: $28,644.
  • In-state tuition: $33,466.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $33,466.
  • Student population: 3922.
  • # undergraduates: 2732.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D+.

 

 

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Boston College

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Boston College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and was established in 1863 — claiming to be the first institution of higher education in the city of Boston.

BC has eight schools and colleges: Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences; Boston College Law School; James A. Woods, S.J. College of Advancing Studies; School of Social Work; Carroll School of Management; William F. Connell School of Nursing; Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education; School of Theology and Ministry. Undergrad students can choose from over 70 majors granting BA or BS degrees, as well as over 50 minors.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Eagles
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. ice hockey
    5. skiing
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 91%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 6%.
  • Yearly average net price: $26,335.
  • In-state tuition: $47,436.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $47,436.
  • Student population: 14317.
  • # undergraduates: 9856.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 15 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: F (Newton, MA).

 

 

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Yale University

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Yale University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in New Haven, Connecticut, was established in 1701 and is one of the eight Ivy League schools, as well as one of nine Colonial colleges. It was originally founded in Saybrook, CT, as the Collegiate School.

Yale has over 145 departments and programs. Undergraduate students all enroll through Yale College. While there are no sports-related academic programs, the university has a department of athletic medicine that treats athletes. They have a resident sports nutritionist and several athletic medicine clinicians. As well, Yale has a “Green Athletic Teams” certification program that educates the school’s athletes and coaches in sustainability practices. Athletic members of the LGBTQ community can join the Athletes and Allies student group.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Bulldogs
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. ice hockey
    5. gymnastics
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 96%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $19,317.
  • In-state tuition: $45,800.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $45,800.
  • Student population: 12336.
  • # undergraduates: 5477.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 6 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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University of New Hampshire

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University of New Hampshire is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Durham, New Hampshire, and was established in 1866. The Durham campus is the flagship location of the University System of New Hampshire and was originally located in in Hanover, NH, moving to Durham in 1893.

UNH has 11 schools and colleges, which includes the Manchester campus and the School of Law at the Concord campus. The other division are: Carsey School of Public Policy; College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; College of Health and Human Services; College of Liberal Arts; College of Life Sciences and Agriculture; Graduate School; School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering; Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics; Thompson School of Applied Science; UNH Manchester; UNH School of Law. Sports-related programs include: Kinesiology: Exercise Science; Kinesiology: Outdoor Education; Kinesiology: Physical Education; Kinesiology: Sport Studies; Recreation Management and Policy; Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management; Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation and Coaching.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Wildcats
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. ice hockey
    5. gymnastics
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 76%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $20,546.
  • In-state tuition: $16,552.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,532.
  • Student population: 15117.
  • # undergraduates: 12831.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 19 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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Gustavus Adolphus College

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Gustavus Adolphus College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s). It is based in Saint Peter, Minnesota, and was established in 1862.

GAC has 24 academic departments collectively offering over 70 undergraduate majors of study. Sports-related programs from the department of Health and Exercise Science include: Athletic Training; Coaching (minor); Health and Physical Education; Public Health (minor); Health Fitness (pre-professional program with no required courses).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Gusties
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. ice hockey
    5. gymnastics
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 81%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 13%.
  • Yearly average net price: $25,064.
  • In-state tuition: $40,400.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,400.
  • Student population: 2457.
  • # undergraduates: 2457.
  • Campus setting: Town: Fringe.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 11 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was established in 1789.

UNC Chapel Hill offers nearly 160 degree programs collectively through its 15 schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Education; Eshelman School of Pharmacy; General College; Gillings School of Global Public Health; Graduate School; Kenan-Flagler Business School; Government; Information and Library Science; Law; Media and Journalism; Medicine; Nursing; Social Work. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 80 bachelor’s degree programs. Sports-related programs include: BA Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS); BA Athletic Training; BA Fitness Professional; BA Sport Administration plus various minors (Coaching Education, Recreation Administration, EXSS). The EXSS department also offers graduate programs.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Tar Heels
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 90%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 2%.
  • Yearly average net price: $10,936.
  • In-state tuition: $8,336.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $33,418.
  • Student population: 29135.
  • # undergraduates: 18350.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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Stanford University

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Stanford University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Stanford, California, and was established in 1891. While Stanford is not an Ivy League school, it is sometimes referred to in “alternative Ivies” lists. It is, however, not part of the NCAA Ivy League conference. The school is also notable for the 200+ Olympic medals won by its athletes over time.

Stanford has seven schools: Business; Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Sciences; Law; Medicine. Undergrad degrees offered include BA, BS, BAS. Stanford does not have specifically sports-related programs; however, it does have the Health and Human Performance department, which has the units the Leadership Institute, Outdoor Education, Physical Education and Wellness Education. Each of these divisions offers courses, although not degree programs.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cardinal
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 95%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $17,952.
  • In-state tuition: $45,195.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $45,195.
  • Student population: 16963.
  • # undergraduates: 7019.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 10 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: F.

 

 

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a 4-year, public institution that offers degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and was established in 1868.

UW-Whitewater (UWW) has five colleges and schools: College of Arts and Communication; College of Business and Economics; College of Education and Professional Studies; College of Letters and Sciences; School of Graduate Studies. Collectively, they offer nearly 240 majors, minors and emphases. Sports-related programs include Sport Management (minor) and Athletic Coaching Education (minor).

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Warhawks
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. bowling
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 58%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $11,575.
  • In-state tuition: $7,600.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,173.
  • Student population: 12176.
  • # undergraduates: 10988.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 21 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B+.

 

 

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University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was established in 1740 and is one of the eight Ivy League schools, as well as one of nine Colonial colleges.

UPenn has 12 schools: Annenberg School for Communication; Arts and Sciences; Dental Medicine; Design; Engineering and Applied Science; Graduate School of Education; Law School; Nursing; Perelman School of Medicine; Social Policy and Practice; Veterinary Medicine; The Wharton School. Four of these divisions offer a total of 90+ majors for undergrads to choose from. Undergrads can also choose from a selection of concentrations and minors, which with majors total nearly 160.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Quakers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. gymnastics
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 96%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $22,694.
  • In-state tuition: $47,668.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $47,668.
  • Student population: 24806.
  • # undergraduates: 11548.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 6 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Princeton University

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Princeton University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Princeton, New Jersey, was established in 1746 and is one of the eight Ivy League schools, as well as one of nine Colonial colleges.

Princeton has 35 academic departments that collectively grant undergrad and graduate degrees. Undergrads can choose an AB (Bachelor of Arts) with 30+ concentrations, or from six BSE programs in engineering, as well as 50+ certificate programs.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Tigers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 97%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $18,885.
  • In-state tuition: $41,820.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $41,820.
  • Student population: 8088.
  • # undergraduates: 5391.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 6 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: F.

 

 

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St Olaf College

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St Olaf College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s). It is based in Northfield, Minnesota, and was established in 1874.

SOC has five academic departments: Fine Arts; Humanities; Interdisciplinary and General Studies; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Social Sciences. Students can choose from nearly 40 programs of study and over 20 interdisciplinary concentrations.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Oles
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 89%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $28,019.
  • In-state tuition: $41,700.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $41,700.
  • Student population: 3034.
  • # undergraduates: 3034.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 11 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Williams College

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Williams College is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was established in 1793.

Williams offers undergrads nearly 70 majors and concentrations (their alternative to minors). Sports-related programs include: Physical Education, which offers over 40 courses to choose from (not available every semester), including basketball, bowling, figure skating, ice climbing, skiing (alpine and cross country), snowboarding, swimming and others.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Ephs
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 95%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $20,315.
  • In-state tuition: $48,310.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $48,310.
  • Student population: 2126.
  • # undergraduates: 2072.
  • Campus setting: Town: Fringe.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 6 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was established in 1916.

UW-Eau Claire has four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business; College of Education and Human Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Undergrad students can choose from over 150 major and minor topics. Sports-related programs include: Kinesiology – Human Performance, with multiple options, including Sport Performance; Kinesiology – Athletic Training; Kinesiology – Sport Pedagogy; and Kinesiology – Physical Education Teaching.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Blugolds
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 68%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $12,439.
  • In-state tuition: $8,743.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $16,316.
  • Student population: 10721.
  • # undergraduates: 10196.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 20 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B+.

 

 

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Michigan State University

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Michigan State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in East Lansing, Michigan, and was established in 1855.

MSU has 18 schools and colleges (too many to list here) offering over 200 academic programs collectively. Undergrad students can choose from over 160 degree programs (including BA/BS variations) and nearly 100 minors. Sports-related programs include a BS Kinesiology and minors in Coaching or Sports Business Management.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Spartans
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 79%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 13%.
  • Yearly average net price: $14,791.
  • In-state tuition: $13,200.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,965.
  • Student population: 50081.
  • # undergraduates: 38786.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 17 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B+.

 

 

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Saint Cloud State University

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Saint Cloud State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and was established in 1869.

SCSU has six colleges and schools offering over 200 academic programs collectively: Liberal Arts; Business; Public Affairs; Science and Engineering; Education; Health and Human Services. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 90 majors and 24 minors. Sports-related majors include: Recreation and Sports Management; Athletic Training; Health and Physical Education. Minors include Athletic Coaching.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Huskies
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 45%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 36%.
  • Yearly average net price: $13,426.
  • In-state tuition: $7,553.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,195.
  • Student population: 16076.
  • # undergraduates: 14377.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 22 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A.

 

 

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Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and was established in 1871, though it has roots back to 1808 as a teacher training institution.

PSU has five colleges and divisions: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education, Health, and Human Services; Graduate Studies; Online and Continuing Studies. Undergrad students can choose from over 50 majors (with dozens of option, collectively) and over 60 minors. Sports-related options for undergrads include: Athletic Training; Exercise and Sport Physiology; Physical Education with three options including teacher certification; and Sports Management.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Panthers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. skiing
  • Graduation rate: 58%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $19,018.
  • In-state tuition: $12,677.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $20,587.
  • Student population: 4855.
  • # undergraduates: 3756.
  • Campus setting: Town: Remote.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

 

 

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Lindenwood University

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Lindenwood University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Saint Charles, Missouri, and was established in 1827.

Lindenwod has 10 schools: Academic Degree Programs; Communications; Education; Fine and Performing Arts; Humanities; Human Services; Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; Plaster School of Business; Sciences; Sport, Recreation and Exercise Sciences. Students can choose from over 80 bachelor’s degree programs (BA, BFA, BS, BSW, etc.) – including 11 that are “accelerated” – and nearly 80 minors. Sports-related options for both majors and minors include Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Recreation Administration, Sport Management (major and minor), Coaching (minor), Strength and Conditioning (minor). Graduate programs include an MS in Human Performance.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Lions
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 50%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 27%.
  • Yearly average net price: $21,440.
  • In-state tuition: $15,580.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $15,580.
  • Student population: 12151.
  • # undergraduates: 8541.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B+.

 

 

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SUNY College at Cortland

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SUNY College at Cortland is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Cortland, New York, and was established in 1868.

Cortland has nearly 40 departments, including a few that may be of interest to sports-minded students. Undergrad students can choose from nearly 50 majors or select Undeclared/Pre-major. Sports-related majors include Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness Development, Physical Education (with Teacher Certification), Sport Management, Sports Studies. Students may also be interested in Outdoor Recreation, Recreation, Recreation Management, or Therapeutic Recreation. The majority of these programs result in a BS, and some are available amongst the 80+ minor options as well.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Red Dragons
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 67%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 25%.
  • Yearly average net price: $16,466.
  • In-state tuition: $7,719.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,369.
  • Student population: 6958.
  • # undergraduates: 6317.
  • Campus setting: Town: Distant.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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SUNY College at Brockport

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SUNY College at Brockport is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s). It is based in Brockport, New York, and was established in 1867.

Brockport offers over 50 areas of study for undergrads — most of which offer both a BA and a BS, with a few alternatives including BFA as well as some minors. Sports-related undergrad academic programs include BS Sport Management Athletic, BS Training, BS Exercise Science. The Depart of Kinesiology, Sports Studies and Physical Education (KSSPE) also offers a BS Kinesiology, a BS Physical Education Teacher Education, a concentration in Adapted Physical Education and a coaching minor.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Golden Eagles
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 68%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 19%.
  • Yearly average net price: $13,813.
  • In-state tuition: $7,562.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,212.
  • Student population: 8106.
  • # undergraduates: 7040.
  • Campus setting: Town: Fringe.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 17 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: B+.

 

 

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University of Minnesota

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and was established in 1851.

UMN has 19 colleges and schools. The undergrad divisions collectively offer nearly 150 majors (BA, BAEM, BASc, BBE, BBmE, BCE, BChE, BDA, BED, BEE, BEnvE, BFA, BME, BS, BSB, BSDH, BSN, etc.) Sports-related undergrad academic programs include Sport Management (Business). There is also a BS Kinesiology program that can lead to a variety of careers in sports and health.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Golden Gophers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 78%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 13%.
  • Yearly average net price: $15,589.
  • In-state tuition: $13,560.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $20,810.
  • Student population: 51147.
  • # undergraduates: 34351.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 17 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was established in 1817.

UM-AA has 19 schools and colleges. The undergrad divisions collectively offer approximately 260 areas of study (130+ majors, 130+ minors). Sports-related undergrad academic programs include Sport Management and Athletic Training.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Wolverines
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
  • Graduation rate: 91%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $15,850.
  • In-state tuition: $13,486.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $41,906.
  • Student population: 43625.
  • # undergraduates: 28395.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 12 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was established in 1869.

UN-Lincoln has 10 colleges: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Architecture; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education and Human Sciences; Engineering; Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; Graduate Studies; Journalism and Mass Communications; Law. These colleges collectively have over 300 schools or departments. UNL offers an undergraduate program in Athletic Training.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Cornhuskers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. bowling
    6. gymnastics
    7. rifle
  • Graduation rate: 67%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 11%.
  • Yearly average net price: $15,109.
  • In-state tuition: $8,170.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,090.
  • Student population: 25006.
  • # undergraduates: 19979.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 21 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Harvard University

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Harvard University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was established in 1636 and is one of the eight Ivy League schools. It is also one of nine Colonial colleges and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S.

Harvard has 12 degree-granting schools and colleges: Harvard Business School; Harvard College; Division of Continuing Education; Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Harvard Divinity School; Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Design; Harvard Graduate School of Education; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Law School; Harvard Medical School; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The majority of undergrad degree programs are offered through Harvard College, the undergraduate college, with nearly 50 fields of concentration. A selection of other schools/ colleges also offer undergrad programs.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Crimson
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. skiing
    7. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 98%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $15,095.
  • In-state tuition: $43,938.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $43,938.
  • Student population: 28791.
  • # undergraduates: 10338.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 8 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: F.

 

 

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Pennsylvania State University

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Pennsylvania State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in University Park, Pennsylvania, and was established in 1855. This is the flagship campus of a 21-campus system, which includes their World Campus.

PSU has 21 colleges and schools, including two schools of law and various graduate divisions. Of these, 11 offer undergraduate programs. Undergrad students can choose from over 150 bachelor’s degres and over 130 minors. Sports-related bachelor’s programs include Athletic Training, offered by the Kinesiology department.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Lions
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
    7. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 86%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $24,220.
  • In-state tuition: $17,502.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,452.
  • Student population: 47040.
  • # undergraduates: 40541.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 17 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D+ (State College, PA).

 

 

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Cornell University

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Cornell University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Ithaca, New York, and was established in 1865. It is the only one of the eight Ivy League schools that is not also a Colonial College — making it the youngest in the Ivy League.

Cornell offers 4,000+ courses across 100 academic departments housed in 14 colleges and schools, including several graduate divisions: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; School of Hotel Administration (SHA); College of Human Ecology; School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR); Cornell Tech (New York City); Graduate School; Cornell Law School; Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management; College of Veterinary Medicine; Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (New York City); School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. Undergrad students can choose from 80 majors and 90 minors.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Big Red
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
    7. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 93%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $28,537.
  • In-state tuition: $47,286.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $47,286.
  • Student population: 21679.
  • # undergraduates: 14282.
  • Campus setting: City: Small.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 9 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: C.

 

 

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Sacred Heart University

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Sacred Heart University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Fairfield, Connecticut, and was established in 1963.

SHU has six colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences; School of Communication and Media Arts; Jack Welch College of Business; Isabelle Farrington College of Education; College of Health Professions; College of Nursing; University College (part-time and non-credit programs). Undergrad students can choose from over 100 areas of study, including Sport Management or Sports Communication and Media. The latter has an accelerated dual-degree (bachelor’s and master’s) program, as well, that includes Athletic Communications and Promotions or Sports Broadcasting. Some non-sports online degree options are available.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Pioneers
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. bowling
    7. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 67%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $37,204.
  • In-state tuition: $35,750.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,750.
  • Student population: 7781.
  • # undergraduates: 4997.
  • Campus setting: Suburb: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 15 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: n/a.

 

 

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Ohio State University

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Ohio State University is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates and degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Columbus, Ohio, and was established in 1870.

OSU has 20 schools and colleges (too many to list here), including the Graduate School and Continuing Education, and well over 100 departments, institutes and centers. Overall, students can choose from over 200 undergraduate majors, hundreds of specializations. Students can also personalize their study program by choosing from around 80 concentrations. For sports-related academics, students can choose from several programs, including: BS Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity; BS Sport Industry; BS Athletic Training; BS Exercise Science Education; and additional certificates or other academic options.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Buckeyes
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
    7. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 83%.
  • Transfer-out rate: 10%.
  • Yearly average net price: $18,215.
  • In-state tuition: $10,037.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,537.
  • Student population: 58322.
  • # undergraduates: 44741.
  • Campus setting: City: Large.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: A+.

 

 

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Brown University

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Brown University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit institution that offers degree programs (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). It is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and was established in 1764.

Brown is amongst the oldest colleges in the U.S and is one of the eight Ivy League private schools, as well as one nine Colonial Colleges. Collectively, there are over 40 academic departments and about 2,000 courses available yearly. Undergrad students can design their own individualized study programs and have 80 concentration options for a BA or BS degree. Brown also has a “5th-year Master’s Program” that allows students to complete a master’s degree in just one extra year, provided they apply before completing their bachelor’s degree.

  • School website
  • Athletic nickname: Bears
  • Winter sports:
    1. basketball
    2. track, indoor
    3. swimming and diving
    4. wrestling
    5. ice hockey
    6. gymnastics
    7. skiing
    8. fencing
  • Graduation rate: 96%.
  • Transfer-out rate: n/a.
  • Yearly average net price: $21,193.
  • In-state tuition: $47,434.
  • Out-of-state tuition: $47,434.
  • Student population: 9181.
  • # undergraduates: 6548.
  • Campus setting: City: Midsize.
  • Campus housing avail.: Yes.
  • Student/ faculty ratio: 9 to 1
  • Areavibes.com cost of living score: D.

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