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A Guide to the Top Research Universities in the US

written by: Destiny Keller•edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 12/8/2011

Interested in attending one of the best research universities, but not sure where to start looking? This article provides you with the top 10 research universities, why they are ranked so, and why it is a great opportunity to attend such universities.

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    What is a Research University?

    A research university is one that is not only dedicated to teaching their students, but is also involved with conducting research. In this type of university, professors can spend up to half their time working on research projects, as well as the classes they teach. These schools usually have higher expectations of students academically, especially when it comes to academic honesty. Some students dislike research universities because professors have to balance their time between teaching and their research, although many of them do a great job balancing the two. There are also some definite positives to this type of university, as they usually have room for undergraduates to help and participate in studies. Being a part of a research project can help with resumes, and with getting into higher institutions like graduate school.

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    Top Ten Option for You

    According to the center for measuring university performance, research universities are ranked by their total research, federal research, national academy member, faculty awards, doctorates and post doctorates granted, and their ranges with SAT and ACT scores . Here is a list of the ten best research universities. All of thes are great choices with excellent research opportunities!

    1. Columbia University: This is a private institution with 104 national academy members, 33 faculty awards, 598 doctorates granted, and 808 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

    2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: This is also a private institution with 254 national academy members, 44 faculty awards, 599 doctorates granted, and 1,037 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

    3. Stanford University: This is a private institution with 277 national academy members, 37 faculty awards, 673 doctorates granted, and 1,394 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

    4. Harvard University: This is a private institution with 327 national academy members, 112 faculty awards, 666 doctorates granted, and 4760 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 700 to 800.

    5. University of Pennsylvania: This is a private institution with 93 national academy members, 25 faculty awards, 464 doctorates granted, and 915 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 650 to 750.

    6. Duke University: This is a private institution with 53 national academy members, 29 faculty awards, 302 doctorates granted, and 759 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 650 to 760.

    7.University of Michigan- Ann Arbor: This is a public institution with 77 national academy members, 55 faculty awards, 753 doctorates granted, and 573 post doctorates granted. Their ACT ranges are from 27 to 31.

    8. Yale University: This is a private institution with 104 national academy members, 33 faculty awards, 598 doctorates granted, and 808 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

    9. University of California – Berkeley: This is a public institution with 104 national academy members, 33 faculty awards, 598 doctorates granted, and 808 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

    10. University of California - Los Angeles: This is a public institution with 104 national academy members, 33 faculty awards, 598 doctorates granted, and 808 post doctorates granted. Their SAT ranges are from 660 to 760.

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    Decisions to Make

    If you are an planning on attending a research university, be sure to take other important factors into account such as cost, how homey if feels, and how the university speaks to you. It can be important to pick a great research university for graduate and PhD programs, but undergraduates need to not worry about this as much. Even if the university you plan on attending is not a prestigious research university, there are many internship programs you can apply to in places all over the country. They are available during different times of the year to make it easy to get the experience you need.

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    Sources

    Center For Measuring University Performance: http://mup.asu.edu/research2009.pdf