#1 University of Pennsylvania - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students can study in one of four schools that grant undergraduate degrees: Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Wharton.
#2 University of Georgia - ATHENS, GA
University of Georgia is a public institution that was founded in 1785. The school has 38.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Georgia is 18:1.
#3 St. Joseph's University - PHILADELPHIA, PA
St. Joseph's University was established in 1851 as a private institution. St. Joseph's University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.
#4 University of Wisconsin--Madison - MADISON, WI
A public institution, University of Wisconsin--Madison was founded in 1848. University of Wisconsin--Madison offers a Greek system, where 8 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.
#5 Temple University - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Temple University is an urban college in Philadelphia that offers around 300 student organizations. Center City, a hub of shopping and city life, is about two miles from campus.
#6 Georgia State University - ATLANTA, GA
Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, is one of the largest universities in Georgia. To help ease the college transition, first-year students can opt into the Freshman Learning Communities program, which groups students based on shared interests.
#7 Florida State University - TALLAHASSEE, FL
At Florida State University, a public school in Tallahassee, students have more than 550 organizations to consider joining. The Florida State Seminoles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I and are especially known for baseball and football.
#8 New York University - NEW YORK, NY
New York University was established in 1831 as a private institution. New York University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.
#9 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign - CHAMPAIGN, IL
A public institution, University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1867. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign offers a Greek system, where 23 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 23 percent is involved in a fraternity.
#10 University of Texas--Austin - AUSTIN, TX
University of Texas--Austin has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,523, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus.
#11 University of South Carolina - COLUMBIA, SC
At the University of South Carolina, freshmen students are eased into college life through University 101, a transition program pioneered at the school. The Columbia campus is the flagship location for the University of South Carolina system.
#12: Tie: Illinois State University - NORMAL, IL
Located about 130 miles southwest of Chicago, the Illinois State University campus is in the town of Normal. First-year students at ISU can take the Learning in Communities seminar, allowing them to attend one of their first college courses in small groups with their peers and learn about each other and the university.
#12: Tie: Pennsylvania State University--University Park - UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
Pennsylvania State University--University Park was established in 1855 as a public institution. Pennsylvania State University--University Park follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.