Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2011 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 33,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class.
Carnegie Mellon University is a global research university with more than 11,000 students, 86,500 alumni, and 4,000 faculty and staff. Recognized for its world-class arts and technology programs, collaboration across disciplines and innovative leadership in education, CMU is consistently a top-ranked university. Carnegie Mellon attracts students from all 50 US states and 93 nations, and is affiliated with 18 Nobel Laureates, 11 Turing Award recipients, 94 Emmy Award recipients, six Academy Award recipients and 12 Tony Award recipients.
Merrimack College is a selective, independent college in the Catholic, Augustinian tradition whose mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. Throughout the curriculum, students can take advantage of hands-on opportunities including cooperative education and internships, research with faculty, study abroad and service learning. And, because Merrimack's curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts, graduates are prepared to be imaginative, analytical, aware of trends and historical perspectives, clear thinking, and adaptable to changes in their career.
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The National Association of Independent Schools, governed by a board of trustees and staffed by approximately 40 individuals, is a membership organization and the national voice of independent education. NAIS represents approximately 1,400 independent schools and associations in the United States, and affiliates with independent schools abroad as well.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Northeastern's broad mix of experience-based education programs—their signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.
Founded in 1834, Tulane is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. Tulane's schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine. The undergraduate experience is marked by close student-faculty interaction, a variety of campus programs, and a diverse student body representing all 50 states and more than 40 different countries. With 4,400 employees, Tulane is the largest employer in New Orleans.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
WPI was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. WPI is ranked #64 among all national doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report; #1 part-time MBA program in the nation by BusinessWeek; and #9 for "best career prospects" for MBA graduates by The Princeton Review. WPI's academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts.