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Arkansas State University (2017)

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Arkansas State University logoArkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in our state, the Delta and the Mid-South region. Founded in 1909, A-State has become a destination university for more than 14,000 students through the combination of world-class research with a long tradition of student-friendly instruction. The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level institution with more than 150 areas of study and a robust online program that attract a diverse student body from a broad region. The economic and cultural engine of Northeast Arkansas, A-State’s public-private partnerships include hosting the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arkansas’ first osteopathic medical school; the creation of Mexico’s first American-style university with A-State Campus Querétaro; and working with O’Reilly Management for the Red Wolf Convention Center and Embassy Suites.

York College (CUNY)

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York College of the City University of New York (CUNY) was founded in 1966 and opened for its first cohort of students—all 371 of them—in rented spaces in the fall of 1967. The first commencement saw 150 graduate and all go on to successful careers in medicine, research, education and law (one is a member of the Queens, N.Y. Supreme Court). To date, York has graduated more than 27,000 students.

Wright State University (2017)

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Wright State University is a public research university in Dayton, Ohio, with nearly 18,000 students from 59 countries and all 50 states. Wright State is named after Orville and Wilbur Wright, Dayton’s aviation pioneers who changed the world forever. Their exceptional ingenuity, courage and perseverance inspire our commitment to research, community engagement and teaching. Wright State offers more than 230 degree programs from eight colleges and three schools, including the Boonshoft School of Medicine, plus a regional campus in Celina, Ohio. We see the potential in every student and intentionally create pathways for students to succeed through exceptional programs at an exceptional value. Learn more here and here.

University of South Carolina Upstate

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The University of South Carolina Upstate was founded in 1967, primarily to avert a serious health care problem when Spartanburg General Hospital announced it was phasing out its diploma program for registered nurses. The Spartanburg Regional Campus, as it was first known, opened its doors in the fall of 1967 to 177 students. Today's campus boasts 6,000 students, more than 40 majors and concentrations, a 330-acre residential campus with facilities in downtown Spartanburg and in Greenville, and an alumni base of more than 26,100—with the majority of these graduates remaining in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.

Tarleton State University

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Tarleton State University is located in Stephenville, Texas, and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. Located just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Tarleton is home to internationally known programs in agriculture, nursing, music, medical technology, mathematical data mining and teacher education. The university has one of the largest public school improvement partnerships in the nation, benefitting more than 50 area districts. Fall 2016 enrollment surpassed the 13,000 mark on four campuses.

Henderson State University

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Henderson State University was formed in 1890 to provide educational opportunities to Arkansas residents. The university has a unique past, it is the only institution in Arkansas that has been controlled by both church and state, and it is the only state-supported university to bear the name of an individual. Henderson State University is the second oldest state college in Arkansas.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2016)

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a leading public research university known for innovative teaching, relevant research across disciplines, and a supportive community that empowers and inspires inquisitive minds. UMBC serves 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and combines the learning opportunities of a liberal arts college with the creative intensity of a leading research university. At the same time, UMBC is one of the country’s most inclusive education communities. UMBC also contributes to Maryland through strong government and industry partnerships that advance K–16 education, entrepreneurship, workforce training, and technology commercialization.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (2015)

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is a separately accredited, four-year institution in the University of South Florida System, comprising USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg. USFSM has 2,017 students and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. Established as a regional campus in 1975 by USF Tampa, USFSM gained separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June, 2011. It welcomed its first freshman class in 2013.

California State University San Marcos (2015)

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California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the year of 2015. Since its founding, CSUSM has distinguished itself as a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. With nearly 13,000 enrolled students, it serves the regions of north San Diego, southwest Riverside and south Orange Counties. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace.

University of Massachusetts Boston (2015)

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public research university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 193 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, offered through its 11 colleges and graduate schools, serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

Western Carolina University (2014)

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Western Carolina University was founded in 1889 to educate the citizenry of western North Carolina. Nestled in a scenic valley within 20 minutes’ drive of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, we focus on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a rapidly diverse and changing world. A member of the University of North Carolina system, more than 10,000 students hail from 48 states and 35 countries. Our 120 academic programs include nationally ranked entrepreneurship, project management, and teacher education programs, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program. Our distinguished faculty includes winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and NEA awards—to name a few.

Framingham State University (2014)

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Framingham State University offers small, personalized classes to undergraduate and graduate students on a beautiful and traditional New England campus. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on its quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students. Student success is central to the mission of the university. Many options are available for student support, including programs to help freshmen transition to the university. The university also has a well-developed honors program for exceptional students. When students are asked why they chose to attend Framingham State University, they mention its outstanding academic reputation, interesting course offerings, exciting location, sense of community spirit, and, of course, its affordable cost. The breadth of programs offered by Framingham State University reflects diverse faculty expertise. Its many undergraduate programs range from art to biology to communication arts, while graduate offerings include the MBA, MEd, and MS. The university also has undergraduate degree evening programs, along with online courses.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2014)

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a public, four-year institution, is one of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1839 as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute, the university enrolls about 9,200 undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology and approximately 750 graduate students in upper-level programs, including the doctor of clinical audiology and new doctor of nursing practice. Eighty-eight percent of the university's students are Pennsylvania residents and approximately 8 percent hail from neighboring New Jersey. Leading undergraduate majors are accounting, biology and allied health sciences, communication studies, criminal justice, digital forensics, early childhood and adolescent education, management, marketing, nursing, psychology and special education.

University of Central Florida

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The University of Central Florida and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 60,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. The university has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media. Located in Orlando, UCF is the nation’s second-largest university. UCF is called a “Top Up-and-Coming” national university by U.S. News & World Report, a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2013)

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Nestled among 1,438 rolling acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, Cal Poly Pomona is a founding member of the California State University system. All eight colleges within the university embrace a learn-by-doing philosophy, recognizing that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage as professionals solving real-world problems tomorrow. Cal Poly Pomona is consistently ranked among the top public universities among non-doctorate granting institutions in the western United States.

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (2013)

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Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is one of four regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. It was established to provide quality education to residents in Northcentral Pennsylvania. Now, students from all over the state, the country and the world call themselves Pitt-Bradford students. Originally, Pitt-Bradford was a two-year school serving as a feeder institution for the University of Pittsburgh. Now it offers 37 baccalaureate and five associate degrees, along with 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Pitt-Bradford is a safe, friendly institution for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized environment.

University of Missouri–St. Louis

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Turning a golf course into a nationally recognized research university in 50 years is no small feat. Throughout 2013, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is celebrating its enlightened beginnings at the Bellerive Country Club. In1960, the post-war baby boom and the G.I. bill had created a flood of potential college students across the nation. Visionary school leaders and citizens of Normandy, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., passed a bond issue to purchase a 128-acre country club with the hopes of building a public university, the first in the region. When it was dedicated in 1963, the former clubhouse accommodated 672 students and 32 faculty members. Today, UMSL has nearly 17,000 students, more than 85,000 alumni and 2,700 faculty and staff members. It’s home to 10 colleges and schools and offers 91 degree programs.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2012)

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On March 7, 1887, Croatan Normal School was established by the General Assembly of North Carolina to educate American Indian school teachers. The school started educating the community from the ground up, and in 1928, the first two-year diplomas were awarded. In 1940, the first four-year degrees were conferred. In 1972, the university joined the new 16-member University of North Carolina (UNC) system. In 1996, after six previous name changes, the institution became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). In 2005, the state declared it “North Carolina's Historically American Indian University.” One of the most diverse universities in the U.S. today, UNCP has approximately 6,200 students and offers 41 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs.

Central State University (2012)

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Central State University is regionally accredited and the only Historically Black state university in Ohio. An act passed by the Ohio General Assembly on March 19, 1887, was the genesis for the university establishing a combined Normal and Industrial Department of Wilberforce University. Although associated with Wilberforce University, the department had a separate board of trustees and was considered a separate institution. In 1941, the General Assembly changed the title of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department that offered two-year courses to the College of Education and Industrial Arts that provided four-year college courses. In 1947, the College of Education and Industrial Arts began operating independently from Wilberforce University. It continued its programs in teacher education, industrial arts and business, and also began offering a four-year program in liberal arts, using the name Wilberforce State College. In 1951, the legislature of the state of Ohio provided the name Central State College and in November 1965, Central State was granted university status. In keeping with its 125-year tradition of excellence, Central State University prepares students for careers such as educators, government officials, attorneys and business executives. Central State is educating the next generation of leaders.

Nevada State College

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Proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Nevada State College (NSC), a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average size of only 23 students. Nevada State College serves over 3,300 students and has over 1,500 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit 

California State University Channel Islands

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CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service-learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. Visit CSU Channel Islands anniversary website at 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2012)

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a branch of Morgan College and remained affiliated with the Baltimore institution for nearly half a century. In addition to ecumenical support, the school received modest federal aid through the second Morrill Act, making it an 1890 land-grant institution where young blacks trained in agriculture and related mechanical arts. The state of Maryland purchased the institution during the Great Depression, moving it toward baccalaureate-level status. UMES today, with 4,500 students, blends a traditional curriculum with instruction in such contemporary fields as engineering, hospitality studies and allied health, including pharmacy.

Cheyney University

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Founded in 1837, Cheyney University is America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. Today it leverages that rich history of providing access to higher education for all students by producing visionary leaders and responsible citizens. Cheyney graduates are successful, talented individuals, and some of the most well-known include 60 Minutes journalist, Ed Bradley, and NFL defensive back, Andre Waters. Cheyney University is in the business of developing human potential and talent and does so through an intellectually challenging environment and personal attention to every studenta hallmark of the Cheyney experience.

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Farmingdale State College (2012)

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As Farmingdale State College celebrates its 100th anniversary, it continues to prepare students with the education, skills and critical thinking needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology (with over 7,600 students), Farmingdale equips students with the resources and knowledge sought by today’s emerging industries. At Farmingdale, students also have abundant opportunities in experiential learning—internships, clinical training and guided research—that provide practical instruction and personal growth. Small, personalized classes, a residence hall with suite-style living, a lush 380-acre campus undergoing major renovation, and a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program with modern facilities make Farmingdale State College one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region.

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Troy University (2012)

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Troy University, founded in 1887, is a comprehensive university of more than 28,000 students. The university operates four campuses in Alabama in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City. Through its Global Campus division, the university operates more than 60 locations outside of Alabama in 16 U.S. states and seven nations. Troy University is a worldwide leader in distance education, teaching more than 15,000 students across 13 time zones online. Troy offers more than 100 degree programs through five colleges: arts and sciences, business, communication and fine arts, education, and health and human services. All programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

SUNY Oswego (2011)

A comprehensive public college, SUNY Oswego offers more than 100 academic programs through its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business and School of Communication, Media and the Arts. SUNY Oswego logoAbout 8,300 students are enrolled, most of them full-time undergraduate students; 4,300 students live on the nearly 700-acre campus along the shore of Lake Ontario. The college also operates the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center in southern Oswego County and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

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Middle Tennessee State University (2011)

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), which is celebrating its centennial year in 2011-12, is the No. 1 choice of undergraduate students in Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 26,000 as of Fall 2010 and a graduation rate at almost 53 percent, MTSU is the most efficient producer of undergraduates among Tennessee’s public universities, based on funding per student from the state. A comprehensive, doctoral degree-granting university, MTSU occupies 515 acres at the geographic center of Tennessee in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, the state capital. MTSU is the leading producer of college graduates in the Middle Tennessee market, with more than 60 percent of its alumni living within an hour’s drive of Murfreesboro. An economic engine in the volunteer state, MTSU adds not only educational and cultural value to Tennessee, but also stimulates a vibrant business environment for the region. A recent study by the Business and Economic Research Center estimated that MTSU’s economic impact on Middle Tennessee was nearly $1 billion.

Winthrop University (2011)

Building on its 19th century origins as a distinctive women’s college, the Winthrop University of the 21st century is achieving national prominence as a competitive and distinctive, coeducational, public, comprehensive institution.  The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape the university’s continuing success.

Winthrop enrolls an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body of around 6,000 students.  The university recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment to the campus and the state. Winthrop prides itself on being an institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses.

Winthrop is located in Rock Hill, S.C., in a traditional setting of exceptional beauty, and provides a contemporary, collaborative, and supportive environment that fosters engaged student learning and development.

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SUNY Cobleskill (2011)

Chartered in 1911 and opened in 1916 as the Schoharie State School of Agriculture, today SUNY Cobleskill offers one of the most diverse agricultural programs in the United States – ranging from production agriculture to natural resources, landscaping to golf course management, fisheries to wildlife and environmental studies, and more. The College’s modern 782-acre complex serves as a laboratory for hands-on skill building and includes a working farm, 14 greenhouses, a 10-acre arboretum, 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, 200-cow contemporary freestall dairy, a meat laboratory, and equine complex.

SUNY Cobleskill students majoring in accounting, business administration, information technology, and culinary arts learn the most current thinking, theories, and practices in their respective fields. “Smart” classrooms and new computer labs use advanced technology as students prepare for their careers in a setting that mirrors the realities of the modern workplace. Small classes, close personal attention, and a wide range of majors are the hallmarks of the College’s liberal arts program. Every major has been designed to promote critical thinking and incorporates experiential learning. More than 20 bachelor’s degrees are available, including early childhood, natural sciences, communications, animal science, and plant science.

Winona State University (2008)

Founded in 1858 as Winona State Normal School, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with more than 8,000 students.

After it received authorization to grant the bachelor’s degree in 1921, the normal school became Winona State Teachers College; and just before celebrating its centennial was renamed Winona State College to reflect an expanded mission and academic program. Finally, in 1975, it became know as Winona State University, with five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering. It is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Three campuses now comprise the University: the original Winona campus, the Winona West campus, and the WSU-Rochester Center.

West Texas A&M University (2009)

The passage of a bill in early 1909 by the Thirty-first Texas Legislature authorizing the establishment of a State normal school for the education of  teachers located somewhere "west of the ninety-eighth meridian" set off a spirited bidding war as some 25 west Texas cities and towns competed to secure the educational institution. On Sept. 9, 1909, the location committee, consisting of the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, the lieutenant governor and the superintendent of public instruction, announced its decision. The location for the school, already named West Texas State Normal College, would be Canyon, a young community of 1,400 located near the center of the rapidly developing Texas Panhandle. Many factors were involved in the location decision, but a pledge of 40 acres of land and $100,100 in cash made Canyon's bid particularly attractive. Although not mentioned in the official report, the city's lack of saloons also strengthened its case.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2009)

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was founded in 1909 as the La Crosse Normal School. Today, it is one of the 13 four-year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. Originally known for its nationally recognized physical education program, UW-La Crosse now offers 85 undergraduate programs in 30 disciplines, and 21 graduate programs and emphases in eight disciplines.

The compact 119-acre campus in residential La Crosse provides a vibrant place to live and learn. Enrollment has grown from 176 when the doors opened to more than 9,000. The campus embraces diversity, a commitment that has increased minority and international students, faculty and staff. Students take part in an array of organizations and community service. Intercollegiate teams compete in 19 sports and have produced 58 national championships, 24 since 2001.

The university offers much — cultural events, regional and national conferences, prominent speakers, applied research, professionals with varying expertise, a large workforce, and community volunteers. UW-La Crosse works cooperatively with the city’s other higher education institutions and area elementary and secondary schools. Also, the university led development of a consortium among the city’s higher education institutions and major health care organizations to bring cutting-edge health care and research facilities to the region.

For 100 years UW-La Crosse has been the prominent intellectual engine educating a high quality workforce for the region. The university remains proud of its regional heritage and looks forward to retaining its prominence in the area’s economic vitality.

University of South Carolina Beaufort (2009)

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. The university’s two campuses, located on the waterfront in historic Beaufort, S.C. and at the gateway to Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., serve a diverse student body of nearly 1,650. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

University of Maine at Machias (2009)

The University of Maine at Machias was founded in 1909 as the Washington State Normal School, the last of six state normal schools charged with training Maine’s teachers.

Today, UMM is New England’s only public Environmental Liberal Arts college, offering an undergraduate education uniquely grounded in the natural, social, cultural, and economic environments of coastal Maine. As the smallest member of the University of Maine System, UMM enrolls an average of 1,000 students with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, and offers degree programs in 16 fields of study.

University of Central Florida (2008)

Established in 1963, the University of Central Florida is a diverse metropolitan research university that ranks as the 6th-largest in the country with more than 50,000 students.

Located in Orlando, Fla., UCF offers student-centered learning in undergraduate and graduate academic programs, nationally renowned faculty and continuing education. UCF also conducts cutting-edge research that powers the region's economic development. The university, then known as Florida Technological University, held its first classes on Oct. 7, 1968 with nearly 1,900 students enrolled. It celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this month with a virtual celebration on its Web site, highlighting photos, facts, milestones and other achievements during the past four decades.

University of Arkansas at Monticello (2009)

As one of the few remaining open admissions universities in the region, the University of Arkansas at Monticello is proud of its heritage of offering educational opportunities to the people of Arkansas.

Founded in 1909 as the Fourth District Agricultural School, UAM begins its centennial year with a renewed commitment to meeting the challenges of higher education in the 21st century.

UAM currently offers the bachelor of science degree in 13 fields, the bachelor of arts degree in eight major areas, the associate (two-year) degree in arts and applied sciences, and master’s degrees in forestry and education to a student body of more than 3,400 students. UAM also offers technical education at its College of Technology in Crossett and McGehee.

Through education, research and public service, the University of Arkansas at Monticello is continuing its commitment to providing educational opportunities to the people of the state, region and nation.

Texas A&M University-Commerce (2009)

For the past 120 years, Texas A&M University-Commerce has been in the business of transforming lives. As the fifth-oldest state university, A&M-Commerce provides the prestige of a tier-one school in a small-town atmosphere complete with personal mentoring from world-class professors, small classes and hands-on experiences from day one.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is home to more than 9,000 students, three academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and the soon-to-be completed music hall.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (2009)

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is located in Durant, Oklahoma, which is 90 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. In 2009, the University is celebrating its Centennial with a number of campus and community events.

The institution was founded in 1909 as a normal school to educate teachers for Oklahoma’s public schools. Since that time, the University has added disciplines to become a comprehensive regional university.

Southeastern is one of six institutions governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Trustees and is also governed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).

The University offers 41 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs through the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Graduate and University Studies.

Diverse program offerings include teacher education, aviation, and occupational safety and health, to name just a few.

In 2009, the John Massey School of Business earned initial accreditation in business from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Southeastern is one of only four universities in Oklahoma accredited by AACSB, and the only regional university in the state with that distinction. Both the undergraduate and MBA degrees at Southeastern received the AACSB accreditation.

Southeastern has an enrollment of 4,000 students at seven locations in Oklahoma and Texas. In addition to the main campus at Durant, programs are offered at the Southeastern-McCurtain County branch campus; Ardmore Higher Education Center; Eastern Oklahoma State College-McAlester campus; Tinker AFB and Oklahoma City Community College; and Grayson College in Denison, Texas.

The University has a long and successful history of providing higher education opportunities for Native American students. Southeastern’s service area covers significant parts of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and partners with the tribes to provide specialized services for all Native American students.  Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates in all disciplines.    

Southeastern will receive a federal grant of $1.16 million over the next four years to continue its Native American Excellence In Education program.

The project, a collaboration between Southeastern and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with the support of the local public schools, provides support and training for 12 Native American students in completing a pre-service education program that leads to a Bachelor of Education degree. Students receive additional training and support regarding Native American learning and culture. Participants receive full tuition, fees, books, childcare, laptop computers and living stipends. After graduating, the students teach in schools with at least a 5% Native American student population.

The grant comes from the United States Department of Education as part of the Office of Indian Education’s Professional Development program, which trains qualified individuals to become teachers and administrators in Indian communities.

Approximately 70 percent of Southeastern students receive some type of financial aid assistance.

In recent years, the University has benefited from a tremendous upgrade in its physical facilities, with the construction of a new student union, a new residence hall, new tennis courts, and a renovated football stadium. A new arena opened in the fall of 2008, and a new general classroom building is currently under construction.

Southeastern competes in NCAA Division II athletics as a member of the Lone Star Conference. The University has earned a national championship in baseball and nine national championships in rodeo competition.

Dr. Larry Minks is interim president at Southeastern.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University (2009)

OPSU was created by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute. Today Oklahoma Panhandle State University is the only baccalaureate degree granting institution within a 100 mile radius. Situated in the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle, it serves students from its home state as well as those in the four states surrounding the rural university. OPSU boasts nationally-recognized programs while maintaining one of the lowest tuition rates in the state and small student-to-teacher ratios.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana (2009)

Northwestern State University of Louisiana stands on ground that has been dedicated to learning for 125 years. Although, primarily a regional institution, Northwestern also offers an opportunity for education at other satellite locations. Specifically, distance learning is available in Leesville, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Jonesville. Northwestern was the first institution in Louisiana to gain 100 percent accreditation of all eligible academic programs. That designation shows that the academic programs at NSU meet the highest standards set by national accrediting agencies. Life outside the classroom is also an important part of the University. Northwestern offers its students more than 100 student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to honor societies and clubs for different majors as well as a Division I athletic program that is one of the nation's most successful.

Northeastern State University (2009)

Northeastern State University was founded in 1846 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary, opening its doors in 1851 as the first institution of higher learning in Indian Territory. On March 6, 1909, the Oklahoma legislature purchased the Seminary from the Cherokee Nation, and the following September classes began at the newly formed Northeastern State Normal School in Tahlequah. To commemorate this milestone in the institution’s history, the NSU Centennial Celebration officially begins on Founders Day, March 6, 2009. 

Through the decades, NSU has played a key role in the area’s history and development. Today, NSU is a comprehensive regional university and the fourth largest public four-year institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, with academic emphasis on business, technology, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, optometry, education, language and the arts. The main campus in Tahlequah and branch campuses in Muskogee and Broken Arrow provide outstanding educational and cultural opportunities for nearly 9,000 students and the citizens of eastern Oklahoma. Almost 29 percent of NSU’s student population are self-identified American Indians, and each year the institution graduates the highest number of American Indians among public four-year institutions nationwide. NSU faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to succeed as global citizens by providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs, along with the professional Doctorate of Optometry.

Norfolk State University (2010)

The Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University began very modestly on September 18, 1935, with 85 students in three second-floor rooms in the Hunton YMCA on Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk, Va. Brought to life in the midst of the Great Depression, the junior college provided a setting in which the youth of the region could give expressions to their hopes and aspirations. In 1942, the College became the independent Norfolk Polytechnic College, and two years later an Act of the Virginia Legislature mandated that it become a part of Virginia State College.

The college was able to pursue an expanded mission with even greater emphasis in 1956 when another Act of the Legislature enabled the institution to offer its first Bachelor's degree. The College was separated from Virginia State College and became fully independent in 1969. In 1979, university status was attained.

Today, the public, urban comprehensive university is proud to be one of the largest predominantly Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation. It offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Furthermore, it is committed to pursuing its vital role of serving the people of the Hampton Roads area, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

New Jersey City University (2008)

NJCU’s 80th Anniversary: “Past as Prologue”

The physical presence of what is now New Jersey City University, a comprehensive teaching university with colleges of arts and sciences, education, and professional studies offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, has changed dramatically since it opened its doors as The New Jersey Normal School at Jersey City in September 1929 but the mission and founding principles of this public urban institution—access, diversity, inclusion, and excellence—have been embedded in its fabric since the first day of class.

This University has always been committed to strengthening and transforming the lives of its students, helping them to succeed academically while nurturing their development as leaders in their communities. The institution’s setting in the New York metropolitan area has been a constant source of extraordinary learning and life-enhancing opportunities.

New Jersey City University officially launched its 80th anniversary celebration at its Academic Convocation on September 10, 2008. Coordinated by NJCU’s Division of University Advancement, the institution’s cross-divisional celebration will culminate with an 80th Anniversary Gala in fall 2010.

In all of its incarnations, NJCU has prepared students to work and thrive in a diverse and ever-changing world. As much as a look back, NJCU’s 80th anniversary presents an excellent platform from which to look forward and to prepare students to meet the manifold challenges that are emerging in the 21st century.

Lehman College: City University of New York (2008)

Lehman College is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY). The only senior CUNY college in the Bronx and in southern Westchester County, Lehman is an important gateway to higher education in the region. More than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs are available to Lehman’s almost 11,000 students, who hail from over 90 countries. Full-time faculty—85% of whom hold a Ph.D. degree—number over 300. The 37-acre tree-lined campus contains a harmonious blend of Collegiate Gothic and modern architecture. Lehman is the first college in CUNY’s “Decade of Science” to begin construction on a completely “green,” multimillion dollar science facility, which broke ground in September 2008 and will serve to expand the College’s overall engagement in the sciences.

Mississippi University for Women (2009)

MUW was established in 1884 as the first public college for women in the United States, and since 1982 has been a tradition of excellence for both women and men. The university is located in the heart of the Columbus, Mississippi, historic district and is one of the nation’s architecturally most distinguished campuses. U.S.News & World Report has consistently ranked MUW among the top Southern public master’s universities. MUW also has been prominently ranked in other leading publications such Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Consumer’s Digest magazines.

Kennesaw State University (2009)

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2009)

Created as a partnership between two world-renowned universities and destined to be the state’s urban research campus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has rapidly grown in size and stature since it was established in 1969. From its beginnings, IUPUI has drawn upon the strengths of Indiana University and Purdue University to expand educational opportunities for Hoosiers.

Today, IUPUI is the third strong pillar supporting public higher education in Indiana, offering a tremendous range of degree programs for 30,000 students who come from all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Looking back over just four decades, IUPUI has made remarkable progress that reflects a culture of partnership and collaboration based upon outstanding faculty who reach across disciplines, reach out into the community, and reach toward excellence in education and research.

East Central University (2009)

East Central University is a public university offering Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master's Degrees. ECU is located in Ada, Oklahoma a city of 16,000, approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas. Students can enroll in and attend ECU classes on campus in Ada, in Ardmore at the Ardmore Higher Education Center, in McAlester at the Eastern Oklahoma State College campus and in Shawnee at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Some ECU classes are also available on OneNet and online. The ECU nursing program is available in Durant at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Colorado State University-Pueblo (2011)

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a premier mid-sized, public university within a world-class university system that advances the social, cultural and economic development of the region.  The University enrolls more than 4,600 students in 26 undergraduate programs with approximately 510 full-time faculty and staff.


The 275-acre campus, which overlooks the Front Range of south central Colorado, is located in Pueblo, one of the more culturally dynamic regions of the country.  Pueblo County, an ethnically and culturally diverse population of more than 150,000 people, offers numerous art and cultural attractions as well as recreational options for the outdoor enthusiast.   

CSU-Pueblo is considered the fastest growing university in Colorado with Fall 2008 enrollment up nearly 12 percent, including a 65 percent in the number of freshmen, the largest freshmen class in the history of the University.  

Because the University is committed to diversity and has made educational equity for students one of its highest priorities, it will be honored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities as the 2008 Outstanding HACU-member Institution.  It is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, meaning that 25 percent of its student body is of Hispanic descent and of low-income status.   On Oct. 3, we hosted a Town Hall meeting by Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain in our newly renovated Massari Arena.  

The CSU-Pueblo campus landscape  has changed dramatically in the last two years with a $12 million renovation to its athletic and academic facility (Massari Arena), a Student Recreation Center ($10 million) , Student Recreation Field, the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl football and track stadium ($13 million), and phase one ($15 million) of a three-phase residence hall project. A $24 million renovation to the University Library will begin in January, 2009.   

It also recently became home to one of the largest solar array projects on a college campus in the nation, a three-acre project on the northeast edge of campus, which will provide up to 10 percent of the University’s utilities needs.  The 1+ megawatt CSU-Pueblo solar system will generate enough solar-generated electricity to power 225 homes. It will abate approximately 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of removing 330 cars from the roadways or more than four million vehicle miles traveled. The University installed a smaller 6 kilowatt solar system last year on its Technology Building.

California State University, San Marcos (2010)

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding 20 years ago, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.

California State University, Long Beach (2009)

Since its founding in 1949, California State University, Long Beach has grown into one of the nation’s preeminent state universities. With an enrollment of more than 35,500 students, CSULB is the second largest university in California and has graduated more than 240250,000 alumni in its 60 years.

CSULB’s eight colleges offer 84 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master’s degrees, an independent Ed.D. degree, as well as two joint doctorates with other universities. The campus features 84 permanent buildings on 323 acres, including the 1.3-acre Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, 18-story Walter Pyramid athletic arena, nationally accredited University Art Museum, 1,074-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center and a nearly 1.3 million-volume library.

California State University, Fresno (2011)

California State University, Fresno has evolved from modest beginnings as a teachers college early in the 20th century into an acclaimed, culturally diverse, 21st century university offering educational opportunities through eight schools and colleges. Our students have applied what they’ve learned at Fresno State throughout California, around the world and into space, benefitting literally millions of people.

Throughout this evolution, the university has established itself as an integral part of the region. Fresno State has prepared thousands of individuals for careers, leadership and community service and forged community bonds that have helped conquer a broad spectrum of challenges, led innovative change and encourage positive thinking as the foundation for accomplishment.

Bowie State University (2010)

Established in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest historically black institution (HBI) of higher education in the state of Maryland. Also, it is one of the oldest HBIs in the nation. The institution has evolved from a normal school into a comprehensive university that offers a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Currently, Bowie State University serves a diverse student population, providing educational opportunities that will enable students to function in a highly technological and interdependent world. The University continues to honor its heritage of providing access to higher education for under-represented populations, with a continuing commitment to African Americans. Bowie State University remains a leader in the graduation of African Americans in teacher education and technological fields.

California State University, Dominguez Hills (2010)

California State University, Dominguez Hills provides a vibrant, student-centered environment for its culturally diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. With a focus on multicultural and global perspectives, and civic engagement, the University effectively prepares students to become productive citizens and leaders in a global world.

Serving the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the University enrolls over 15,000 students and graduates over 2,800 into the workforce each year. Established in 1960, this community-based university prides itself on its outstanding academic programs and faculty, and friendly, supportive environment.

The student body at CSU Dominguez Hills proudly reflects one of California’s greatest strengths—its ethnic and cultural diversity. The university’s student body is 28 percent African American, 42 percent Hispanic, 18 percent White, 12 percent Asian American/Pacific Islander and 0.3 percent Native American.

CSU Dominguez Hills is also a center for cultural life in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. The University Art Gallery is considered to be one of the major exhibition spaces in the South Bay and the nationally recognized Black Theatre Program offers award-winning productions. The campus is also home to the world-class multi-sport Home Depot Center, a premier athletics and entertainment destination in Southern California.


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662