Live & Study in USA

As the home of nearly one in every five universities in the QS World University Rankings, the US remains the world's leading destination for international students.
In 2009, 660,581 non-US students – around 18% of the total number of students studying abroad – studied in the United States.
Of course, it’s not just educational quality that draws students in. Whether you’re drawn to the bright lights and fast pace of the big city or miles and miles of unspoiled wilderness; sun-kissed beaches or lush forests; the rustic and traditional or the sleek and modern, this huge and massively diverse country will be able to deliver.
The sheer volume and variety of educational establishments also means that you can be pretty confident of finding a suitable institution in your preferred surroundings. And if you don’t get it right the first time, moving between universities is not uncommon in the US.
American undergraduate degrees last four years. You will spend the first two studying a wide range of subjects – you can choose which ones, but you will be required to cover certain subject areas set by your university – after which you choose the subject on which you want to focus.
 
List of US States:
 
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.     
 
 
USA Fact Sheet

  • Federal presidential republic  with bicameral legislature
  • President (currently Barack Obama) is both head of state and head of government
  • Capital city is Washington DC, but biggest city by population is New York, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago
  • Consists of 50 states – all but two of which make up the US mainland along with the District of Columbia (the DC in Washington DC) – as well as the unoccupied Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, and five overseas territories (people who live there are US citizens but cannot vote)
  • World’s biggest economy by far, with a GDP of over US$15 trillion (a trillion is a million million in case you’re struggling to get your head round that)
  • World’s number one destination for international students
  • Biggest spender on defence in the world, spending more than six times more than China, the next biggest spender, in 2010
  • Either the third or the fourth biggest country in the world, depending on who you ask…
  • National sports include American football, basketball and baseball, with ice hockey popular in northern states
  • Formerly part of the British empire, until gaining independence in the late 18th century
  • Currency is United States dollar, symbol: $
  • Time zones vary from UTC-5 (-4 in summer) to UTC -10
  • International dialling code is +1

 
Life Styles some of Major US Cities:
 
NEW YORK
As well as the Big Apple and the City That Never Sleeps, New York is sometimes called the ‘Capital of the World’.
Few other cities conjure up as many instant associations, be it the skyscrapers that serve as towering monuments to the city’s financial power, the legendary music and fashion scenes, the bright lights and glitz of Broadway or something else altogether; everyone has their own sense of the city, be it from experience or otherwise.
There is no shortage of quality universities either, the best known of which are Columbia (ranked 10 in the QS World University Rankings) and New York University (44).
 
BOSTON
Boston is famous for its universities, which include (we’re cheating a bit and counting Cambridge, MA as part of Boston) Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – ranked second and third in the world in 2011.
If you enjoy being surrounded by the best and the brightest, then you can’t really do much better. Fittingly, it can also offer plenty by way of arts and culture too, particular when it comes to contemporary classical music. It’s not all serious academia and highbrow culture though: Boston is renowned for its pubs and bars, and its fondness for sports.
 
CHICAGO
In terms of wealth, population, and cultural impact, Chicago only lags behind the behemoths that are New York and Los Angeles. From a distance, it appears to be a sterile mass of imposing skyscrapers, but underneath all that glass, metal and concrete is a living breathing city, known for its lively mixture of cultures, its vibrant live music scene and nightlife, and its thriving intellectual life.
The University of Chicago finished 8th in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, with Northwestern (just outside the city) at 24th, not a long way behind – and there are plenty more quality institutions too…
 
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
In UC Berkeley and Stanford (ranked 21st and 11th respectively) , the San Francisco Bay Area is home to two of the world’s most prestigious and best known universities. The intellectual might of this pair has massively contributed to this area’s wealth, which is largely founded on the technology hub that is Silicon Valley.
San Francisco itself, and the branch of the University of California which shares its name, is also known for its groundbreaking biomedical research. Add mild weather, a liberal outlook to life and a solid party culture, and you can see the appeal for yourself…
 
LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles will forever be primarily defined by the creative industries on which its wealth is founded: music, television, and – most of all – film. Other things that might leap to mind when you think of the city are the bright Californian sun, beaches, and the perpetual pursuit of the body beautiful – after all, this is the home of ‘Muscle Beach’.
But if you’d rather be exercising your mind than your body, there are plenty of prestigious universities, including UCLA – 34th in the 2011 QS World University Rankings. Worth a look if you’re into star-spotting too!
 
Fees & Financial Aids details:
 

  • In terms of fees, universities in the US do not tend to differentiate between domestic and international students (domestic students studying at public universities in the state in which they live do pay less though).
  • Fees do, however, vary significantly from university to university. One thing is certain though – it won’t be cheap.
  • However, there’s a good chance you will not have to pay the full figure. Universities in the US are known to offer substantial discounts, grants and scholarships.
  • If you want to get an idea of what financial aid you’re eligible for, use the ‘net price calculator’ on the website of the university in which you’re interested (all institutions are required to offer this service).
  • Applications
  • You will need to apply directly to the institution(s). If you are accepted you’ll be entered into an international student database, and sent a copy of the information stored on this, which you will need to check for accuracy.
  • It’s also important to ensure that you pay the fee (the SEVIS I-901 fee) for this database service, which will be US$200.
  • Visas
  • You will then be ready to apply for your F-1 non-immigrant visa. In order to obtain this you will need to arrange an interview at your local US embassy, following the process below.
  • Pay the MRV fee of US$140 (the embassy will tell you where you should pay this).
  • Complete a DS-160 form online, uploading a photograph.
  • Bring your acceptance letter, proof you’ve paid all the fees and filled in the right forms, and a passport which doesn’t expire until six months after you complete your degree to the interview.
  • The decision will be in the hands of the consular officer. Their decision will hinge on three things: whether you can financially support yourself, whether you can show you can and want to return home after  graduating (getting a work visa is a whole different process), and whether you can prove your academic results to date.
  • The last of these may involve you proving your proficiency in English. You will also have to provide proof of this to your university at the application stage.
  • Additional demands will be made if you have a criminal record, or you’re an expert in certain areas of science and technology.
  • You can receive your visa a maximum of 120 days before your course’s start date – but processing can take place before this date. You cannot actually enter the country until 30 days before the beginning of your course, unless you have a visitor visa. This last stipulation also applies to those who would normally not require a visa for short stays in the US.


Living in USA
While in the United States, you will want to do more than just study. You will have many opportunities to discover more about the country through daily contact with Americans, by exploring all that your area has to offer, and by taking some time to travel to other corners of the United States. You will have to deal with such matters as banking, shopping, postal and telephone services, automobiles and traffic laws, tipping customs, and so on. This section gives practical information to help you become familiar with the services, conveniences, opportunities, and ways of daily life in the United States. If you are traveling to the United States with your family, it also provides information to help you help them settle in your new home.
 
Finding Housing
One of the most important things you will have to take care of before you start your studies in the United States is finding a place to live. This is an important decision since it will be one of your biggest expenses and will affect your personal and academic adjustment. Everyone is happiest and most productive in surroundings that are comfortable to them.
 
Temporary Accommodations
You may arrive at your school in advance of the date when you can move into your permanent housing, or you may need to look for housing. There are a number of choices when temporary, overnight accommodations are required. The most expensive are hotels and motels, but some "budget" motel chains can be quite reasonable. Other options include the local YMCA or YWCA, youth hostels, and international houses. At some schools, university residences may be available, or you may be able to stay with a local family or current student. It is always best to check with the international student adviser in advance for information on overnight housing options.
 
Campus Housing
Almost all U.S. colleges and universities provide their students with the option to live in residence halls or dormitories (also called "dorms"). These are usually for single students, not for married couples or families, and are situated on or close to the campus. It is a great place to meet U.S. students and make new friends rapidly. Dormitory rooms are equipped with basic furniture, and many dormitories in the United States also have a cafeteria. In some dorms there may be a kitchen for those who would rather cook for themselves. Dormitories usually have common rooms where students can get together to watch television, play games, or simply be with friends. Supervisors, often called "residence advisers" or "resident directors," often live in dormitories to keep an eye on safety and cleanliness and to make sure the rules are observed. Most of the time, these residence advisers are students themselves, employed by the university. The residence adviser can also be a great source of information and support throughout the academic year.
Usually there is a great demand for residence hall space, and it might not be easy to get a room. As soon as you receive your acceptance letter from your chosen school, return the housing application. An advance deposit may be required. At some colleges and universities, dormitory rooms are so much in demand that a lottery is held to determine who will be granted space.
Some campus housing closes for holidays, vacations, and break periods; others may be open year-round. If you require campus housing during vacations and holiday periods, be sure to inquire well in advance regarding availability. Also check with your international student adviser regarding the possibility of a homestay or off-campus housing options
Many rooms in dormitories are shared with one or more roommates. Many universities require first year students to share a room. Your roommate will be someone of the same sex, whom you will not know. Be prepared to live with someone who could be very different from you. Roommate arrangements often lead to life-long friendships, but on rare occasions roommates can prove mismatched. If you have problems in your living arrangements with your roommate, do not hesitate to contact your residence adviser or anyone else in charge of housing at your university to discuss the situation. In extreme cases, it is possible to change rooms or roommates.
Dormitory rooms usually do not have a private bath or toilet. Instead, residents share large "community" bathrooms, which are separate for men and women. In the United States, a bathroom includes a toilet, a sink, and a bathtub or a shower.
Generally, students living in a dormitory have to follow a set of rules to ensure smooth community living. There are rules to control the noise level, the cleanliness, the number of visitors, and other aspects of living. These rules can vary from building to building to cater to different student tastes. For example, some dormitories might be designated as "24-hour quiet" buildings for students who prefer a more studious lifestyle, while some others might not have strict noise regulations for students who have a more spirited lifestyle. Make sure you are familiar with the rules before you move into a residence hall to avoid unnecessary discomfort or misunderstandings.
 
Examples of typical campus housing
Coed residence halls: Coed dormitories have both men and women living in the same building. For some international students, this might be a new and very different concept, but it works very well on U.S. campuses. However, male and female students do not share rooms. Sometimes men and women live on different floors or in separate suites, which are small apartments that contain several sleeping rooms, a common living area, and one or two bathrooms.
Single-sex residence halls: These dormitories are for those who prefer to live in an all-male or all-female environment. Universities may set aside a residence or at least part of a residence building that houses women and men separately.
University apartments: Some universities operate apartment houses on campus. Apartments are always in high demand. Usually priority is given to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and to students who are married.
Fraternity and sorority houses: Fraternities (for men) and sororities (for women) are close-knit social organizations of undergraduate men and women who live in a house operated by the organization. Fraternity and sorority houses may be either on- or off-campus. There is emphasis on social activity in fraternities and sororities. New members are chosen through various means during a period called "rush week." Rush week is often held the week before classes begin. Living in a fraternity or sorority house may be restricted to upper-level students.
Married student housing: At some universities certain apartments or houses are owned and operated by the university exclusively for married students and families. Usually, only a limited number of units are available. These houses and apartments are usually furnished. The demand for these units is very high. Married students should inquire as early as possible about the availability of these houses or apartments.
 
"Before I left for the USA, I knew that as a first-year student I would have to live in the university dormitory in a shared room. I was afraid that life in the dormitories would be too loud and would not help my studies. I also did not like the idea of having to share my room with a complete stranger! I contacted the international student adviser in my university to ask for advice, and he wrote to me that the university offered what he called '24-hour quiet' floors for students who wanted to live in a more quiet and studious environment. I eventually got a single room on a 24-hour quiet floor. It was strange at first to share my room with another person, but I soon got used to it. My roommate and I eventually became good friends. Living on campus also had many advantages, for example, being able to get up later in the morning for class! Of course, as in any living arrangement, there were some times when the residence was not so quiet or studious, but we had a residence adviser who made sure the rules were observed. I do not regret taking the decision to live in residence. It made me enjoy my time in the United States even more!"
— Christina, Sweden
 
U.S. Currency 
The basic unit of exchange in the United States is the dollar ($), which is divided into 100 cents (¢). One dollar is commonly written as $1 or $1.00. There are four denominations of commonly used coins: 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents. Americans usually refer to coins, not by their value in cents, but by their names. A one-cent coin is a penny, a five-cent coin is a nickel, a ten-cent coin is a dime, and a 25-cent coin is a quarter. There are also one-dollar coins and half-dollar (50-cent) coins but they are seldom found in circulation.
 
U.S. paper money (often called bills: for example, a "one-dollar bill") comes in single-bill denominations of one dollar ($1.00), two dollars ($2.00, but these are rare), five dollars ($5.00), ten dollars ($10.00), twenty dollars ($20.00), fifty dollars ($50.00), and one hundred dollars ($100.00). You will immediately notice that, unlike in most other countries, U.S. bills are all the same size and all the same color. They are differentiated from each other by the number value and with the portrait of a different U.S. historical figure on each denomination. At first, you may find this confusing and you will need to watch which bills you use carefully. However, you will become accustomed to the currency and will soon be able to differentiate easily between the denominations. U.S. coins also are marked with the coin's value and each denomination is a different size.
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Establishing a Bank Account 
One of the first things you should do after you arrive in the United States is establish a bank account. It is not a good idea to carry large sums of cash or to keep it in your room. Most banks have main offices in the center of a city or town. Smaller offices, called "branches," are usually found in other parts of a city or town and in the suburbs. Even if your bank does not have a branch nearby, you often can find automated bank machines to serve your needs. Banks generally are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. On Fridays, many banks stay open a few hours later. Many banks, but not all, are also open on Saturdays, often from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Your international student adviser can suggest which banks are convenient to campus.
 
Remember that banks are private businesses. They are all different and each one wants to get your business. You should check with several banks to determine which bank offers the best services for your needs. When you are ready to open a bank account, go to the "New Accounts" department at the bank you have chosen. A bank officer will help you to open an account by explaining the different kinds of accounts available and the costs and services of each one. You should plan to open both a savings account and a checking (current) account at the same bank, simply because it will be more convenient for you. For example, if you have a savings account and a checking account in the same bank, you can easily transfer funds from one to the other. Interest rates on savings and checking accounts vary from bank to bank. Investigate and compare various banks and their rates of interests on checking and savings accounts before you decide where to open an account. Internet banks are an alternative option to traditional banks and are another possibility to explore. The best source of information for these will be on the Internet itself.
 
Society and Culture in the U.S
 
Americans
You certainly have heard stories, good or bad, about American people. You also probably have preconceived ideas from having met Americans before or from films and television programs that color your impression of what Americans are and what they do. However, American society is enormously diverse and complex and cannot be reduced only to a few stories or stereotypes. Important differences exist between geographical regions, between rural and urban areas, and between social classes. In addition, the presence of millions of immigrants who came to the United States from all corners of the world with their own culture and values adds even more variety and flavor to American life.
The characteristics described below represent that image of U.S. society that is thought of as being "typically American."
 
Individuality
Probably above everything else, Americans consider themselves individuals. There are strong family ties and strong loyalties to groups, but individuality and individual rights are most important. If this seems like a selfish attitude, it also leads Americans to an honest respect for other individuals and an insistence on human equality.
Related to this respect for individuality are American traits of independence and self-reliance. From an early age, children are taught to "stand on their own two feet," an idiom meaning to be independent. You may be surprised to learn that most U.S. students choose their own classes, select their own majors, follow their own careers, arrange their own marriages, and so on, instead of adhering to the wishes of their parents.
 
Honesty and frankness are two more aspects of American individuality, and they are more important to Americans than personal honor or "saving face." Americans may seem blunt at times, and in polite conversations they may bring up topics and issues that you find embarrassing, controversial, or even offensive. Americans are quick to get to the point and do not spend much time on social niceties. This directness encourages Americans to talk over disagreements and to try to patch up misunderstandings themselves, rather than ask a third party to mediate disputes.
Again, "individuality" is the key word when describing Americans, whether it is their personalities or their style of dress. Generally though, Americans like to dress and entertain informally and treat each other in a very informal way, even when there is a great difference in age or social standing. Students and professors often call each other by their first names. International students may consider this informality disrespectful, even rude, but it is part of American culture. Although there are times when Americans are respectful of, and even sentimental about, tradition, in general there is little concern for set social rules.
 
Competitiveness
Americans place a high value on achievement and this leads them to constantly compete against each other. You will find friendly, and not-so-friendly, competition everywhere. The American style of friendly joking or banter, of "getting in the last word," and the quick and witty reply are subtle forms of competition. Although such behavior is natural to Americans, some international students might find it overbearing and disagreeable.
Americans can also be obsessed with records of achievement in sports, in business, or even in more mundane things. Books and movies, for example, are sometimes judged not so much on quality but on how many copies are sold or on how many dollars of profit are realized. In the university as well, emphasis is placed on achievement, on grades, and on one's grade point average (GPA).
On the other hand, even if Americans are often competitive, they also have a good sense of teamwork and of cooperating with others to achieve a specific goal.
 
Measuring Success
Americans are often accused of being materialistic and driven to succeed. How much money a person has, how much profit a business deal makes, or how many material goods an individual accumulates is often their definition of success. This goes back to American competitiveness. Most Americans keep some kind of appointment calendar and live according to schedules. They always strive to be on time for appointments. To international students, American students seem to always be in a hurry, and this often makes them appear rude. However, this attitude makes Americans efficient, and they usually are able to get many things done, in part, by following their schedules.
Many Americans, however, do not agree with this definition of success; they enjoy life's simple pleasures and are neither overly ambitious nor aggressive. Many Americans are materially successful and still have time to appreciate the cultural, spiritual, and human aspects of life.
For more information on American society and values, visit http://usinfo.state.gov/USA.
 
Adjusting to a New Environment 
Going as a tourist to a foreign city or country for a short period of time can be fun, but living and studying there for longer than a few months is a completely different experience. You get to know the place and the people on a much deeper level. At the same time, you will have to deal with some physical, mental, and social challenges. Even though living in a foreign country can sometimes be frustrating, it can also be very rewarding. The majority of people who live and study in the United States for an extended period of time go home feeling positive about their experience and believe that the time spent abroad was beneficial both academically and personally. The information below may help ease your transition.
 
Culture Shock
Culture shock is the process of adjusting to a new country and a new culture, which may be dramatically different from your own. You no longer see the familiar signs and faces of home. Climate, food, and landscapes, as well as people and their ways all seem strange to you. Your English may not be as good as you expected. You may suffer, to an unexpected degree, from the pressures of U.S. academic life and the fast pace of life.
If you feel this way, do not panic. Culture shock is a normal reaction. As you become adjusted to U.S. culture and attitudes and begin to know your way around, you will start to adapt to and understand your new surroundings and way of life.
International students experience culture shock in varying degrees; some hardly notice it at all, while others find it terribly difficult to adapt. There are usually four stages of culture shock that you will experience.
The "Honeymoon" Stage
The first few weeks in your new home will be very exciting. Everything will be new and interesting, and you will likely be so busy getting settled and starting classes that you may hardly notice that you miss home.
 
Irritability and Hostility
As you begin to realize that you are not on vacation and that this is where you live, you might experience anger and hostility. Sometimes you may feel hostile toward Americans and their way of doing things, and even trivial irritations may cause hostility to flare.
 
Understanding and Adjustment
In time you will come to better understand your new environment and will find, maybe even unconsciously, that you are adjusting to your new home. You will experience less frequent feelings of hostility and irritability.
 
Integration and Acceptance
Finally, you will find that you have come to feel that, at least on some level, you consider your university or college and your new town, your home. You will have made friends and will feel that your community accepts you just as you have accepted it.
The length and intensity of each stage depends upon the individual, but no one escapes it completely. The important thing to remember is that you are not the only one experiencing these feelings. Many others before you have gone through it, and there are others all around you who are dealing with culture shock. Below are some of the common symptoms of culture shock and some suggestions to help you get over these hurdles.
 
Homesickness
You miss your homeland, your family, and your friends. You frequently think of home, call or write letters to your family and friends often, and maybe even cry a lot.
It is good to keep in contact with home, but do not let this get in the way of meeting new friends and enjoying your new home. Make an effort to meet new people, in your residence hall, in class, and through the international student center. You might also want to join a committee, interest group, or sports team on campus or in your city. Find one thing with which you are comfortable — for example, music, food, or an activity — and make this the starting point toward making yourself feel at home in America.
 
Hostility
Minor irritations make you unusually angry, and you feel life in the United States is the cause of your problem. You feel your expectations have not been met.
It takes time to get used to life in a foreign country and many things need to be relearned. Be patient and ask questions when you feel you do not understand. Maybe your expectations were too high or too low, and you need to readjust your perception of what it means to live and study in the United States. Talk to your international student adviser and try to find ways around the problems that are angering you.
 
Dependence
You become dependent on fellow nationals, friends, or your international student adviser and feel you cannot achieve anything by yourself. You are scared of doing things by yourself without somebody else's help or approval.
It is good to have people you can depend on for the first few days. However, at the same time, you should gradually take on the challenges and "do it yourself." It is all right to make mistakes and to learn from them. You should also try to make various types of friends, not just your fellow nationals, to fully take advantage of your American educational experience.
 
Loss of self-confidence
You feel everything you do is wrong, that nobody understands you, that you have trouble making friends. You start to question the way you dress and think because you are afraid not to fit in.
If you feel everything you do is wrong, ask for feedback from someone you can trust, such as a friend or your international student adviser. What may be wrong is not how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. You should not be worried about the way you look, act, or think. The United States is a very diverse country and Americans are used to people with different looks or ways of behaving. Most important, do not lose your sense of humor.
 
Values shock
You might find yourself facing situations that are not accepted in your culture and have trouble getting accustomed to them. For example, relationships between men and women, the informality of American life, political or religious attitudes, or the social behavior of Americans may seem amoral or unacceptable to you.
Look for information on the things that surprise you or make you feel uncomfortable, and try to remain flexible, respectful, and open-minded. This can be a great occasion to learn more about topics that might be less popular or taboo in your country. Try to enjoy the new cultural diversity and the various cultural points of view. It might be helpful to talk to someone from the same culture or religion who has been living in the United States for a while to discuss how this person has dealt with values shock.
Other strategies to cope with the stress of culture shock include:
Make sure you know what to expect before you arrive. Carefully read this guide and other books and magazines on the United States to find out more about American life and customs. It would be a good idea also to read up a bit on U.S. history to find out more about American people, their government, their national heroes, their holidays, and so on. This will help you orient yourself physically and mentally when you arrive in the United States.
Eat well, sleep well, and take good care of yourself.
Exercise is a great way to alleviate stress and tension. Join a sports club or pursue some outdoor activities.
Find some time to walk around your new neighborhood. This might help you develop a sense of home as you find the local stores, parks, activity centers, and so on. Try to carry a small map of the city with you so you will not get needlessly lost very often.
Keep in touch with family and friends to tell them about your experiences.
Take some time to relax. Listen to music, read a book not related to your studies, and go to bed early once in a while.
Do not lose your sense of humor. Laugh at your mistakes rather than getting depressed about them.
"I had a lot of trouble at first getting adapted to living in the USA. What frustrated me most was that I did not know how even the simplest things worked! For example, I had never used an American-style washing machine before and ended up ruining some of my best clothing. It took me a long time also to get used to the American bank system, since I had never used automated teller machines or personal checks. Other simple things like temperatures and measurements, for example, were difficult to understand because Americans do not use the metric system like in my country. Sometimes I felt like a real idiot, and that made me quite depressed. But after a while, I could do all these things without even thinking about it. I guess I just had to give myself a bit of time to learn."
— Diana, Bulgaria
 
If an Emergency Occurs at Home
Although it is not probable, it is possible that while you are in the United States, a medical, financial, or family problem could arise at home, and you will need to decide how to respond to it.
Fortunately, e-mail and the telephone usually make communications with home relatively easy. Consult with your family or friends to find out the seriousness of the problem before you decide too hastily what you should do. Here are a few things to consider in such situations:
Academic Issues: If you decide to leave, make sure your academic work will not suffer. You should meet with your academic adviser, the international student adviser, and (for master's and doctoral students) your thesis director. If you miss a significant amount of work, a professor may grant you an "incomplete" as a final grade, meaning that you will have a chance to make up the work in the next semester. You might also be allowed to drop some classes, but in that case you would not get a grade or credit for the work done.
Financial Issues: First of all, a trip back home might be expensive and could seriously impact your budget, especially if it is during peak seasons. Secondly, if you leave for a long period, your tuition as well as the status of scholarships and grants might be affected. If you need to depart for an extended period, make sure to contact your university's financial aid office to discuss your situation. Your international student adviser can help you consider your options and can also help you deal with the university's administration.
Reentry Into the United States: Whenever you leave the country, you should check with your international student adviser to make sure you have the appropriate visa and documents to reenter the United States. If your visa expires while you are gone, if you had a single-entry visa, or if you are away for an extended period, you might need to reapply at your local U.S. embassy for a valid student visa.
Family Issues: Sometimes families are reluctant to inform students living abroad of emergencies at home in order not to burden them. But not knowing fully what is going on at home can be frustrating for an international student. You and your family should discuss this issue before you leave to define what you will expect from each other during your stay in the United States.
You Are Not Alone: If an emergency situation does arise, you can expect to receive support from your international student adviser, school officials, and friends. They are there to listen to you, and they can be helpful as you decide what to do.


Accreditation
 
If you are planning to study in the U.S., it is important to know if the school in which you plan to enroll is accredited. Accreditation helps to ensure that the school is of high quality and that you will receive the programs and services that the school describes in its promotional materials.
 
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a process of external quality review. Accrediting agencies develop standards of excellence in areas such as faculty, curriculum, administration, and student services. Institutions and programs that meet the standards and that are granted accreditation continue on a path toward ongoing improvement.
 
What are the benefits of accreditation?
Through the public recognition that accreditation provides, students, sponsors, employers, and others can identify schools that meet the standards for educational quality. Employers often want to know that an employee graduated from an accredited school. Accreditation is also important in the transfer of credit from one school to another, and it can be a means for access to federal education funding. In addition, accreditation is a means for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to certify schools that are eligible to issue the necessary documents for international students to enter the country on a student visa.
 
Who are the accreditors?
Accreditation in the United States is carried out by private non-governmental organizations. These agencies set standards and establish policies and procedures for accreditation. There are two types of accreditation.
 
Institutional accreditation applies to entire institutions, such as 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, both public and private, and single-purpose institutions such as private career institutions. Regional and national accrediting agencies carry out institutional accreditation. Six regional accrediting agencies operate within the U.S. Examples are the Middle States Association of Colleges and School and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. National accrediting agencies, such as the Distance Education and Training Council and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, accredit single-purpose institutions.
 
Programmatic accreditation focuses on programs that are part of an accredited institution. Such accreditation is carried out by specialized and professional accrediting bodies, which operate to ensure that students receive an education consistent with standards for entry into practice into their respective fields or disciplines. Examples of such agencies are the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Specialized accrediting agencies may function as both institutional and programmatic agencies. The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is an example of a specialized institutional and programmatic accrediting agency. CEA accredits both independent English language schools and intensive English programs in accredited universities and colleges. International students who want to study English in the United States can use CEA accreditation to identify accredited English language schools and intensive English programs in colleges and universities.
 
How does a program or school become accredited?
Institutions and programs go through a series of steps to obtain and maintain accredited status. They prepare an extensive self-study in which they respond to the agency’s standards, undergo a multiple-day site visit by a peer review team, are reviewed by a board or commission that makes the accreditation decision, and participate in annual reporting and re-accreditation on a set cycle. Throughout the process, there is improvement of the education program and services. Accreditation is an intensive process that involves faculty and staff, and even some students.
 
How do I know the accrediting agencies are reliable authorities on educational quality?
Accrediting agencies may go through a recognition process in which their standards, policies, and procedures are evaluated. Some agencies choose to apply for recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). USDE recognizes accrediting agencies whose programs or institutions administer federal student aid funds or that have other links to federal government programs. The department’s regulations require accrediting agencies to establish standards in specific areas (curriculum, faculty, student achievement, fiscal and administrative capacity, student services, etc.) and to implement accepted accreditation policies and procedures. All accrediting agencies—regional, national, and specialized—that are recognized by the USDE as reliable authorities regarding the quality of the programs and schools they accredit are listed on the USDE website at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html?src=qc.
Another way for accrediting agencies to gain recognition is through the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a private organization that recognizes national, regional, and specialized accrediting agencies and is a voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance. Agencies that accredit institutions and programs that grant degrees are eligible to seek CHEA recognition; a list of these agencies is available at: www.chea.org.
In addition, specialized and professional accrediting agencies can become members of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ASPA’s mission is to represent its members on issues of education quality, while also advancing the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accrediting agencies. More information can be found on the ASPA website at: www.aspa-usa.org.
Accreditation is a very useful tool that international students can use to identify quality schools that meet their needs. The U.S. Department of Education, CHEA, and ASPA websites are useful tools that can lead prospective students to those institutions and programs that have met quality standards through the rigorous accreditation process.
Please contact the nearest EducationUSA advising center if you have questions about the U.S. accreditation system, and an adviser can guide you through the process.
 
Diploma Mills and Accreditation Mills
While there is no single definition of a diploma mill, these are generally illegal institutions that grant degrees in exchange for money, often without requiring students to show proof of course mastery or complete substantive coursework or testing. With the rapid spread of the Internet, diploma mills have been appearing more frequently and are increasingly difficult to track. At first glance, many diploma mills are difficult to distinguish from legitimate institutions of higher education, so it is important to check accreditation when choosing a program.
If you encounter a diploma mill, please report it to an appropriate authority (such as a local government education agency or the an EducationUSA advising center). Diploma mills not only harm their graduates by taking their money in exchange for bogus degrees; they also hurt society in general and damage the reputation of legitimate alternative and non-traditional education.
 
Helpful Links for Avoiding and Reporting Unaccredited Institutions and Diploma Mills
Diploma Mills and Accreditation: Resources and Publications: U.S. Department of Education Website
Postsecondary Educational Institutions and Programs Accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
U.S. Department of Education Accreditation website designed to help students avoid online diploma mills. Provides a searchable list of institutions accredited by federally approved organizations.
Avoid Fake-Degree Burns by Researching Academic Credentials
Report from the Office of Personnel Management and the Federal Trade Commission with guidelines on unaccredited degrees and tips for spotting diploma mills.
http://www.ossc.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.html
State of Oregon's Student Assistance Commission, Office of Degree Authorization: Includes information on accreditation, diploma mills and unaccredited institutions. Also provides a list of unaccredited institutions, some of which are diploma mills, whose degrees cannot be used in the State of Oregon.
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/scholarship/index.html
Federal Trade Commission Scholarship Scams Website: Includes information on how to spot fraudulent scholarship organizations and a list of organizations that are currently defendants in scholarship fraud.

List of Universities in United States:

Alabama

  • University of Alabama System
  • University of Alabama (Alabama)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
  • Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M)
  • Alabama State University (Alabama State)
  • Athens State University
  • Auburn University system
  • Auburn University (Auburn) (Auburn- flagship/main campus)
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of North Alabama (UNA)
  • University of South Alabama (USA)
  • Troy University system
  • Troy University (Troy) (Troy- flagship/main campus)
  • Troy University at Dothan
  • Troy University at Montgomery
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of West Alabama (UWA)

Alaska

  • University of Alaska System
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) (Fairbanks-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
  • University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)

American Samoa

  • American Samoa Community College (currently offers two-year associate's degrees only)

Arizona

  • University of Arizona (UA)
  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU)

Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas System
  • University of Arkansas (Arkansas) (Fayetteville- flagship/main campus)
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
  • Henderson State University
  • Southern Arkansas University

California

  • California State University system
  • California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB)
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • California State University, Chico (Chico State)
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)
  • California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CSUF, or CSF)
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach State or Cal State Long Beach)
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)
  • California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • San Francisco State University (SFSU)
  • San Jose State University (SJSU)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly SLO)
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Sonoma State University
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • University of California system
  • University of California, Berkeley (Cal) - (Berkeley-unofficial flagship/main campus)
  • University of California, Davis (UCD)
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (law school; administered separately from the other UC campuses)
  • University of California, Irvine (Irvine or UCI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside (UCR)
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Colorado

  • Adams State College
  • University of Colorado system
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (Colorado) (Boulder-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University system
  • Colorado State University (Colorado State) (Fort Collins- flagship/main campus)
  • Colorado State University–Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State College of Colorado

Connecticut

  • Connecticut State University System
  • Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)
  • Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)
  • Western Connecticut State University (WCSU)
  • University of Connecticut system (UConn)

Delaware

  • University of Delaware (UD)
  • Delaware State University

District of Columbia

  • University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
  • Note that the District of Columbia provides tuition grants to its residents toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam, and Puerto Rico.[2]

Florida

  • State University System of Florida
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
  • Florida International University (FIU) (Includes Intercontinental, Hult, Crown, and Richmond Universities abroad)
  • Florida State University (FSU)
  • New College of Florida
  • University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • University of Florida (UF)
  • University of North Florida (UNF)
  • University of South Florida (USF)
  • University of West Florida (UWF)

Georgia

  • University System of Georgia
  • Albany State University
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Augusta State University
  • Clayton State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Dalton State College
  • Fort Valley State University
  • University of Georgia (UGA)
  • Georgia College and State University
  • Georgia Health Sciences University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Macon State College
  • Middle Georgia College
  • North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU)
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Valdosta State University (VSU)
  • University of West Georgia (UWG)

Guam

  • University of Guam

Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii system
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (Hawaii) (Manoa-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  •  University of Hawaii-West Oahu

Idaho

  • Boise State University (Boise State or BSU)
  • University of Idaho (U of I or UI)
  • Idaho State University (Idaho State)
  • Lewis-Clark State College

Illinois

  • Chicago State University (Chicago State)
  • Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois State University (Illinois State)
  • University of Illinois system
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (Illinois) (Urbana and Champaign-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University (NIU)
  • Southern Illinois University system
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) (Carbondale-flagship/main campus)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
  • Western Illinois University (WIU)

Indiana

  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University System
  • Indiana University Bloomington (Indiana or IU) (Bloomington-flagship/main campus)
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University Kokomo (IUK)
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Indiana University South Bend (IUSB)
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - (IU appoints chancellor; joint academics with Purdue.)
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)
  • Indiana State University
  • Ivy Tech Community College System (Statewide with 23 campuses)
  • Purdue University system
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette- flagship/main campus)
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) - (Purdue appoints chancellor; joint academics with IU.)
  • Purdue University Calumet
  • Purdue University North Central
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vincennes University (VU)

Iowa

  • University of Iowa (Iowa)
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Northern Iowa (UNI)

Kansas

  • Emporia State University
  • Fort Hays State University
  • University of Kansas (Kansas)
  • Kansas State University (K-State or KSU)
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Wichita State University
  • Note: Washburn University in Topeka is the only remaining municipally-chartered university in the United States.

Kentucky

  • Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)
  • University of Kentucky (Kentucky or UK)
  • Kentucky State University
  • University of Louisville (Louisville, U of L, or UL)
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University (NKU)
  • Western Kentucky University (WKU)

Louisiana

  • Louisiana State University System
  • Louisiana State University and A&M College (LSU) (Baton Rouge- flagship/main campus)
  • Louisiana State University at Alexandria
  • Louisiana State University at Eunice
  • Louisiana State University in Shreveport
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport (medical school)
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (medical school)
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center (law school on the main Baton Rouge campus)
  • University of Louisiana System
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) (Lafayette-flagship/main campus)
  • Grambling State University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)
  • University of New Orleans (UNO)
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • McNeese State University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University System
  • Southern University, (Baton Rouge- flagship/main campus)
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Southern University at Shreveport

Maine

  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • University of Maine System
  • University of Maine at Orono (Maine) (Orono-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Maine at Augusta
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Maine at Machias
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Maine Law School

Maryland

  • Morgan State University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University System of Maryland
  • University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland, UMCP, or UMD) (College Park-flagship/main campus)
  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University (Towson)
  • University of Baltimore (UB)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (UM Baltimore or UMB)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
  • Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) (constituent college of both the University of Maryland, College Park and Virginia Tech; independent of the University System of Maryland)

Massachusetts

  • University of Massachusetts system
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) (Amherst-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston)
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell)
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • State University system
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Salem State University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Michigan

  • Central Michigan University (CMU)
  • Eastern Michigan University (EMU)
  • Ferris State University (Ferris State)
  • Grand Valley State University (Grand Valley State or GVSU)
  • Lake Superior State University
  • University of Michigan system
  • University of Michigan (Michigan) (Ann Arbor- flagship/main campus)
  • University of Michigan–Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Michigan State University (Michigan State)
  • Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech)
  • Northern Michigan University (NMU)
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University (WMU)

Minnesota

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Bemidji State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University
  • University of Minnesota System
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minnesota) (Minneapolis-flagship/main campus)
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Minnesota Rochester
Mississippi
  •    Alcorn State University
  •    Delta State University (Delta State)
  •    Jackson State University (Jackson State)
  •    Mississippi State University (Mississippi State)
  •    Mississippi University for Women (MUW)
  •    Mississippi Valley State University
  •    University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
  •    University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss or USM)
Missouri
  •    University of Central Missouri (UCM)
  •    Harris-Stowe State University
  •    Lincoln University of Missouri
  •    University of Missouri System
  •    University of Missouri (Missouri or Mizzou) (Columbia- flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC)
  •    Missouri University of Science and Technology
  •    University of Missouri–St. Louis
  •    Missouri Southern State University
  •    Missouri State University
  •    Missouri Western State University
  •    Northwest Missouri State University
  •    Southeast Missouri State University
  •    Truman State University
Montana
  •    Montana State University System
  •    Montana State University (Montana State) (Bozeman-flagship/main campus)
  •    Gallatin College Montana State University (Bozeman)
  •    Montana State University Billings (Billings)
  •    City College at Montana State University Billings (Billings)
  •    Montana State University - Northern (Havre)
  •    Great Falls College Montana State University (Great Falls)
  •    University of Montana System
  •    The University of Montana (Montana) (Missoula-flagship/main campus)
  •    Missoula College University of Montana (Missoula)
  •    University of Montana Western (Dillon)
  •    Montana Tech of The University of Montana (Butte)
  •    Highlands College of Montana Tech (Butte)
  •    Helena College University of Montana (Helena)
  •    Bitterroot College University of Montana (Hamilton)
Nebraska
  •    Nebraska State College System
  •    Chadron State College
  •    Peru State College
  •    Wayne State College
  •    University of Nebraska system
  •    University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebraska) (Lincoln-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Nebraska at Kearney
  •    University of Nebraska at Omaha
Nevada
  •    Nevada System of Higher Education
  •    University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) (Reno-flagship/main campus)
  •    College of Southern Nevada
  •    Great Basin College (a community college which, in addition to associate's degrees, offers a few bachelor's degrees)
  •    Nevada State College, Henderson
  •    Western Nevada College
  •    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
New Hampshire
  •    University System of New Hampshire
  •    Granite State College
  •    Keene State College
  •    Plymouth State University
  •    University of New Hampshire (UNH)
New Jersey
  •    Kean University
  •    The College of New Jersey
  •    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  •    Montclair State University
  •    New Jersey City University
  •    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  •    Ramapo College of New Jersey
  •    Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  •    Rowan University
  •    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey system
  •    Rutgers University (Rutgers) (New Brunswick and Piscataway-flagship/main campus)
  •    Rutgers-Newark
  •    Rutgers-Camden
  •    Thomas Edison State College
  •    William Paterson University of New Jersey
New Mexico
  •    University of New Mexico (New Mexico or UNM)
  •    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)
  •    New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  •    New Mexico Highlands University
  •    Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)
  •    Western New Mexico University (WNMU)
New York
  •    City University of New York (CUNY) system
  •    Colleges
  •    Baruch College
  •    Brooklyn College
  •    City College of New York
  •    College of Staten Island
  •    Hunter College
  •    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  •    Lehman College
  •    Medgar Evers College
  •    New York City College of Technology
  •    Queens College
  •    Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
  •    York College
  •    Graduate and professional schools
  •    CUNY Graduate Center
  •    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  •    CUNY School of Law
  •    CUNY School of Professional Studies
  •    CUNY School of Public Health
  •    Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
  •    William E. Macaulay Honors College
  •    Community Colleges
  •    Bronx, Queensborough, Borough of Manhattan, Kingsborough, LaGuardia, Hostos, New
  •    State University of New York (SUNY) system
  •    University Centers
  •    University at Albany, State University of New York (University of Albany or Albany)
  •    Binghamton University
  •    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Buffalo or UB)
  •    Stony Brook University (Stony Brook)
  •    Other Doctoral-Granting Institutions
  •    Health Science Center Brooklyn
  •    State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  •    New York State College of Ceramics (contract college at Alfred University)
  •    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (contract college at Cornell University)
  •    College of Human Ecology (contract college at Cornell University)
  •    College of Veterinary Medicine (contract college at Cornell University)
  •    School of Industrial and Labor Relations (contract college at Cornell University)
  •    State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  •    State University of New York State College of Optometry
  •    University Colleges
  •    Buffalo State College
  •    Empire State College
  •    State University of New York at Brockport (SUNY Brockport)
  •    State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland)
  •    State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia)
  •    State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo)
  •    State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz)
  •    State University of New York at Old Westbury (SUNY Old Westbury)
  •    State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta)
  •    State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)
  •    State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh)
  •    State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam)
  •    State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase)
  •    Technology Colleges
  •    Alfred State College
  •    State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton)
  •    State University of New York at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill)
  •    State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi)
  •    State University of New York at Farmingdale (SUNY Farmingdale)
  •    State University of New York at Morrisville (SUNY Morrisville)
  •    State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY IT)
  •    State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime)
  •    Community Colleges
  •    Adirondack, Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Columbia-Greene, Corning, Dutchess, Erie, Finger Lakes, Fulton-Montgomery, Genesee, Herkimer County, Hudson Valley, Jamestown, Jefferson, Mohawk Valley, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara County,North Country, Onondaga, Orange County, Rockland, Schenectady County, Suffolk County, Sullivan County, Tompkins Cortland, Ulster County, Westchester
  •    Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) (a SUNY community college which, in addition to associate's degrees, also offers bachelor's and master's degrees)
North Carolina
  •    University of North Carolina system
  •    Appalachian State University (Appalachian State or Appy State)
  •    East Carolina University (ECU)
  •    Elizabeth City State University
  •    Fayetteville State University
  •    North Carolina A&T State University (North Carolina A&T)
  •    North Carolina Central University (North Carolina Central or NCCU)
  •    North Carolina State University (North Carolina State or NCSU)
  •    University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC Asheville or UNCA)
  •    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill or UNC)
  •    University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte or Charlotte)
  •    University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC Greensboro or UNCG)
  •    University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC Pembroke)
  •    University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC Wilmington or UNCW)
  •    University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNC School of the Arts)
  •    Western Carolina University (WCU)
  •    Winston-Salem State University
North Dakota
  •    Dickinson State University
  •    Mayville State University
  •    Minot State University
  •    University of North Dakota (UND)
  •    North Dakota State University (North Dakota State or NDSU)
  •    Valley City State University
Northern Mariana Islands
  •    Northern Marianas College
Ohio
  •    University System of Ohio
  •    University of Akron (Akron)
  •    Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
  •    BGSU Firelands (Huron)
  •    Central State University
  •    University of Cincinnati system
  •    University of Cincinnati (UC, Cincy, or Cincinnati) (Cincinnati-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Cincinnati, Clermont College (Batavia)
  •    University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College (Blue Ash)
  •    Cleveland State University
  •    Kent State University system
  •    Miami University system
  •    Miami University (Oxford-flagship/main campus)
  •    Miami University Hamilton
  •    Miami University Middletown
  •    Miami University Dolibois European Center (Differdange, Luxembourg)
  •    The Ohio State University system
  •    Ohio State University (OSU or Ohio State) (Columbus-flagship/main campus)
  •    Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Wooster)
  •    Ohio State University, Lima Campus (OSU Lima)
  •    Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus (OSU Mansfield)
  •    Ohio State University, Marion Campus (OSU Marion)
  •    Ohio State University, Newark Campus (OSU Newark)
  •    Ohio University system
  •    Ohio University (Ohio) (Athens-flagship/main campus)
  •    Ohio University Chillicothe
  •    Ohio University Eastern (St. Clairsville)
  •    Ohio University Lancaster
  •    Ohio University Pickerington
  •    Ohio University Southern (Ironton)
  •    Ohio University Zanesville
  •    Shawnee State University
  •    University of Toledo
  •    Wright State University
  •    Youngstown State University
Oklahoma
  •    Cameron University
  •    University of Central Oklahoma (Central Oklahoma or OCU)
  •    East Central University
  •    Langston University
  •    Northeastern State University
  •    Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  •    University of Oklahoma system
  •    University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma) (Norman-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
  •    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  •    Oklahoma Panhandle State University
  •    Oklahoma State University System
  •    Oklahoma State University - Stillwater (Oklahoma State) (Stillwater-flagship/main campus)
  •    Oklahoma State University - Center for Health Sciences
  •    Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee
  •    Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
  •    Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
  •    Rogers State University
  •    University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  •    Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  •    Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Oregon
  •    Oregon University System
  •    Eastern Oregon University (EOU)
  •    University of Oregon (Oregon)
  •    Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
  •    Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon IT or OIT)
  •    Oregon State University (Oregon State)
  •    Portland State University (Portland State)
  •    Southern Oregon University (SOU)
  •    Western Oregon University (WOU)
Pennsylvania
  •    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE)
  •    The 14 universities in PaSSHE are state-owned. They are directly governed by gubernatorial appointees sitting on the PaSSHE Board of Governors. Each university also has an independent Council of Trustees appointed by the Commonwealth's governor.
  •    State-owned universities:
  •    Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  •    California University of Pennsylvania
  •    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  •    Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  •    Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Venango
  •    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  •    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  •    Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
  •    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Academy of Culinary Arts
  •    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Armstrong
  •    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Northpointe
  •    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney
  •    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  •    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  •    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Clearfield
  •    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  •    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  •    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  •    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  •    West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  •    Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  •    Universities of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education receive public funds and reduce tuition for residents of Pennsylvania. Gubernatorial appointees are always a minority of their respective governing boards.
  •    State-related institutions:
  •    Lincoln University
  •    Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) (A multi-college campus administered at University Park) (University Park-flagship/main campus)
  •    Penn State Abington
  •    Penn State Altoona
  •    Penn State Berks
  •    Penn State College of Medicine
  •    Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  •    Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  •    Penn State Great Valley
  •    Penn State Harrisburg
  •    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  •    University College
  •    Penn State Beaver
  •    Penn State Brandywine
  •    Penn State DuBois
  •    Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
  •    Penn State Greater Allegheny
  •    Penn State Hazleton
  •    Penn State Lehigh Valley
  •    Penn State Mont Alto
  •    Penn State New Kensington
  •    Penn State Schuylkill
  •    Penn State Shenango
  •    Penn State Wilkes-Barre
  •    Penn State Worthington Scranton
  •    Penn State York
  •    Temple University (Temple)
  •    Temple University Ambler
  •    University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh or Pitt)
  •    University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  •    University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  •    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  •    University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Puerto Rico
  •    University of Puerto Rico system (UPR)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) (Rio Piedras-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla (UPRAG)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón (UPRB)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Carolina (UPRC)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (UPR-Cayey)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Humacao (UPRH)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Ponce (UPRP)
  •    University of Puerto Rico at Utuado (UPRU)
  •    University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-CM)
  •    School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico
  •    Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
  •    Rhode Island College
  •    University of Rhode Island system
  •    University of Rhode Island (Rhode Island or URI) (Kingston-flagship/main campus)
  •    URI Feinstein Campus in Providence
  •    URI Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett
  •    URI W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich
South Carolina
  •    The Citadel
  •    Clemson University
  •    Coastal Carolina University
  •    College of Charleston (Charleston or CoC)
  •    Francis Marion University
  •    Lander University
  •    Medical University of South Carolina
  •    University of South Carolina System
  •    University of South Carolina Columbia (South Carolina, USC, or SC) (Columbia-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of South Carolina Aiken
  •    University of South Carolina Beaufort
  •    University of South Carolina Lancaster
  •    University of South Carolina Salkehatchie
  •    University of South Carolina Sumter
  •    University of South Carolina Union
  •    University of South Carolina Upstate
  •    South Carolina State University
  •    Winthrop University
South Dakota
  •    Black Hills State University
  •    Dakota State University
  •    Northern State University
  •    University of South Dakota (South Dakota)
  •    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines)
  •    South Dakota State University (South Dakota State)
Tennessee
  •    Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) (Listed below are the state universities. The TBR also includes the state's community colleges and technology centers.)
  •    University of Memphis (U of M) (Memphis-flagship/main campus)
  •    Austin Peay State University (Austin Peay or APSU)
  •    East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
  •    Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
  •    Tennessee State University (TSU)
  •    Tennessee Technological University (Tennessee Tech or TTU)
  •    University of Tennessee System (UT, UTC, and UT Martin are primary campuses of the UT System, whereas the UTHSC and the Space Institute are two other educational campuses.)
  •    University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville, UTK, or UT) (Knoxville-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UT Chattanooga or UTC)
  •    University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin)
  •    University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC or UT Medical School) (at Memphis)
  •    University of Tennessee Space Institute (UT Space Institute) (at Tullahoma)
Texas
  •    University of Houston System
  •    University of Houston (Houston or UH)
  •    University of Houston–Clear Lake
  •    University of Houston–Downtown
  •    University of Houston–Victoria
  •    Midwestern State University
  •    University of North Texas System
  •    University of North Texas (North Texas or UNT)
  •    University of North Texas at Dallas
  •    University of North Texas Health Science Center
  •    Stephen F. Austin State University (S.F. Austin State or Stephen F. Austin State)
  •    The University of Texas System
  •    The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington)
  •    The University of Texas at Austin (Texas or UT Austin)
  •    The University of Texas at Brownsville (UT Brownsville)
  •    The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)
  •    The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  •    The University of Texas–Pan American (UT Pan American or UTPA)
  •    The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UT Permian Basin or UT Permian)
  •    The University of Texas at San Antonio (UT San Antonio or UTSA)
  •    The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler)
  •    Texas A&M University System
  •    Prairie View A&M University
  •    Tarleton State University
  •    Texas A&M International University
  •    Texas A&M University (Texas A&M or A&M)
  •    Texas A&M University–Commerce (Texas A&M Commerce or A&M Commerce)
  •    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (Texas A&M Corpus Christi or A&M Corpus Christi)
  •    Texas A&M University–Kingsville (Texas A&M Kingsville or A&M Kingsville)
  •    Texas A&M University–Texarkana (Texas A&M Texarkana or A&M Texarkana)
  •    West Texas A&M University (West Texas A&M or WTA&M (pronounced as WTA and M))
  •    Texas Southern University
  •    Texas State University System
  •    Lamar University
  •    Sam Houston State University (Sam Houston or SHSU)
  •    Sul Ross State University
  •    Texas State University–San Marcos (Texas State San Marcos)
  •    Texas Tech University System
  •    Angelo State University
  •    Texas Tech University
  •    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Utah
  •    Southern Utah University (Southern Utah or SUU)
  •    University of Utah (Utah or UU)
  •    Utah State University (Utah State or USU)
  •    Utah Valley University (Utah Valley or UVU)
  •    Weber State University (Weber State)
Vermont
  •    Vermont State Colleges
  •    Castleton State College (Castleton State or Castleton)
  •    Community College of Vermont
  •    Johnson State College
  •    Lyndon State College
  •    Vermont Technical College (Vermont Tech)
  •    University of Vermont (UVM)
Virginia
  •    Christopher Newport University (CNU)
  •    Eastern Virginia Medical School
  •    George Mason University (GMU)
  •    James Madison University (JMU)
  •    Longwood University
  •    University of Mary Washington (Mary Washington)
  •    Norfolk State University
  •    Old Dominion University (Old Dominion or ODU)
  •    Radford University
  •    University of Virginia (UVA)
  •    University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA at Wise or UVA-Wise)
  •    Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  •    Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
  •    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  •    Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) (a constituent of both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, College Park)
  •    Virginia State University
  •    The College of William & Mary (William and Mary)
Virgin Islands, United States
  •    University of the Virgin Islands system
  •    University of the Virgin Islands- St. Croix campus (UVI-St. Croix)
  •    University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas campus (UVI-St. Thomas)
Washington
  •    Central Washington University (CWU)
  •    Eastern Washington University (EWU)
  •    The Evergreen State College
  •    University of Washington system
  •    University of Washington (UW) (Seattle-flagship/main campus)
  •    UW Tacoma campus
  •    UW Bothell campus
  •    Washington State University system
  •    Washington State University (WSU) (Pullman-flagship/main campus)
  •    WSU Spokane campus
  •    WSU Tri-Cities campus
  •    WSU Vancouver campus
  •    Western Washington University (WWU)
West Virginia
  •    Concord University
  •    Fairmont State University
  •    Glenville State College
  •    Marshall University
  •    Marshall University Graduate College
  •    Shepherd University
  •    University of Charleston
  •    West Liberty University
  •    West Virginia University system
  •    West Virginia University (West Virginia or WVU) (Morgantown- flagship/main campus)
  •    Potomac State College of West Virginia University (Potomac State College or Potomac State)
  •    West Virginia University Institute of Technology (West Virginia Tech or WVU Tech)
  •    West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  •    West Virginia State University
Wisconsin
  •    University of Wisconsin System
  •    University of Wisconsin–Madison (Wisconsin or UW) (Madison-flagship/main campus)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UW-Eau Claire or Eau Claire)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (UW-Green Bay or Green Bay)
  •    University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (UW-La Crosse or La Crosse)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UW-Milwaukee or Milwaukee)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (UW-Oshkosh or Oshkosh)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Parkside (UW-Parkside or Parkside)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Platteville (UW-Platteville or Platteville)
  •    University of Wisconsin–River Falls (UW-River Falls or River Falls)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (UW-Stevens Point or Stevens Point)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW-Stout or Stout)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Superior (UW-Superior or Superior)
  •    University of Wisconsin–Whitewater (UW-Whitewater or Whitewater)
  •    Wyoming
  •    University of Wyoming

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