Top 20 Up-and-Coming Universities

When you think of popular colleges and universities, there are several that quickly come to mind. In the 2009 edition of U.S. News and World Report‘s “best colleges,” they’ve introduced a list of national universities who are working to make vast improvements on their campuses, making them stronger competition to fill the top spaces in the annual best colleges review. Seventy universities were nominated, but only 20 made this list.

1. George Mason University; Fairfax, VA

2. Clemson University; Clemson, SC

3. University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA

4. Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ

5. University of Maryland – Baltimore County; Baltimore, MD

6. Drexel University; Philadelphia, PA

7. University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL

7. Portland State University; Portland, OR

9. University of San Diego; San Diego, CA

9. University of North Carolina – Charlotte; Charlotte, NC

9. University of California – Riverside; Riverside, CA

9. University of South Carolina – Columbia; Columbia, SC

9. Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, CA

14. University of California – San Diego; La Jolla, CA

14. Ohio State University – Columbus; Columbus, OH

14. University of California – Irvine; Irvine, CA

14. Northeastern University; Boston, MA

14. Indiana University – Purdue University; Indianapolis, IN

14. University of South Florida; Tampa, FL

14. Ball State University; Muncie, IN

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