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U.S. News presents key statistics for more than 1,800 colleges and universities

Note: The complete directory and related statistics are available in our Premium Online Edition.

On the following Web pages, you'll find exhaustive profiles of each of the more than 1,800 colleges and universities U.S. News surveys each year. This online version of the directory allows you to find the kinds of useful information you need to help in choosing which colleges are right for you.

The vital statistics shown in each directory entry are explained below. The data were collected from the schools themselves during late winter through summer 2009. If a college did not supply the data requested, you'll see an N/A, for "not available." A school whose name has been marked with the numeral 1 did not return the full U.S. News questionnaire; limited data appear. In some cases, data reported in previous years were used.

The directory can help you identify schools that meet your needs.

At a Glance Use the admissions E-mail address to request information or an application. Visit the school's website to research its programs, take a virtual tour, or submit an application. The application deadline shown is for the academic year starting in the fall of 2010; a school with rolling admissions makes decisions as applications are received until the class has been filled.

How competitive is the admissions process at the schools you're considering? Schools are designated "most selective," "more selective," "selective," "less selective," or "least selective," based on a formula that accounts for enrollees' test scores and class standing and the school's acceptance rate (the percentage of applicants who are accepted). The Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT or the ACT Composite scores shown represent the range within which half the students scored. Twenty-five percent of students scored at or below the lower end of the range, and 25 percent scored at or above the upper end of the range.

Figures cited for tuition, room, board, and required fees are for the 2009-2010 academic year. For public schools, we list both in-state and out-of-state tuition. If data for the 2009-2010 academic year are not available, we provide figures for 2008-2009 or, in some cases, the school's estimate for 2009-2010.

Admissions Along with all of the application deadlines for fall 2010 admission—for regular decision, early decision, and early action—you'll find a rundown of accepted application formats and an indication of whether applications can be completed online.

The high school academic requirements are noted, plus whether the school demands SAT or ACT scores or at least uses them in admissions decisions. Various academic and nonacademic factors that are, or might be, considered in admissions decisions are rated on their relative importance: very important, important, considered, and not considered.

A look at the admissions statistics for the fall 2008 entering class will tell you the proportion of all applicants who were accepted, as well as the proportion of early decision and early action applicants who got in compared with the acceptance rate of non-early applicants. You'll find out how many freshmen enrolled, what percentage were accepted early, how many were men or women, and how many were from out of state. Of those who submitted their high school class standing when they applied, you'll see how many ranked among the top 10 percent of their high school class, in the top quarter, and in the top half. We supply the average high school grade-point average of the 2008 freshmen, the percentage submitting SAT and ACT scores, and, for both tests, the range within which half the students scored. The 25/75 percentiles shown for the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT or ACT Composite tell you that 25 percent of students scored at or below the lower end of the range and 25 percent scored at or above the upper end.

Faculty and Instruction Information on faculty includes the number of full-time professors and the breakdown of men, women, minorities, and faculty members from other countries; you can also see what percentage have earned a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field. The ratio of undergraduates to undergraduate faculty is provided, as is the percentage of class sections taught by graduate teaching assistants. Class size figures tell you the percentage of classes during the fall 2008 term that had fewer than 20 students, the percentage with 20 to 49 students, and the percentage with 50 or more. (Labs and discussion sections are excluded.) If Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses can be used for college credit or placement, we'll tell you that.